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Knickerbocker Glory Dessert

Updated on October 5, 2014
A Knickerbocker Glory ice cream dessert
A Knickerbocker Glory ice cream dessert | Source

Knickerbocker Glory - A Great Summer Treat

A knickerbocker glory ice cream dessert was the greatest summer treat in the world when I was a child. Not only was it Big with a capital B, it was also expensive.

When we were visiting the seaside and sitting in an ice cream parlour, I would look longingly at other people, particularly kids, eating knickerbocker glories. They were served in tall cone shaped glasses and had to be eaten with an especially long spoon that reached right to the bottom.

It was something that neither my mother, nor anybody else I knew, ever made at home but very occasionally (not even once a year!), my grandmother would buy me one. I thought it was the height of luxury.

Now, ice cream isn't such an expensive luxury as it was when I was a kid so a knickerbocker glory is affordable and it's surprisingly easy and quick to make particularly as none of the ingredients need cooking, as you can see in the recipe below.

Make a Knickerbocker Glory

The ingredients are flexible - choose whatever you like best and vary quantities according to the number of Knickerbocker Glories you are making. Here are some suggestions.


2 different coloured ice creams, eg vanilla and strawberry

Ice cream syrups or sauces, perhaps 2 or 3 different flavours

Summer fruit, eg blueberries, strawberries, raspberries

Jello (jelly) dessert, make it according to instructions and then chop it up into small pieces

Whipped cream


The Knickerbocker Glory is very simple to make. Just layer your ingredients in glasses except for the whipped cream. This usually is put on top although you can top it with ice cream instead.

Decorate with chopped nuts, or one of the berries, an ice cream wafer or whatever takes your fancy.

Neapolitan Ice Cream - Tip - You can use this in a Knickerbocker Glory

Reasonably priced ice cream for a Knickerbocker Glory
Reasonably priced ice cream for a Knickerbocker Glory | Source

Instead of buying separate colours or flavours of ice cream, you could just buy one carton of Neapolitan ice cream.

Fruit Desserts Cookbook

Seasonal Fruit Desserts: From Orchard, Farm, and Market
Seasonal Fruit Desserts: From Orchard, Farm, and Market

Fruit desserts are the very essence of summer. This great cookbook is filled with delicious seasonal fruit recipes so you can enjoy them all year but without paying extra for imported or hothouse fruit.


Have You Eaten a Knickerbocker Glory? - Or is this Dessert One You've Never Eaten?

Have you ever eaten a Knickerbocker Glory?

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Dishes for a Knickerbocker Glory - These Glass Dishes are the Right Shape

Anchor Hocking Soda Glass, Set of 12
Anchor Hocking Soda Glass, Set of 12

At 7ins, these glass dishes aren't as tall as the traditional British Knickerbocker Glory dish, but they are tall enough to take layers of fruit, ice cream and flavoured syrup. They are also the correct shape - very important in my opinion.


Any Thoughts on Summer Desserts? - Or About a Knickerbocker Glory?

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This looks delicious!

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      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Wow, I had a deprived childhood, as I never got to try one of these.

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      Kathy McGraw 5 years ago from California

      I came back to see these Knickerbocker Glory desserts as it's almost summer. I'm still waiting for the long spoons though...can't eat this great desert without one ;)

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Oh, what a delicious ice cream treat!!! I love the idea of add fresh berries too! Yummy!

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      mockingbird999 6 years ago

      I'm going to have to try that.

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      Kathy McGraw 6 years ago from California

      I just bookmarked this as it has been on my mind :) It really made an impression as the perfect summer dessert...and hey I live in the desert so can eat it most anytime :)

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      Yvonne L. B. 6 years ago from Covington, LA

      This sounds like the sundaes from the old-fashioned soda fountain. Now I have to go buy some ice cream. Sprinkled with dust from the Angel of the farmyard on a Back to School Field Trip.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      have been browsing around looking for new summer recipes, this one caught my eye. It looks fabulous, i'm going to have to try this for sure!

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Something new. I wonder if that name originated somewhere, Knickerbocker is a common name in my area. Not as a last name but as a name for things such as Knickerbocker Arena, Knickerbocker Park and so on. I think there were a family of Knickerbocker's that settled in my area when they first came here to settle. Just a little history. It's interesting and looks delicious.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      congrats on your ssa award. nicely presented lens.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens,looks delicious! Must try it!

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your SSA, Carol, aka the most productive nominating lensmaster out there;)

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      JenOfChicago LM 7 years ago

      Now I want one of these for breakfast today! I love these, but I never knew that they were called Knickerbocker Glory. Yummy! Blessed by a squidangel

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      burgessvillian 7 years ago

      This would certainly cool you down on a hot day and satisfy a sweet tooth. Congrats on the sunshine award for a great lens.

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      @anonymous: OMG! I never thought this lens would get a Sunshine Award. What a great way to start a day (it's 9.50am here and I've just switched on the computer). Thank you so much everybody.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oooo this Knickerbocker Glory Dessert looks scrumptious! Congratulations on your Sunshine Award!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Congrats on your Sunshine Award! Thanks to this lens, you and Save the Children are $99 richer!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Congratulations on winning the Sunshine Award today. Well deserved. This lens is now featured on Squidoo's Summer Sunshine Award Nominees.

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      kimmanleyort 7 years ago

      Congratulations on your Sunshine Award! I'm so happy for you and your charity.

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      squid-janices7 7 years ago

      Big congrats on your Sunshine Award! Love ice cream, but for some reason, I'm not a huge fan of strawberry so whenever we buy the neapolitan in our house, the chocolate and vanilla are always cleaned out first. The knickerbocker sundae looks quite yummy and perfect for summer!

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      Susan Deppner 7 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Oh, my, that's a lot of dessert - and it looks magnificent! Congratulations to you and your charity on the Summer Sunshine award!

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      Michelle Lacroix Toro 7 years ago from United States

      I'm making one of these for dessert tonight! Congratulations on your Award!

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I cannot tell you how happy I am to see you win a Squidoo Sunshine Award :) Congratluations ans lets all have a celebratory Knickebocker Glory!!

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      Achim Thiemermann 7 years ago from Austin, Texas

      I don't think I've ever had a Knickerbocker Glory. Thanks for this refreshing lens and congrats on your award, Stazjia! :)

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      Richard 7 years ago from Surrey, United Kingdom

      I can remember Knickerbocker Glories from my childhood too. Didn't get them often, but when I did, they were a real treat :)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Oh yes, Knickerbocker Glories were luxury desserts when I was child too!

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      nightbear lm 7 years ago

      Great looking dessert. I had never heard of it before.

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      sheriangell 7 years ago

      Never heard of it, but it sure looks yummy!

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      boutiqueshops 7 years ago

      This looks so good! We like different flavors of ice cream & jelly, nuts & whipped cream. Hmmm...perhaps I have had a Knickerbocker Glory/Ice Cream Sundae hybrid! =)

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 7 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Oh yes, I do remember the Knickerbocker Glory! It certainly was a special treat, one that I remember having only on very special occasions. Mmm, happy memories!

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      I'd never heard of a Knickerbocker Glory...but you sure make it sound delicious!

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      What a fun-looking ice cream dessert. I'm with Dom, don't like strawberry ice cream, but vanilla and chocolate.....Mmm! Interesting facts about the Knickerbocker Glory ice cream sundae. I'd actually never heard of it before. My favorite is the old standard 'hot fudge sundae'!

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      Carol Fisher 7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      @justholidays: If you don't like strawberry ice cream, use a different flavour. That's what so good about this dessert, you can use whatever you want in it.

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      justholidays 7 years ago

      Aaaargh! Shall I say that I don't like strawberry ice cream? OK, the word is out. But with vanilla ice cream, it's OK for me! Great lens and brings back some delicious memories!

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      LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      Reading this was such a nostalgia trip! It was such a treat to have one of these when I was little, my favourite bit was that lovely melted goo right at the bottom.

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      Kathy McGraw 7 years ago from California

      I have never heard of these, but they so remind me of an Ice Cream Parlor-Farroh's that had the best ice cream sundae's but without the jelly and fruit. I have some tall glasses like this, so hey I think I will make these with my grandkids this summer :) Thanks for the recipe Carol....:)

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      Ths looks absolutely yummy! If it is really this simple to make, i perhaps might try it out real soon! You make it sound soo easy!!

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      anonymous 7 years ago