Everyone who knows me teases me about our family obsession with peanut butter. Seriously, I have a two-pound jar in my cabinet. It’s one item I definitely buy in bulk! It could be because that the baby is allergic to so many items, but if you hand her a spoon, she thinks it should be covered in peanut butter. With that in mind, we have a lot of peanut butter treats around our house. Lately, I had been craving a Peanut Butter Sundae like the one I had at Friendly’s restaurant. Unfortunately for me, the closest Friendly’s to my home is around 200 miles away. I tried to find a similar peanut butter sundae at various restaurants and fast food joints around town, but I couldn’t. I decided to do the next best thing; make my own Copycat Friendly’s Peanut Butter Sauce. It’s also naturally gluten free.
Copycat Friendly’s Peanut Butter Sauce
But how? I began scouring the internet for recipes I could adapt to make my own. Some recipes were easy but I didn’t have the ingredients. I needed a recipe that had ingredients I already had in stock. Finally, I found one I thought was close. After a few adjustments, I decided if I couldn’t make it to Friendly’s, this was the next best thing. The best part about this sauce is how it creates a firm topping on top of the ice cream.
If you want an authentic ice cream sundae, place a couple of scoops of vanilla ice cream into a bowl. Top the ice cream with the peanut butter sauce. Sprinkle Reese’s Pieces over the sauce, then top with whipped cream and a cherry. I never have to buy an ice cream sundae again. Unless I don’t feel like cooking, of course!
Tip: Be sure to store the leftover sauce in the fridge. Heat the sauce in the microwave for a few seconds before using.
- ½ cup peanut butter (adjust to taste-use more or less depending on how much peanut butter you like)
- ¼ cup butter
- ¾ cup light corn syrup
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla
- Optional: Reeses Peanut Butter Pieces
- Combine the butter, corn syrup and peanut butter in a medium saucepan. Heat the ingredients over low heat until melted and the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and allow the mixture to cool to room temperature. Once cooled, pour over ice cream and top with Reeses Peanut butter pieces, whipped cream, and a cherry, if desired. Store the leftover sauce in the fridge. To reheat the sauce, warm briefly in the microwave- around 10 to 15 seconds- before serving.
Have you tried Friendly’s Peanut Butter Sundaes? What is your favorite summertime dessert?