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10 ways to celebrate National Ice Cream Day for under $25

I scream, you scream, you get the idea... Happy National Ice Cream Day!

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What is summer without sweet frozen dessert? Pretty boring, if you ask me. And with National Ice Cream Day on Sunday, July 16, there’s plenty of reason to celebrate this summer staple. So whether you want to treat yo’self, Parks and Rec style, or you want to go all-in and throw an ice cream party, we’ve got 10 ways to celebrate for under $25.

1. Throw an ice cream party with the cutest bowls ever

Waffle cone-inspired bowls
Credit: Greenco

Skip the cones, but keep the aesthetic with these reusable bowls and matching spoons.

Skip your boring cereal bowls and break out the sweetest ice cream dishes we've ever seen for the best novelty holiday of the season.

Greenco Vibrant Colors Ice Cream Dessert Bowls—$13 from Amazon

2. Serve up the perfect scoop with this best-selling spoon

Ice cream scoop
Credit: OXO

Get the perfect scoop every time.

When it comes to scooping ice cream, you don’t need all the bells and whistles some scoops offer. The OXO stainless steel ice cream scoop is the #1 best-seller on Amazon because it gets the job done well. The trick is to pop it into a cup of hot water between scoops for a smooth ball of ice cream that slides off the spoon and looks Instagram-ready.

OXO stainless steel ice cream scoop—$15 from Amazon

3. Make your own Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream at home with this recipe book

Ben & Jerrys Recipe Book
Credit: Ben & Jerry

Customize your favorite Ben and Jerry's ice cream.

Sure, you could buy a pint of Phish Food at the store like everyone else, but making your own is a great activity for the whole family. Want to learn how? We’ve got you covered with 5 easy recipes for homemade ice cream.

Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice Cream and Dessert Book—$9.86 (paperback) or $8.16 (Kindle) from Amazon

4. Go retro with this malt shop-inspired ice cream dish

Porcelain ice cream dish
Credit: Sur La Table

Pretend you're at a 1950s malt shoppe.

Porcelain ice cream dish—$8 from Sur La Table

5. Skip the bowl and use this ice cream sandwich maker instead

Ice cream sandwich maker
Credit: Sur La Table

Combine two classic desserts into one tasty treat.

Whip up a fresh batch of your favorite cookies (or buy them from the store) and use this ice cream sandwich maker to churn out custom orders for all your friends.

Ice cream sandwich press—$8 from Sur La Table

6. Ice cream for breakfast is totally OK when it's on a waffle... right?

Oster waffle maker
Credit: Oster

Nothing pairs better with cold ice cream than a warm waffle.

Ice cream is delicious, but ice cream on a hot waffle? Now that's just sinful!

Oster Belgian waffle maker—$17 on Amazon

7. Use these edible bowls and forget about washing dishes

Keebler waffle bowls
Credit: Keebler

Edible bowls are a dream come true.

It's a waffle cone, but it's also a bowl. The best of both worlds!

Keebler waffle cone bowls—$2.49 for a box of 10 from Target

8. Never eat jimmy-free ice cream again with these rainbow sprinkles

Wilton rainbow sprinkes
Credit: Wilton

Skip those waxy jimmies and try these rainbow sugar crystals instead.

Sprinkles are a must in my opinion, and these are exceptionally pretty on any flavor ice cream.

Wilton rainbow sugar crystals—only $2.11 as an add-on item from Amazon

9. Add a little magic to every bite with this hardening chocolate sauce

Smucker's MAgic Shell
Credit: Smucker's

Fun to use and tasty to eat. Can't top that!

Drizzle one of these three flavors over your ice cream and watch as it hardens into a crunchy, mouthwatering shell.

Smucker's Magic Shell in chocolate, caramel, and fudge—$18 from Amazon

10. This ain't your grandma's hot fudge (but she'd probably love it!)

Stonewall Chocolate sauce
Credit: Stonewall Kitchen

This gourmet flavor is the perfect finishing touch on any sundae.

Stonewall Kitchen makes some seriously mouthwatering sauces, but none can outdo this decadent dark chocolate toffee sauce. Pop it in the microwave for a few seconds to warm it up before serving.

Stonewall Kitchen dark chocolate toffee sauce—$12.73 on Amazon

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