Did y’all know that shooting ice cream on a warm Texas afternoon is really, really hard? Chanel and I discovered as much yesterday, as we drizzled hot fudge over melting ice cream and snapped photos at lightning speed. Though the final product is a little, well, melty – that didn’t stop us from licking up every last drop once the shoot wrapped. The key to these ice cream sundaes is the Kahlua Hot Fudge that my mom’s been making for years, and it’s pretty much the only one that I make now…trust me, you guys: it is the best. And luckily, I always seem to have all the necessary ingredients on hand when pregnancy sundae cravings strike (often.) Use it to top really good vanilla bean ice cream or fresh fruit – and definitely make extra, because it stores amazingly well in a mason jar in the refrigerator for up to a week. Just re-warm it in the microwave (on 50% power for a few seconds at a time) or by placing in a saucepan of hot water for 15 minutes, and it’s ready to go. Keep reading for the recipe… 

Kahlua Hot Fudge

Makes 2 1/2 cups


  • 1 c unsweetened cocoa
  • 2/3 c sugar
  • ½ c lt. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 c whipped cream
  • ¼ c kahlua
  • ½ c butter
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla


Stir cocoa and sugars together in heavy 1 ½ qt. saucepan.  Add cream, Kahlua, and butter.  Stir over medium until mixture begins to boil.  Keep at boil, stirring 1 min.  Remove from heat and add vanilla. Let cool a bit, then serve…or store in covered jar in refrigerator and reheat before serving.


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Comments (13)
  1. 1
    jen May 1, 2012 at 7:23 am


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    Laura Trevey May 1, 2012 at 8:16 am

    Oh my! This makes me want to eat healthier today 🙂


  3. 3
    Louisa Blackmore May 1, 2012 at 9:05 am

    This looks amazing and so delicious! It has been raining in England for the last few weeks so I’m very jealous of the amazing weather you have out there – wow!

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    Freya May 1, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Oh yeah I need that today!

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    delia May 1, 2012 at 10:31 am

    I LOVE Kahlua! I usually drizzle in my ice cream. But I’ll have to try your version of it 🙂


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    [email protected] May 1, 2012 at 10:51 am

    Holy crap, now I’m going to be craving that all week and don’t have a cheat day until the weekend! 🙂

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    Gwen May 1, 2012 at 10:56 am

    I have heard that ice cream shops use mashed potato for their photo shoots :o)

    • Camille Styles May 1, 2012 at 12:40 pm

      Yep – I’ve heard it’s an old food stylist trick! Not sure I could stomach that… or make it look very realistic. But it would definitely solve the melting issue! 🙂

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    Lindsay{LCVintage} May 1, 2012 at 1:14 pm

    That makes me really want a sundae right now!!

  9. 9
    Debra Kapellakis May 2, 2012 at 2:42 am

    Pretty pictures and an amazing recipe.

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    Kate {Something Fabulous} May 3, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Oh wow, this is making me hungry! It looks absolutely delicious. x

    Kate {Something Fabulous}