Vanilla ice cream gets ignored. It’s not as lusted after as Chocolate. Not as rich as Peanut Butter Cup. And not as attention-grabbing as Triple Chocolate Chocolate Swirl Chocolate Explosion (which, for the record, isn’t an actual flavor—yet).
But to us, Vanilla is the OG. And when it’s done up right… it is beyond satisfying. These recipes give Vanilla the attention it deserves. If you think you’re above Vanilla—maybe you say it’s too “boring”—you haven’t tried sandwiching it in between two mini churro waffles or drowning it in a shot of espresso. See: Vanilla ice cream doesn’t need a makeover, just maybe some new clothes, if you will. That being that, here are 12 recipes that prove Vanilla is anything but boring:
Homemade chocolate sauce is super easy to whip up—and even easier to pour on top of ice cream with chopped, salted pretzels.
Bye-bye buttercream. This one-ingredient frosting is, in a word, awesome.
Break out your ice cream maker (or loaf pan): Buttermilk adds a pleasant tang to this homemade ice cream.
Throw in a cookie or two on the side and dessert is done, son.
Cinnamon-sugar churros (waffled, not fried) are the perfect vehicle for vanilla ice cream and chocolate sauce.
Stir crystallized ginger and chocolate into softened vanilla ice cream for a decadent DIY ice cream flavor.
Swirl peanut butter into vanilla ice cream, sandwich it between two oat-peanut cookies, and roll in coarsely chopped peanuts. Boom.
Eat this gooey sandwich with a knife and fork (or don’t—no one will judge you).
Kind of like a deconstructed ice cream cone, this pie’s crust is made of crushed sugar cones.
Cereal + Ice Cream = Dessert or breakfast? I vote: both.
12. Vanilla Ice
With three ingredients and no special equipment required, the hardest part about this dessert is waiting for it to freeze.