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.
Udder Chaos Sundae at Holsteins, Las Vegas, Nevada
It looks like a candy store collided with an ice creamery. A ginormous chocolate chip cookie comes with the as-per-usual sundae toppings: vanilla ice cream, chocolate and strawberry sauces, and whipped cream. To complement them, there are mini jawbreakers, banana Laffy Taffy, chocolate Pocky sticks, a rainbow twist pop, and liquid nitrogen meringues. Make a reservation at Holsteins.
Cracker Jack Sundae at American Cut–Tribeca, New York, New York
Baseball’s best bleacher treat gets the sundae treatment. Popcorn ice cream comes with caramel popcorn, peanut brittle, caramel sauce, and vanilla whipped cream. Though there’s no prize inside, you can upgrade it with booze if you ask your server nicely. Make a reservation at American Cut.
Naptime Sundae at Radiator, Washington, D.C.
Get a sugar high and catch a buzz simultaneously. Vanilla ice cream and Guinness-coffee ice cream are covered with a shot of whiskey, Heath Bar cookie crumbs, maple syrup, and executive chef Jonathan Dearden’s beloved bacon fat powder. As if that wasn’t enough, the sundae is served with a bounty of bonus toppings for guests to add on as they see fit. Make a reservation at Radiator.
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Nevin Martell is a Washington, D.C.-based food and travel writer and the author of several books, including Freak Show Without A Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations. Find him on Twitter @nevinmartell and Instagram @nevinmartell.
Photo credits: Matt Harbitcht-The Food Network (Sugar Factory); Christine Domino (Cold Storage).