Homemade Turtle Fudge Sundaes

We were up fishing on Lake Michigan in Wisconsin over Memorial Day weekend, and I had a turtle sundae so good that it made me want to go back for another after I was done with it. Any guesses as to where it was from? Culver’s. That’s right, a fast-food restaurant doing a turtle sundae so good that I wanted more. So, I was determined to get back home and make myself a homemade turtle sundae that would give Culver’s a run for their money (still love you though, Culver’s :)). And all-be-darn, these Homemade Turtle Sundaes are GOOD.

Homemade Turtle Sundaes - KJ & Company

We’re talking loads of fresh, homemade hot fudge and salty, gooey caramel cascading down the sides of classic vanilla ice cream and then a sprinkling of crunchy pecans. You can’t get much better than this! I mean, you could always add brownies. Brownies are always a good idea. This little sundae will win hearts over. And then over again once more.

Homemade Turtle Fudge Sundaes - KJ & Company

Don’t be afraid about making your own homemade hot fudge and caramel sauce. It’s such a breeze that you will be shocked that you haven’t been making your own! It doesn’t even come close to comparing to the jarred stuff that you can buy at the store. Make it once and you will be hooked!

Homemade Turtle Fudge Sundaes - KJ & Company

You can serve the hot fudge and caramel sauce right away, or let them cool and cover them for a later time to be reheated. Works like a charm.

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Homemade Turtle Fudge Sundaes

Homemade Turtle Sundaes - KJ & Company

The ultimate Homemade Turtle Fudge Sundae is made of loads of fresh, homemade hot fudge and salty, gooey caramel cascading down the sides of classic vanilla ice cream, and then a sprinkling of crunchy pecans to top it off.

  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 servings

Ingredients

For the hot fudge:

  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semi-sweet or dark)

For the salted caramel sauce:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

For the sundae:

  • Vanilla ice cream of choice
  • Pecan halves for topping

Instructions

For the hot fudge sauce:

  1. Bring the heavy cream to a low simmer in a small sauce pan over low heat. Once the heavy cream is simmer slightly, but not boiling, whisk the chocolate chips into the heavy cream until the chocolate is melted and smooth.
  2. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly prior to serving.

For the salted caramel sauce:

  1. In a small sauce pan, heat the sugar over low-medium heat until it starts to melt. Using either a rubber spatula or a whisk, keep the sugar moving consistently to avoid it from burning on the bottom of the pan.  Whisk/stir until the sugar is completely melted and turning a caramel color.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and whisk in the butter. It will sizzle up and this is normal. Once the butter is incorporated, do the same with the heavy cream and salt until the caramel is smooth.
  3. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly prior to serving.

To build your sundae:

  1. Layer the vanilla ice cream with the hot fudge sauce, salted caramel sauce and pecan halves as desired. Enjoy!

Notes

  • If you are making the sauces in advance, let them cool slightly and then pour them into plastic/glass containers. Let them cool completely and then cover with a fitted lid and leave at room temperature. You can reheat them later in the microwave for about 30 seconds to loosen them back up.

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2 Comments

  1. Stine Mari June 6, 2018

    Holy ice cream, this looks so tasty! That hot fudge looks uh-mazing!


    • KJ June 8, 2018

      Thank you so much!


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