By Vanessa Greaves

Outrageous toppings to upgrade your ice cream

A simple bowl of ice cream is always a treat, but embellish it with one of these toppings and you, my friend, will totally bring the swagger. Here are 28 ideas for upgrading your ice cream, including savory, spicy add-ins that will challenge your notions of what flavors play well with ice cream. Is your mouth ready for this much fun?

1) Easy Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Maybe you didn't know how easy it is to make rich, decadent chocolate sauce at home. Now that you do, this could change everything.

5) Praline Sundae Topping

"This was SO good! The best caramel-y sauce I've ever had. And SO EASY. When I was stirring in the milk at the end, it didn't look like it would incorporate at first, so I got out the ol' whisk and that did the trick." — What a Dish!

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9) Sweet Blackberry and Brandy Sauce

"My mom taught me a secret to berry and liqueur/brandy sauces: Add 8 peppercorns before cooking. Strain out the seeds and peppercorns. This adds a great layer of flavor." — SUNSETINAZ

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13) Caramel Popcorn

It's all about enjoying the contrasts between the creamy and the crunchy, the sweet and the savory.

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17) Candied Pecans

"I've made this recipe at least 10 times and I absolutely love it! A friend told me they're WAY better than any candied nuts she's bought at stores/festivals, etc. For a pound of nuts, I only use 1/3 cup sugar; they're PLENTY sweet with that amount." — nikkiran

21) Crunchy Peanut Butter, Chocolate, Coconut Granola

"This puts boxed chocolate granola to shame. It was especially tasty warm out of the oven." — Holiday Baker

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25) Microwave Oven Peanut Brittle

This easy version of peanut brittle bypasses the stove altogether. Be sure to break it up into small pieces to make it more spoon-friendly when you put it on your ice cream.

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