ice cream cups

An ice cream craving can hit at any time, even when it's chilly outside. But how do you satisfy your needs when you're already wrapped up in a blanket? Easily.

Regardless of the season, ice cream is produced year-round. In fact, nearly 9% of U.S. dairy milk is made into ice cream. Seasonal favorites like pumpkin spice and peppermint fly off the shelves, but ice cream on its own isn't always as enticing when it's snowing outside.

Ice cream pairs well with a number of hot beverages and warm toppings that will play nicely together to create a balance between hot and cold. Here are five recipes for you to try out this fall and winter.

  1. Try an affogato. Affogato means "drowned" in Italian, and this dessert is literally drowned in espresso. Scoop a cup of your favorite gelato and pour a shot of hot espresso over it. If you're feeling fancy, try it with some shavings of dark chocolate or hazelnuts.

  2. If coffee isn't your thing, make an affogato with hot chocolate. Play with seasonal flavors like pumpkin spice, white chocolate, or even peppermint when the snow starts to fall.

  3. Baked apples with ice cream, topped with caramel sauce, are a fall favorite, and can help you use up the remaining apples you have left in season before they turn to mush. Even if they've started to bruise a little, hollowing them out and using them as ice cream cups is a great trick to make sure they don't go to waste. Thhe apples serve as their own ice cream containers, it's a good idea to put these tasty treats in ice cream cups, anyway, so that you can dig in without worrying about any messes.

  4. For those of age, a mulled wine ice cream sundae may be the perfect ending to a hard day. Mull your favorite red wine with a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla beans, orange peel, pink peppercorns, or whatever spices suit your taste. Afterwards, simmer until it's reduced by about half. Use sugar at your discretion to create a syrupy consistency. Pour it over some vanilla bean ice cream, add a little chocolate syrup, grab a spoon, and dig in.

  5. Try making a caramel apple cider float by topping your salted caramel ice cream with some warm apple cider. This play on a root beer float is toasty and doesn't contain any caffeine. The only thing you have to worry about is the sugar rush that comes with it! You can also use vanilla ice cream and top it with caramel sauce.

With the change of the seasons, many ice cream vendors shut down shop. But there's no need when there are plenty of options for seasonal treats! Order ice cream cups, containers, spoons, and more from Frozen Dessert Supplies to keep your customers coming well through the winter.