Caramel Ice Cream Sauce

Total Time

Prep/Total Time: 10 min.


about 1 cup

Updated: Apr. 27, 2022
I love stirring up this delightful caramel ice cream topping on the stovetop. With its smooth texture and yummy taste from brown sugar, it's terrific drizzled over ice cream. —Julee Wallberg, Salt Lake City, Utah
Caramel Ice Cream Sauce Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Ice cream


  1. In a small saucepan, combine brown sugar and cornstarch. Stir in cream, water and corn syrup until smooth. Bring to a boil; cook and stir 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat.
  2. Stir in butter and vanilla until butter is melted. Serve warm or cold over ice cream. Refrigerate leftovers.

Caramel Ice Cream Topping Tips

What else can you serve this caramel ice cream topping with?

Drizzle this ice cream topping over brownies, apple pie or shortbread cookies. Look to these other dreamy caramel desserts for more ideas.

How do you store caramel ice cream topping?

You can store this caramel ice cream topping for up to two to three weeks in an airtight container in the fridge. Check out our guide on how to store caramel for more tips.

How can I thicken caramel ice cream topping?

You can thicken this caramel ice cream topping by adding a little more of the thickening agent in this recipe, aka cornstarch.

Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 tablespoons: 96 calories, 2g fat (2g saturated fat), 9mg cholesterol, 31mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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