3 Ways to Flavor-Bomb Your Ice Cream

Find out how the co-hosts of The Kitchen dress up everyday ice cream flavors to create over-the-top sundaes.
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Food beauty of a giant choco mint sundae, as seen on Food Network’s The Kitchen, Season 6.

Photo by: Todd Plitt ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Todd Plitt, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

It's summertime and it's sticky-humid-oh-so hot outside, so there's no question what one ingredient is on your must-have list for the grocery store: ice cream. While there's indeed nothing wrong with digging out a scoop from the carton — or eating straight from the carton — you can surely dress up the everyday varieties to turn them into all-new treats. On this morning's all-new episode of The Kitchen, the co-hosts shared three easy ways to turn out extra-special chilly desserts using just your favorite flavors of ice cream, which you likely already have on hand, plus a few extra add-ins.

GZ's Family-Style Chocolate Mint Sundae features a beloved taste combo: chocolate and peppermint. For a minty-fresh bite, Geoffrey Zakarian mixes just a bit of peppermint extract into melted chocolate, then pours it over rich vanilla ice cream before piling on the decadent toppings: brownie chunks (opt for store-bought to save time), plus sweet marinated cherries, fluffy whipped cream and crushed peppermint sticks. Since Geoffrey serves up a whopping 12 scoops of ice cream, this indulgent platter is big enough to satisfy even the most-demanding sweet tooths in your family.

Food beauty of a chocolate peanut butter sundae, as seen on Food Network’s The Kitchen, Season 6.

Photo by: Todd Plitt ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Todd Plitt, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Featuring another classic flavor mash-up — chocolate and peanut butter —  Jeff's Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Sundae features layers of silky hot fudge, chocolate peanut butter ice cream and crunchy salted peanuts for welcome texture. For an over-the-top finish, Jeff Mauro sprinkles on crunchy peanut butter cereal and whipped cream to create a wow-worthy presentation.

Food beauty of a blueberry cheesecake sundae, as seen on Food Network’s The Kitchen, Season 6.

Photo by: Todd Plitt ©2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

Todd Plitt, 2015, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved.

You know how cheesecake often tastes even better when topped with sweet berries? That idea holds true when ice cream gets involved too, like in Katie's Very Berry Cheesecake Sundae. Katie Lee starts with a base of chopped cheesecake cubes, then dishes up a scoop of black cherry ice cream, plus fresh berries. If you don't have black cherry ice cream in the freezer, just use whatever berry ice cream is available, and for the fresh fruit, any sliced berries will work. She adds a layer of granola for subtle crunch before repeating the ingredients for a next-level sundae.

Check out more of The Kitchen's best dessert recipes, and tune in Saturday at 11a|10c for an all-new episode.

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