How to Create an Ice Cream Sundae Bar!

Why go to an expensive ice cream shop when you can create an ice cream sundae bar at home?  It’s less expensive and a ton of fun! In this post, I will show you how to create an ice cream sundae bar right in your own kitchen!


First, gather fun ingredients for your sundae toppings. Pull toppings from your pantry and refrigerator before you go shopping for extras. (you may find that you have enough already on hand)

Ice Cream Sundae Bar Ingredients

For our sundae bar toppings, we had:

  • Nestle Butterfinger Bar
  • Nestle Crunch Bar
  • Nestle Milk Chocolate Morsels
  • Chocolate Sprinkles
  • Rainbow Sprinkles
  • Maraschino Cherries
  • Bananas
  • Strawberries

The sky is the limit on your toppings!  Other ideas include chocolate and caramel sauce, whipped cream, nuts, and more fresh fruit.


Now that you have gathered your toppings, it’s time to prepare them for the sundae bar!  For candy bars, we like to crush them up before opening so you get nice chunky bites.  My son usually takes on this job. :)

Ice Cream Sundae Bar Nestle Candy Bars

I prefer shallow bowls for holding toppings, so that is what we used to put our crunched up candy bars and chocolate morsels in.  Next, I sliced up the bananas and strawberries.

Ice Cream Sundae Bar Fruit

We left our sprinkles and maraschino cherries in their containers, and added spoons to each bowl for easy scooping!  We also took out the star of the show, Edy’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, out of the refrigerator.


Now that our toppings are in bowls and ready to serve, it’s time to line them all up for the sundae bar!  You can set up your sundae bar assembly line on your dining room table, kitchen counter, or breakfast bar.  We set up ours on our breakfast bar, along with some fun, colorful bowls.

Ice Cream Sundae Bar


Time for the fun part – building the ice cream sundaes!  For our sundae bar, I scooped the ice cream in bowls and passed it to the kiddos so they could decorate.

Ice Cream Sundae Bar  Scooping Ice Cream

There are no rules, so let your family or guests go crazy!

Ice Cream Sundae Bar

Our ice cream sundae bar was a hit!

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Amy Bellgardt

AMY BELLGARDT is a wife and mom of two boys, as well as founder and lead blogger at Mom Spark. Amy also manages Mom Spark Media, a social media marketing firm, as well as a thriving essential oil business.

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10 Responses to “How to Create an Ice Cream Sundae Bar!”

  1. #
    Ro @ Mommy MindSpa — June 28, 2011 at 9:32 am

    That looks sooooo yummy!! Today is my daughter’s last day of kindergarden … and that’s a perfect way to celebrate tonight! Going shopping …


    • Mom Spark replied: — June 28th, 2011 @ 11:39 am

      Let us know what you put out on your sundae bar!


  2. #
    Arianah Watts — June 28, 2011 at 10:56 am

    Looks delish !


    • Mom Spark replied: — June 28th, 2011 @ 11:39 am

      Thank you!


  3. #
    Rhonda — June 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    Great idea. My grandson will be visiting for a few days. Make A Sunade will be the perfect way to celebrate his visit. Thanks for the idea.


  4. #
    Mel — June 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm

    Amy, that looks so delicious! I love the assembly line.:)


  5. #
    Heather — April 29, 2013 at 12:20 pm

    I am having a build your own sundae at my daughter’s bday party. I’ve been looking everywhere for a big container of colored sprinkles. Where did you get yours that is in the picutre? Thanks :)


    • Mom Spark replied: — April 29th, 2013 @ 4:57 pm

      Hi Heather-

      It has been a while since I posted this, but I’m pretty sure I purchased all of the ingredients at my Super Walmart.



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