This grilled pineapple with caramel toffee crunch ice cream is the perfect simple summer dessert. Everyone loves it, you can make it in about 10 minutes, and it cooks on the grill so you don’t have to heat up the house!
The last thing you want to do in the summer is bake a cake, am I right? Okay, if we’re being honest, I don’t particularly care for baking cake any time of the year. However, in the summer especially, I’m always looking for quick and easy desserts that won’t heat up my kitchen and won’t take long to make. This one is absolutely perfect for a night when you already have the grill fired up for a BBQ, you’ll have it ready to go for dessert too!
This recipe is so simple that I almost feel strange calling it a recipe, but you guys know that I think simple recipes are best and when you have really quality ingredients, you don’t need a long list of ingredients. (I’m also sharing some tips to expand on this a little and make it more of an ice cream social or party for National Ice Cream Month, so don’t miss those!)
It all starts with a sweet, ripe, bright yellow pineapple. When I was developing this recipe, I considered adding some sugar to the pineapple, but truthfully, it’s not necessary. The natural sugars of the pineapple caramelize and become even sweeter when you grill it, and you’re topping the grilled pineapple with sweet, creamy ice cream.
Let’s talk about that ice cream! I partnered with Tillamook to develop this recipe, and let me tell you, I’m obsessed with their ice cream now. I was first introduced to it in Detroit, and now I absolutely cannot get enough of it. If you like your ice cream ultra-creamy, rich, and smooth, this is the ice cream for you.
Side note: Is there anyone out there that doesn’t like their ice cream creamy? Just wondering.
Tillamook uses premium ingredients, so it’s not a surprise that the end product is a premium ice cream. Plus, they’ve been making it since 1947 so they have it mastered at this point!
PS: Good news, fellow Michiganders! You can buy Tillamook Ice Cream in Michigan now! Tillamook is a farmer-owned dairy brand based in Oregon (you might be familiar with their spectacular Cheddar!), and this is the first time you can buy it in Michigan. It’s great news for us!
This particular flavor of ice cream is called Caramel Toffee Crunch and it might just be my new favorite flavor. There are big ribbons of soft sweet caramel and so much crunch! I love some crunch in my ice cream and this flavor is loaded with it. Pecans, almonds, bits of chocolate, bits of toffee and cookies….it’s so good, you guys.
And it’s absolutely perfect with the sweet, slightly smoky grilled pineapple.
I drizzled these with caramel sauce to really drive that caramel flavor home. You could use a good quality store-bought caramel or you could make your own (it’s so easy – try my bourbon caramel sauce – it would be great without the bourbon too), or truthfully, this recipe is delicious without caramel too. The ice cream itself is loaded with caramel so no matter what, you’re going to love this.
Ice Cream Party Tips
- Offer the basics but also offer some unique items like this grilled pineapple. If you wanted to make serving a little easier, this pineapple would be great if you diced it (after grilling!) and then used it as a topping instead of a base.
- If it’s a hot day, make sure you keep your ice cream in tubs of ice and only bring it out when you’re ready to serve (keep reading for one more tip to make serving ice cream easy!)
- Other fun and unique topping ideas to try: Roasted strawberries or cherries, potato chips (love that salty sweet combo!), espresso, pretzels, or flaky sea salt (I like Maldon).
- Keep some of the classic toppings for traditionalists! Homemade hot fudge is easy and is always a big hit. Whipped cream, chopped nuts, and chocolate chips are other great classic topping ideas.
Tip: Scoop ice cream in advance and place scoops on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in the freezer. When you’re ready to serve, all you’ll need to do is grill the pineapple and top with the ice cream that you’ve already scooped.
- 1 pineapple, cut into slices (1/2 to 3/4 inch each) – about 6 slices depending on size of pineapple
- 1 tablespoon melted coconut oil
- 3 cups Tillamook Caramel Toffee Crunch Ice Cream
- Caramel sauce for serving
- Heat grill to medium heat (350°F).
- Brush both sides of each slice of pineapple with melted coconut oil. Place on heated grill and grill for 4-5 minutes on each side or until caramelized, heated through, and grill marks appear.
- Serve topped with a 1/2 cup scoop of Tillamook Caramel Toffee Crunch Ice Cream and a drizzle of your favorite caramel sauce. Serve immediately.
- Tip: Scoop ice cream in advance and place scoops on a parchment paper lined baking sheet in the freezer. When you’re ready to serve, all you’ll need to do is grill the pineapple and top with the ice cream that you’ve already scooped.
- Nutrition info does not include caramel sauce and will vary based on ice cream varieties.
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
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