Ice Cream Sundae Mini-Tart Party Bar

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Ice Cream Sundae Party Tarts


“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.

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I dipped many of the vanilla shells in chocolate, then chopped nuts or coconut.

We offered three kinds of homemade ice cream along with the usual toppings– hot fudge sauce, whipped cream, nuts, and cherries.

ice cream tartlette bar (3 of 9)

A variety of embellished tarts + 3 choices of ice cream + sundae toppings = ice cream sundae party tart bar

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.

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Upper left: Tabitha and her fiance’; Upper right: the groom is happy about his custom-designed ice cream sundae tart; Below: Members of the shower group who hosted the party at our church

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Lorraine December 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm

Super fun and really great shower menu! Love it and think it looks tempting for both the tummy and the eyes :)

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Betty December 1, 2012 at 11:32 pm

What a cute idea! They’d be perfect for any occasion- I love all of the different flavor combinations you could make with the different shells and ice cream flavors. :)

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Melissa December 2, 2012 at 8:52 am

What a wonderful idea!
Love the shells and the table is so pretty!

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Joan December 2, 2012 at 3:37 pm

They tasted as good as they looked! Thanks Paula for being so creative for our group.

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Paula December 2, 2012 at 10:01 pm

What a sweet looking couple Tabitha and her fiance make. Your ice cream sundae mini tarts must have been the hit of this special shower for the happy couple.

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Erika December 3, 2012 at 1:35 pm

You and your fabulous tarts! This is such a cute idea for a wedding shower–so cute and dress-friendly since they’re so proportional! I am so impressed that you even made homemade ice cream to make the sundaes. I’m pinning this to keep this in mind for future entertaining!

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The Café Sucré Farine December 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm

How creative you are Paula, and what a fun party, wish I could have been there to see all these delicious looking treats!

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Rachel @ yourtablecloth.com December 5, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I love your blog thanks Merry Christmas

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