10 Ice Cream Sundaes to Try Before You Die

BY: Shannon Grilli | Jul 27, 2017

To be completely honest, we'd gladly eat ice cream any time of year. But when a summer heatwave hits we become downright obsessed with all manner of cool treats. And so, in celebration of the season, we've compiled this list of the biggest and best ice cream sundaes across this fair country. P.S.: we're not saying you have to plan a road trip to try them all, but we also wouldn't blame you if you did.

10. The Colossal

Original photo by Mallie's Sports Bar and Grill; photo edits by Mark Mills for Guide

Mallie's Sports Bar and Grill | Southgate, MI

Start with a gallon and a half of Neapolitan ice cream, then add chocolate syrup, whipped cream, sprinkles, nuts, cherries, and about a dozen chocolate chip cookies, and you get this aptly named sundae. If that's not enough to fill you up, Mallie's is also home to the world's largest commercially available burger, which tips the scales at around 300 pounds.

9. The Cake Shake

Black Tap Craft Burgers & Bar | New York, NY

When does a milkshake qualify as a sundae? Oddly enough, when it comes topped with an entire slice of rainbow funfetti cake. You'd never know by the name, but this Midtown spot is most famous for its outrageous milkshakes, which seem to defy gravity as they arrive on tables bearing massive quantities of whipped cream, cookies, candies, and other toppings.

8. The Great Pyramid

Original photo by Cabot's; photo edits by Mark Mills for Guide

Cabot's Ice Cream & Restaurant | Newton, MA

The best way to describe the Great Pyramid Sundae is by the numbers: 60 pints of ice cream, 12 quarts of toppings, and countless toppings and sauces make up a massive mountain of dessert we'd gladly find ourselves entombed in. Oh, and the bowl it's served in? It's nearly two feet in diameter.

7. Nicole's Peanut Butter Cup

Leatherby's Family Creamery | Sacramento

Sure, there are bigger sundaes on the Leatherby's menu, but one look at the homemade hot fudge and peanut butter sauce brimming over the sides of this sweet-and-salty sundae and we were totally won over. The whole thing starts with a chocolate cake base, upon which, mounds of chocolate ice cream are heaped, before a final coating of sauces, whipped cream, and a cherry.

6. The King Kong

Original photo by Sugar Factory American Brasserie; photo edits by Mark Mills for Guide

The Sugar Factory | Las Vegas, NV

Bring 11 of your closets friends to help you take down this showstopper of an ice cream sundae (it's intended for parties of 12). You'll need all the help you can get to tackle 24 scoops of ice cream, caramel, hot fudge, strawberry sauce, sliced bananas, cookies, toasted marshmallows, crushed waffle cones, whipped cream, toasted walnuts, and countless candy toppings. Giant lollipops and lit sparklers provide a finishing touch—this is Vegas, after all.

5. The Royal George

Margie's Candies | Chicago, IL

You might think a treat called the "World's Largest Sundae" might be the biggest ice cream creation at Margie's, but you'd be wrong. The 96-year-old Chicago institution is better known for its Royal George sundae, which starts with 25 scoops of your choosing, plus syrups, whipped cream, nuts, cherries, and sugar cones.

4. The Golden Opulence

Original photo by Liz Steger; photo edits by Mark Mills for Guide

Serendipity 3 | New York, NY

Serendpity is most famous for its frozen hot chocolate, but those looking for a little (okay, a lot) more indulgence can dig into a sundae topped with 23 karat gold leaf and made with the world's most expensive chocolate. Not only will you need to shell out $1,000 for the rare treat, but you'll need to order 48 hours in advance since a number of the ingredients need to be flown in from other parts of the world, including exotic candied fruits from Paris and a rare dessert caviar.

3. The Punch Bowl

Jaxson's Ice Cream Parlour | Dania Beach, FL

Another sundae designed for a dozen, the punch bowl sundae at this famous shop includes your choice of 12 different flavors of ice cream and as many toppings as you like, including bananas, whipped cream, nuts, cherries, and sparklers.

2. The Banana Special

Original photo by Kristen Loken; photo edits by Mark Mills for Guide

Fenton's Creamery | Oakland, CA

Sometimes you just want to enjoy a classic banana split. And sometimes, you want a classic banana split made with no less than three pounds of ice cream. Enter: the banana special, a banana split so perfect, the Food Network named it the #1 dessert in America.

1. The Beast Sundae

Original photo by Lindy's & Gertie's; photo edits by Mark Mills for Guide

Lindy's & Gertie's | Bridgeview, IL

Lindy's & Gertie's is a 116-year-old Chicago institution, a throwback soda fountain and ice cream shop that also happens to be known for its award-winning chili. Any one of the shop's specialty ice cream sundaes, Boston sodas, or extra-thick shakes and malts is worth a drive, but only one sundae on the menu may make it impossible for you to fit back into your car after you finish it. The shop's Beast sundae is an 18-scoop monstrosity that comes topped with six (yes, six) bananas, two apples, brownies, vanilla wafers, several sauces, cherries, and real whipped cream. Finish it, and you'll et a T-shirt, your photo on the wall, and a free meal (assuming you're ever hungry again).