If you’ve never heard of ice cream nachos before, let me describe these insane, drool-worthy treats!
What exactly are ice cream nachos, you ask? Well, lemme describe these drool-worthy beasts: It’s a platter of crunchy tortilla chips smothered in melting mounds of ice cream and piled high with unlimited fun toppings. I’m talking candy pieces, cookies, brownies, sauces – anything your heart desires!
The combo of temperatures, textures, and flavors will blow your mind. The crunch of the chips with the creaminess of ice cream and mix-ins is pure food magic! These nachos are next level.
After trying ice cream nachos for the first time last summer, I became obsessed with recreating them at home. Now I’ve perfected my recipe and want to share how I construct these epic flaky-crispy-creamy beauties from start to finish.
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Today I’m detailing exactly how to make drool-worthy DIY ice cream nachos with the ultimate fully loaded toppings. Get ready for the most insane party dessert ever!
Round Up These Core Ice Cream Nacho Ingredients
Part of the versatility of ice cream nachos is you can customize them endlessly. But you’ll want to start with these key ingredients:
- Tortilla chips – I use regular corn chips but any sturdy nacho shape will work.
- Ice cream – Vanilla makes the perfect base but get creative with flavors.
- Foil-lined pan or platter – Creates a tidy presentation for serving.
- Toppings galore – The fun part! More on these in a bit…
This is what I use for the base, You can Customize it!
- 1 Bag of Restaurant-Style Tortilla Chips
- Vanilla Ice Cream – softened 6-8 Scoops
- Crushed Oreo Pieces 1 Cup
- Fresh Strawberry Slices 1 Cup
- Toasted Pecans 1/2 Cup
- Mini Chocolate Chips 1/2 Cup
- Hot Fudge Sauce 1/4 Cup
- 1 Can Whipped Cream
That’s just my personal combo! Now let’s build these bad boys…
That’s the simple foundation. Now let’s move on to constructing these beasts!
How to Build Epic Ice Cream Nachos from the Bottom Up
The assembly is straightforward. Just follow these steps:
Step 1: Cover the Base with Chips
- Spread out enough tortilla chips to completely cover your foil-lined pizza pan, baking sheet, or platter in a single layer.
Step 2: Scoop on Mounds of Ice Cream
- Use a large ice cream scoop to top the chips with generous scoops of softened ice cream. Fill in all gaps!
Step 3: Add Hot Toppings
- Layer on hot toppings like fresh brownies, hot fudge, warm cookie chunks to get that oozy melted effect.
Step 4: Pile on Cold Toppings
- Go to town loading up cold toppings like fruit, candy pieces, nuts, whipped cream – anything goes!
Step 5: Devour Immediately!
- Dig in fast with friends while the ice cream is still melty and the toppings are perfectly chilled. Party time!
See? You layer up a crunchy chip base, luscious ice cream, and unlimited mix-ins. Now for the best part – let’s explore topping ideas…
Creative Topping Combos for Next-Level Ice Cream Nachos
When it comes to ice cream nacho toppings, anything goes! Get creative with both sweet and savory. Here are some of my all-time faves:
- There are so many choices for fresh sliced strawberries, pineapple, mango, banana, blueberries, and raspberries!
- Sprinkles, chocolate chips, crushed Oreos, chopped Snickers, M&Ms – yes, please!
Ooey Sauce Toppings
- Hot fudge, caramel, marshmallow fluff, Nutella, peanut butter, jelly – drizzle time!
- Chopped nuts, toasted coconut, crumbled graham crackers, granola – for texture!
Warm Baked Good Toppings
- Fresh brownie bites, warm chocolate chip cookies, cinnamon chips, pie crust crumbles – get that melt!
- Shredded cheese, crumbled bacon bits, sliced jalapeños, crushed tortilla chips – funky and fun!
The combos are endless, folks. Let your imagination run totally wild!
Why I’m Now Obsessed With These Fully Loaded Sweet Nachos
There’s truly nothing more fun than diving into a mess of a dessert you can eat with your hands. And DIY ice cream nachos take that experience over the top!
That crunchy tortilla chip base smothered in ice cream and unlimited mix-ins makes for a party in your mouth. The interplay of flavors, temperatures, and textures with each bite is so unique and satisfying.
I also love that you can take these ice cream nachos in any creative flavor direction. Customize them for your cravings! Fruity nachos, chocolatey nachos, cookie overload nachos – anything goes.
Now that you know my secrets for making drool-worthy ice cream nachos at home, be sure to give these a try soon! Let me know your ultimate topping combinations. I need more flavor inspiration to take my ice cream nachos to the next level!