I was so lucky to have Elisa Elliot, photographer and master story teller, to record some of the memories of our Ice Cream Social. It is her beautiful work that starts off this post on building a toppings bar and it puts me in the mood to shop for candy!
Now if you don't have little people to help you choose the toppings, you will have to tap into your inner child and think of the biggest and best ice cream sundae that could ever be - those are the toppings you want to include.
Your bar should include something chocolate, something crunchy, and something sprinkly. How many of each is completely up to you but as they say variety is the spice of life. And of course, there must be chocolate sauce. Feel free to add caramel, strawberry, and pineapple if you want more of a banana split feel. If children are invited I would leave out items that contain nuts.
I like to mix purchased and prepared items, so I made the chocolate sauce and brownies but left the Salted Caramel to Genevieve Grandbois (a local chocolatier}. And while you can pick up several things at the local bulk barn, it is nice to have some more sophisticated items as well.
Finally, the fun thing about a bar of any sort is the variety of containers and heights that you use to display your items. I tried to stick with glass and porcelain but played with the shapes of containers that I used from a square vase to a retro lemon juicer. Pistache always says that you eat with your eyes first, so make sure to give the toppings visual appeal.
I am including a checklist for your next ice cream social. You just have to print out the invitations from my last post and get to shopping!