Hot Butterscotch Sauce

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This Hot Butterscotch Sauce is the best homemade sauce to serve over ice cream.

Hot Butterscotch Sauce poured over ice cream

Hot Butterscotch Sauce

Why would you want to eat it this sauce hot?  Butterscotch sauce is WONDERFUL when served hot over ice cream and other desserts.  There is something about the warm, sweet sauce combined with frozen ice cream that really hits home.

This sauce will pour perfectly when warm or hot.  When it’s cold, it can be eaten by the spoonful instead.  Ha!

Hot Butterscotch Sauce in a saucepan

How to Make Hot Butterscotch Sauce:

This is a super simple recipe. Four simple ingredients are boiled together in a saucepan until thick, smooth and bubbly.  Brown sugar, butter, cream and corn syrup magically turn into this beautiful, sweet sauce.

You will love using it for topping your ice cream.  Try drizzling it over bread pudding, apple pie, and apple cake too.

Hot Butterscotch Sauce poured over ice cream

I have a story about this sauce.  When I was a teenager, I became pretty attached to butterscotch sauce.

I worked at a family-owned fast food place in the small town I grew up in.  They had soft serve ice cream and a variety of the best dessert sauces.  Hot butterscotch sauce was one of their best sauces, and I became totally obsessed with it!  I’ve been ordering it on my ice cream sundaes ever since.

Hot Butterscotch Sauce poured over ice cream

If you’re looking for recipes to serve with this hot butterscotch sauce, you might like to try making my Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or this Classic Bread Pudding. Apple Cake, Rocky Road Ice Cream and Oatmeal Cream Pie Ice Cream Pie would also be good pairings with this sauce.

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Hot Butterscotch Sauce

My absolute favorite sauce for topping ice cream!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 13 minutes
Servings 16 servings (about 1 tablespoon)
Calories 77kcal
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword butterscotch, sauce


  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup half and half cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup


  • Place all ingredients in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Heat to boiling, stirring often until thick, smooth and bubbly.
  • Serve hot, drizzled over your favorite dessert.


Serving: 1serving (about 1 tablespoon) | Calories: 77kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 23mg | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 55IU | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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  • Judy wrote:

    How do you store the caramel sauce and for how long?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Refrigerate. I’d say it should be fine to use within a couple of weeks time.