21 ice cream topping ideas that will revolutionise your summer

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Man, it's a hot one. Time to stock up on ice cream and lots of awesome toppings that make you feel like a kid attacking the ice cream factory.

But forget sprinkles and the obligatory waffer, posh up your ice cream with these different topping ideas. Warning: Many involve booze.

Summer fruits
Lemon curd and blueberries

Peaches & cream
Tinned peaches, walnuts, double cream

The old fashioned
Condensed milk, cinnamon and a dash of whisky

Cinema sweet
Chopped up toffee popcorn

Posh banana split
Banana slices and warmed, runny Nutella with chopped up nuts

Ginger spice
Crushed ginger nut biscuits and crystallised ginger pieces

The Canadian
Maple syrup, strawberries, and granola

Hot chocolate
A shot of hot chocolate, mini marshmallows and squirty cream

PB & Jelly
Strawberry jam and peanut butter

Banoffee pie
Crushed digestive biscuits, sliced banana, butterscotch sauce & chocolate shavings

The Jaffa cake
Chopped madeira cake, Cointreau, tinned mandarin segments with chocolate shavings

The ice cream white Russian
Vanilla ice cream, Kahlua and vodka

Go cornish
Clotted cream and chopped up honeycomb

Sophisticated coffee
A shot of espresso and crushed up amaretti biscuits

Coco nuts
Chopped up peanut brittle and melted chocolate

Ice cream factory
Jelly babies, Smarties, M&M's, squirty cream with plenty of sprinkles and strawberry sauce

The posh one
Freeze fried strawberries, fresh strawberries, chopped mint, balsamic reduction

Bounty bar
Toasted coconut, Malibu, chocolate shavings

Rum punch
Raisins, rum, and crushed salted peanuts

Eton Mess
Chopped up meringues, raspberries and clotted cream

Take me to the ball game
Beer (making a beer float) and a giant salted pretzel to dunk. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.

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