#AtoZChallenge: I is for Ice Cream

ice cream sprinkles scoop

It’s easy for me to dream about food.

ILike, when I’m awake. Between meals, or during, actually. I wonder what a psychiatrist would say about that. For today’s A to Z Challenge, I went with, “what would go on your dream ice cream sundae?” I wanted to keep it light today and went with dessert.

But not light dessert – because that’s just gross.

I set out to ask my girls what would go on their dream sundaes. I checked in with Madison, the college girl, first. She, like me, keeps a quadrant of her brain trained on food. It’s what we do.

Her answer might or might not surprise you – but it’ll show you the ice cream scoop doesn’t fall far from the counter. A shit ton of chocolate said she, and gummy worms.

I texted Hayden for her entry. Only I waited too long. We’d just watched Furious 7, it was after midnight (relax – they’re out of school this week), and, just like a bill due, I forgot until bedtime. She texted me the next morning.

Strawberries, she said. Also, the Wi-Fi is out again.

ice cream
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Camdyn’s Sundae Proclamation

Camdyn also go the call after midnight, but, in true Pacheco tradition, she was up to the task. Her eyes turned even more chocolate brown and she went into a trance. CHOCOLATE. I had to ask, that’s all?

photo credit: M&M’s composition via photopin (license)

To which she rambled off a list as indecipherable as a Nicki Minaj rap.

Write it down! I pleaded.

So she did:

  • M&Ms
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles
  • Cookie dough
  • Caramel

Lots of friends chimed in with their setups. Behold:

Cherry dip and rainbow sprinkles on twist ice cream.

I’d probably put sprinkles and whip cream on it.


Hmm… well if calories are not a deciding factor, Reeses’ Pieces and Butterfinger topping. And whipped cream of course 🙂 YUM!

CHERRIES, all kinds of nuts, hot fudge, caramel sauce…wonder what bacon would taste like on ice cream? I wouldn’t be surprised if there’s bacon flavored ice cream out there!

I would say mint chocolate chip ice cream as the base with hot fudge, whipped cream, rainbow sprinkles, and a cherry on top! 🙂

French vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, toasted coconut, sliced macadamia nuts covered in dark chocolate, topped with homemade whipped cream. Mmmm!

All things caramel, Oreo, or peanut butter related will always be welcome on my ice cream. 

mexico sundae
In Cancun, my friend Tommy insisted upon having an ice cream sundae, way past midnight, on the first night. Not one to let a friend go an adventure alone, I had one, too.

One went full-on contingency list:

Depending on where the ice cream is served, my tastes change.

Coldstone = cake batter with Oreos.

Iceberg (a local) = grasshopper shake (basically mint Oreo).

Trader Joe’s = Cookie butter ice cream

Another dreams big, like me, even if it means going bite-sized:

Cakes, donuts, and pancakes- all bite-sized, of course – maple syrup, whipped cream, chocolate syrup, caramel sauce, and… strawberries!

What about you? What would go on yours?

Oh, and for me? Just give me salted caramel and Butterfinger.

The rest of the A to Z to this point:

A is for Addiction to Devices

B is for Burgers (3 Lessons I learned During a Month Without Them) Plus 3 Random Smartphone Pics

C is for Interview with a Cat

D is for Do What I Do and Eat What I Eat

E is for Eight Things I’ve Left Behind

F is for  Foods That Bring Me Comfort

G is for #GirlsRock: An Interview Mental Health Care Advocate Kitt O’Malley

H is for Halfway There

ice cream sundae quote


  1. Rich vanilla ice cream with Hershey’s chocolate fudge topping (yep, we can get it here in Oz), small pieces of gummy bears, and a sprinkle of popping candy would please me no end 😀

    1. Oreo and milk I believe existed before the universe did. I don’t know how, but I believe it. Maybe they were the start of the universe.

      Your toppings read like a best-sellers list, Katy. Good on you. Finally marshmallows get their due!

  2. A couple coaches I had in high school always opted for quantity over quality. There was an ice cream shop on our way home from a wrestling tournament they looked forward to stopping at every year because you could get “a shit ton” of ice cream for next to nothing. It was good enough to eat.

  3. I don’t think I’ve ever met an ice cream I didn’t like, but if I had to narrow it down to just one I’d go with the combination I learned from my Dad as a kid–chocolate with Hershey’s syrup and marshmallow cream.

  4. Ok… love certain Ice Creams… Sundaes 🍨 and such, but my all time favorite I cannot find in Texas ANYWHERE!!! Soft serve chocolate! I KNOW, impossible to believe but so far, no luck in my area! 😭 The closest thing I can find is soft yogurt which is sooooooooooo not the same thing!

    1. BUT you have BLUE BELL ice cream….. banana pudding? OMG. Its been 7 yrs since I’ve had it and still remember how amazing it is. Real banana!!!!

      1. Blue Bell is like the Tesla of ice creams, isn’t it? People and wonders of the world can’t always leave that kind of impact, seven years later!

  5. I always liked to take the crumbs and broken cookies from bags of Chips Ahoy! and dump them on top of a huge mound of ice cream. Even better were the cheap “assorted” cookies that came in a bag and were half-broken by the time you got halfway through the bag. And butterscotch syrup, and it doesn’t matter what kind of ice cream it is. My current favorite is the Klondike bar, which comes in about a dozen flavors now (my faves are the mint chocolate chip and Heath Bar Crunch), and I always get a scoop of ice cream with pie (usually apple or cherry).

    1. With that logic, John, I’d rather crush up the whole bag of them for just that use! Brilliant. Butterscotch anything is classic. Have you heard of the chocolate shell that hardens after you pour it on the ice cream? There has to be some sort of toxin in it to achieve that effect.

      Heath Bar Crunch Klondike’s are delicious, and I’ve discovered something called Skinny Cow. The name evokes thoughts of me being able to eat two at a time.

    1. I’m a purist when it comes to pizza, and prefer the original toppings: Pepperoni, sausage, black olives, green peppers, onion. On ice cream though – not even cookie dough? If it’s the good stuff – the vanilla that tastes like vanilla, not simply the absence of any other flavor – I’m down, Ericka.

  6. Oh man, ice cream is my weakness!! I love it with whipped cream, Oreo crumbs and sprinkles I think. Sometimes chocolate sauce and caramel too. And now I need some ASAP. Never mind it’s only 7:30 in the morning!

    1. Right???? I don’t think I’ve ever had ice cream for breakfast but I’d totally do it right now after reading this!!! LOL

    2. I consider ice cream a strength, Beth. Whipped cream, Oreo crumbs and sprinkles might be considered a trinity of toppings in a lot of cultures, and I can’t argue the significance.

      Breakfast ice cream ought to be a thing.

  7. You had me at ICE CREAM, my most favorite food in the world!!!!!! LOL. I also dream of food all the time and I’m a big foodie 😉 I’ll keep this short though. My dream sundae has both vanilla and chocolate ice cream, thinly sliced bananas, hot fudge, peanut butter, and nuts. All the nuts. Maybe throw some caramel and whipped cream on top for good measure. Man Eli, now I am hungry and craving ice cream!!! No fair!!!! LOL. I’ve got a pint of Chunky Monkey in freezer at home ready to be cracked tonight!!!

    1. It’s what’s for dinner, right? Foodies should feel right at home around here. And in the future, never worry about word count on your comments! The neighbors don’t mind.

      I like the detail of thinly sliced bananas. Big difference, better taste mingling. And you’re the first to suggest two flavors of ice cream, you pioneer you.

      Let’s all raise a ice cream cup to the prospect of Chunky Monkey or Moose Tracks or hell, even a scoop or three of plain vanilla to cap our days.

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