Ice Cream Sundaes in a Jar

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Ice Cream Sundaes in a Jar are a perfect way to serve ice cream at children’s parties or on hot summer days.

These are so fun to eat. And if you’re having….say…a birthday party at your house, it’s nice to have the ice cream already handled.

I hate scooping up ice cream and plopping it on to the plate next to the cake for parties. The ice cream is too hard or if you’ve let it soften up, it starts getting all melty and messy. And who wants ice cream, who doesn’t.

You can buy those little ice cream cups at the store but they’re expensive and so little, I’d need 3 or 4 of them myself.

So thinking about my daughter’s party and wanting to have to do as little work the day of as possible, I got to thinking about the ice cream. This will be teenagers I’m dealing with. They can feed themselves. It’s a sleep over, they’ll be eating all night. I like the idea of grab and go.

I’ll make my own ice cream cups, in my mason jars. But that’s so boring. They need more than just ice cream. And I have all this stuff I can add in as layers.

Sundaes in a Jar

Ice cream
Toppings such as
crushed cookies
chopped candy bars
Hot Fudge sauce-cooled
Caramel sauce
Whipped cream

the possibilities are endless.

This is a little time consuming to make. You’re doing layers and after each layer you need to refreeze your jars.

Start with softened ice cream, almost melty. Scoop it out into a large bowl and play with it, like when you were a kid, stirring around and around.

Spoon into bottom of jars and freeze. You want your ice cream solid again before adding next layer.

Then do a layer of topping, push down with spoon and freeze.

Layer more ice cream, freeze.

then one last topping.


I made all sorts of different combinations. In large jars, small jars, chocolate ice cream and vanilla ice cream.

I used up left over candy and cookies.

These ice cream sundaes were a hit! And I didn’t have to do anything but load the dishwasher when it was over.

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Joan, SUCH a great idea! Yes, it can be a pain scooping out all of that ice cream at a party – my hand starts to hurt! I have to get me some mason jars. They’re so good for so many things.
    Have a wonderful weekend! xoxo

  2. These are such a cute idea!!

  3. This is such a great idea! There are so many possibilities with the layering of flavors too. The ice cream part of the party is the worst!

  4. What a great idea for a summer picnic, I am bookmarking this one! Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  5. OMGosh, these look so good! What a cute idea! Especially for picnics w/ kiddies this summer! Thanks for sharing at Church Supper. Have a blessed week and a Happy Easter! ~EMM

  6. These look so good! I’d love for you to share them at my link party!

  7. How beautiful and fun! I did something like this once before, but yours look much nicer… Thanks for sharing!

  8. What a great idea! We’d love for you to link this and whatever else you’d like at our new Beautify It Monday link party going on now at

  9. Micah and Katie says:

    I made these the other night and we enjoyed them last night for date night!!! Thanks so much for the great idea we really enjoyed them.

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