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Do you know what makes women happy? Ice cream. Do you know what makes women even happier? When they can feel good about enjoying the whole pint! There’s been a lot going on over the past few weeks (and months and pretty much all of last year), so I thought it’d be fun to put together a cute little DIY ice cream sundae bar with all of my favorite Halo Top® Pints: Light Ice Cream flavors for some girlfriends. It wasn’t a big elaborate thing, but it was super fun and helped make an intimate girls-night-in feel a little more special. If you’d like tips on creating your own, I’m sharing everything I used to create my Halo Top® ice cream sundae bar in today’s post! Keep reading for details and for tips and tricks for creating your own ice cream sundae bar!
Halo Top® Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Ice cream sundae bars are awesome because it’s totally up to you how elaborate you want to be. Whether you’ve got two flavors of ice cream or five, they’re an easy way to put a smile on your girlfriends’ (and kids’/family’s) faces. Here’s everything I used to create mine–
1. Halo Top® Ice Cream
First and foremost, you need good ice cream. Halo Top® is my favorite option for girls’ night– or any night honestly. It’s low calorie, high protein, and absolutely delicious. Calories range from 280-380 calories per pint, too, so if you want to let loose and eat the whole pint, you can– and you can actually feel good about it… because you’re cutting down on calories, not happiness (and because you’re throwing extra protein into the mix, too).
My girlfriends and I love rich, creamy chocolate-y flavors, so I grabbed a pint of Halo Top® Cookies and Cream, a pint of Halo Top® Vanilla, a pint of Halo Top® Peanut Butter, a pint of Halo Top® Chocolate, and two pints of Halo Top® Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough (because it’s my all-time favorite).
I put mine on a cake stand, but if you’re worried about things melting, grab a party tub, fill it with ice, and then wedge in the ice cream to keep it cool. Works like a charm!
Look for Halo Top® in the frozen dessert aisle at your local Walmart. Or you can even get it with pickup or delivery! Click here to automatically add it to your cart! PS– they’ve also created a delicious line of Halo Top® Keto Pints. If you’re cutting down on net carbs, they’re a must-try!
2. Ice Cream Bar Toppings
What’s fun about a DIY ice cream bar is that you can add as many or as few toppings as you like. I mostly grabbed things we already had in our pantry, although I did buy a few for the occasion. Here are the ice cream bar toppings I chose–
- pink sprinkles
- crushed vanilla chocolate cream cookies
- mini gummy bears
- mini chocolate chips
- maraschino cherries
Other ideas are crushed peanut butter cups, mini peanut butter chips, crushed pretzels, crumbled brownies, nuts, crushed waffle cone, cereal, granola, toasted coconut flakes, bananas, fresh cherries, and even crystallized ginger if you’re feeling fancy.
Syrups and whip cream are a great idea, too. They’re kind of hidden, but my DIY ice cream sundae bar included whipped cream, chocolate sauce, salted caramel sauce.
3. Utensils and Accoutrements
To create a functional ice cream bar, you need either bowls, cones, a combination of both. I personally chose both because my preference changes depending on the day. Also, waffle cones are super budget-friendly, and you can use them for decor, too!
As far as utensils go, for more intimate gatherings (like this one), I recommend using real flatware. Otherwise, plastic spoons are a great mess-free option. Also, ice cream gets messy, so it’s a good idea to have napkins on hand, as well.
4. Ice Cream Bar Decor
What’s any DIY snack bar without decor?! You don’t need to go crazy and order balloon arches or custom-made tassel banners either. Just pick a color scheme and look for things around the house that could match.
By default, my go-to scheme is pink. For this ice cream sundae bar, I bought a dozen pink roses and used an old pink felt message board to create a “Sundae Funday” sign. I also put out a few cute little pink bobbles to match and used two trumpet champagne flutes (with a waffle cone in each) to create two additional vases. Pretty, right?!
Look for Halo Top® (and Halo Top® Keto Series!) in the frozen dessert aisle at Walmart– or click here to add five of my favorite flavors to your cart. Trust me, they’re amazing, and you won’t be disappointed!
Also, get excited… because Halo Top® Keto Pops: Frozen Dessert and Halo Top® Fruit Bars, and Halo Top Fudge Pops: Fruit Bars are coming to Walmart in April! I personally love fruit pops, so I can’t wait. They’re going to have only 45-60 calories per pop– plus 50% less sugar, all the real fruit taste, and fewer calories than the leading brand.
What’s your favorite Halo Top® flavor? Even though I’m pretty sure I’ve tried them all, I’d love your recommendations!