Homemade Ice Cream Sauce Trifecta | The Best Sundae Sauces Ever!

The only three homemade ice cream sauce recipes you will ever need.

These ice cream toppings would be great for ice cream sundaes or are delicious and simple to add to apple slices and other fruits as well. These are just a few of my favorite ways to create an easy recipe or two with simple ingredients.

Really!  Salted Caramel, Delicious Chocolate, and Supreme Strawberry, as you can see make one awesome Banana Split!

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Or what about a Tin Roof?  That’s when you drizzle a huge slab of vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce, sprinkle with Spanish skinned salted peanuts, and rinse and repeat.  You have to try it!

Who knew that adding chocolate syrup to a scoop of ice cream would create your latest obsession?

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Easy Ice Cream Sauces to Make at Home

We have always used ice cream sauces – the ones you buy at the grocery store, but we don’t any more!  Besides, the flavour of fresh homemade sauces just doesn’t compare with the store-bought kind. 

Am I right?

The only three homemade ice cream sauce recipes you will ever need. Really! Salted Caramel, Delicious Chocolate and Supreme Strawberry, as you can see make one awesome Banana Split!

Spooning that thick delicious homemade ice cream sauce onto your ice cream, pancakes, waffles, and scrambled eggs – you can put it on whatever your heart desires.

Some people even drizzle this on their ice coffee and hot cocoa, too!


Serving Sizes for Ice Cream Sauce toppings

These recipes make about 1 to 1 1/2 cups of sauce, so if you are feeding a crowd you may want to double up.

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How to Store

It’s always nice to make a fresh batch of homemade ice cream sauce and I find each of the three sauces keeps about a week to 10 days in the refrigerator.

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Tips and Suggestions

I’ve included the salted caramel sauce recipe again here, and you can also find it in an earlier blog post, Salted Caramel Sauce.

The chocolate sauce comes from food.com and it’s amazing, it almost hardens on the ice cream! It’s like a homemade magic shell!

The strawberry sauce recipe I created from one of my strawberry pie fillings, I posted about it earlier in the year on Strawberry Pie | A Little Magic Filled With Joy.


What are the best way to store homemade chocolate sauce and other ice cream sauces?

I like to store mine in a glass jar. This is a simple way to have it stored in an airtight container which makes it easy to use when you’re ready.

How do I reheat this delicious caramel sauce and the other sauce recipes?

You can add the sauce back to a medium saucepan and heat on medium-high heat, or put some in a bowl and reheat in the microwave.

What is some other fun ice cream topping ideas?

That’s the best part about ice cream. You can add anything that you’d like. I think that whipping up an easy peanut butter ice cream topping would be delicious, or even a rich butterscotch sauce, too. (These will be on my radar to make soon!)

If you’re more of a fan of bittersweet chocolate then dark chocolate mint chips could be super delicious as well. The perfect topping is what you want it to be!

Salted Caramel Sauce Recipe

Ingredients needed to make homemade caramel sauce

  • 1 cup dark brown sugar – well packed
  • 4 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 tbsp. almond flavoured liqueur
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How to make this caramel ice cream sauce recipe

(Prep time – about 30 minutes)

Step One: Mix the ingredients on the stovetop

In a medium-sized saucepan mix the brown sugar, butter, sea salt, and heavy cream and cook over medium-low heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often, but not vigorously.

As the caramel begins to thicken, cook for another 2 minutes

Step Two: Remove from heat

Remove from heat and add the liqueur

Step Three: Add back to the stovetop

Return to the stove and cook for another 2 minutes

Step Four: Remove from heat

Remove from heat and allow to cool for a few minutes

Step Five: Store

Pour into glass jars for storage

Tip: I poured the sauce into a 2 cup measuring cup and used that to pour it into my little jars.

Chocolate Sauce Recipe (Lee Lee’s Famous Chocolate Sauce Recipe – food.com)

Ingredients to make hot fudge sauce

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2-2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup water ( more or less, as needed to make a stirrable consistency)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

How to Make Chocolate Sauce

(prep time total – 15 minutes)

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Step One: Mix the ingredients

Combine sugar, cocoa, and salt in a small saucepan.

Step Two: Add water

Add enough water to make stirrable consistency.

Step Three: Add butter

Add butter to the cocoa mixture.

Step Four: Heat

Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.

Allow boiling for 1 minute, stirring.

Step Five: Remove from heat

Remove from heat.

Step Six: Add vanilla

Add vanilla.

Serve warm over ice cream.

Supreme Strawberry Ice Cream Sauce

Ingredients to make a strawberry sauce

  • 1 cup of mashed strawberries
  • 3/4 cup of water
  • 3/4 cup of sugar
  • 3 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 4 cups of sliced strawberries
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup

Directions to make Homemade Fresh Strawberry Sauce

Total prep time is about 30 minutes

Step One: Cook the strawberries

Cook the mashed strawberries in the water, bring to a boil then strain into a measuring cup.  Add enough water to make one cup.

Step Two: Add ingredients

Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and juice and stir quickly, bring to a boil and then cook for about 2 minutes.

Step Three: Stir

Remove from heat and stir in the strawberries.

The first time you serve these amazing homemade ice cream sauces the Crowd Will Go Wild!


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