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Peanut Butter Sauce for Ice Cream Sundaes??

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I used to live on the East Coast, where a rather reliable chain family restaurant and ice cream parlor known as Friendly's served up deliciously decadent ice cream concoctions. Among the best were their monstrous, sinfully good sundaes. My favorite was The Reeses Peices Sundae - a colossal ice cream trophy - drowned in whipped cream, hot fudge, and a lovely peanut butter sauce. Since I've moved to California, I've yet to find anything like it. Peanut Butter sundae sauce is not sold in any grocery store I've been to, and none of the local ice cream parlors I go to make anything similar.

Anyone know where to find it (or something akin to it) - either in the greater Los Angeles area or on the internet for ordering and shipping?

Would greatly appreciate any tips.. been dreaming about it for a while.

I've tried a few recipes for peanut butter sauce, but never comes out as good as what I've had.

Thanks for your help!

Link: http://www.friendlys.com/treats/menu/...

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    1. re: The Rogue

      the power of Google, right?:

      2 parts sugar
      1 part water
      1 part peanut butter

      In a saucepan, combine sugar and water. Bring to a boil and boil for one minute or until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Place sauce in blender and blend on high until smooth. Allow to cool. If there are leftovers, be sure to refrigerate.

      12 ounces granulated sugar
      1 1/3 cups light corn syrup
      3/4 cup hot water
      6 ounces margarine
      3 ounces miniature marshmallows
      12 ounces evaporated milk
      8 ounces peanut butter

      Combine sugar, syrup, and water. Cook to 228°F and turn off heat or remove from burner. Add margarine and marshmallows. Stir until melted. Cool. Place in mixer bowl. Add milk and peanut butter. Beat until well blended. Refrigerate.

      1. re: PseudoNerd

        I tried the water base recipe and it was not very good. Try this recipe instead...it is very close...maybe even better!

        For all of you trying to find the best Peanut Butter Sundae Sauce EVER!!!! Here you go. I tried the recipe with the water base (in my search for this peanut butter sauce craving) and it did not come close at all. I did my own lab test and this one comes closest to tasting just like Friendly's Restaurant.


        1/2 cup heavy whipping cream ( you can use half and half)

        1/4 cup sugar ( I used 3 tablespoon)

        1/4 cup light Karo syrup

        2 tablespoons butter

        1 teaspoon vanilla ( I used 1/8 teaspoon)

        1/2 cup creamy peanut butter


        Combine all ingredients (except peanut butter) in a saucepan stirring constantly until all ingredients are dissolved.

        Let the mixture cool completely then add the peanut butter and stir well.

        It will look like a mess, but keep stirring and it will turn out smooth and still have the grain texture...just like Friendly's!

        This does not make very much if you want some for leftovers...so double or triple the recipe. You might want to cut down on the sugar if the peanut butter is sweet to start with...I did not fully fill the 1/4 cup and it was still plenty sweet! Most of the recipes asked you to add the peanut butter to the heat mixture, but when I did that...it took the grainy texture and color away. It turned it dark and paste like.


        P.S. serving amount depends on how much you want to share... ;)

        1. re: hanh32


          I made this recipe today and I am so glad I doubled the recipe!

          I used an organic peanut butter that is almost pourable when not refrigerated, so the sauce was kind of loose. I added an extra 1/3 cup of peanut butter and it did thicken as it cooled.

          The sauce was also a bit sweeter than the tasters in my house would like, so I also added a sprinkle of kosher salt.

          Excellent recipe.

    2. My mom has been waiting tables at a local Friendly's for years. You are right, the sundae's with peanut butter sauce is killer!!!! I asked her though and I'm sorry to say that it comes into the store ready-made.

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      1. re: Drew

        Do they sell jars of it either at the supermarket or a Friendly's restaurant? I know I've carried back jars of their fudge sauce to the west coast in my suitcase!

        Ooh, now I want a cone of black raspberry!

        1. re: LisaN

          It only comes in gallon cans. The maker / distributor is Hersey's and won't sell it to the public. There has been a severely disabled woman who has been trying to get them to sell her a gallon, and even a case, for years. (It amazing the info you can find out on the net.)

          If there are enough requests to the Friendly's website they may start packaging it into retail sale jars.

          1. re: LisaN

            My ex was obsessed with it. We went into a Friendly's and they sold us a pint of it for $5, IIRC. I've never seen peanut butter sauce in grocery stores, but I STILL look for it whenever I'm in a new grocery store (it has become habit).

          2. re: Drew

            Mind you, I haven't tried this, but I've always heard that you have to make peanut butter sauce with Karo (corn)syrup...

            From http://familyfun.go.com/recipes:

            1 cup peanut butter
            1 cup whipping cream
            1/4 cup light corn syrup

            Combine all of the ingredients in a medium saucepan. Slowly warm over low heat and stir the mixture continually with a wooden spoon until smooth and creamy. Serve warm. Makes 2 cups.

            Hope this helps.

            1. re: Romy Arena

              My first job was at a local dairy with a restaurant/ice cream bar attached. They had a killer peanutbutter fudge sauce that I became addicted to. Recently they went out of business and my son who was working there at the time scavenged the recipe for me. It's similar to the above but replace the corn syrup with butterscotch and add 1/4 cup or more hot fudge depending on how dominate you want the chocolate taste to be. I've traded this recipe to a few chefs for recipes they had that I wanted!

          3. I can't resist adding to this thread for the sole purpose of agreeing that Friendly's Reeses Pieces and Reeses Peanut Butter Cup sundeas are killer. And it is due in no small part to the thick, creamy, salty peanut butter sauce they use. SO, SO good. Seriously.

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            1. re: charmedgirl

              me too! my friend and I would meet on weekends home from college and get a five-scoop sundae each. I was always reeses pieces. Now that we're older and my metabolism is slower, we still meet, but I have downgraded to the three scooper, with lowfat ice cream and low sugar sauces. Sigh.

              another favorite is TCBY vanilaa, in a waffle cone with PB sauce. mmmmm.

            2. I am a peanut butter addict and LOVE Reese Pieces sundaes.

              I have had very good luck "melting' Peanut Butter in the microwave (I use Peter Pan's Whipped version, which seems to work the best). I heat it in a shallow dish for 10 seconds at a time, stirring after each 10 seconds. It's thicker than Friendlys and you have to immediately use it, but omigod....hot gooey peanut butter goodness!

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              1. re: L_W

                I haven't been to a Friendly's in years and when I did it wasn't often, but my husband used to eat there a lot as a kid. Maybe that is where he got the idea for melting peanut butter over his ice cream - he won't eat vanilla ice cream at home without a jar of Jiff beside it. Heck, he'll even just put globs of peanut butter cold into his sundae dish.

              2. Maybe about 10 years ago, one of the women's magazines had a recipe for Peanut Butter Sauce that my husband thought was the same as Friendly's. Due to diet restrictions, he stopped making the recipe and, of course, who knows where it went. He thinks there were three ingredients: peanut butter, condensed milk and ??? It was probably in Good Housekeeping magazine. It might be this recipe found on Cooks.com
                PEANUT BUTTER SAUCE

                1 can sweetened condensed milk
                1/2 c. butter (1 stick)
                6 tbsp. creamy peanut butter
                1/2 tsp. vanilla

                We discovered peanut butter milkshakes while visiting Kenai, AK. This is a rare treat. Also found in a small, family restaurant in the Poconos region of PA. I'm really surprised we don't see this offered at our favorite ice cream places.

                1. This thread is cracking me up. I live in California and I just came back from my 20 year high school reunion in CT last night. The very first thing I did when I arrived in CT, was go to Friendly's and get a sundae with EXTRA EXTRA peanut butter topping!! It is truly STILL TO DIE FOR! Then I bought a container of topping to go. In spite of packaging it to travel it bled through all of the packaging and into my suitcase!! The only tragedy is that I lost the topping...lol. So I came online to look for any help in getting more and I found this thread. Has anyone tried any of these recipes or other suggestions?? Any feedback?? Thanks!!


                  1. i do the same thing!!!!! grew up in MA...moved to fla and CA and 10 years later im back and 1st thing ( well, one of 1st things i ate...) was reeces peices sundae with extra extra sauce!!!!!!! too funny. after all these years they ARE still to die for.

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                    1. re: niccole

                      My gosh; I too dream of Friendly Ice-Cream's Reese's Pieces Sundaes. I live in California now, but when I go home to Maryland, I run straight to Friendly's and order one. I wish I had one right now!!

                    2. Half peanut butter, half honey, mix 'til smooth. This is my favorite spooned over vanilla ice cream. Delicious!

                      1. Hi there Butterballboy.

                        Have you every been able to find the peanut butter sauce you have been searching for. I was looking online and noticed that Hershey's does sell the sauce through large distributors in the east coast area. My folks own a business and I have been looking through food catalogs. Only problem is they sell the sauce in 6lbs containers.

                        Well just wanted to know how you search has gone?

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                        1. re: lymby

                          Heads up, everyone. My DIL just brought us a squirt bottle of Peanut Butter ice cream topping made by Reese's. She found it (aaargh) at WalMart. (I'll look for it in other stores.) It tastes very good on vanilla ice cream. The bottle looked kind of small. My husband is sure to go thru it in a week. Cheers.

                          1. re: dfrostnh

                            Here in MA, Market Basket Supermarket carries this topping. It is great but way too small! Hubby and son finished a bottle after 2 servings each. It has great peanut butter flavor and not too sweet.
                            Gail in MA

                        2. I know Wegman's carries a peanut butter ice cream topping in NY State. I haven't checked for it in MD/VA though.

                          1. Combine equal parts 1 part fluffernutter to 2 parts peanut butter.
                            Heat in microwave.
                            Mix again.

                            Works like a charm.

                            1. Used to be a real simple recipe for this on the Kayo syrup bottle. I don't remember the quantities, but all you do is mix peanut butter with Kayo syrup. You put enough syrup in the PB till it reaches the consistancy you want. No cooking involved.

                              1. Hershey is now making two kids of PB topping - one just plain PB and the other Chocolate PB. If you open this link and scroll down half way, you'll see them. I've never seen them in my supermarket (Shaw's or Stop&Shop). http://www.hersheys.com/recipes/produ...

                                Off course I might not be able to find it because it was recalled in January??? See the article: http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04...

                                  1. Hi butterballboy. I live in NY and grew up on LI so thought I would let you know that the unbelievably wonderful Reese's Peanut Butter Cup sundae (my favorite too) and the Friendly's you so fondly remember don't really exist anymore. Oh, they're both still there - well at least some of them (many have closed) but they're not very good and even the ice cream isn't great like you remember. And that colossal ice cream trophy - a very "reasonable" size.

                                    Okay, it may be like that going to see your old house/room distortion effect... "the wow, this didn't used to be this small" reaction even though you realize it must have been but I think it's more like the yodel-ring ding-funny bone-twinkie-hostess cupcake distortion - the "Wow, look how small they make these things now."

                                    Friendly's itself - well, not so friendly - needs better housekeeping.

                                    I've seen the Hershey's pb topping in the supermarket but haven't tried it. I doubt it could possibly taste like the Friendly's version but let us know. My instinct - try out the recipes first. Keep us posted.

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                                    1. re: laylag

                                      Respectfully disagree. Friendly's is alive and kicking in Maryland. It is true that quality varies WIDELY based on management (isn't that true of most chains?) But the last time I was there, admittedly over two years ago, the ice cream is still good -- not gourmet, but GOOD, and the PB sauce was .. let's see, how do I put this? FRICKIN' DELICIOUS.

                                      Mmmm... I'm craving it now. ;-)

                                      1. re: charmedgirl

                                        I have to say that I agree that Friendly's is still alive and kicking. I've been searching for years to find this sold in any supermarket or store to no avail. Our local Friendly's will let you buy it by the pint or quart to take home. But recently my husband brought home a new Reese's Peanut Butter topping bottle he found at Walmart Super Center. It is VERY CLOSE to the Friendly's topping. The best I've found! Only thing is the bottle is very small and it doesnt last long at all. Of course I am a freak over this stuff and like TONS! I managed to get about 3 bowls of ice cream to one bottle. They really need to make it larger.

                                        1. re: BarbinNH

                                          I was home to PA last month and went to Friendly's 4 times over 5 days. I absolutely love the peanut butter cup sundae and have started to request extra sauce. I don't particularly like the consistency of the sauce in a bottle, but that's just me. I just found this on the Hershey's website:
                                          PEANUT BUTTER SAUCE: Melt 1 cup REESE'S Peanut Butter Chips with 1/3 cup milk and 1/4 cup whipping cream in medium saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is smooth. Remove from heat; stir in 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract. Cool to room temperature. About 1 cup sauce.
                                          I plan to make this over the weekend and will update on how it compares to the real deal.

                                        2. re: charmedgirl

                                          That's good to know. I grew up frequenting the Friendly's that's right outside of Ft. Meade, but it's been about 17+ years since. I happened to stop by a Friendly's at Daytona about a year ago, and it was terrible there. So yes, management plays a big role in quality of service.

                                      2. http://www.bellplantation.com/index.p...

                                        PB powder is also an excellent product for creating peanut butter sauce and you can control the sugar, syrups, dairy to your liking & diet. We use plain yogurt & a drop of honey with the PB powder-works great.

                                        1. I know how you feel. I just found out that Sonic Drive Inn pulled their Peanut Butter Topping from their menu, and I am furious! Sonic was the only place in my area that had this sauce. DQ doesn't have it, McDonald's doesn't have it. No one has it. If someone would open their own franchise here locally and serve peanut butter topping, they would have that market cornered. It just doesn't make sense that Sonic would do such a stupid thing! I also think Friendly should expand.

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                                          1. re: JonBow

                                            So I just went to DQ yesterday and had a Peanut Butter Blast I loved the salty peanut butter sauce on it and would like to find a similar recipe to that sauce.

                                            1. re: LEsherick2007

                                              Yes. Thankfully, DQ started offering a peanut butter topping around 2010 or so. It's very good! Their Peanut Butter Blast is good, but you can have the topping on any of their desserts. I like to have them combine it with hot fudge on the Peanut Buster Parfait. Super yummy!

                                              1. re: JonBow

                                                Yes I just wish I could recreate the sauce I love how salty it is compared with the sweet soft serve, I don,t like peanuts so that's why I tried the Blast.

                                                1. re: JonBow

                                                  I live in NE Ohio. I have been getting their chocolate ice cream sundaes with Peanut Butter Sauce for probably 30 years from Dairy Queen. This sure isn't a new offering. Possibly your local store just didn't carry it.

                                            2. If this thread is still active. Gordon Food Service used to sell Reeses pourable peanut butter which is really similar to Friendlys.

                                              If you want to make it almost exactly like Friendlys finely chop some unsalted peanuts and add to the pourable peanut butter. I use a coffee grinder.

                                              If you want to make from scratch

                                              Reeses peanut butter (The stuff at the grocery store)
                                              Peanut oil (I use planters peanut oil)
                                              Chopped unsalted peanuts (I use planters unsalted)

                                              1. It seems that heating up peanut butter with some sugar and water would make a good peanut butter sauce. Sounds good!

                                                1. The peanut butter topping is at Superior Nut Company - order it online and delivered to your door - the real thing - no messy recipes!!! It's to die for!!!


                                                  1. I just recently found a 4.5 pound jar on eBay. You may wanna check it out! It is made by Reese's which is a Hershey's brand. It may be just the thing you are looking for! Good luck, and I know this is a very very very old thread, but I figured your elusive hunt may not be over.

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                                                    1. re: rcbaughn

                                                      Hello all,

                                                      I do not know if this is still a matter of concern, but I, too, grew-up in the MIdwest and fondly remember many weekends hanging out at Friendly's. We would order the infamous Reese's Peanut Butter Cup Sundae with a SIDE of fries!!! LOL Oh, to be 17 again and not have to worry about calories, or fat intake. Anyway, today, I live in Los Angeles and stil dream about my beloved peanut butter sauce. As mentioned before, Reese's does make a sauce that will satisfy your cravings. As a matter of fact, you can order it on Amazon. I have included the link to the vendor for your convenience:


                                                      Yeah have have to order a few bottles, but it's definitely worth the $15 bucks!


                                                    2. Walmart sells peanut butter topping in the coffee/tea aisle (where the Hershey syrup is.) it cost $2.08 and they also sell peanut butter sprinkle mix for the same price ...... I cannot keep enough in my house !!!