By Lauren Salkeld, Epicurious.com
Several years ago, I went to an ice cream social and while I barely knew any of the other guests and most were either 20 years younger than me or at least 10 years my senior, it was one of the best parties I've ever attended.
First of all, I love ice cream and let's be honest, most people are pretty fond of it. But on top of that, there was something so casual and fun about the whole thing. Picture this: A big backyard; tables spread with various ice creams, sauces, toppings, and cones; kids and adults building their own frozen creations. What's not to love?
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If that scenario sounds like just about the best summer entertaining idea you've ever heard, check out The Scoop on Hosting an Ice Cream Social. Our guide features everything you need to know to host the ultimate ice cream-centric event, including how much ice cream you'll need, tips on making your own and how to store it, menu planning pointers, an equipment checklist, and even a list of our favorite mail-order ice cream options.
Plus, we've spotlighted tons of our favorite recipes for ice cream --like Chocolate Malted Ice Cream-- gelato, and sorbet as well as plenty of toppings, sauces, and cones. As we say in the story, happy scooping!
Ever hosted or attended an ice cream social? Tell us about it!
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