Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Vegan Sundae Tutorial: Step 2

sundae monkey
Sorry to abandon you with all that marshmallow fluff on your hands, but I have faith you took strategic measures to prevent any of it from going to waste. I'm sure whatever you did with it was the right decision, no matter who it hurt along the way. In any case, here's the follow-up you've been waiting and waiting and waiting for...

Step 2: Delicious and unusual sundae topperz/ingz.
I come from "the more the better" sundae school of philosophy. I believe that vegan desserts should be glaring spectacles of deliciousness, so much so, they alarm and disarm omnivores with their delicious and voluptuous qualities. In the spirit of Psychodrama (hi mom--kiss kiss!), please to indulge me with a little vegan sundae role play so you know more of what I mean.

Here's the scene (picture a vegan chick tract):
(You: stuffed animal holdin', dairy eatin' omnivore)
(Me: wise "more the better" sundae school thinkin' vegan)
You: God. A vegan Sundae Social? This non-dairy ice cream is gonna suck hard.
Me: Are you talking to me? I'm a little distracted loading all of these fantastical things on top of my homemade root beer ice creamz. OMFG, I don't want to miss anything, this sundae is gonna be so great! I bet my pancreas'll hurt for a month!
You: Um. What sorts of things? I'm sure whatever they are, the ice cream'll still taste like tofu...
Me: Oh you know the regular stuff--buckeye balls, hot chocolate sauce, homemade marshmallow fluff, butterscotch sauce, jimmies, maraschino cherries, roasted peanuts, chopped up Chick-O-Stix, peanut butter rice crispy pinwheels filled with fresh strawberries, marshmallow fluff and buttercream then dipped in chocolate and covered with sprinkles, and some ripe bananas and more strawberries if you want.
You: Get the fuck out of my way, hippy!!! You'd best put that buckeye ball down, before it's the last ball you ever own. This is now my sundae bar, bitch!
Me: I am not a hippy!
These are the scenes I like to create in real life. It's fun and rewarding, not to mention delicious, easy and oh yes, gluten-free!

I can't remember where I first learned about Buckeye Balls, but it could have something to do with going to college in Ohio, probably. Anyway, BBs are generally small balls of sweetened peanut butter that are dipped in chocolate and then popped into your mouth over and over again. I like the addition of rice crispies to the peanut butter mixture, because the crunch is unparalleled. If you temper your chocolate first, these will harden at room temperature--but even so, I prefer to eat them out of the freezer.
Buckeye Balls (makes about 36 mini balls)
  • 1 cup natural crunchy peanut butter (with salt)
  • 1/2 cup vegan powdered sugar
  • 1 cup rice crispy type cereal
  • 1 bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
These are really easy to make. In a big bowl, mix together everything but the chocolate. Roll the peanut butter mixture into wee little marble sized balls (remember, these are going on top of sundaes), place on a parchment or wax paper lined cookie sheet and chill or freeze while you prepare the chocolate.

Melt all but 1/3 cup of the chocolate chips--either in a bowl in the microwave, or in a double boiler. Once the chocolate is melted, remove from heat and stir in the remaining chips. Stir with a spoon until all is melted (stirring in the non-melted chips actually tempers the chocolate).

One by one, dip the peanut butter balls in the chocolate (I like to use a fork and a spoon to help me do this, but you could also use a toothpick). Place back on the parchment and allow to set.

Butterscotch Sauce: Makes a small jarful.
  • 1 cup unbleached granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon molasses
  • 3/4 cup non dairy cream (blend 1/2 cup soymilk with 1/4 raw cashews until smooth)
  • 2 tablespoons Earth Balance or vegan margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix everything but the vanilla together in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium high heat. Reduce heat and simmer for five minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. Serve at room temperature over the icecream, but store in a sealed container in the fridge.

Chocolate Sauce really doesn't even need a recipe... Simply heat up a cup of non-dairy milk over medium heat. Add 2 tablespoons of unbleached granulated sugar and enough chocolate chips (about 2 cups or a bit more) to make a very thin ganache or sauce. Serve warm over the sundaes, but also store in a sealed container in the fridge (it will thicken when cool).

Marshmallow Fluff can be purchased, made or whipped up from a kit. Smuckers makes a chemical-ful, but vegan fluff and there is something called Ricemellow that abounds, though I've never had the opportunity to try it.

Jimmies (or sprinkles or hundreds-and-thousands) are my favorite thing to eat on top of coffee ice cream, they make for very happy sundaes, too. I have very, very fond memories of dousing my ice cream from the hot fudge bar at Roy Roger's with them, very heavily. Lieber's makes a big jar of confectioner's glaze-free jimmies, which can be procured in kosher groceries, and you can also find organic and vegan Sprinkelz at natural food places (they have chocolate, too ).

Chick-O-Stick, make great sundae toppers too, especially if you can't procure any of the above mentioned jimmies, or if you're paying extra special attention, and want to go super sundae spazzy like me. So easy. Buy some COS, place in the food processor, and hit GO. I found these weirdly shapped spherical COS in boxes at the drugstore. Good to know for Halloween, as they come individually wrapped, but they all work.
Behold the magic orange powder, it's worth more than crocus stamen.

For my birthday party, I wanted to add something REALLY special to the sundae bar, and someone suggested rice crispy pinwheels, so I ran with it. I made two kinds, one filled with bi-colored buttercream, and the other with the buttercream, marshmallow fluff and very ripe sliced strawberries. Of course, I dipped half of each in chocolate and then covered the melted bits with jimmies, y'know, for a fanciful glow.
The pinwheels are designed to be plunked in on top of the sundae, as a wow factor, instead of dumping ice cream on top of them, where they can't be admired and oohed over, and may even get soggy.

Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Pinwheels (filled with buttercream, marshmallow fluff and strawberries)
Makes enough for 25 people (2 full cookie sheets worth)
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 cup corn syrup or brown rice syrup
  • 1 cup natural peanut butter, smooth or crunchy
  • 7-9 cups rice crispy type cereal
  • parchment paper
  • 1 recipe buttercream of your choice (I tinted a batch in two colors)
  • 2-3 cups marshmallow fluff
  • sliced strawberries
  • Tempered chocolate chips
  1. In a large saucepan, combine the brown sugar and syrup. Cook over medium high heat until the sugar dissolves and the mixture just begins to boil. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in the peanut butter and mix well to incorporate.
  3. Stir in the cereal, mixing until it is evenly coated. You may need to add more cereal to get the right consistency. You don't want the mixture to be too gooey.
  4. While warm, press the mixture out onto parchment paper forming a rectangle about 12"X16". Then cut the rectangle in half, to make two measuring about 12"X8". Set one aside.
  5. Carefully spread one rectangle with buttercream, or buttercream and marshmallow fluff, adding strawberries if you want (see photo below).
  6. Allow to cool just enough, so the cereal doesn't come apart when you start to form the roll. Using the parchment to help you roll, form the rectangle into a tight cylinder, jelly roll style. Wrap tightly in the paper to keep shape, and freeze for ten minutes to firm up. Meanwhile, repeat with the other half. rcjellyroll
  7. Slice the cylinder into circles 1/2-3/4" inch thick and lay on a parchment lined sheet.
  8. As you fill up the sheets, chill or freeze what you've cut, to keep things cold.
  9. Dip each pinwheel in melted tempered chocolate (see Buckeye Ball recipe above for directions), then spoon jimmies on top of the melted chocolate.
They sorta look like mini spumoni, no?

Other sundae topping stuff that should be too easy to mention, but here I go anyways: Maraschino cherries (you can find ones without red dye at Whole Foods), crumbled cookies, roasted peanuts or candied nuts (pralines or candied hazelnuts), and more sliced strawberries and banana wedges (for mini banana splits).



  1. those rice crispy pin wheels are the most abhorrent wonderful awful delicious things I've seen in a while!

  2. kittee - those pinwheels are awesome!!!

  3. you are so AMAZING and thanks for making me laugh. Now I've gotta find me some of those lieber's sprinkles i am in love with the colors!!!

  4. OH MY GOD. KITTEE. This is too much. I want to marry you. But you're taken! *sob*

    This all looks amazing.

  5. Miss Kittee, you rock in so many ways! Someday, I hope to try a chick-o-stick, but I've yet to find them. That doesn't really matter, though, cuz everything else you mentioned in this post sounds amazing!

  6. Awesomest toppings ever! Pinwheels, buckeye balls?! Hells yes!

  7. I just wish you would post more, because your posts are just my freaking favourites. They make me want to be you - in a good, nerd crush way, not in a stocker cut my hair and kill your man SWF with Jennifer Jason Leigh and Brigitte Fonda kind of way.
    The diologue was the best.
    And the krispy pinwheels, too.

  8. I've never seen chick o stick balls before! That's friggin rad. I am down with this sundae tutorial. Those are the best looking rice krispie pinwheels ever!

  9. oh my god, i want all of those things right now PLEASE.

    mmm....butterscotch, i'm definitely making it!

  10. You little temptress of sucrose, you. Tantalizing us with all of your sugary-sweet posts and leaving us hanging in mid-sugar rush like that.

  11. I have meaning to make Buckeye Balls forever! Dude, you have Chick O Stick balls? whaaa?
    I would kill for those Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Rice Crispy Pinwheels!!!!

  12. sundae's never had it so good! those pinwheels are some designer quality ice cream blingz!

  13. I don't know where to start Kittee. Can I come live with you?

  14. That all looks fantastic! Such treats for a rockin' sundae party.

    i have never had a buckeye ball, but now i want one, and luckily, now I also know how to make one.

    I've never seen chic o stix balls, but they are super cute and fun!

    :) xo

  16. one day, imma come to one of your birthday parties. i dont even care if i'm not invited.

  17. Everything looks so yummy, especially the Buckeye Balls. Good work!

  18. oh, sweet Lawd...
    everything sounds so good! those pinwheels are ridiculously awesome!
    now that you put up that recipe for buckeyes i fear mamakim will make me make my own vegan ones (she made me a small batch a couple years ago when she was making a ton of the nonvegan ones).

  19. Absolutely crazy, wacky and amazing. I love it all! I'm going to make those Buckeye balls very soon!

  20. I just stumbled on your site. Very funny and OMG such amazing sweets! I can't wait to try this one.


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