When choosing between two evils, I always like to try the one I’ve never tried before.” Mae West
This is pretty much my philosophy about dessert. Actually, I just love having choices, and evidently other people like choices too, based on the way ice cream shops advertise the number of flavors they offer.
Before Thanksgiving, I helped host a wedding shower along with several other girls from my church. We wanted something different from the usual cake and punch routine. I decided to embellish individual vanilla and chocolate cookie-crust tarts (make them yourself or buy at most large grocery stores) with chocolate, nuts, and coconut and use them as the base for hot fudge sundaes.
We offered three kinds of homemade ice cream along with the usual toppings– hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, nuts, and cherries.
I lined a large and shallow straw basket with plastic and filled it with ice to hold the ice cream. We needed it to stay cold for about an hour as the shower was a come-and-go affair. I had a couple containers of ice cream on reserve in the freezer when the ice cream in the basket began to get too soft.
If you look closely, you can see the labels I printed for the ice cream which made it easier for the guests to decide which flavor they wanted. We had homemade vanilla bean, homemade peanut butter, and blackberry with chocolate shards. I also had coffee ice cream from Starbucks (one of my favorites) in reserve. You don’t need a lot of ice cream because the tart shells don’t hold that much.