Ice Cream Dates: Ideas For A Sweet Outing

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Love ice cream and want to try out some fun ice cream dates?

Ice cream is not only a delicious treat, it can be a really fun date idea. Ice cream dates are a casual way to spend time together, whether you are newly dating or have been married for years.

Ice Cream Date Ideas with couple feeding each other ice cream.

Why An Ice Cream Date Is A Great Idea

Ice cream works well as a dating theme as it is a popular dessert and the variety of flavors means there’s something for everyone!

There’s something nostalgic and child-like about enjoying this treat. And it’s also budget-friendly. 

Ice cream dates can be completely flexible around your schedule, as it can be enjoyed day or night.

A person’s favorite ice cream flavor can actually reveal a lot about their personality!

You can go for frozen yogurt, sorbet or traditional ice cream depending on your tastes.

It’s also a great double date idea to do with friends!

At Home Ice Cream Date

If you are having your ice cream date at home, set the scene first. Make sure you are in a clean and tidy environment so you can truly relax.

Get rid of any distractions and make sure you turn your phone off!

Create a romantic atmosphere by dimming the lights and lighting some candles.

Just make sure to keep your ice cream away from the candles to avoid it melting!

Eating ice cream together can encourage flirting. For further intimacy, try feeding each other!

Is Ice Cream A Good First Date?

An ice cream date can be the perfect first date! Who doesn’t love ice cream? And this could be a shorter date like a coffee date, but more creative, since coffee dates are pretty typical.

Ice cream can actually be a really versatile dessert.

There are flavors to suit all palettes and tastes, whether you are a chocoholic, or prefer something fruity.

You can keep things basic, with a high-quality tub from your local grocery store or add extra excitement with a side dessert or topping.

Ice cream can even be adapted to suit all dietary requirements. Nowadays you can buy all kinds of versions of this treat, such as gluten-free, low calorie or organic.

Fun Ice Cream Date Ideas

Here are some great ideas for incorporating ice cream into your next date:

Ice Cream Movie Date

Ice cream is a classic movie theater snack. Either purchase some at the concession stand at your local movies or create a movie date at home.

For a fun add-on to a movie night in, Etsy have a variety of ice cream gift baskets. We love this one, which contains waffle cups, sundae cups and a selection of toppings. Simply cuddle up and load up your Netflix queue. 

Or for an extra unique bonus, try a drive in movie date and pick up some ice cream on the way.

Create Your Own Ice Cream Bar

Stock up with mini-tubs of all your favorite flavors and perhaps a few new ones to try. This is such a fun dessert date idea!

Create mini toppings and sauce stations and let your imaginations run wild!

Here are some ideas of extras to add to your ice cream:

  1. Waffers
  2. Nuts
  3. Cookie Dough
  4. Marshmallows
  5. Fruit
  6. Pretzels
  7. Candy
  8. Fudge or Toffee
  9. Chocolate
  10. Popcorn

Flavor Tasting

Creating your own at-home date with a flavor tasting adds a bit of excitement and lets you express your creative side.

Why not try a blind ice cream tasting?

Each of you could purchase a number of flavors, without revealing what they are to your partner.

Blindfold and feed your other half and ask them to guess each one.

This date is great for increasing intimacy and can encourage flirting.

To add a bit of structure to your ice cream tasting, go for a tasting kit from Etsy, like this one that conveniently has everything you will need. The kit includes scorecards, labels and tasting notes.

Make Your Own Ice Cream

Making your own ice cream isn’t as difficult as you may think.

It does take a bit of time to get it right, but with some practice, you’ll be a pro in no time!

The easiest and most convenient way is to purchase an ice cream maker.

Amazon has a number of affordable options, such as this one.

You’d be surprised at just how simple ice cream recipes are.

Most contain 3 core ingredients- sugar, milk and cream. Don’t forget extras such as toppings or sauce.

Try these easy ice cream recipes:

Easy Cookie Dough Ice Cream

Pink Lemonade Ice Cream

Easy Kool Aid Ice Cream

You could even add a dessert such as brownies or cookies.

Making your own ice cream is ideal for those who have dietary requirements too, such as lactose intolerance. 

Cocktail Night

Why not add a twist to your usual cocktails by adding ice cream? Create a dessert and cocktail in one with one of these ideas:

  1. Pina Cola- Add coconut ice cream to your favorite rum. Top with pineapple and gingerbread.
  2. Mudslide- Pour baileys over chocolate for a boozy, indulgent treat
  3. Strawberry Daiquiri- Combine rum, vanilla ice cream and strawberries

Ice Cream Picnic Date

Ice cream at the park is a fun way to cool down on a summer day. And is a great picnic date idea.

Bring a blanket and plenty of sunscreen for this relaxing date.

If you are feeling hungry, you can combine your ice cream with some snacks.

Foods that go well with ice cream include:

  1. Strawberries
  2. Waffles
  3. Pancakes
  4. Desserts
  5. Pretzels

Make A Dessert

If you enjoy cooking together, why not try creating an ice cream-based dessert for something a little different.

Alternatively, you could create a dessert that pairs well with ice cream.

Ice cream desserts are unique, light and delicious.

Baking together, and working together towards a common goal can really help you bond.

Here are some ideas for what to bake:

  1. Ice Cream Sandwiches– Use cookies, waffles or churros as your ‘bread’. Toppings & sauce are a must!
  2. Ice Cream Cake- Fruit or chocolate flavors work well here.
  3. Ice Cream Cheesecake- For a different twist on the classic ice cream cake
  4. Arctic Roll- An old school, retro style dessert
  5. Sundaes- Add chocolate sauce, fudge and/or nuts

Ice Cream Parlor

Visiting an ice cream parlor is an old-school, cute date venue.

There will be loads of flavors to choose from, whether you want to stick to your favorites or try something completely new.

You’ll also be able to select from a variety of sauces and toppings.

An ice cream date can be the perfect late night date, stay at home date, or even first date.

Sara, a seasoned expert in wedding planning and date ideas, brings a wealth of experience to our couples blog. With a background in the television industry and hands-on involvement in a dozen weddings, including working as a wedding assistant on "My Fair Wedding with David Tutera," Sara has an innate understanding of the magic that makes weddings truly special. Growing up with four sisters has given her unique insights into the dating world, making her a go-to source for practical and heartfelt dating advice. Her knowledge and enthusiasm make her the perfect guide for couples seeking to infuse their relationships with creativity and love.

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