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Mar 28, 2010 10:57 PM

Best (super high quality) Hot Fudge Sundae?

I've been cutting back on sweets lately, but have been nursing a mad craving for a hot fudge sundae. I know it's all about the sauce (and yes, I know the Lawry's chain has the CC Brown's sauce, etc. etc.), but I actually think it's kind of all about the ice cream too. And, really, all about the whipped cream. Good quality, freshly whipped cream ... oh, my.

I recently had a really good sundae at Little Dom's, but there were two problems: A. It was gelato and not ice cream. I prefer ice cream in a sundae. And B. The sundae is topped with the dreaded hazelnut (I'm not a fan) and they are a NO SUBSTITUTION kitchen.

I guess I'm looking for someplace that serves Carmella's quality/level of ice cream (burnt caramel - yum!), with great fudge, freshly whipped cream (no cans, a pox on whipped cream from the can, please don't even suggest a canned whipped cream "ice cream parlor" for their sundaes), and some peanuts on top. Is that too much to ask, chowsers? Anyplace that really and truly has the whole package -- the nirvana of sundaes?

You don't know how grateful me and my sundae-seeking sweet tooth would be!

Little Dom's
2128 Hillhurst Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90027

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  1. Sammy's Woodfired Pizza in Rolling Hills has their Messy Sundae, a gigantic hot fudge sundae with walnuts and carmel sauce for $8.50. It's big enough for four. Really messy and really good.

    Sammy's Woodfired Pizza
    2575 Pacific Coast Hwy, Torrance, CA 90505

    1. Hah, I wish I knew how they made the CC Brown's HF sauce! There are not that many places that have excellent ice cream, and good warm fudge sauce is even harder to find.

      Fords Filling has a really nice take on the banana split with Toblerone chocolate ice creams IIRC, yummy. Not Hot Fudge though!

      4 Replies
      1. re: AAQjr

        You can buy CC Brown's hot fudge sauce from Lawrys on line. It is $30 a case for 4 jars. Or you can buy a single jar at Lawry's resturant.

        Lawry's Prime Rib
        100 N La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90211

        1. re: wienermobile

          I think it is $6 a jar at The Tam O'Shanter or Lawry's.

          1. re: Burger Boy

            To update, CC Brown's is owned by Lawry's now. It's $32 per box of 4 or $8 per bottle. The price had gone up since earlier postings. You can order online if you buy the box.

            1. re: solecurious

              I wish someone would spill the beans on the CC Brown's recipe! Soo good

      2. Ghiradelli's Ice Cream parlors have terrific sundaes.

        Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop
        110 W Colorado Blvd, Pasadena, CA 91105

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        1. re: attran99

          I believe the Ghirardelli shop in Pasadena closed some years ago. The nearest one is in San Diego.

        2. Milk.


          Both have fresh whipped cream and high quality fudge. Enjoy.

          1. Try Glacier in Manhattan Beach. Both the ice cream and hot fudge are made in house. The whipped cream is not the out of the can type, I'm assuming it's freshly made as well.


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            1. re: annapurna7

              Glacier's ice cream is great, but their hot fudge is dismal...more like a so-so chocolate syrup.

              1. re: Nicole

                Update - guess this shop has shut down. Tried ringing but the number had been given up. My husband and I had been devastated since Nichols upgraded to become J Nichols and removed our fave Hot Fudge Sundae -- rich, gooey hot fudge with candied walnuts and generous scoops of vanilla ice cream... I don't even like walnuts! We try to minimize our indulgence to once a month.
                I have been scouring websites for an alternative. So far, it is California Pizza Kitchen and Gulfstream in Century City. We'll check them out soon...

                1. re: solecurious

                  It's now a hot dog place called Hot Doggers, the recipient of yesterday's scathing-review-of-the-day:


                  I liked Glacier but they were too far from me to visit regularly. Never tried the sundae there, though.