Sundaes always make me think of long summer days growing up in the midwest. At the peak of summer in Ohio, the sun sometimes didn't dip below the horizon until almost 9:30pm, which meant lots of daylight hours to laugh and play, especially after school was out for the summer. Those days, it was pretty safe to roam around the neighborhood, and I spent my time playing kickball in the street with the boys or riding bikes with my girlfriends. My mom always told me I had to be home by the time the streetlights came on, and I would grudgingly drag my feet back home to end the day.
Other evenings, my mom would load us up in the minivan (oh yeah, we did have two minivans in my lifetime) and we would head to the ice cream shop for cones or sundaes. Hands-down, my favorite places to go were Honey Hut Ice Cream and East Coast Custard, and if you grew up in Cleveland, I really really hope you have been to one or both places. (It is no coincidence that the Yelp review for Honey Hut has 5 stars for reviews.)
Ghiradelli chocolate for Espresso Hot Fudge Sauce. (Can you read upside down?)
When my family would go for ice cream, sometimes I would be in the mood for just a cone (with two scoops of course), but often I would want a sundae. Thinking back, might have just wanted the sundae for the maraschino cherry on the top, but the hot fudge sauce on the frozen ice cream didn't hurt either. Actually, I think I gravitated towards the sundae because aside from a banana split, it was the most indulgent thing on the menu. Even as a child I was a smart girl.
Now I don't know if it was these childhood memories or just the appeal of chocolate, cherries, and ice cream, but when I saw this Spumoni Sundae with Hot Fudge and Cherry Sauce in Bon Appetit last summer, I swooned.
Plus, I can rarely turn away chocolate.
I cannot resist this.
Espresso hot fudge sauce? Warm amaretto cherry sauce? Pistachio and vanilla ice cream? Check, check, and check. Yes, I would like them all please. And if you can serve them to me in a pretty sundae glass that would be great. I can even say please and thank you if you want. Pretty please...?
This warm amaretto cherry sauce is to die for.