Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae #recipesfromtheheart

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae

 Please note this giveaway has now ended. 

Today’s event is being hosted by Kim of Cravings of a Lunatic and Jen of Juanita’s Cocina. They teamed up with their blogger friends to help raise awareness and support for Cancer and Hospice today in memory of Kim’s dad. We encourage everyone to read the posts and share their own experiences with cancer. We also would like to encourage everyone to donate to the Canadian Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society and also to the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association. Hospice was a key element during Kim’s father’s battle with cancer. They made it possible for Kim to care for him at home. So please show your support and donate if you can. You can also contact your local Hospice and donate directly to them if you wish. A little goes a long way! 


It’s a special day today, not only am I here joining Kim from Cravings of a Lunatic in memory of her dad but it’s father’s day!  So today,  I’m going to share a special and funny story between my dad and I and then give you my version of Friendly’s Peanut Butter Cup Sundae which we’d used to get after our “date nights” out.

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae

Kim’s story about her dad really touched me, as my family all went through the emotions with my dad a few years ago.  I love my dad like you wouldn’t believe, sure I gave him daughter grief but I wouldn’t have been a good one if I didn’t. 🙂 So when my mom told me he had prostrate cancer I was freaked out.  No way, not my dad, but you see my mom is good.  She’s a nurse, so she’s on top of our health and they caught it early and he’s cancer-free now.

Dad and I spent a lot of one on one time growing up.  He’d would drive me 45 minutes each way to pre-college music theory class and sit and wait while I had class (did I say wait, I mean sleep in the car!) On weekends when Mom had to work evenings, I didn’t want to leave Dad home alone so we’d go to the movies and for ice cream.  We’d always see the ones Mom didn’t want to anyway but to save a few bucks I’d run into the bathroom while Dad bought two senior tickets!  They never caught our act and we still laugh about it to this day.  My very favorite thing about going out though was our post-movie ice cream sundae’s at Friendly’s.  I didn’t need to look at the menu, there was only one sundae I ordered anytime we went, their peanut butter cup.

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae

Since neither of us live near a Friendly’s any more, I’ve made my own version! In the past you could choose any ice cream flavor, but to enhance the experience I’ve made a peanut butter cup ice cream to go along with the peanut butter sauce and hot fudge.

Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae #recipesfromtheheart

I like to use freshly ground peanut butter, because of this my ice cream custard ended up extremely thick and my sauce more chunky style than smooth. Feel free to use any type of peanut butter that you like, but I do recommend a version without added sugar.

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    For the ice cream:
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 3/4 light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 vanilla bean, seeds scraped
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup chopped peanut butter cups
  • For the hot fudge:
  • 3 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • pinch of salt
  • For the peanut butter sauce:
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup
  • Additional toppings: whipped cream and peanut butter cups


    For the ice cream:
  1. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, mix together the peanut butter, brown sugar, salt, vanilla bean, milk and heavy cream until dissolved and it just begins to simmer.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks and slowly drizzle in 1/4 cup of the hot liquid to temper the yolks.
  3. While whisking, drizzle the tempered yolks into the custard. Continue to whisk, scraping the bottom until the custard has thickened. You can check by dipping a wooden spoon and running your finger across the back. If the line stays you are good to go.
  4. Strain the custard into a large bowl and chill completely before churning in your ice cream maker. Once the ice cream is done churning, mix in the chopped peanut butter cups and transfer to an airtight container to freeze fully.
  5. For the sauces:
  6. In a small saucepan, mix together the chocolate, cocoa powder, butter, heavy cream, sugar, corn syrup and salt. Stir until completely melted and thickened over medium-low heat.
  7. In a small saucepan, mix together the peanut butter, heavy cream, sugar and corn syrup. Mix well and stir until completed melted over medium-low heat.
  8. In a sundae bowl, drizzle some of the peanut butter sauce and hot fudge, place a few scoops of ice cream and top with more of the sauces. Finish with whipped cream and a peanut butter cup.
Recipe Type: Ice Cream, Dessert

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18 thoughts on “Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream Sundae #recipesfromtheheart

  1. Helene D'souza

    You d run into the bathroom and he would get 2 senior movie tickets? lol That’s a memory to treasure. Glad to hear that your father is all fine and that the cancer was treated early enough. IT gives one hope to know that others have survived the illness.

    I want your peanutbutter ice cream sundae!!

  2. Kayle (The Cooking Actress)

    I’m so glad that your dad is cancer free-that’s awesome!

    Your relationship sounds so special 🙂 Your favorite sundae is also the one I always ordered at Friendly’s! Great minds think alike 😉

    (and I must say, for all the stuff my dad and I don’t have in common…we do both love crazy delicious, rich food. And he would adore this sundae too)

  3. Liz

    I’m so glad your dad is free of cancer…and that you two have such a wonderful relationship. Your pb cup sundae would be a huge hit at my house…I need to put pb ice cream on my “to-try” list for this summer. PERFECT with hot fudge!

  4. Ramona

    Thank you for sharing your story today regarding your father. My dad also battled prostate cancer and he beat it too (joyful news for both of us). I also love love love the Friendly’s peanut butter and chocolate sundae… it’s my favorite sundae of all time. 🙂 So cool you made it at home.. gotta do that soon. :0)

  5. The Ninja Baker

    So glad your father is cancer-free now, Susan. Love the Friendlys and movie stories. My mom and I used to visit Friendlys also when I was an apprentice at the Hampton Playhouse for 2 summers .. My favorite was chocolate chip. But have clipped your PB ice cream and look forward to relishing the good memories and tastes.

  6. Carla

    So relieved to hear your dad is cancer free! And he totally sounds like my dad. My dad has the patience of a saint. He can sit in the car for hours with his puzzle book while I was at band practice, job interviews, college class on a Friday, etc. And I’m surprised he never did that senior ticket thing. He would so do that. Dad also loves peanut butter cups. You sure we aren’t cousins or something? 😉

  7. Nancy @ gottagetbaked

    I’m so glad to hear your dad is cancer free, Susan. Thank goodness! And thank goodness for your mom who made sure that her family got regular check ups! I loved the story about your dad buying 2 seniors tickets. Way to go! I’m all about going to crazy lengths to save a buck. Your dad sounds like a wonderful man and I’m glad that you can still enjoy this amazing sundae with him. Girl, you did good – this looks incredible! There’s something wrong with my eyes (and my brain) though. I didn’t know that was a boot cup until another commenter pointed it out! Too cute.

  8. Kim Bee

    Susan thank you so much for joining us for this very special cause. I am so happy to hear that your dad is doing well and cancer free. Thanks for sharing your story with us. I love that you have a place and a dessert that is just for you guys. That’s so wicked cool. It looks like I’d need a spoon in each hand for this one.

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