Recently, the school my great-niece and great-nephew attend had a holiday ice cream social. There was plenty of ice cream for all (even a few Uncle Harry’s Ice Cream Cakes), a variety of toppings and a lot of happy kids — ice cream has that effect on kids.
While ice cream socials are typically thought of as summer fare, these parties make for a fun and unique holiday gathering. The ingredients for a holiday ice cream social aren’t much different from regular ones. You have the various ice cream flavors, sprinkles, candy bits, caramel and other toppings. To make it holiday-ish just requires a little tweaking.
Begin by offering eggnog ice cream or some other holiday flavor along with the standard vanilla and chocolate. While the ice cream is a good starting point, you really need to focus on the toppings. Lay out bowls of broken candy canes, gingerbread bits, crumbled fruitcake (the good stuff, not the ones that double as doorstops), and chunks of cinnamon sugar cookies.
You’ll still want to offer M&Ms, Reese’s Pieces and sprinkles. Just make certain to use only the red, green and white ones. Not only are these ice cream socials a great idea for a holiday party, it’s a pretty good way to keep the kids entertained during the winter break.