Ice cream is a tasty treat all by itself. However, add a warm and gooey brownie, some hot fudge, sprinkles, whip cream and a cherry, and you may well have created the apex of dessert flavor. Making a good ice cream sundae is an art. If you don’t believe this, try one of the following creations.

Woodberry Kitchen
2010 Clipper Park Road, Suite 126
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 464-8000

Woodberry is a place for down-home cooking and that special rustic atmosphere. Though Woodberry works hard to capture that country feeling, it still offers amenities like valet parking. The food has that rough-and-ready look, that rich, mouth-watering flavor and that warm and filling feeling. Once you’ve filled up on the light and flavorful sourdough bread, the crunchy-yet-juicy fry basket and the tasty seafood or juicy meats, prepare yourself for the best part of the meal: dessert.

The shining light of the dessert menu is the CMP sundae. C is for chocolate sauce, M is for marshmallow fluff and P is for peanuts. Break through the sugar layer at the top of the cup and dig into the gooey center for a composition of brown butter ice cream, hot fudge, toasted marshmallow and wet peanuts. Try it once, and it will leave you craving to come back for more.

The Charmery
801 W. 36th St.
Baltimore, Md. 21211
(410) 814-0493

The Charmery is an ice cream shop started by a husband-and-wife team. They hand-craft their ice cream flavors, supporting local farmers and producers as much as possible in the process.

Ice cream flavors rotate daily, but include such fun and imaginative tastes as “Old Bay Carmel,” “Fresh Mint with a Figgy Lime Swirl,” “Fat Elvis” (peanut butter, marshmallow and banana) and “Chinese Food & A Movie” (buttered popcorn with chocolate-covered fortune cookies). Don’t worry, though. If you’re not feeling particularly adventurous, The Charmery still offers more traditional flavors.

Sidle on up to the counter and choose your favorite flavor, then order its “Signature Sundae.” This shop will take your ice cream of choice and mix it together with fresh whipped cream, house-made brownies or cookies, hot fudge, caramel and, of course, a cherry on top.

Costas Inn
4100 N. Point Blvd.
Baltimore, Md. 21222
(410) 477-1975

Costas Inn is a crab house – and a darned good one. Since its fame comes from its crab, lobster, oyster and shrimp dishes, one almost doesn’t expect the dessert menu to shine in any particular way. But it does!

The sundae sits about half-way down the dessert menu under the humble title of “Costas Hot Fudge Sundae” with no description given beyond this. But don’t pass over this hidden gem.

A generous portion of ice cream topped with a gooey house-made fudge, this dessert is the perfect finish to a spicy, Old Bay-filled meal, and may just stick in your memory longer than the meal itself.

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Wit & Wisdom
200 International Drive
Baltimore, Md. 21202
(410) 576-5800

Located in the Four Seasons Hotel in Harbor East, Wit & Wisdom screams “high class.” The dining area looks like the expanded version of a dining room one might find on the cover of a Better Homes and Garden magazine, and the outdoor patio is decked with easy chairs around expansive umbrellaed tables. The food matches the decor: reasonable portions all garnished and drizzled to also look like the page of a magazine.

Of course, it’s not all appearances. The food is excellent, and so is the dessert menu. Possibly the best thing on this menu is the “Pumpkin S’mores.” This imaginative dish takes a pumpkin pie sorbet (which is a kind of ice cream) and puts it on top of a piece of pumpkin cake. Then it is garnished with spiced ganache, toasted marshmallow fluff and fried pecans. Come enjoy the flavor of an autumn campfire served up in the lap of luxury!

Dumser’s Dairyland
12305 Coastal Highway
Ocean City, Md. 21842
(410) 250-5543

Dumser’s is the kind of place you’d expect to see in a 1950s beach party movie. It was opened in 1939 in Ocean City, and hasn’t died down in popularity since. Dumser’s has so many good sundae flavors that it’s hard to pick one as the best. For you chocolate and peanut butter lovers out there, this one is for you. “The Peanut Butter Supreme” is three heaping mounds of peanut butter fudge ice cream covered with peanut butter topping, hot fudge, Reese’s Pieces, whipped cream and a cherry.

So if your dream of the perfect ice cream experience is strolling along the beach savoring every spoonful of a delicious sundae, then Dumser’s Dairyland was built in anticipation of your visit.

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Joel Furches is a freelance writer and researcher for The Examiner and Logos Software, and also manages his own catalog of writing on Hub Pages. Joel is on the board of directors for Ratio Christi. He has a bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Education.