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Apr 20, 2005 06:49 PM

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!


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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 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 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 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...


            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!

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            1. 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 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.