ice cream containersA full 90% of American households regularly indulge in a sweet, frozen treat, and just because the whole world is like an icebox outside, doesn't mean you have to put those ice cream containers down! Unfortunately, America's favorite treat goes ignored during the cold season, but lucky for you, we have come up with some ways to fill your ice cream cups up to the brim with frozen goodness this winter.

Ice cream in hot cocoa
Or, if you are looking for a caffeine jolt, choose coffee! Throw a couple scoops of vanilla or chocolate ice cream in your hot drink for a nice way to take the edge off of the severe cold that comes with this treat. If you let the ice cream melt, then you will have a new twist on a latte, and who wouldn't like that?

An interesting hot sauce
Go beyond the normal hot fudge or caramel sauce this winter, and instead add more seasonally appropriate sauce such as cinnamon, maple syrup, or even pumpkin sauce! Winter is time for richer flavors, so it is time to take advantage.

A different twist on the toppings

Just like the sauces, it is time to change things up. Go for walnuts, sea salt, apple pie filling, or even creme de menthe for a seasonal feel.

Throw away the paper cup and make an edible bowl
Warm up your hands a little bit and create a brownie or cookie bowl to hold your ice cream or gelato. Think of it as a bread bowl but for ice cream, and it will only take your dessert to a new level. Christmas cookies get a new twist this way, and what isn't there to love?

The cookie sandwich twist
Winter is the season of baked goods, so put some ice cream in the middle of your favorite cookie, bread, or pastry to make an interesting ice cream sandwich. Some ideas include banana bread, brownies, or ginger molasses cookies. Above anything else, this gives the word ice cream containers a whole new meaning!

Ice cream should not be forgotten this winter, so keep these ideas in mind the next time you crave something frozen and delicious.