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Ice Cream Vocabulary in English  

May 24, 2017

I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream! Have you heard this expression before? It’s hard not to love ice cream and its many flavors. In fact, at IEC@DVC we love ice cream so much that we often have ice cream sandwich and ice cream float parties! Before trying delicious ice cream in the U.S., learn some ice cream vocabulary in English. Warning: this article will make you hungry!

Ice Cream Vocabulary in English  

How many of these ice cream vocabulary words do you know? And which of these ice cream dishes looks the most delicious to you?


Ice Cream Vocabulary in English  


Definition: A dry pastry that holds ice cream. Cones are usually called “waffle cones” because of their pattern.

Some cones are dipped in chocolate and then rolled in peanuts. Delicious!


Definition: A spoonful of ice cream. People often order a single scoop or a double scoop of ice cream.


Definition: The small pieces of nuts, fruit, or candy that go on top of the ice cream.

Our student choosing her toppings to put on her ice cream (which is in a waffle cone) at one of our IEC@DVC ice cream socials!


Definition: Colorful pieces of candy that are commonly used in desserts.

Check out the sprinkles on the ice cream on the right. Colorful and tasty!


Definition: A sundae is any combination of ice cream, syrups and sauces, and toppings. Typically sundaes include chocolate sauce, nuts, whipped cream, and a cherry. Yum!

Ice Cream Vocabulary in English  

Hot fudge sundae

Definition: One of the most popular sundaes is a hot fudge sundae. In this dessert, warm fudge (a thick chocolate dessert) is poured over ice cream; then toppings are added.

Ice Cream Vocabulary in English  

Banana split

Definition: A traditional dessert with a banana, three scoops of ice cream (chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla), sauces (chocolate, strawberry, and vanilla), whipped cream, nuts, and whipped cream. The dessert is finished with a cherry. The dessert is usually shared with friends because it it so rich!

Ice cream floats

Definition: Ice cream (usually vanilla) mixed with soda (usually root beer or Pepsi/Coca Cola). The two ingredients make a creamy drink that is eaten with a long spoon.

Ice cream sandwiches

Definition: Ice cream in the middle of two cookies or soft pastries.

Ice Cream Vocabulary in English  

Chocolate chip cookies + ice cream + more chocolate chips? Yum!


Definition: Ice cream, milk, ice, and flavorings or syrup blended together into a cold and thick drink. A milkshake is often topped with whipped cream and a cherry.

Ice Cream Vocabulary in English  


Definition: The word “froyo” is a combination of the words “frozen yogurt.” Froyo isn’t technically ice cream, but it is very popular in the U.S.!

Ice Cream Vocabulary in English  

Check the IEC@DVC Activities Calendar to see when the next ice cream-related event is. And be sure to come hungry!



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