The Best Candy to Mix Into Your Ice Cream Sundae!

UPDATED ON JULY 13, 2023
BY NEAL ROTHSTEIN

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I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Summertime is here and there are countless ways to cool off. From dipping in the pool, cranking your AC, or drinking an ice-cold soda, everyone has their go-to ways to beat the summer heat. But if your taste buds absolutely love a sweet treat, nothing quite beats our favorite frozen treat, an ice cream sundae.

In 2023, National Ice Cream Day falls on Sunday, July, 16th! To benefit the American dairy industry, President Ronald Regan decreed July to be National Ice Cream Month, and the day as national holidays back in 1984. Even though the official presidential proclamation stated that it was only for the current year, millions of ice cream fanatics have continued to celebrate National Ice Cream Day every year since!

There are a ton of things that can make your ice cream experience even better. Hot fudge, salted caramel sauce, chocolate chips, nuts, fruits, whipped cream, and rainbow sprinkles are all excellent (and probably necessary) additions to your ice cream sundae. But as America’s favorite candy distributor, the proverbial “cherry on top” for us is the seemingly infinite number of candy options that can take your ice cream sundae to the next level.

From chocolate-covered gummy bears to Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, Heath Bars, fruity, crunchy Nerds and everything in between, here are some of our favorite candy ice cream toppings to mix into your next sundae!

Butterfinger

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Something about the creamy smoothness of vanilla ice cream, mixed with the chocolatey, peanut buttery crunch of Butterfinger really hits the spot on a hot summer’s day! Crush up one of these candy bars, and put it on top of your favorite ice cream, then add more chocolate sauce, peanut butter, or your favorite chopped nuts and you’ve got yourself a flavor and texture sensation that is hard to beat!

The small size of Butterfinger Unwrapped Minis makes them perfect for crushing up and turning into the perfect ice cream topping. If you’ve never experienced this before, you’ve been sorely missing out!

Heath Bars

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Heath bars have long been able to turn an innocent ice cream sundae into a diabolically delicious bowl of sweet indulgence! Toffee and milk chocolate combined with sweet ice cream provides a symphony of flavors and textures that are sure to please anyone under the sun!

Reese’s Peanut Butter

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Whether you want Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups, or Reese’s Pieces, peanut butter is always a great way to compliment your ice cream sundaes! Picture this: a luxurious mound of creamy ice cream, slathered with rivers of velvety chocolate syrup, when all of a sudden, bam! Reese's Peanut Butter candy jumps in like a little nutty superhero, ready to save your taste buds from boredom.

Whether you prefer the soft, gooeyness of a peanut butter cup, or a crispy, crunchy Reese’s Pieces for a texture that’s out of this world, Reese’s always seems to hit the spot! Or, why not have the best of both worlds and try a Reese’s Big Cup with Reese’s Pieces crammed inside? We think it’s a great idea!

M&M’s

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These delightful little candies, with their vibrant candy shells and melt-in-your-mouth chocolatey goodness adds a delightful crunch that will take your sundae from ordinary to extraordinary! Whether you prefer them whole, or crushed, M&M’s will add a lot of sweet chocolatey flavor, and an array of vibrant color to any dessert!

One heavenly combination that could leave you floating on cloud nine is Pretzel M&M's. This creates an utter symphony of flavors as these delectable treats infuse your sundae with a delightful balance of both a sweet and salty crunch. Whether you opt for a drizzle of caramel or a cascade of chocolate syrup, Pretzel M&M's are the ultimate partners in crime, elevating the sweetness of your sundae with just the right touch of crunchy, salty and savory satisfaction. Believe us, your taste buds will thank you!

Cookie Dough Bites

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Okay, we know a lot of you out there actually prefer cookie dough to actual, baked cookies. We get it because we are right there with you! Who doesn’t have fond memories of your grandma letting you lick the dough off of the mixing spoon after she prepared a fresh batch of cookies? Luckily, we have just the thing to liven up your next ice cream dish!

Twix Cookie Dough Bites come ready to eat and feature Twix candy bar pieces mixed into delicious cookie dough! When mixed with ice cream, the concoction of flavors: creamy caramel, heavenly chocolate, and the sinful decadence of cookie dough is like having an ice cream party in your mouth! The result is pure bliss as you’ll be transported to a delectable state of nirvana you never could’ve imagined before!

Chocolate-Covered Gummy Bears

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If you consider yourself somewhat of a dessert daredevil, prepare yourself for a flavor frenzy that will leave your taste buds wondering what the heck just happened to them! Chocolate-covered gummy bears are here to mix the fruity world of gummy bears with the creamy, rich indulgence of your favorite chocolates.

Kopper’s Milk Chocolate Gummy Bears are a unique, yet enthralling addition to ice cream sundaes. As you take a bite, the smooth, velvety chocolate shell gives way to a burst of fruity gummy goodness. It's like a rollercoaster ride for your taste buds, where the tangy gummy bears and the creamy ice cream collide in a flavor mixture of sweet and chewy magic. This is an idea that’s simply too good not to try!

Nerds

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Another somewhat unconventional candy to mix in with your ice cream sundae comes in the form of Nerds Rainbow Candy. These crunchy, fruity little candies take rainbow sprinkles to a whole other level! As you take a spoonful, the crunch of the Nerds mingling with the creamy goodness of the ice cream creates a tantalizing texture sensation that's simply irresistible. Each Nerd is like a burst of fruity joy, injecting your ice cream with a playful twist that will have you grinning from ear to ear.

Andes Chocolate Mints

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Mint always adds a cool, refreshing kick to any dessert, and ice cream is no different! While there are some that aren’t particularly fond of mint chocolate chip ice cream, the people who love it, really, I mean, reeeeeally love it! If you happen to be one of those people, you could turn any plain old vanilla ice cream into a minty, chocolatey gold mine with Andes Crème De Menthe Thins! Just crumble some up, or freeze them and use a cheese grater to shave some minty freshness onto your next bowl of ice cream!

Nonpareils

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Get the best of both worlds, with milk chocolate and rainbow party sprinkles in each bite with Asher’s Nonpareils! Ready to embark on a star-studded adventure with your next serving of ice cream? The playful colors of the tiny beads at the bottom of each piece of rich, indulgent, high-quality milk chocolate will add a texture and flavor that is absolutely irresistible when paired with any of your favorite ice cream flavors! Nonpareils are the chocolatey sprinkle fairy godmothers that will make every scoop of ice cream feel like you’re having a celebration!

Whoppers

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Let’s step into the time machine and journey back to the days of old-time soda fountains and the nostalgic flavors of handmade milkshakes and malts. Now, imagine yourself sitting at the counter, savoring a classic milkshake adorned with a heavenly malt flavor. That distinct combination of creaminess and maltiness really made your taste buds tango with joy. Well, guess what? Whoppers Candy is here to transport that enchanting flavor combo straight into your ice cream bowl today!

With the malty, chocolatey goodness that comes in each box of Whoppers, you have found yourself a winning combination of flavors that pairs well with just about any form of ice cream! Simply sprinkle a spoonful of crushed-up Whoppers on your ice cream sundae and enjoy being transported back to simpler times this summer!

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Do you think we missed anything? What will you be mixing in with your ice cream on National Ice Cream Day this year? Hit us up on social media, and we may even use your suggestions in a future blog post!

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