Recipe: The flower pot ice cream sundae

Posted by Turkey Hill Team on September 23rd, 2009

SUNDAE - flower pot

We found this recipe on a blog called Worth the Whisk and wanted to share it with you because it’s just so darn neat. That’s right, we said “darn neat.” That’s how much we like this idea. It’s called the flower pot ice cream sundae and even though it’s probably a better recipe for a spring party, you can impress your friends with it all year round. It’s also simple to make!



1 small 3-inch clay flower pot
1 plastic straw
1 cup favorite ice cream
1 slice of chocolate cake, or 2 brownies or about 4 chocolate sandwich cookies with the middle frosting removed (or eaten)


1. Wash out flower pot (it’s probably better to start with an unused pot, which you should still wash). Using a hunk of frozen frosting or one sandwich cookie half, seal the drain hole at the pot bottom. Sealing the hole is important, or else ice cream will melt and drip out while you’re eating it. For some people, that might not be a bad thing!

2. Crush up cake, brownies or chocolate cookies, reserve about 1/4 cup for the top “dirt.” Press the remaining in the bottom of the pot. Place in the freezer to set.

3. In a medium bowl, soften the ice cream. Add any optional ingredients you’d like (chocolate chips, nuts, candy pieces) and blend with a spoon until smooth. Spread the ice cream layer into the pot, filling about half an inch from the top of the pot. Insert the plastic straw in the middle of the ice cream, cut off top to leave about 1-inch. Place back in freezer to set (about 15 minutes).

4. Once the ice cream is firm, spread the top layer of “dirt” in the pot, piling it up to the edges, with a nice little mound in the middle. Refreeze. When ready to serve, insert a fresh flower into the straw and add a few leaves.

And there you have it! You can probably do some other fun things with this, like burying a gummy worm in the mix as a nice little surprise for each guest or have his head peeking out the top of the dirt. Maybe some toffee pieces as “rocks.” You could even make this sundae with a larger flower pot for a party. If anyone tries this, let us know how it turned out!

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69 Responses to “Recipe: The flower pot ice cream sundae”

  1. Alexa Bafunno says:

    I just can’t imagine why anyone would want to eat out of a flower pot.

  2. jeannine leonard says:

    This is going to be perfect for my daughter birthday party next March. She loves ice cream and I know all her friends do too. Thanks for the idea. We do love Turkey Hill!

  3. Ken says:

    I’m on my way out of my house to pick up some small flower pots and brownies.
    I am having guest over for supper Friday
    night and this would be a great after meal surprise!

  4. gianna says:

    The idea is cute, but I do agree with Alexa about eating out of a flower pot…perhaps a different type of ‘dish’ (even though you may say that defeats the purpose of the theme). I would use small ceramic planters(ones that are adapted for a window sill). A terra cotta pot is not very appetizing.

  5. Emilia Napoleon says:

    I’ve been making something called a “dirt cake” for many years. It uses the flower pot and a pudding/oreo mixture instead. I’ve actually used it as a centerpiece. When it’s time for dessert I just start digging into the pot. You should see the looks you will get! Ice cream is a nice variation but it wouldn’t make it through dinner!

  6. Sue says:

    I’ve seen small plastic terra cotta looking flower pots, which could be used instead. I think it’s a neat idea and can’t wait to try it.

  7. Jeffrey says:

    It looks really cute but wouldn’t it be better to line the inside with something like plastic wrap? In addition, I have always found refreezing ice cream tends to ruin it. A good idea that needs a little polishing to perfect.

  8. mary says:

    it is also fun too , bake bread in these pots, cool

  9. Carol Triano says:

    Thanks for the recipe. These are just perfect for a dinner I am having on Sunday night. I am going to have the kids put them together and serve the adults. We will use fall flowers and I am sure everyone will enjoy. I will send a picture.

  10. PatG says:

    Cute idea, but not appealing to me, either. I like the idea of using prettier ceramic flower pots, though. Love Turkey Hill.

  11. ice cream-aholic says:

    My first thought was I wouldn’t want clay in my ice crea. I’m sure a new one is clean, but I would use a paper cup insert. “dirt” pudding, served in a plastic pail,is always a hit. These will be great conversation starters!

  12. jilly says:

    some sound PICKYYy, as long as it’s ice cream , hoo cares what it is eaten out of !!! lol

  13. Lauren says:

    Cool idea!

  14. Turkey Hill Team says:

    Jeffrey made a good point about refreezing ice cream that has been allowed to soften or melt slightly (like this recipe calls for).

    When ice cream is allowed to melt and refreeze, it can develop what is called “heat shock.” This causes the ice crystals you sometimes see around the edges of ice cream in a container (because the edges thaw and refreeze). It can also affect the texture and taste of the ice cream.

    In this recipe, if you’re softening the ice cream and then refreezing it, you should serve the sundaes that same day. If you wait too long, the effects of heat shock may set in. If you’re really concerned about heat shock, don’t let the ice cream soften too much — only just enough to allow you to pack it into the pail.

    Hope this helps. Good luck to everyone trying this and please send photos if you do!!

  15. allie says:

    Neat and easy idea flower pot ice cream I will have to try it.

  16. Karen says:

    Very cute but much too much work for me. I just like my mug of ice cream – nice and simple.

  17. Jim in SOMD says:

    Sounds great. I have had a pudding desert that is very similar, called DIRT.

  18. Evan Thomas says:

    That’s so cute.

  19. sandy c says:

    what a wonderful idea for cake and ice cream.

  20. Robbin L. Netz says:

    Quite unique. You could use much smaller flower pors for children. Also, for parties, or showers, let the guests take the flower pots home, and give them a pack of seeds to go with it. I love this because it is so simple, practical, and very cute. Also an encouragement for those “going green.” Thanks Turkey Hill!

  21. Mary says:

    My husband still remembers the first time he came to my house for dinner–and my mother served “dirt”(Oreos, Cool Whip, pudding and cream cheese.) When she dug into the pot with a trowel, he thought she was crazy!

  22. Anne King says:

    Will make!

  23. Ira says:

    I’m doing this one, come to think about I think I have done it before.

  24. Norma says:

    A cute idea for a kid’s birthday party.

  25. Linda Leffler says:

    This is really neat, I did the dirt pudding in the clay pot, but I did use a paper liner. This is what I would do with this recipe. Must try it. Linda

  26. Donna says:

    Hi, That is such a wonderful yummy idea.

  27. zoeymom says:

    I’ve made “dirt cake” many times, but never thought to use ice cream. I don’t know if the ice cream would make to to the pot before it got eaten!!!



  29. BETTY says:

    i love it going to try it now

  30. IceCreamFiend says:

    Fun idea. I think this would be especially delightful in the dead of winter!

  31. Cheryl says:

    This is cute and different but not sure if my grandchildren would eat it out of a real clay pot–the plastic one might work though.

  32. Pat says:

    What a neat recipe! Can’t wait to try it! 🙂

  33. Stephanie Hanz says:

    Cute idea.

  34. Marion says:

    There is nothing “cute” about this. In fact, the “add ins” are really disgusting. Just let ice cream be ice cream. It does not need any help.

  35. Heather says:

    Perfect for the garden club!!!

  36. Kim Z says:

    Use Nasturtium flowers – they are edible! For an added dessert flair, they can be “sugared” (directions on Martha Stewart’s website). Nasturtiums are also great for placing on top of salads to really impress at dinner parties.

  37. Sarah says:

    It sure looks cute but I’d still rather eat TH right out of the carton,

  38. brenda says:

    Hi turkey hill fans, it look cute, but I like to eat my turkey hill ice cream out of a bowl. or ice cream cup.

  39. Marcy says:

    Looks nice but I would you a Ceramic Pot!
    The ice cream is what really counts!

  40. lorraine says:

    Its a great Idea but to have to eat the cake like that, I do not know?

  41. Lynn says:

    Maybe I’m finicky, but I don’t like the idea of my food touching an unglazed clay pot!! I’ll just keep eating out of my ice cream bowls or maybe the neat cone cups and spoons you guys are giving away to some lucky winner! (pick me pick me pick me)

  42. Jane Moslow says:

    I love to eat cake with the ice cream melted a little bit on it. Delicious!

  43. Susan K Lapp says:

    OMG! I was waiting for you to show this recipe! 🙂 Thank You So Very Much! 🙂 I have Truly made these at home for my Family, and we Love Them! They also come in Great idea’s for Partie’s as little Desserts ! 🙂 Try’em You’ll Love’em! THANKS AGAIN!; “TURKEY HILL”! “YOU ARE HONESTLY THE BEST”!!! :)MUCH & ALWAY’S LOTS OF LOVE & SUPPORT!!! 🙂 Truly Your’s, Susan K Lapp XOXO…..<3

  44. debbie F. says:

    What a great twist on the “dirt dessert flower pots”…thanks for suggesting Ice cream instead

  45. Lisa says:

    Wow! What a cool idea!

  46. Stefanie Schmidt says:

    What a great recipe, I am definitely going to serve it at parties.

  47. Bob Kessler Jr says:

    There is so much more that you can do with this recipe. It looks so realistic that you hate to touch it. But if its Turkey Hill why not eat it and just make another one.

  48. Judi says:

    Great for a special occasion. For every day I wouldn’t go to the trouble. I don’t need any extra steps between me and my Turkey Hill! (Thank you, Mitch Hedberg!)

  49. adrian hahn says:

    great, great grandsons will be delighted to make it and (gobble-. gobble) TURKEY HILL ice cream flower pot .

  50. lee carr says:

    I never refreeze ice cream, once it begins to soften, it is the best time to eat it. I am not a fancy eater or presenter of treats, so this is not an idea that I would consider.

  51. Nancy says:

    Cute idea.

  52. Loretta says:

    I love the idea and the added creative possibilities: i.e. gummy worms and toffee for rocks. Surely would be fun for a kiddy birthday party if one has the money and time.

  53. Susan says:

    hummmm I think I will make a Halloween themed large planter and go wild with the decorations and use the Halloween gummies for affecet.

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  59. Patti Londre says:

    Readers, this photo and recipe were stolen from my blog, Worth The Whisk. is the original post. Please tell this company how upset you are for doing this.

  60. Alisa says:

    The photo was originally from You should give credit to who originally made this post.

  61. Turkey Hill Team says:

    Sorry about that Patti and Alisa. It was an oversight on our part in our haste to post this clever recipe. We’ve updated the entry to give credit to Worth the Whisk.


  63. Happy Ice Cream Child says:

    Why the nasty comments??? Gosh! If you don’t like the idea, don’t visit the site.. I think only people with an imagination appreciate the idea. And besides, there is nothing wrong with using an unglazed pot, as clay is a natural filter and is used in many rural communities as a water filter, to prevent illness and water spread disease. I think its Awesome!!! and I’m making flower pot cakes for a summer tea party. Im setting small pots at each table setting and Im going to make them look as realistic as possible, so my guests (who are all capable of using their imaginations) will be quite surprised when I tell them to taste the sand in their flower pots… Thanks to “worth the whisk” for the original post, but also to the ice cream journal for finding it and sharing.

  64. Sarah says:

    So clever; I love it!

  65. Swati says:

    And perhaps you should not have removed the copyright words from the original picture either – that is unfair too.

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