Glass dishes with Peanut Buster Parfaits inside

I’ve got 99 problems and a Peanut Buster Parfait blanketed in homemade hot fudge sauce solves like, 67 of them. That is to say, this seriously simple hot fudge sundae topped with peanuts is to die for and can be whipped up in just 10 minutes. Best of all? My homemade hot fudge sauce tastes like molten chocolate brownie batter.


If these photos look slightly blurry it’s because my children were climbing all over me while I was taking them, clamoring for a taste. Can’t say I blame them! ?

Homemade hot fudge sauce drizzled over ice cream

What’s in a Peanut Buster Parfait?

Peanut Buster Parfait is a simple hot fudge sundae made from ice cream, hot fudge sauce, and peanuts made famous by Dairy Queen in the ’70s. How three simple ingredients combine to make one INSANELY delicious treat, I’ll never understand. Hot fudge sundaes loaded with whipped cream, sprinkles, and cherries look pretty, but good golly the simple combo of cold and creamy ice cream, warm and gooey hot fudge sauce, and crunchy peanuts is all I need in life!

Hot Fudge Sauce from Scratch

Making Hot Fudge Sauce from scratch is so simple you’ll be scratching your head wondering why you ever bought a jar of the pre-made stuff from the grocery store. Honestly, they’re two completely different products – that’s how much better homemade hot fudge sauce tastes. Like I said, it’s reminiscent of warm brownie batter. #drool Simply melt semi-sweet chocolate chips in a mixture of heavy whipping cream, brown sugar, corn syrup, and cocoa powder before stirring in fragrant vanilla extract and butter until melted. Cool slightly then drizzle over, well, pretty much anything.

Spoon drizzling hot fudge sauce

How to Store and Re-Warm Hot Fudge Sauce

After cooling slightly, pour the hot fudge sauce into mason jars with tight fitting lids – I use a funnel because I don’t trust my aim. Sealed tightly, it will last several weeks in the refrigerator. To re-warm, all you have to do is scoop out however much sauce you want into a glass dish then microwave in 15-20 second increments, stirring between increments, until warm.

I can neither confirm nor deny that it is also excellent scooped and eaten cold straight out of the fridge. Ok I can totally confirm. ?

Homemade hot fudge sauce dripping down a jar

A Peanut Buster Parfait was always my order anytime our family took a special trip to Dairy Queen growing up (aside from a brief yet torrid love affair with Nerds Blizzards as a teen.) This irresistable treat always leaves me smiling though. I love how the warm hot fudge sauce stays chewy and tacky even after it’s drizzled over the cold ice cream. Add the irresistible crunch of roasted peanuts? Ugh, so good. Let’s get to it!

Bite taken out of a hot fudge sundae

Step 1: Make the Hot Fudge Sauce

Start by adding semi-sweet chocolate chips to a saucepan with heavy whipping cream, light corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and a pinch of salt. Stir constantly over medium-high heat until the sauce comes to a simmer.

Once the mixture comes to a simmer, turn the heat down to medium-low then continue to cook while stirring gently and constantly for 5 minutes, turning the heat down if it begins to bubble too aggressively. Lastly, remove the pot from the heat then stir in butter and vanilla extract. 

Voila, hot fudge sauce!

Let the hot fudge sauce cool until it’s warm, 15-20 minutes or so, then transfer to a jar or serve straightaway.

homemade hot fudge sauce in a jar with a spoon

Step 2: Build the Peanut Buster Parfait

Scoop vanilla ice cream into a dish then top with the warm hot fudge sauce and plenty of roasted peanuts. As a Celiac, I recommend Planter’s Dry Roasted Low Sodium Peanuts whose only ingredients is: peanuts.

That’s all she wrote! I hope you love this simple yet incredibly special dessert recipe – enjoy!

Overhead photo of a Peanut Buster Parfait in a glass dish

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Dig into a Peanut Buster Parfait made with homemade Hot Fudge Sauce and crunchy peanuts. This simple yet outstanding dessert will knock your socks off!


serves a crowd

  • Vanilla ice cream
  • Dry roasted peanuts
  • For the Hot Fudge Sauce (makes 2 cups):
    • 6oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
    • 1/4 cup brown sugar
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    • pinch of salt
    • 1/4 cup butter
    • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. For the Hot Fudge Sauce: Heat a medium-sized, heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium-high heat then add the chocolate, heavy cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and salt. Bring to a bubble while stirring constantly then turn heat down to medium-low and simmer while stirring for 5 minutes.
  2. Remove pan from heat then add butter and vanilla and stir until smooth and melted. Let hot fudge sauce cool until warm then transfer to a container or jar with a tight fitting lid. Can be made ahead of time. To reheat, microwave in 20 second increments, stirring between increments, until warm.
  3. Scoop ice cream into dishes then drizzle with Hot Fudge Sauce and peanuts and then serve.


Hot Fudge Sauce adapted from Smitten Kitchen

This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats,

Photo collage of homemade peanut buster parfaits