06/25/2012 06:09 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Host An Ice Cream Social

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In our version of a classic all-out ice cream smorgasbord, endless combinations await: a scoop of dark chocolate topped with a drizzle of coffee liqueur; rich peanut butter swirl with a spoonful of gooey marshmallow sauce; fresh peach ice cream topped with a few strawberries; or a simple scoop of vanilla with hot fudge and candied nuts. It's an indulgent party that will delight adults and kids alike.

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  1. The coffee liqueur takes a month to complete, but the results are well worth it. The longer it sits, the more the sweetness will mellow. If you're short on time, you can drizzle storebought coffee liqueur or a shot of espresso over your ice cream.
  2. Pomegranate seeds also make a great ice cream topping. For an easy way to extract them, check out our video where associate food editor Ben Mims shows you how to de-seed a pomegranate. And for even more toppings like Rhubarb Berry Compote and Rich Caramel Icing, see our ice cream topping recipes »
  3. No ice cream maker? Don't worry -- there are plenty of other ways to make delicious, creamy ice creams in our guide to low-tech ice cream makers »
  4. There are a few things you can do to ensure perfectly-textured, smooth ice creams every time. Jeni Bauer of Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams has a foolproof technique »
  5. For even more ice cream recipes, see our favorite ice cream recipes »

RECIPE: Hot Fudge Sauce

This is our favorite version of hot fudge sauce, from Itgen's Ice Cream Parlour in Valley Stream, Long Island. MAKES 2 CUPS

8 oz. chopped, unsweetened chocolate
1 cup sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
8 tbsp. unsalted butter
1 tbsp. vanilla extract
¼ tsp. kosher salt
1⅓ cups water

In a 2-qt. saucepan, combine all ingredients. Place over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, until sauce thickens and becomes smooth and shiny, about 10 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving, or transfer to a glass jar with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Before serving, reheat sauce in a saucepan over low heat or in a bowl in the microwave for about 30 seconds, as it will thicken when refrigerated.

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RECIPE: Wet Nuts

While the name is a little funny, this recipe for nuts in rich, maple and vanilla syrup is the perfect topping to any sundae. MAKES 1 CUP

½ cup light corn syrup
½ cup maple syrup
1 tsp. vanilla extract
Pinch of kosher salt
1 cup roughly chopped, lightly toasted walnuts

Bring light corn syrup, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and kosher salt to a boil in a 2-qt. saucepan. Stir in walnuts, and cook until walnuts are warmed through, about 3 minutes. Let cool and transfer to a glass jar with a lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.