28 Amazing Ice Cream Topping Recipes

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These amazing recipes for ice cream toppings are exactly what you need this summer.  Once you've tried these irresistible ice cream topping recipes, you'll never go back to the store bought versions.  If you want to make the ultimate ice cream sundae, you're going to love these recipes.

Collage of ice cream topping photos, with text overlay reading "28 Irresistible Ice Cream Toppings."

I had so many delicious ice cream toppings to share that I broke them down into different categories.  You can click on any of the links in this list and it will take you straight to that category of ice cream topping on the page, so you can go straight for your favorite flavor.

Ice Cream Toppings Recipe Index:  

Chocolate Ice Cream Sauce Recipes:

1. Classic Hot Fudge Sauce

Hot fudge ice cream topping pouring from a pitcher onto a silver ice cream dish filled with vanilla ice cream.

A classic hot fudge sundae is one of my favorite desserts, so let's start with an essential basic: Homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce from Tikkido.  This hot fudge recipe beats the pants off of every other recipe I've tried.  If you love chocolate, you're going to love this.  This simple sauce is delicious on vanilla ice cream, of course--but is also amazing on all of your favorite ice cream flavors.

2. Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sauce

Glass pot of peanut butter hot fudge with a silver spoon, on a blue cloth.

Who can resist the delicious flavor of peanut butter cups?  The combination of peanut butter and chocolate is a match made in heaven.  This Peanut Butter Hot Fudge from Certified Pastry Afficianado sounds like an ice cream dream come true.

3. Peanut Butter and Chocolate Magic Shell Ice Cream Topping

Chocolate peanut butter magic shell ice cream topping on vanilla ice cream in a white bowl, with a spoon cracking the magic shell.

I used the same flavor combination in my Chocolate Peanut Butter Magic Shell, too.  It's an incredibly delicious AND fun to eat cold treat.

4. Vegan Hot Fudge

Glass jar of vegan hot fudge with a silver spoon sticking out, surrounded by fresh cherries.

Need a vegan version of this classic topping?  Check out this delicious Vegan Chocolate Sauce from Gluten Free Palate. 

5. Mole and Chocolate Stout Ice Cream Sauce

Mole chocolate stout ice cream topping in a glass bowl.

Or maybe you have a more adventurous palate, and crave more complex flavors.  If so, this Mole Sauce with Chocolate Stout from Craft Beering is right up your alley.

6. Chocolate Marshmallow Sauce Ice Cream Topping

Chocolate marshmallow ice cream sauce over vanilla ice cream in a white bowl, topped with rainbow sprinkles.

This Secret Chocolate Ice Cream Sauce from Julie Blanner combines chocolate and marshmallow sauce to make the most amazing ice cream topping.

7. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce

Chewy hot fudge sauce on vanilla ice cream in a glass ice cream dish.

The Merchant Baker has this recipe for Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce.  Yes, chewy.  I'd never thought about that particular texture with hot fudge, but now it's all I can think about.  This thick homemade chocolate sauce is the perfect pairing with creamy ice cream.

Caramel Ice Cream Sauces:

8. Maple Caramel Sauce

Maple caramel ice cream sauce being poured into a glass jar.

This Maple Caramel Sauce from An Italian in my Kitchen takes regular caramel sauce (which is already amazing) and makes it more interesting and complex with maple syrup.

9. Salted Caramel Sauce Ice Cream Topping

Salted caramel ice cream sauce being spooned into a glass jar, with large sea salt crystals scattered on a cutting board next to the jar.

Salted Caramel Sauce is pretty much my favorite thing ever.  The salt in the recipe is the perfect contrast to the sweetness of ice cream. Try this fabulous recipe from Sandhya's Kitchen.  A sweet treat doesn't need to be ALL sweet, after all!

10. Dulce de Leche Topping

Dulce de leche ice cream topping in a glass jar with a spoon sticking out.

Homemade Dulce de Leche is kind of like caramel, but is its own thing entirely.  Try this recipe from The Petite Cook on your next bowl of ice cream and your taste buds will sing.

11. Rum Raisin Caramel Sauce

Rum raisin caramel sauce Ice Cream Topping in a glass jar, on a wooden serving tray.

This Rum Raisin Caramel Sauce from Little Sugar Snaps sounds like a fabulous combination of flavors.  It's a great topping if you like deep, complex flavors. 

12. Peanut Butter Caramel Ice Cream Topping

Peanut butter caramel Ice Cream Topping on vanilla ice cream, topped with roasted peanuts, in a pewter ice cream dish.

Have you ever thought about combining peanut butter and caramel?  If not, you're missing out.  This Peanut Butter Caramel sauce from Tikkido is AMAZING.  Brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup are cooked into an easy caramel (no candy thermometers necessary!) and then mixed with peanut butter and cream.  It's a decadent treat over classic vanilla ice cream, and a sprinkle of roasted peanuts are the perfect addition if you like a bit of crunchy topping.

13. Vanilla Bean Butterscotch Sauce

Butterscotch vanilla bean Ice Cream Topping in a white bowl on top of a pink tea towel.

Butterscotch Vanilla Bean Sauce from Certified Pastry Afficianado isn't strictly caramel, but it's a very close cousin, so I put it in the caramel category.  However you classify butterscotch sauce, it's delicious!

14. Vanilla Bourbon Caramel Sauce

Vanilla bourbon caramel sauce  Ice Cream Topping puddled around a spoon on a dark grey surface.

Caramel gets a grown up twist with this Vanilla Bourbon Caramel sauce recipe from Good Life Eats.

15. Paleo Caramel Sauce

Dairy free, gluten free, paleo caramel sauce being spooned into a glass jar.

Dairy-free, gluten free, Paleo caramel sauce from Meaningful Eats.  That's a lot of dietary qualifiers for an ice cream topping, but the recipe reads well and it looks absolutely delicious!

Fruit Sauce Ice Cream Toppings:

16. Raspberry Ice Cream Topping

Raspberry sauce Ice Cream Topping in a glass Ball jar, surrounded by fresh raspberries.

I adore anything made with raspberries, and I can practically taste this Raspberry sauce from Salt and Baker already.  Give me a bowl of vanilla ice cream and a generous topping of this raspberry sauce and I'll be a very happy girl.

17. Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream Sauce

Apple cinnamon ice cream topping on top of vanilla ice cream, in a glass ice cream bowl garnished with a cinnamon stick.

We all know that apple pie is great with a scoop of ice cream on top, so it makes sense that it would be delicious flipped upside down, too.  Check out this fabulous Apple Cinnamon Ice Cream Topping from Food Meanderings.  It's even Weight Watchers friendly!

18. Strawberry Ice Cream Sauce

Strawberry sauce Ice Cream Topping on vanilla ice cream in a glass.

Use some bright and bountiful summer strawberries to make this amazing Strawberry Sauce from Tikkido.  Ripe strawberries are turned into a delicious sauce that absolutely bursts with bright, fresh fruit flavor thanks to an easy (but unique) technique.  Put it over vanilla ice cream and you have the best summer dessert ever!  Ice cream parlors have nothing on this homemade strawberry sauce!  It really is next level, nothing like anything you've ever had commercially prepared.

19. Berry Red Wine Ice Cream Topping

Berry red wine ice cream sauce over vanilla ice cream served in a wine glass.

For a more grown up, complex flavor for berry lovers, check out this Berry Red Wine ice cream sauce from Coupon Clipping Cook.

20. Pineapple Sauce Ice Cream Topping

Vanilla pineapple compote Ice Cream Topping in a white bowl next to a fresh pineapple.

I think pineapple sauce is an underrated ice cream topping.  Try this Vanilla Pineapple Compote from Veggie Desserts and I'm sure you'll agree.

21. Pino Noir Strawberry Sauce

Pino strawberry reduction ice cream topping on top of cheesecake on a white plate.

Here's another grown-up ice cream topping: Pino Strawberry Reduction for ice cream (or cheesecake!) from Julie Blanner.

22. Roasted Rhubarb Compote

Roasted rhubarb compote on top of vanilla ice cream in a glass dish, garnished with candied rhubarb.

I adore rhubarb, and warm rhubarb sauce over ice cream is a favorite treat.  It's incredibly easy to make with this Roasted Rhubarb Sauce recipe from Tikkido.

Other Ice Cream Sauces:

23. Marshmallow Sauce Topping

Homemade marshmallow sauce Ice Cream Topping being poured on an ice cream sundae.

One of my favorite ice cream toppings EVER is Homemade Marshmallow Sauce .  Click through to get my favorite homemade marshmallow sauce recipe, complete with a video tutorial. 

24. Easy Peanut Butter Sauce Ice Cream Topping

Peanut butter ice cream topping poured over vanilla ice cream and a brownie, in a white bowl, topped with curls of chocolate.

I love my peanut butter caramel ice cream topping sauce (above), but for lovers of pure peanut butter topping, this is the recipe for you.  Peanut Butter Sauce ice cream topping from My Gluten Free Kitchen

Other Ice Cream Toppings (Not Sauces):

25. Homemade Sprinkles

Homemade sprinkles (yellow, orange, pin, and green) in four small, white bowls.

No list of homemade ice cream toppings would be complete without sprinkles, right?  Did you know that you can make your own?   Check out how to make Homemade Sprinkles from Tikkido.

26. Homemade Maraschino Cherries

Homemade maraschino cherries in a glass jar, garnished with a cinnamon stick and star anise pod.

The cherry on top of your amazing ice cream sundae should definitely be these Homemade Maraschino cherries from Foodal.

27. Candied Walnuts Ice Cream Topping

Wet walnuts ice cream topping over vanilla ice cream in a white bowl.

This Wet Walnuts ice cream topping from Bunny's Warm Oven sounds like it would make plain vanilla ice cream taste like Prailines and Cream ice cream (my favorite!!)

28. Brandied Cherries

Brandied cherries in two glass ball jars.

And for a more adult cherry on top of your bowl of ice cream, these Brandied Cherries from Blossom to Stem look absolutely amazing!

What's your favorite topping for ice cream?

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