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9 Ways to Eat Ice Cream Besides the Cone

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Nothing against the cone, arguably one of the greatest culinary innovations of the 20th century. But sometimes you want to dress your ice cream up (maybe it’s homemade) a bit more. In those cases, we offer these delicious options.

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    Pie

    This pie features a chocolate crust, chocolate ice cream, and chocolate sauce, with a few scoops of coffee and vanilla added for contrast.

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    Bombe

    Dress up store-bought ice cream for a special occasion with this simple layered bombe. Watch Abby make this ice cream bombe.

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    Sandwiches

    You can design your own sandwich combinations by choosing the ice cream, adding flavor to the chocolate cookie (see Variations below), and picking your favorite garnish.

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    Triple Strawberry Ice Cream Sundaes

    Strawberry sauce, strawberry whipped cream, vanilla ice cream, and chocolate covered strawberries. Yum, yum, yum.

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    Cake

    This ice cream cake is about two parts ice cream to one part cake, which we think is the optimal ratio. The easiest way to make an ice cream cake is to have the baked, trimmed cake base in the pan and ready to go before you churn your ice cream. That way, you can transfer the ice cream directly from the machine onto the cake base. If your ice cream is already frozen, you’ll just need to soften it in the refrigerator and mix it in a stand mixer to get it to optional spreading consistency.

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    Milkshake

    For the thickest shakes, use a dense, premium brand of ice cream, like Ben & Jerry’s. And if you’d rather have just a chocolate milk shake, skip the malt powder at the end. Visit the Drinks & Entertaining Guide for dozens more recipes for shakes and frozen cocktails.

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    Baked Alaska

    This layered ice cream cake with its regal crown of meringue always elicits oohs and aahs. Though no single part of the recipe is complex, it takes some time to assemble and needs 4 hours in the freezer. Coffee ice cream is especially good in this dessert, but pistachio, black cherry, caramel, and mint-chip are other great choices. To assemble the cake, you’ll need a 2-1/2-quart bowl, preferably about 9 inches across, as well as a clean 10-inch round of cardboard.

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    Ice Cream Floats

    This recipe, excerpted from the cookbook Dessert Express, is an elegant take on the ice cream soda, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and a handful of raspberries floating in a glass of champagne. Searching for more refreshing beverages? Find what you're looking for in our Drinks and Entertaining Guide.

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    Brownie Sundae

    Not just a regular sundae, because it pairs ice cream with a rich, chocolatey (and in the best of times, warm) brownie. Stout-laced chocolate sauce is the icing on the, well, ice cream

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