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The Sunny Sundae Edition
Hello Dear Reader,
Those of us working in Zingerman’s Next Door Café have been dreaming up various compositions of the ultimate sundae. I am definitely convinced our shelves are filled with the best array of sublime sauces and texturally tantalizing toppings to create an out-of-this-world sundae combination at home. I’ve compiled a list of suggestions to get those dreamy summer dessert wheels whirling.
A fantastic sundae might just start with the perfect rich sauce. From gooey caramel to thick chocolate sauce, we have a few decadent suggestions.
Crafted from simple ingredients, Marc Cooper’s hot fudge is milky and chocolatey, with just the right amount of sweetness. The perfect accompaniment for your favorite pint of Zingerman’s Creamery gelato. Microwave for less than a minute and you’re in business.
We serve Coop’s Fudge on gelato sundaes in the Next Door Café! On SALE now during our SUMMER SALE!
Exotic caramel sauce with loads of passion fruit that’s complemented by the addition of cardamom. It’s smooth, rich & buttery. A delicious addition to crêpes, gelato or fruit dippin’. Also available in Blood Orange Caramel Sauce or Espresso Caramel Sauce.
These creamy spreads are a delicious addition to any flavor of gelato, but I’ll admit I might just eat them by the spoonful before they ever find their way to meet my sundae. Sicilian pistachios in the Sweet Pistachio Cream are blended with extra virgin olive oil to give it an exceptionally smooth texture and outstanding nutty flavor. On SALE now during our SUMMER SALE! Chocolate Hazelnut Spread flavorful hazelnuts, olive oil and chocolate blended together to produce this smooth, sweet chocolate bliss from Italy!
If you love a bit of sweet crunch contrasting against the smooth, creamy texture of gelato, our shelves are filled with options.
The go-to sweet, salty and crunchy toppings you can’t beat! The Candy Manufactory’s brittle features peanuts roasted with deeply caramelized sugar, combined with butter, vanilla and a touch of sea salt.
Pick up a bag of this Michigan-made buttery toffee, topped in either dark or milk chocolate and sprinkled with toasted pecans. Paired with a pint of our Creamery’s vanilla gelato and you have the ingredients of an indulgent, classic sundae.
Combine two quintessential summer treats – s’mores and ice cream – into one bowl. Perfect for crumbling over gelato, this bark is made of pieces of golden graham and tiny roasted marshmallows enrobed in rich dark chocolate.
The chocolate bars found on our shelves are certainly something to be savored all on their own, but I think pairing a few special chocolate shavings, would propel a simple bowl of ice cream to a world-class dessert.
Stone-ground chocolate is made with few ingredients and is minimally refined, allowing for the fresh chocolate flavor and rustic, coarse, crumbly texture to really stand out. Taza Chocolate’s Cinnamon bean-to-bar chocolate disk with delicate cinnamon makes for an excellent Mexican-inspired dessert. Our selection also includes Vanilla, Guajillo Chili, Coffee and Pure 70%. Great broken into sprinkles but also makes a great hot chocolate!
Roasted Cocoa Nibs, the basis of Askinosie’s chocolates, are all-natural and derived from the cacao plant. The nib is the inside of the cocoa bean, which is lightly roasted. These single-origin cocoa nibs are high in antioxidants and perfect for eating by themselves, sprinkling on your favorite sundae for an added crunch and more.
Brought to us from Budapest where the chocolate makers consider themselves not just bean-to-bar makers but artists as well. Beautifully produced from start to finish: roasting the beans to molding the bars to the final wrapped package. A real piece of art! The beans from this remarkable bar are the highly desired Ecuadorian Arriba Nacional cacao bean. Thought to be extinct in the early 1900s it was re-discovered by two American travelers in the Marañon canyon of Peru in late 2007. Floral and fruity aroma with a taste of hazelnuts.
Want more suggestions? Stop by the Next Door Café to peruse our selection and find out our staff’s favorite sundaes additions.
Yours in Chocolate,