The Ultimate Turtle Sundae

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Learn how to make a classic turtle sundae that will beat any other ice cream treat, hands down. Keep the ingredients in the fridge so you're ready whenever the latest craving hits.

A bowl filled with a homemade turtle sundae: vanilla ice cream drizzled with hot fudge, caramel, sprinkled with salted pecans, and a red cherry on top.

For the Ultimate Turtle Sundae you must start with creamy vanilla ice cream:

Then you must add homemade caramel sauce. My favorite is the sea salt and vanilla bean caramel found here.

Next comes homemade hot fudge.

Then you top the whole thing with chopped salted pecans (preferably toasted and warm!) and a maraschino cherry. Even if you don't eat maraschino cherries they are essential to the overall presentation!

Dinner anyone?

So have I tempted you? What's your favorite ice cream treat this summer?

📖 Recipe

A bowl filled with a homemade turtle sundae: vanilla ice cream drizzled with hot fudge, caramel, sprinkled with salted pecans, and a red cherry on top.

The Ultimate Turtle Sundae

5 from 1 vote
Turtle sundaes are a classic summer treat. Keep the supplies in your fridge for a craving any time!
TOTAL TIME 5 minutes
PREP TIME 5 minutes
YIELD 1 sundae


  • 2 scoops of the best quality vanilla ice cream or frozen custard you can find we love Tillamook brand
  • Homemade caramel sauce *See Note
  • Hot fudge sauce
  • 2 tbsp pecans chopped and salted
  • 1 maraschino cherry


  • Toast the Pecans: Place the pecans on a cookie sheet and warm in the oven at 350°F for 3 minutes.

Assemble the Sundae:

  • Meanwhile, scoop the ice cream into a bowl.
  • Heat the caramel sauce and hot fudge in the microwave on HIGH for 20 seconds and stir.
  • Drizzle the sauces over the ice cream, sprinkle with the warmed pecans, and top with a maraschino cherry.

Recipe Notes

The very best caramel for this sundae is this homemade caramel sauce recipe. It is worth the extra time to make it and keep it in your fridge.

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  3. So wonderfully presented! I bought those same bowls and love them. Off to check out the Carmel sauce recipe. It looks delicious

  4. LOVE this Tiffany!! I love the series of photos and love love love the cleaned bowl! Beautiful images as always. 🙂

  5. I must try this sometime, it looks DELICIOUS! Love the textured wood you used as a base and that bowl is too cute 🙂 Love the way you've captured the sauce in the jars as well!

  6. Beautiful job Tiffany. I agree that cherry is absolutely necessary for presentation. Really adds a pop and makes me want to dig in. Love the toasted, warm pecan idea. Nicely done!

  7. Oh ow look at al the yummy topping for that super cute bowl of ice cream. I love the vintage feel your images have Tiffany, and the mason jars are a great addition to the overall story. Great job this month 🙂

  8. Love how you took us step by step through your process of making these yummy sundaes! I have pinned the caramel sauce and plan to give that a go this summer! Looks like your family had fun with ice cream for dinner!!!

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