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Celebrate summer with a delicious Waffle Ice Cream Sundae Bar, featuring a homemade Mixed Berry Compote! This festive sundae bar idea was inspired by my recent visit to the Eggo Waffle Bar Truck. Click below (anywhere except the Pin Me! button) to find out where the Eggo Waffle Bar Truck is stopping near you!
The weather in Dallas is getting hot. It was in the 90s here last week, and honestly, I’m not ready for it! I’m a mid-70s kind of gal, so sometimes the idea that I ended up living in Texas is pretty humorous.
Thankfully, on the hottest day, I got to visit the Eggo Waffle Bar Truck at my local Walmart. After cooling off with a delicious waffle sundae, I was ready to face to world again.
Lucky for you, you don’t have to live in Texas to find the Eggo Waffle Bar Truck. It’s traveling around the US this summer (now through September), moving a total of 200 times over 100+ days. Find a stop near you here!
It was so enjoyable visiting the Eggo Waffle Bar Food Truck and creating my ultimate sundae. I loved the idea and was inspired to create my own ice cream sundae bar. And of course, I had to include waffles!
This Waffle Ice Cream Sundae Bar was so fun and easy to set up. I created mine with a birthday in mind. There are so many opportunities to celebrate during summer, and this is definitely my idea of an awesome birthday cake alternative.
Don’t limit yourself to birthdays though. This sundae bar idea is perfect for pretty much any summer party!
I’m sharing all my tips for creating this Waffle Ice Cream Sundae Bar below.
From setup to supplies to sundae bar topping ideas (definitely the best part!), my easy tutorial covers it all.
There’s even a homemade Mixed Berry Compote that’s so fresh and tasty. You can make this easy recipe in minutes!
How to Make a Waffle Ice Cream Sundae Bar
Want to set up your own ice cream sundae bar? Here’s what you’ll need:
- Kellogg’s Eggo Homestyle Waffles (plus other flavors, if desired)
- Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream
- Reddi-wip® Original Dairy Whipped Topping
- M&M’S® Minis Milk Chocolate Candies
- Mixed Berry Compote (recipe follows)
- Hot fudge sauce (I used the Smucker’s Hot Fudge topping shown above, but I also love Smucker’s Hot Fudge Spoonable Ice Cream Topping, which is also a great addition to any Waffle Bar!)
- Other sauces, such as caramel, strawberry, etc.
- Other toppings, such as chopped nuts, sprinkles, cookies, coconut, etc.
- Servings containers
- Spoons or scoops for serving
If you’re planning an ice cream sundae party, I highly recommend scooping the ice cream in advance. This simple step will save you lots of time and fuss when it comes to sundae building time.
Simply line a large baking sheet with foil, scoop the ice cream on it, and refreeze. When it’s serving time, transfer the ice cream directly to individual bowls or place the scoops in a bowl and let your guests serve themselves.
I love this Breyers® Natural Vanilla Ice Cream. You can see the flecks of real vanilla bean … yum!
After I scooped the ice cream, I set up my dessert table.
My theme for this Waffle Ice Cream Sundae Bar was fun, festive, and colorful … perfect for a birthday party!
The first thing I did was create the chalkboard. If you’re a regular reader, you might recognize it from my holiday decorations. I kept the wreath and bow from my holiday design, erased the message, and then added the waffle bar info in the middle.
Then, I drew attention to the chalkboard by hanging the DIY Tissue Paper Pom Poms that I made for my birthday party around it.
I love how the poms and chalkboard look together! It makes a great focal point for the table.
Next, I set the table. I like to set out the empty serving containers first, rearranging them until I like the placement.
As a general rule, you want to display the shorter, smaller serving pieces in front with the taller or larger pieces behind them. Group similar ice cream sundae bar toppings, like sauces, close together. And try to create varying heights on your table for added visual interest, too. I placed two taller serving dishes on either end of the table.
Once you have an arrangement you like, you can start filling the containers. If you’re setting up the table in advance of your ice cream sundae party, place a little note in each bowl noting what it will hold. Then, you can quickly fill the bowls later.
Of course, if you want to keep things really simple, you can serve your topping directly from their containers.
I prefer to transfer the toppings to serving bowls though. It just makes the sundae bar look more uniform and cohesive.
Coming up with sundae bar topping ideas is pretty much the best part! I like to include a wide variety so my guests can get creative and build unique sundaes.
This is the perfect opportunity to raid your cabinets and use up all those odds and ends!
I love using candy, and M&M’S® Minis Milk Chocolate Candies are the perfect bite size topping. Chopped cookies, nuts, and coconut are delicious, too.
You’ll need some sauces, and it’s nice to include a few for variety. I used hot fudge and some homemade caramel I had leftover from another dessert.
And don’t forget the Reddi-wip!
Since my inspiration for this ice cream sundae bar came from my Waffle Bar Food Truck visit, the base for our sundaes was Kellogg’s Eggo Homestyle Waffles. I couldn’t resist including some Kellogg’s Eggo Chocolatey Chip Waffles, too. Delicious News! Eggo waffles now have no artificial flavors and colors from natural sources. I love that.
If you’re serving a big group, forget about the toaster. Keep things simple and heat up the waffles in your oven (just follow the package directions).
I placed the toasted waffles on a big tray surrounding my amazing homemade Mixed Berry Compote. I’m sharing the recipe for this wonderful sauce at the end of the post, so keep reading!
It really wouldn’t be an ice cream sundae bar without sprinkles, would it?
I set out a variety of sprinkles right by the ice cream, which you’ll put out at the last possible minute so it doesn’t melt, of course!
Don’t forget to set out lots of spoons or scoops, and you could even label the ice cream sundae bar toppings if you want, too.
I absolutely love how my Waffle Ice Cream Sundae Bar turned out!
It looks so bright and cheery and is so perfect for all your summer parties (birthdays, showers, 4th of July, etc).
I mean, what party wouldn’t you want an ice cream sundae bar for?
Of course, the best part of this Waffle Ice Cream Sundae Bar is coming up with tasty sundae combinations!
I snapped a couple pics of our favorite concoctions.
This yummy sundae started with one chocolate chip waffle that was topped with 1/2 cup ice cream, plus 2 tbsp. hot fudge, 1 tbsp. M&M’S® Minis Milk Chocolate Candies, 1 chopped cookie, 1/2 tbsp. sprinkles, and 1 tbsp. Reddi-wip. In case you’re wondering, this combination has 489 calories.
It was so colorful and delicious!
My favorite combination was a Kellogg’s Eggo Homestyle Waffle topped with ice cream, my homemade Mixed Berry Compote, and of course, Reddi-wip.
You are going to love this compote! It’s so simple to make and the berries taste so fresh.
Before we get to the compote, let’s take one more look at the table with a closeup of that chalkboard.
If you want to create your own chalkboard, start by lightly sketching out your design with regular chalk.
Once you’re happy with the design, go over the regular chalk quickly with a chalk marker to make the design more permanent. After the marker is dry, wipe off the regular chalk and go back in to add more details, thicken lines, etc.
Okay, let’s talk about that homemade Mixed Berry Compote!
I absolutely love this recipe for summer, and it’s not just for dessert. This beautiful berry compote would be perfect for topping your morning Kellogg’s Eggo Homestyle Waffles (sans ice cream). Of course, it’s also delicious on cake, topping crepes, and other sweet treats, too.
This is one versatile sauce!
This Mixed Berry Compote is made with three tasty ingredients: berries, brown sugar, and a pinch of salt. Simple, but so delicious!
I used strawberries and blackberries, but feel free to use a mixture of your favorite berries or whatever is in season.
This homemade Mixed Berry Compote is the perfect topping for all your favorite treats!
- 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
- 1 lb strawberries, halved or quartered depending on size
- 2 cups blackberries
Combine brown sugar with 1/4 cup water in a medium heavy bottom pot.
Heat over medium heat; cook until hot and sugar is dissolved.
Add berries and a pinch of salt; simmer, stirring often, until berries are tender and have released their juices (about 7 to 10 minutes).
Serve compote warm or chilled. Enjoy!
Now that you know how to make this delicious Mixed Berry Compote, make sure to include it in your Waffle Ice Cream Sundae Bar.
Make sure to stop by Walmart to pick up all the supplies for your own Waffle Ice Cream Sundae Bar!
And don’t forget to find out where the Eggo Waffle Bar Truck is making a stop near you!
What is your favorite sundae combination?