Ice Cream for Dinner

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I miss my mom so much on Mother’s Day.  For my last recipe to honor her memory this week, I do not have an elaborate brunch or fancy dessert.  I wanted to post something she loved all her life,. and would even want it for a meal, and that’s ice cream.  Mom loved all flavors of ice cream, but especially loved good ‘ole vanilla with a rich and thick chocolate topping.

Look at this glossy beautiful topping!  Don’t you want to dip a spoon into it and savor a bite?  Or two.  It is heavenly!

Right after the topping is made, it can be drizzled over the ice cream, but it gets thicker the longer it sits.  And if you refrigerate the leftovers (which doesn’t happen often!) it becomes like fudge.

How I wish mom was still here.  I have loved going through her recipe box this week and sharing them with you.  It was so hard to choose which ones to make because there are so many.  Perhaps I will do this again for a week here and there.  Would you enjoy that?  I know mom would love sharing her favorites.

Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s out there!

Happy Mother’s Day to my wonderful mom.  I may not be having ice cream for dinner today, but it will certainly be the dessert in her honor.  I love and miss her every day.

Mom's Chocolate Ice Cream Topping
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅓ cup packed dark brown sugar
  • Dash of salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder (preferably Dutch process)
  • Vanilla ice cream (or your favorite)
  1. In a heavy 1-quart saucepan over medium heat, stir cream and butter until butter melts and cream barely comes to a boil.
  2. Stir in sugars until dissolved and there are no more granules. Reduce heat and briskly stir in salt and cocoa powder. Remove from heat.
  3. Sauce can be served immediately over ice cream, or let it sit until it becomes a consistency you desire. The longer it sits, the thicker it becomes.
  4. Refrigerate any leftovers, but it will become like fudge. Nothing wrong with that, but it can be gently reheated if desired. This makes about 1 cup topping, so prepare for people to want more..





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12 Responses to Ice Cream for Dinner

  1. May 9, 2021 at 4:31 am #

    Debbie I have so enjoyed reading your posts this week. It made me very nostalgic for my mom too. She passed on October 1, 1983 when I was pregnant with my daughter – she was only 56 – so young – and I feel so cheated that I missed so many life experiences with her. I had a very emotional few moments that Christmas that I will always remember when I mindlessly went to the recipe box to pull the Christmas cookie recipe cards out. And there she was – in all of those cards – all in her writing with all of the stains of the years of use. I completely fell apart! She was a legend when it came to Christmas cookies. She made 20 or more kinds and many batches of each. We kept them on our screened in porch in cans (some of which I still have) where they would stay frozen and fresh, and even though there were 7 of us, there were so many of them that they lasted till February! Such bittersweet memories. I’m so touched by these posts I feel compelled to share our family favorite with you. I’ll try to find a way to do that! I have the original, very worn and tattered article that she clipped from the newspaper, and the card she wrote with her modifications.
    Thank you for bringing my mom back to me in a most special way this week.

    • May 9, 2021 at 5:27 am #

      Roseanne, all I want to do after reading about your mom is give you a hug. I am having a hard time typing through tears. Your memories of your mom are beyond beautiful. I’m heartbroken for you that you lost her at such a young age. Your words are so powerful and touching that while reading, I could envision a porch in my mind filled with cans of cookies. We share the power of our mom’s recipes and how they make her come alive in us. We are so lucky to have that, and pass on the power to the next generation. I can’t thank you enough for writing. Happy Mother’s Day to you and your mom.

  2. May 9, 2021 at 5:47 am #

    i too have found memories of my mom and grandma when i make one of their favorite recipes. Please do post more–it reminds us all of our moms or grandmas.

    • May 9, 2021 at 8:11 am #

      Barb, I was thinking of writing about more of mom’s recipes the week of her birthday in August, when she would have turned 100 years old. I’m so glad you enjoyed the Mother’s Day week of her recipes, and to hear you have the same memories of your mother and grandmother’s recipes.

  3. May 9, 2021 at 6:26 am #

    Thank you for sharing your mom’s wonderful recipes and your memories of each one. I can’t wait to make all of them! Happy Mother’s Day Debbie!

    • May 9, 2021 at 8:12 am #

      Happy Mother’s Day, Amy! I’m so glad you enjoyed the recipes.

  4. May 9, 2021 at 9:36 am #

    A very Happy Blessed Mother’s Day to you, Debbie. Enjoy that delicious chocolate sauce. Yum!

    • May 9, 2021 at 11:17 am #

      Happy Mother’s Day, Kim! I know you will have a wonderful time with family and your great cooking!

  5. May 11, 2021 at 4:16 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed getting to know your mom through your stories, her recipes and your photos. I like her even more knowing that she considered ice cream a complete meal! I would be fine with you sharing her recipes as often as you’d like! It prompts so many memories for most of us.

    What a treasure you’re creating for your daughters and grandaughters!

    • May 12, 2021 at 6:40 am #

      Thank you, Denise! Mom would love that I am sharing her recipes for the world to see. She is actually the main reason I started the blog eleven years ago. Mom lived in California and I’m in Illinois, so I looked at the blog as a fun way to keep in touch with her so far away.

  6. October 13, 2022 at 8:07 pm #

    Very sweet. Any mom who’d love ice cream for dinner must have been a very special lady 🙂

    • October 13, 2022 at 10:05 pm #

      Lynn, my mom was very special. I miss her every day; and sometimes have ice cream for dinner in her memory.

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