Epic Sundae

How do you cheer up a 7 year old boy whose all star baseball team got whooped in their tournament this weekend? Well, in addition to the usual “dad” words of wisdom – you did your best, you had an awesome attitude, it’s not always about winning, you’re a great teammate, etc., I decided the best pick-me-up would be through his little belly, with this Epic Sundae.

Epic Sundae by real Food by Dad

The longer you are a parent, the more little tricks you pick up, right? And with each child, you become a better parent. At least that is definitely the case for me. So learning what works and what doesn’t work, and when, is something that is extremely helpful when dealing with a child who is experiencing some emotions, good or bad. And food is sometimes all it takes, especially a yummy, easy-to-make dessert like this sundae.

Epic Sundae from real Food by Dad

I figured I couldn’t go wrong with this and knew his mood would change in an instant the second he stuck the spoon in his mouth. It totally worked. I made sure it was simple and fun. We all knowย there are many ways to build a sundae, but for this one, I layered it with some brownies, peanut butter ice cream (yum!), chopped salted caramel peanuts (ridiculously YUM!), hot fudge sauce, some whipped cream, and Cole’s favorite – a cherry on top.

Epic Sundae via real Food by Dad

And watching Cole devour this with a face covered in ice cream and fudge, I couldn’t help but smile. Moments like that are the little ones I always cherish and remember. Plus, I got to use my torch.


Epic Sundae

Epic Sundae from real Food by Dad

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  • Yield: 1 Servings

How do you cheer up a 7 year old boy whose all star baseball team got whooped in their tournament this weekend? Well, in addition to …


  • 1 small slice of brownie or chocolate cake
  • 2 oz. scoop peanut butter ice cream
  • 1 tablespoon fudge sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped peanuts
  • 7-10 mini mini marshmallows, toasted
  • whipped cream
  • maraschino cherry


  1. Cut brownie or chocolate cake to fit into bottom of glass. Sprinkle chopped peanuts and toasted marshmallow on top and then layer with ice cream, fudge sauce, whipped cream. Finish with another piece of brownie or cake, more chopped peanuts and a maraschino cherry.
  2. **NOTES** (1) To toast marshmallows, place them on a clean bakesheet and use a kitchen torch to toast or place it under the broiler for 2-3 minutes, or until marshmallows are golden brown.

  • http://www.foodfaithfitness.com Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I wish you were my dad growing up. I always got the words of encouragement….but no epic sundaes.
    At least I learned a lesson for when I am a future parent….make this for my kids.
    Until then it’s 3…2…1 face plant for me! Pinned!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      That cracked me up, thanks Taylor!!

  • Bri | Bites of Bri

    Wow! This looks amazing and is perfect comfort food! I bet you felt better too after you got to use the torch, huh? :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      How could I not, Bri! Seriously:)

  • Paula

    You got to use your torch! That’s a great last line, Matt!! Ok, this sundae IS epic, and your toasted marshmallow totally makes it. Shared on G+. Have a great day!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Paula! And I am serious about that too:) Any time I can bust out the torch, I love it!

  • HalfBakedHarvest

    I love, love, love seeing the smiles on peoples faces when they really enjoy something I made. It is the best feeling! Sorry to hear about the games though, total bummer…but these sundaes would so make up for it! Awesome!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Same here Tieghan, thanks so much!

  • http://www.itsyummi.com/ Becca Heflin

    Matt, I’ve decided that toasted marshmallows make the world a better place… and besides… there’s nothing more fun in the kitchen than a blowtorch! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Totally agree Becca, thanks!

  • Beth @ bethcakes

    Epic is definitely the perfect word for this sundae! Absolutely love all the flavors and things going on here. Chocolate, pb, and s’mores all in one! What a great way to cheer up your son. Making people happy is one of the best things about creating recipes. :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      It really is Beth, otherwise, it would be so boring, right? Thanks so much!

  • http://crumbsandchaos.net/ Becca @ Crumbs and Chaos

    Totally dying over this combo – peanut butter and toasted marshmallows = a total home run :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Becca!!

  • Liz Stark

    BEYOND epic sundae. Wow! And definitely a great, tasty way to cheer up a loved one.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Liz! It worked!

  • azestybite

    This would cheer me up if I lost some baseball games. Love that you can turn a not so good moment into a great sundae.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Meagan! If all else fails…food!

  • http://www.edibleperspective.com/ Ashley

    I bet this totally cheered up your little guy! This sundae looks insane!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      It worked, thanks Ashley!

  • CrunchyCreamySw

    Epic is right. I will be craving this all day! Pinned!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Me too Anna, thanks!

  • http://clubnarwhal.blogspot.com/ Amy | Club Narwhal

    Oh man, this truly does look like the best kind of pick-me-up (for kids and adults alike)! I love those charred marshmallows on top. I bet eating this helped make the pain of the tournament go down a little easier :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      It absolutely helped, Amy, !

  • marlafamilyfreshcooking

    Just the word EPIC has me very excited! Love the shake ~ pinned!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much, Marla!!

  • Zainab @ Blahnik Baker

    Oh my gosh!!! This is really EPIC!! I need a pick me up everyday if this is what is in store. Emailing link to the husband right away. I’m glad this made the little man cheer up :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Haha thanks Zainab!

  • http://hipfoodiemom.com/ Alice Choi

    This would cheer me up and I’m an adult! love this epic sundae!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Alice!!

  • http://bakingamoment.com/ Allie|Baking a Moment

    Can I come over your house next time I’m having a bad day? Lol… These are seriously amazing Matt and you are such a great dad! Hope Cole is feeling better, those losses can be tough to take. Hugs to him!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Any time, Allie! Thanks so much:)

  • Mike @TheIronYou

    You sure know how to lift your little man’s mood. That is one EPIC sundae indeed!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Mike!!

  • http://thekitchenmccabe.com Kayley McCabe

    Epic is right! Especially when it’s capped off with a cherry ๐Ÿ˜‰ I wish my Dad would make me a sundae when I’m sad!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Kayley!!

  • bellalimento

    Epic indeed! Now where’s my spoon ; )

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Haha thanks Paula!

  • twopeasandtheirpod

    This is epic! I want one NOW!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Maria!

  • http://www.applesandsparkle.com/ Crystal S.(Apples & Sparkle)

    I think we all should take this lesson to heart. When life hands you disappointment, have an epic sundae to cheer yourself up a bit. The cherry on top is my favorite too. Way to go Dad!! ; D

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      The cherry is what did it for Cole too, Crystal:)

  • http://diethood.com Katerina Petrovska

    You are indeed the summer-frozen-treats king! Cole, you lucky boy! ๐Ÿ˜€

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Seriously lucky boys sometimes:) So glad you’re feeling better by the way!

  • Ashley | The Recipe Rebel

    Oh man. Those toasted marshmallows got me. Or maybe it was the toasted marshmallows, ice cream, chocolate and whipped cream. That’s one lucky boy!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Ashley! Yeah, it was pretty much the whole thing for me, the cherry for Cole.

  • http://www.reciperunner.com/ Danae | Recipe Runner

    Holy heck this is totally my dessert! This would turn my worst day into a good one! Love that peanut butter ice cream, those toasty marshmallows, and all that glorious whipped cream!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Super easy but the perfect remedy for sure Danae, thanks so much!

  • Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    what a great Dad!!! This sundae could probably cheer me up from just about anything-it’s a combo of my favorite things!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I love hearing that, thanks Kayle!

  • Ashley – Baker by Nature

    This is definitely EPIC!!! Totally craving one right now.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      I think you should make one Ashley! :)

  • ITheeCook

    What an EPIC snack! My son would devour this.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      And mine did devour it, then the sugar rush kicked in…which was actually quite hilarious. Thanks Rina!

  • Tutti Dolci

    Epic sundae indeed! This would cheer me right up – love the hot fugue and toasted marshmallows!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      The best part was toasting those marshmallows, kind of therapeutic. Thanks Laura!

  • http://www.chocolatewithgrace.com Mallory | Chocolate with Grace

    Epic is the perfect word. So many great topping in one place!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Mallory!

  • http://www.thewickednoodle.com the wicked noodle

    Dude, are you kidding me with this?? That looks amazing!! My girls would proclaim me “mom of the universe” if I served that to them :)

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Without a doubt they would! Thanks Kristy and have a great 4th!

  • marcie @ flavor the moments

    My son just looked over my shoulder, saw this sundae, and said, “niiiiccceee.” It’s nice all right — there are so many “epic” ingredients in here. This would definitely make anybody forget about a blown baseball game. Amazing!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Love that Marcie!! Exactly the reaction I got here too. Hope you all have a great 4th!

  • http://www.kitchenkonfidence.com Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence

    This looks insanely delicious. I hope you and the fam have a Happy 4th!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Brandon, hope you and Jorge have an awesome 4th as well!

  • http://www.serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com Serena Bakes

    Just looking at it cheered me up! Glad it worked for him too!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Serena, have a great 4th!

  • http://pickfreshfoods.com Cindy @ Pick Fresh Foods

    I think this sundae would cheer me up too. Talk about EPIC! Totally appropriate title. Those toasted marshmallows look so good.
    Sorry about the game. You win some and lose some. I love that through sports you learn so much more than playing a game. Lots of valuable lessons ๐Ÿ˜€

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Cindy, that is so true. Hope you and your family have an awesome 4th!

  • ami@naivecookcooks

    Awww you are such a great dad!! Bet your kid must be the happiest seeing this treat!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Ami!

  • Ala Shih

    Best dad award!! When we lost our games my parents would tell us to get used to it ๐Ÿ˜‰ but hey, I think I could have used this sundae for sure. Especially that pb ice cream! It’s trickier to find but it’s my absolute favorite. Great work, Matt!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      That made me laugh, thanks Ala!!

  • Amy

    Yup, an epic sundae is definitely the way to go. In fact, I need some soothing and consoling after a long week at work. Guess I might need to get some ice cream…

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Yes you do, Amy! Hope you have a great 4th!

  • http://www.thebakermama.com/ Maegan

    This is my dream sundae! Love everything about it! The peanut butter. the toasted marshmallows. the cherry on top. Yum! So glad it cheered up your little man!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks Maegan, it definitely did the trick! Hope you and your family have a great 4th of July weekend!

  • http://sharedappetite.com Chris @ Shared Appetite

    This definitely is an epic sundae of mass epicness! Looks amazing! Wish I got whooped in baseball so someone would make me this!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      That is hilarious, thanks Chris!!

  • Nancy

    Ummm…this sundae would make me forget about any loss! This is the epic-est sundae in the history of epicness! As for sports ‘n the crushing experience of loss…I keep reading in the news about how different leagues/communities, etc are making their games scoreless so that nobody loses. And how honour rolls are being eradicated because it makes kids who don’t get on honour roll feel bad. I don’t have kids so I probably shouldn’t comment (and judge) but seriously? I WAS a kid once and I don’t think I was damaged by these things. Anyways, enough of my ranting. I need one of your epic sundaes to make me feel better about life!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      You’re awesome Nancy, Naomi and I talk about that all the time. Some schools have banned valedictorians too, drives me crazy. Thanks so much as always, I love the rant! Hope you had an awesome 4th!

  • http://cafeterrablog.com Terra

    So happy to find your blog! Just enjoyed your slow cooked ribs recipe, and now need a sundae ASAP! Love that you toasted the marshmallows, and included Fudgy brownies! Yum, Take Care, Terra

  • http://www.isugarcoatit.com/ I Sugar Coat It!

    Yeah for torches and little tummies and dads’ wisdom and…well you get the picture. :) These are indeed, EPIC!!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Ah yes, the torch, best part about this one Jacqueline! :)

  • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

    So awesome, thank you Terra. I’m so glad you found my blog too, hope you had an awesome 4th!

  • http://www.lacuisinehelene.com La Cuisine d’Helene

    My kids are older and I had to find new tricks when they were teenagers but I always can cheer them up with food, no matter how old they are. Great pictures! I still can’t comment on your blog using Safari on my Mac so now I’m using Google Chrome instead and it works.

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      So glad that works Helene! Thank you so much and I hope you are having a great week so far!

  • http://taliawaynebeauty.blogspot.com/ Talia Wayne

    This is so good it could cheer up everyone’s broken heart!

    • http://realfoodbydad.com/ realfoodbydad

      Thanks so much Talia!