Ice Cream: Sundaes

The very best ice cream concoctions in the city.

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The Best Sundae in Boston


The Dark-Chocolate Brownie Masterpiece at Picco

Picco owner (and pastry wiz) Rick Katz has been making brownies for decades, so he knows how important the anchor ingredient is in a brownie sundae. “I like the lightness of a cake brownie, but the moistness of a fudgy brownie—I like to hit a balance between the two,” he says. As a result, the brownie here is warm and rich, but porous enough to soak up lots of melting vanilla ice cream and dark-chocolate Scharffen Berger fudge. Make sure to ask for a topper of house-made chocolate-covered peanuts, which are roasted, candied, dipped in chocolate, and then rolled in confectioner’s sugar. —Molly Mirhashem


Sundae School

Five more fudge-dripping triumphs.

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Photographs by Bruce Peterson, Styling by Molly Shuster

Liège Waffle Sundae
Saus, Downtown

This shop’s butter-rich Belgian-style waffles are made even more gut-busting with a scoop of Christina’s vanilla ice cream, drizzles of house-made salted-caramel and chocolate-hazelnut sauces, and an adorable spiced speculoos cookie.

best ice cream sundaes boston

The Ultimate Cafeteria Sundae
Cafeteria, Back Bay

A behemoth glass crammed with vanilla and strawberry ice creams, underdone brownies, hot fudge, berries, and tons of whipped cream. Serves two.

best ice cream sundaes boston

Salted- Caramel Sundae
Market, Theater District

For crunch factor, this can’t be beat. Silky-smooth salted-caramel ice cream sits atop a frosty ganache swirl, bolstered by salty peanuts, caramel corn, and a dollop of ultra-thick whipped cream.

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T. W. Chocolate Sundae
T. W. Food, Cambridge

Chef-owner Tim Wiechmann’s sundae is a luxurious version of the classic. Custardy vanilla ice cream is layered with hazelnut–praline sauce, Valrhona chocolate ganache, whipped cream, and praline crumble.

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Banana Split
Area Four, Cambridge

Inspired by the towering Bailey’s sundaes of his youth, chef-owner Michael Leviton set out to design his own loaded creation. Each element—from the soft-serve ice cream to the brûléed bananas to the pretzel and cookie toppers—is made in house.


Extreme Sundaes

Ben & Jerry’s calls its bucket-size sundae on steroids the Vermonster, but you can find homegrown varieties all over town. Here’s how some local heavyweights—in most cases, upward of five pounds apiece—stack up.

Name: The Vermonster
Where to Get It: Ben & Jerry’s, Back Bay
Price: $39
What’s In It: 20 scoops of ice cream, four scoops of hot fudge, four bananas, three cookies, a brownie, 10 scoops of walnuts, four extra toppings, and whipped cream.

Name: The Newtonite
Where to Get It: Cabot’s, Newton
Price: &36
What’s In It: 20 to 22 scoops of ice cream, pineapple sauce, strawberry sauce, coffee sauce, rum toffee, hot fudge, whipped cream, and a cherry.

Name: The Belt Buster Sundae
Where to Get It: The Ice Creamsmith, Dorchester
Price: $46
What’s In It: 12 scoops of ice cream, 10 mixed-in toppings, four sauces, a banana, marshmallow, whipped cream, jimmies, nuts, and a cherry.

Name: The Kitchen Sink
Where to Get It: Treadwell’s, Peabody
Price: $15.50
What’s In It: 12 scoops of ice cream, three toppings, whipped cream, nuts, and jimmies.

Name: The Battle of Bunker Hill
Where to Get It: Putnam Pantry, Danvers
Price: “The Revolutionary Price Tag of $17.76”
What’s In It: 17 scoops of ice cream, as many toppings (like homemade fudge, butterscotch, macaroon crunch, and cherry-caramel sauce) as you can fit in the dish.


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