10 sweet vintage ice cream ads for National Hot Fudge Sundae day

July 25 is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day. Sure, it'd be easy to give you a some sundae recipes, but we've found sundaes to be a locus of personal preferences. There's a lot that goes into the decision-making process when creating a sundae: Nuts? If so, what type? Canned whipped cream, homemade whipped cream or Cool Whip? Hot fudge or butterscotch? And do you top it with a cherry? Obviously, the answer is yes to all of it.

The most important question remains: What flavor of ice cream should serve as the base of your sweet confection? Vanilla would seem to be the clear winner, but there's a reason some people use "vanilla" as a synonym for "boring." Maybe these vintage ice cream ads can help you elevate your sundae game.

If you want all the ice cream joy without all the pesky cleaning up after yourself, Sweet Tomatoes is inviting guests to create a "Sweet Insanity" ice cream sandwich from their (epic) dessert bar now through July 31. Yeah, yeah, it's not technically a sundae, but put it in a bowl with some whipped cream and a cherry and you could easily call it a sundae sammich.

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Could you imagine the pressure on a Dairy Queen server in the '50s to ensure that there was a perfect curl at the top of each ice cream they served?via Chronically Vintage
Could you imagine the pressure on a Dairy Queen server in the '50s to ensure that there was a perfect curl at the top of each ice cream they served?
via Chronically Vintage
Lady Borden's Lorraine cherry was extra good ... because it was made with extra cream. via Reminisce
Lady Borden's Lorraine cherry was extra good ... because it was made with extra cream.
via Reminisce
We can't even think about Howard Johnson's ice cream without remembering Mad Men's Don Draper shaming Megan into eating the hotel chain's signature orange sherbet (fast forward to about 4:25).
via Flick River
We can't even think about Howard Johnson's ice cream without remembering Mad Men's Don Draper shaming Megan into eating the hotel chain's signature orange sherbet (fast forward to about 4:25).
via Flick River
In 1950, Sealtest Ice Cream just wanted to help folks keep cool and keep happy. via Reminisce
In 1950, Sealtest Ice Cream just wanted to help folks keep cool and keep happy.
via Reminisce
OJ on a sundae? We'll try anything once!via Reminisce
OJ on a sundae? We'll try anything once!
via Reminisce
In 1970, Baskin-Robbins allowed customers to buy super-secret 32nd flavor, but only if they had a coupon and promised not to tell what it was. via Attic Paper
In 1970, Baskin-Robbins allowed customers to buy super-secret 32nd flavor, but only if they had a coupon and promised not to tell what it was.
via Attic Paper
In the 1960s, Foremost Ice Cream offered the most refreshing of all the ice cream flavors: candy cane. via Vintage Ads
In the 1960s, Foremost Ice Cream offered the most refreshing of all the ice cream flavors: candy cane.
via Vintage Ads
Sealtest Ice Cream not only gives us an intriguing flavor, but a little song to sing while we're preparing it.via Reminisce
Sealtest Ice Cream not only gives us an intriguing flavor, but a little song to sing while we're preparing it.
via Reminisce
Ann Page Foods provided a tasty recipe so you could make your own "sparkle" ice cream dessert. via Vintage Ads
Ann Page Foods provided a tasty recipe so you could make your own "sparkle" ice cream dessert.
via Vintage Ads
In 1953, Carnation shared a super-simple recipe for homemade hot fudge sauce ... that some of us may still be using today. via Dying For Chocolate
In 1953, Carnation shared a super-simple recipe for homemade hot fudge sauce ... that some of us may still be using today.
via Dying For Chocolate