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The Perfect Dessert Is an Ice Cream Tulip Sundae

Updated on April 14, 2014

Have You Had a Hot Fudge Tuilip Sundae Lately?

Hot Fudge Tulip Sundaes, you know what they are if you're one of the Boomer generation or if you ever wandered up to the lunch counter at a Woolworth's Five & Dime Store. They usually cost a quarter but sometimes you'd get to pop a balloon and find a lower price marked on a piece of paper falling out of the balloon and you'd think you'd won a lotto. Woolworth's Hot Fudge Sundaes came loaded with whipped cream, chopped nuts, cut up strawberries and a maraschino cherry served in a tall Tulip stemmed glass.

Today they're packed with nostalgia, loaded with memories and sprinkled through and through with emotion. They're a door to a simpler time, a nostalgic moment locked in time and space forever. Serving a loved one a Hot Fudge Tulip Sundae is more than offering them a dessert. At the very least it's an experience and, if you're lucky, a walk down memory lane. Better yet, why not share one?

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National Hot Fudge Ice Cream Sundae Day

July 25th

My Almost-Perfect Hot Fudge Sundae - Watch as this Woolworth ice cream sundae made

My visit to the Mississippi River town where I grew up led to rediscovering our old Woolworth's store. Come along with friend Barbara and I as we explore hot fudge heaven!

Vote for Your Favorite Ice Cream Blast From the Past - Banana Split or Ice Cream Sundae, You Decide

Which is better: Banana Split or a Hot Fudge Ice Cream Tulip Sundae?

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Where Do You Get Your Ice Cream? - Homemade or commercial ice creams

Everyone seems to have their preference. Some folks are fine with a good commercial brand while others prefer to make their own. What's your preference? Let us know the brand or if you make your own tell us what kind of ice cream maker you use.

Which type of ice cream do you prefer: Homemade or Commercial

I'm fine with buying my ice cream already made.

I'm fine with buying my ice cream already made.

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    • Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      Commercial...I like to taste different brands and different flavors.

    • Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

      I like the no fuss option. You often get what you pay for though so Movenpick or Hagen Daaz are my top choices.

    • lisals7777 6 years ago

      Good quality commercial is fine with me. Breyers mint chocolate chip is my favorite!

    • ohcaroline 6 years ago

      I've tried making my own...I like to make it but mine isn't quite as good. I'll take the store brand.

    • TeacherSerenia 6 years ago

      I dont have the strength to churn icecream for several hours

    Nope, I want to make my own.

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      Here's an easy and quick recipe for making a Hot Fudge Ice Cream Sundaes to put in that Tulip glass. While you can buy homemade style old-fashioned ice cream, there are plenty of recipes for making your own ice cream and your own fudge. You'll find some links below. Play around and have a good time with your blast to the past dessert.

      While these were served to one person, two can easily share--if you're the sharing kind.

      • Prep time: 10 min
      • Cook time: 5 min
      • Ready in: 15 min
      • Yields: 2


      • 3 scoops of Old Fashioned Vanilla or Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
      • 1 Marachino Cherry
      • Whipped Cream - as much as you want
      • 1/4 cup - Cut up strawberries (fresh or frozen)
      • 3 tblsp - Hot fudge topping (favorite bought kind or your favorite recipe)
      • 2 tblsp - Chopped nuts


      1. 1. Gather your items together.
      2. 2. Put your chopped nuts and the cut up strawberries in separate small dishes.
      3. 3. Put 3 scoops of ice cream into the tulip glass.
      4. 4. Add the cut-up strawberries onto the ice cream.
      5. 5. Spoon the hot fudge syrup over the ice cream. Use as much as you like.
      6. 5. Spoon the chopped nuts.
      7. 6. Dress the sundae with maraschino cherry with the stem on the very top.
      8. 7. Serve immediately.
      Cast your vote for Hot Fudge Ice Cream Tulip Sundae

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      Got to be one of the funniest scenes in seinfeld

      Remember the Old Woolworth Five and Dime

      Do You Remember Woolworth's & Ice Cream Tulip Sundae's - Share your memories, recipes, recollections here.

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          Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

          I love love love my ice cream. I remember back in the old days how a Banana Split was so huge that there was virtually enough in one dish for 3 or 4 friends to share. This sure brings back some wonderful memories.

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          blanckj 6 years ago

          Oh my gosh! My mom used to take me to Woolworth's all the time for a dessert. I usually got a cheese danish or something, but once in a while we would split a sundae. Thanks for the memories.

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        Papa's Ice Cream Parlor

        For a special treat make sure to check out Papa's. This is an old fashioned ice cream parlor that also serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. You can order to go, eat inside or sit out on the back porch for a great view of the Hudson River.

        Share your memories, your thoughts, your comments - I always love to hear from my readers

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            Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

            I remember wandering around Woolworths 5&amp;10, looking at all the items. Then sitting on a stool to order a hamberger, with pickle and potato chips and a coke.... and, of course, a Sundae. Great memories!

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            blanckj 6 years ago

            Gotta have my ice cream. Thanks for sharing this lens.

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            Indigo Janson 6 years ago from UK

            I've never had an ice cream tulip sundae but I'm definitely an ice cream fan, having spent some time in Italy where I was a regular at the gelateria! So many flavours... it was ice cream heaven! I acquired some new favourites there but most of them don't exist here in the UK so I only rarely treat myself here.

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            justholidays 6 years ago

            I haven't thought neither memories regarding this type of ice cream as I even don't know what "sundae" may be. However, we have that kind of ice creams here and although I'm fond of strawberries, my favorite ice cream ever is a Dame Blanche - sometimes, I also eat a Dame Noire...

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            ohcaroline 6 years ago

            Nice lens from a by-gone era. Good job.