1. Embrace #basic (then mix things up)
Vanilla ice cream is the purest expression of creamy, frozen deliciousness. This simple recipe is yummy as is, or it makes a great base for mix-ins if that’s more your speed.
Recipe: Super-Easy Vanilla Ice Cream
Got your vanilla ice cream down? Now switch it up! Use your easy vanilla ice cream recipe base to make it minty, jammy, coconutty or chocolate-chippy. Get the recipes here.
2. Make your own sprinkles (really!)
What store-bought sprinkles bring in color, they often lack in flavor. This easy version—super-tasty icing cut into adorable little bits—fixes that problem once and for all.
Recipe: Homemade Sprinkles
3. Bump up your berry sauce
This three-ingredient sauce is a little sweet, a little tangy, and 100 percent delicious.
Recipe: Berry-Balsamic Sauce
4. Conquer caramel
This recipe is so much better than anything in a jar.
Recipe: Salted Caramel Sauce
5. Pick up a pint
Looking for your new go-to flavor? Try one of our all-time faves. Warning: You might not wanna share.
6. Make some magic
Remember that chocolate sauce from your childhood that froze into a shell on your ice cream? If you have chocolate and coconut oil, you can re-create that sweet sorcery at home. Mind = blown!
Get the recipes: 4 Ways to Make DIY Magic Shell for Your Ice Cream
7. Pie-ify it
A nutty crust, a creamy custard filling, and a towering crown of meringue? Yep. We’re on Team (Ice Cream) Pie.
8. Get grammin'
So many eye-catching desserts, so little time. On your next trip to the ice cream shop, grab your phone, find a cool background, and grab some inspiration from these Insta-worthy ice cream shots from around the country. Don’t forget to tag @rachaelraymag and #RRMagFan. Hurry—cuz it’s melting!
9. Make a kick-a** birthday cake
In honor of her big birthday on August 25, we wanted to make a cake as awesome as our namesake. We give you the Rach: an Italian extravaganza with layers of chocolate–olive oil cake and cherry and Sicilian pistachio gelato (but ice cream works, too) crowned with a cloud of Luxardo cherry–topped mascarpone whipped cream. It’s a heck of a lot of fun, just like the woman herself. HBD, Rach!
10. Go global
11. Have fun with it!
What do you like to do with ice cream? Let us know in the comments below!