Pecan Covered Ice Cream Balls with Hot Fudge Sauce

hot fudge sauce over ice cream balls

Normally I don’t think about Easter dinner anytime before Good Friday. But my relatively new blogging addiction has me thinking about dessert already. Since dinner will be after church, I want something I can prepare ahead of time–as in DAYS ahead of time. I think these retro Pecan Covered Ice Cream Balls with Hot Fudge Sauce will be perfect.

Helen Corbitt, one of the greatest influences on my cooking because of my previous job in the kitchen at The Greenhouse, published this wonderful hot fudge sauce recipe in Helen Corbitt’s Cookbook. She called for using a double boiler and 30 minutes on the stove.  I prefer to use my microwave for the same delicious results.

Time for my trusty 2-quart glass batter bowl.   Two trips to the microwave and a good beating will produce a thick, rich, glossy, fudgy sauce you can reheat (in the microwave if you are careful) at a moment’s notice.  Or pour into a pretty glass jar and give it away.

Ms. Corbitt also gave me the idea of ice cream balls.  I usually use vanilla but coffee, chocolate chip, mint, cherry, etc. would all work.  Toasting whatever nuts you decide to use will bring out the flavor. Chopped candy or colored sprinkles would work in place of nuts.

candy covered ice cream balls 2

Ice Cream Balls

Scoop out ice cream.  Using plastic gloves, quickly mold ice cream into a rough ball and drop on pile of toasted, chopped and cooled nuts. Roll to cover completely and return to the freezer to harden.  Wrap well to store.

storyboard ice cream balls



Pecan Covered Ice Cream Balls with Hot Fudge Sauce
Recipe type: Dessert
Ice cream balls rolled in toasted pecans and served with hot fudge sauce
  • ½ cup butter
  • 2¼ cups powdered sugar
  • ⅔ cup evaporated milk
  • 6 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Cream
  1. In 2-quart Pyrex batter bowl, melt butter in the microwave for 1 minute, 15 seconds on HIGH. Stir in powdered sugar.
  2. Lay chocolate on top of sugar mixture in glass bowl and pour milk over all. DO NOT STIR. Microwave on MEDIUM for 8 minutes. Check after 5 or 6 minutes. Chocolate should just be melted--no more. If you prefer, heat in a double boiler for 30 minutes.
  3. Remove from microwave and add salt and vanilla extract. Beat--slowly at first and then more vigorously. A portable mixer works perfectly but you could also use a whisk. Keep beating until silky smooth. Add cream 1 tablespoon at a time if sauce is too thick but never add water.
  4. Store sauce in the refrigerator and reheat as needed.

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{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Lynn April 22, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Your fudge sauce calls for bitter chocolate. Do you mean bittersweet or unsweetened? It looks so good and so easy!


Paula April 22, 2011 at 6:33 pm

Lynn, I double checked and it’s just as I thought. Unsweetened. I changed the recipe on my blog. Thanks so much for letting me know because that was confusing.


moonlace September 12, 2010 at 6:14 pm

P. S. I left out butter and vanilla.


moonlace September 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Back in the 70’s, I had a Helen Corbitt cookbook that had a superb hot fudge sauce, different from the one you feature. It had regular milk, unsweetened chocolate, cocoa, sugar, salt, … the rest I’m unsure of, maybe some corn syrup? Unfortunately, I do not recall the proper amounts of the ingredients. I had searched a number of cookbooks and tried innumerable chocolate sauces looking for one easy to make and with a wonderful thick syrupy, glossy consistency. This one was an immediate hit and I made it weekly for our family Sunday night dessert ritual. Do you by any chance know that recipe?


Steph June 10, 2010 at 11:03 am

YUM! I love ice cream. This is a really great way to dress up store bought ice cream – I love it! I’ll be doing this at my next get together.


Kathleen March 30, 2010 at 11:51 pm

I love this dessert. YUM! Ice cream is perfect no matter how you serve it!!!


Katrina March 30, 2010 at 11:16 pm

You can NEVER go wrong with ice cream. I’d love the pecans and the boys would totally go for the sprinkles!


Jill March 30, 2010 at 7:53 pm

What a fun dessert! I love the ones covered in sprinkles.


Lori Ann March 30, 2010 at 7:31 pm

Those ice cream balls would be perfect for Easter dessert! My nephews and nieces would LOVE them! I would have to figure out how to make the balls before they melted on me…
Thank you for visiting my blog! I treated myself to a new bundt pan from Sur La Table which has become my favorite store since starting TWD! =)


Susan March 29, 2010 at 11:16 pm

I just bookmarked this page! I have vanilla and cookies and cream ice cream in the freezer. Several bags of pecans and almonds, and everything I need to try that hot fudge sauce! Mmmmm! Can’t wait!


Karen March 29, 2010 at 11:03 pm

How yummy! My philosophy is, if it’s not chocolate, it’s not dessert. I think I just gained 5 lbs looking at this.


Crystal's Cozy Kitchen March 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Oh My! Those look way too delicious!


mike March 29, 2010 at 12:24 am

I shudder to think what would happen if your microwave shorted out. 🙂 The dishes you can make with that thing – amazing! Can I come for Easter? Mom never would have served ice cream balls! These look so wonderful – especially for the hot summer months. And that fudge sauce…
Mike — sheepishly admitting I have (and use) my mom’s Revereware double boiler (wedding cookware) from ’57.


Romaine March 29, 2010 at 6:17 am

Mike, I think using a double boiler may actually qualify you to be an official chef–unlike me, since I’m always looking for the quickest way to put healthy and delicious food on the table without pouring it out of a can or a box.


Mimi March 29, 2010 at 12:23 am

Just give me the hot fudge and a spoon.


Sandy March 28, 2010 at 11:13 pm

YUM! What a fabulous dessert! Ice cream lovers everywhere will love this recipe. You make it look soooooo easy,and as always the photos are awesome!


Christine @ Fresh Local and Best March 28, 2010 at 10:30 pm

This looks like a luxurious hot fudge sauce. I should have known that you had a culinary background, your desserts are always so exquisite!


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