dessertsNow that fall is upon us, chances are you've noticed a slow influx of fall flavors into food everywhere. We're talking about apples, cinnamon, caramel, and most importantly, the ever-present pumpkin spice. Just because it's cooler outside doesn't mean that you have to give up your favorite frozen dessert. There's no rule that says you can't enjoy an ice cream, gelato, or a frozen yogurt sundae just because it's not summer. In fact, fun fall flavors are some of the best additions to ice cream!

But considering that the International Ice Cream Association member companies report that vanilla is the number one most popular flavor among their customers, we've created a list on how to enhance that vanilla ice cream with some of the best tastes of fall.

Apple cider float

Apple cider is a crowd favorite during this time of year, and it will only get better if you add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to it. You can serve it either in chilled apple cider or warm for a nice creamy twist. The best part of all is that you can serve this in addition to any other fall desserts you're planning because your guests will be thirsty!

Gingersnap sandwhiches
Give the typical ice cream sandwich an upgrade with this classic fall cookie. Just take a scoop of vanilla ice cream, smush it between two cookies, and then freeze for about an hour for it to set.

Apple crisp sundae
This sundae couldn't be easier; all you need is a scoop of apple crisp at the bottom of your ice cream cup, a scoop or two of vanilla, a drizzle of caramel, and a few apple slices for garnish. Add whipped cream and a sprinkle of granola instead of the cherry and dig right in.

Pumpkin spIce Cream
Take a scoop of vanilla ice cream and sprinkle it with some cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin spice to taste. Add a drizzle of caramel, garnish with a molasses cookie, and it'll be like you're indulging in a frozen pumpkin spice latte.

There is no wrong way to incorporate the fun flavors of fall into your desserts. Try our ideas and see what one works the best for you and your family! Bon Appetit!