16 March 2015

Today's Scoop? Ice Ice Baby!

Guess what?! This cool little number marks my 100th birthday post here on ThePoachedSalmon! It does make me gulp to think how many hours have been spent slaving away coming up with different ideas to grab your attention and the amount of times my fingertips have stumbled and glided across my keypad furiously churning out my ludicrous ramblings! 
So I took it to the notepad to plan out a special little post to mark this momentous moment and decided there really was no other topic that could do this time justice. Ice-cream. Yes ice-cream. This creamy smooth frozen gold has a special place in my heart and to honour my terrible penchant for it, I thought I'd serve up the love and passion to you guys and get you melting at the prospect of reuniting with some terribly delicious men called Ben & Jerry. Stay chilled, raise your tubs & let's get this baby dished up! 

So here's the scoop, life isn't an easy feat and we can often find ourselves melting under some serious life servings of slippery rocky roads. Before you let life's little sprinklings get on top of you like an overly sticky glace cherry, learn the art of chillin' out and seeing how the cookie crumbles.

Let's face it ladies, something magical happens when ice-cream comes into the picture! There's a reason that we always go back to our ever faithful favourite lads Ben & Jerry for a jolly good spooning. They serve it up every time!
After all, every one knows that ice-cream is the frozen secret for daily happiness!

To honour every girl's sweet treat needs I'm dishing up some serious game-changing ice-cream sundae inspiration! Tantalisingly delicious, smooth, creamy, notoriously filthy but 100 % dripped in toe-tingling crumbly and crunchy tutti-frutti gorgeousness!

Crack on some booty-popin' tunes, prep your bowls, raise your spoons and scoop it up, scoop it up à la Taylor!

Step 1: Prep your Bowl

Here's where you can get your creative fingers clickin' by either sticking to your trusty plain vanilla glass bowl or getting saucy with a devilish inventive little number! Here's my top picks...

Crunchy apple deep dish edible bowl 
Pair this fruity little number with some salted caramel lovin' or nutty caramel brittle ice-cream and you'll be floating in a haze of creamy goodness...An apple a day keeps the doctor away after all so it's got to be good for the soul!

Freshly squeezed orange bowl 
Punchy, nourishing and deliciously fragrant. You can't really go wrong here, especially when dished up with a scoop of melting chocolaty smoothness...a sprinkling of Terry's Chocolate orange delight!

Sticky 'mellow rice krispie bowl
Snap crackle and pop! Just how life should be I think! One tasty crunch into this crispy little morsel and you'll be daydreaming in a fluffy marshmallow sugar dream.

Gooey triple chunk brownie bowl
Rich, decadent, indulgent and downright naughty but then all the best things in life are, aren't they? Sink your teeth into a wickedly scrumptious chocolate brownie mixed with the cooling creaminess of your favourite ice-cream...an orgasmic match made in sundae heaven!

Crisp chocolate shell bowl
Chocolate, chocolate with a lil' extra chocolate thrown in for good measure...a girls delightful daydream, right? Get your cocoa fix and dream cups with this sumptuous idea!

Step 2: Ice cream selection

Time to start building these sundae babies with the vital element that holds this tantalising treat together in creamy smooth mischief...behold, the ice cream! With a huge plethora of tempting flavours available just about everywhere and anywhere, the world really is your oyster when it comes to what flavour crew you're going to plump for! Or if you're a fancy little maven, you may just have your own ice cream makin' machine by which I demand you to get fired up and crackin' out the cool goods pronto! Here' some flavour ideas to get your creative minds flowing...

The too-cool-for-school icy sorbets
Think refreshing slushy cocktails on a tropical beach and you can recreate a little slice of summer sunshine in a bowl by plumping for a fruity wave of bliss...peach, lemon, raspberry, lime, passionfruit and everything in between.

The nutty professors
For those of you with less of a Charlie-and-the-chocolate-factory sweet tooth, something a lil' hunky and nutty may just do the trick! Hazelnut, pistachio, macadamia and peanut all taste fabulous when paired with caramelised flavour combinations like dulce de leche, caramel nut brittle, toffee crunch and honeycomb! Hagaan-daz is your main man for the job when there's nuts in the mix!

Pretty polly frozen yoghurts
Frozen yoghurts have always been the late bloomers, hiding shyly behind their voluptuous older gelato sisters but they've finally matured and blossomed, taking the spotlight with their silky textures and lovely flavours and it's about time too! Ranging from dirty triple chocolate numbers, swirly honey caramel, fruity strawberry crunch mixes and laid-back flavour punch combinations! They're all scrummy and they know it.

Magnificently royal gelato queens
Always a winner with little words needed to crown their home-queen glory. Rich, melt-in-your mouth creaminess enriched with mind-blowing flavour explosions in every spoonful. Just get it into your bowl as soon-as-possible we say! A crowning jewel to any sundae bowl you whip up!

Step 3: Get on the sauce ladies
Sometimes plumping for the classic golden oldie chocolate does just the job but why not branch out and get your fingertips into something a little more saucy, minxy and addictive that'll leave you wobbly at the knees and scrubbing that bowl clean with your salivating tongue?! Here's what's made my naughty list...

Melted salted caramel liquid gold 
Sweet. Salty. Glorious.

Chocolate Nutella love
Everyone has Nutella. It's a fact of life. Even if you don't really rate nutella all that much, you still have a stonkin' jar of it in your cupboard. Whip it out, melt it down & slather it onto your spooned cups and you'll be liking it off like a hungry lioness.

Tutti-frutti madness
There's a wide range of fruity sauces available from scrumptious strawberry, pippy-longstocking passionfruit, ravishing raspberry coulis to marvellous mango compotes. Fruity bursts are a fabulous way of perking up plain o'vanilla but also great at breaking up heavier flavours with a pop of zing! Dress 'em up & dress 'em down..they're a frightfully adaptable lot! Plus they totally count as one of your five-a-day so it's basically like spooning liquid health. Bloody marvellous.

Bouncing butterscotch
Succulent, rich and like the sex you can only dream of. This really is a winner when you're hankering for a sweet spot fix. It knows the ropes, the ins and outs, the angle required and before you know it, you'll be deep under the ecstasy journey, moaning in unadulterated sugary satisfaction.

Husky honey
Seems pretty boring n' uninspired huh? Try it & you may find yourself corrected! This fragrant little liquid transforms itself into a fudgy, gooey, chewy dream when smattered across some cold gelato, leaving you with some toffee lovin' madness. When faired with some chopped up fruit & sprinkled with some crushed nuts, you'll be marvelling in pure delight.

Step 3: The tempestuous toppings bar

Now this is where the fun begins ladies. Forget the ground-works, the warming up so-to-speak..this is where the finer details are completed in all their messy, toe-curling glory. Cue the S-U-L-A's...Sweaty. Upper. Lip. Alert! Calm yourself girlfriend or you'll melt your sundae with the heat radiating from your body and no-one wants such a catastrophic fiasco to go down!

The soft, squidgy selections...

Feelin' fruity 

Pretty, flavoursome and a sad excuse to claim it boasts some healthy points...all hail the fruit bowl!
From sliced strawberry, boozy bourbon soaked cherries, tart raspberries, bouncing blueberries, sugar grilled pineapple, bumbling banana to everything in between, chuck it on for some squishy mashing against the smooth richness of your ice cream base.

Pick n'mix medley
Another way to inject some munch into your sundae is to plop on a mix of gummy fruit bears, jumpin' jelly beans, tart liquorice all-sorts, dolly-mixture, fluffy marshmallows...go mad and mix it up!

The Crunch factor...

How the cookie crumbles

The ice-cream's been scooped, the liquid gold has been poured, the squidge has been injected so now it's time for the crunch factor to bring some rough n'tumble to the picture! Think crushed biscuit sprinkles like oreos, maryland cookies, custard cream madness, pink wafer gracings, jammy dodgers tastings and punchy ginger nuts blessings.

Grillin' up somethin' a lil' different
Something to suit all you quirky divas out there who don't like to follow the crowd and feel its imperative to chuck something funky into the mix! Why not get your grill on and sizzle up some bacon drenched in maple syrup? Sounds bizarre but we assure you that when sliced up and scattered into your bowl, the contrast between smooth and crunchy, sweet and salty makes for one serious flavour explosion. Following the mainstream's boring anyway!

Got some nuts?
A little obvious but not to be scoffed at! Chucking a handful of nuts into the mix from salty crushed cashews, caramelised peanuts to honey-roasted pistachios will take your bowl to a whole different level. You'd be nuts to not give this one a look in so crack em' out & show them some creamy lovin'!

Poppin' moves
It's not only just a cinema staple but works be-a-uuutifully when popped on top of some ice-cream! The texture contrast is like a delightful meet-and-greet in your mouth that hits it off immediately, quickly becoming the best of friends. Try salty popcorn for a salty-sweet contrast or get crackin' on some sticky toffee puffs to melt in your mouth and deliver the sugar highs.

Still need some inspiration?
Geez ladies, how much direction does a girl need? I assure you once you get over the initial jitters and get down n'dirty with the goods, you'll be flying high with all thoughts, moves and positions...flavours, we mean. Since I'm such a darling, I'll let you in on some of my favourite sundae combination inspirations....time to go spoon!

- Luscious lemon curd & crumbled honey-pistachio sundae
- Brandied cherry & devilish dark chocolate brownie sundae
- Smooth caramel with crumbled maple-bacon & toffee popcorn sundae
- Honey caramel ice-cream with agave syrup glaze and banana chip sundae
- Vanilla bean ice-cream with heated melty blueberries, caramel popcorn & crushed biscuit sundae
- Neapolitan medley topped with caramel popcorn crunch and chocolate shell casing sundae
- Coconut ice-cream with sugar grilled pineapple, hot butterscotch sauce & crumbled bounty pieces sundae
- Vanilla bean ice cream with stewed apple, hot caramel sauce, crushed cashew nuts & crumbled hobnob sundae

Optional extra topping ideas: M&M's, dried cereal, melted peanut butter, maltesers, sherbet drops, revels, mini-eggs, dried fruit, trail-mix, reese's cups, whipped cream, condensed milk, jelly cubes, rice pudding, custard, popping candy, smarties, rolos, after eights, ferroro rocher, creme eggs...the list is truly endless!

I know that bikini season is just around the corner ladies but well...sadly so is the ice-cream aisle of the local Tescos. Oh drats.
Just remember, tomorrow you can eat your broccoli. Today is for eating ice-cream!

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