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Holiday Ice Cream Toppings Gift Basket


  • 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, unsalted
  • 2 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 2½ cups heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 6 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1½ teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups toasted pecan halves
  • ½ cup light corn syrup
  • 6 ounces hot chocolate mix
  • 6 ounces bittersweet chocolate chips

Prep Time:

30 minutes

Cook Time:

20 minutes


Two homemade dessert sauces and an ice cream scoop make an excellent gift basket idea for the busy holiday season. Add vanilla ice cream and dessert is done!

Part of our Holiday Gifts for Food Lovers series.

More Food Gift Ideas!

Why try? A fun, homemade gift the whole family will enjoy. Warm butterscotch with a kick of bourbon and sprinkling of toasted pecans over a scoop of vanilla ice cream will excite the adults. While the kids save room for a signature Hot Chocolate Fudge sundae.

Foodie Byte: Include serving instructions with basket – Rewarm sauces over medium-low heat until just heated through. Stir toasted pecans into Bourbon sauce just

1 basket (2 1/2 cups Bourbon Butter Pecan Sauce, 2 cups toasted pecans, 2 1/2 cups Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce, 1 ice cream scoop) before serving. Spoon over vanilla ice cream and enjoy!

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  1. To prepare Bourbon Butter Pecan Sauce, melt butter in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium heat. Add dark brown sugar all at once; stir with wooden spoon until incorporated. Cook 3 to 5 minutes, stirring infrequently, until mixture changes from wet sand look into a smooth molten liquid sauce. Add 1 1/2 cups cream, lower heat to medium-low, and whisk until combined. Cook 10 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Transfer to glass bowl and cool to room temperature. Add bourbon and salt; stir until combined. Package as desired; refrigerate.
  3. To prepare Hot Chocolate Fudge Sauce, bring 1 cup cream, corn syrup and hot chocolate mix to boil and simmer in a heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Add chocolate chips and remove from heat; stir until melted and smooth.
  4. Package as desired; refrigerate.
  5. Bundle two dessert sauces, toasted pecans and an ice cream scoop in a holiday basket.