Sure, a hot fudge sundae is nice. But it’s relatively restrained once you start considering the possibilities. Restaurants are going above and beyond diners’ expectations by crafting super-sized sundaes with tremendous toppings. Here are eight totally over-the- top ice cream sundaes that prove that sometimes bigger is better.
The King Kong Sundae at Sugar Factory, Arlington, Virginia
This beastly behemoth owns its name. Featuring 24 (!!!) scoops of ice cream, the monstrous treat is doused with hot fudge, caramel, and strawberry sauces, and then topped with bananas, toasted marshmallows, Reese’s Pieces, chocolate chip cookies, crushed waffle cones, gummy bears, white chocolate strawberry shavings, toasted walnuts, whipped cream, and giant rainbow swirl lollipops. Sparklers add festive flair to a dessert worthy of the king of apes. Make a reservation at Sugar Factory.
Morton’s Legendary Sundae at Morton’s the Steakhouse, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania
Consider this a brownie sundae on steroids. A hearty wedge of chocolate cake comes coronated with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce, a cloud of whipped cream, and the requisite cherry. We recommend eating it in a single sitting because it will not survive a trip home in a doggy bag. Make a reservation at Morton’s the Steakhouse.
Sundae Service at Maple & Ash, Chicago, Illinois
We have long prayed for such a heavenly dessert. Housemade vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate ice creams come with toppings galore, including hot fudge, salted caramel, whipped cream, chocolate crunch, toasted nuts, candied coconut, sprinkles, chocolate pearls, maraschino cherries, and seasonal fruit. A truly divine DIY dessert. Make a reservation at Maple & Ash.
Sabrina Sundae at Barton G. The Restaurant, Miami Beach, Florida
Dude, this dessert is five freaking pounds. It involves a fudge brownie piled high with seven scoops of vanilla custard, strawberry jam, milk chocolate chunks, whipped Chantilly cream, hot fudge, chocolate bark, Belgian chocolate sticks, white chocolate shavings, cherries, and sprinkles. Not included: a defibrillator or a life insurance policy. Make a reservation at Barton G. The Restaurant.
Narwhal Sundae at Cold Storage, Chicago, Illinois
Talk about an epic happy ending. Eight scoops of ice cream come with hot fudge, salted caramel sauce, a brownie, whipped cream, cherries, and a waffle cone. Prepare to make your “o face.” Make a reservation at Cold Storage.