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Pecan Ice Cream Balls Recipe with Hot Fudge Sauce

Preview: Pecan Ice Cream Balls Recipe with Hot Fudge Sauce is ice cream formed into balls, rolled in toasted pecans, and served with homemade hot fudge sauce.

Looking for a make-ahead dessert? If you have room in your freezer and a gallon of ice cream, you’re set. Make the pecan ice cream balls ahead of time and reheat the fudge sauce at the last minute.

ICE CREAM BALLS rolled in pecans WITH HOT FUDGE SAUCE on top

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 Ice Cream Balls with Hot Fudge Sauce will be perfect.

Helen Corbitt was one of the greatest influences on my cooking because of my previous job in the kitchen at The Greenhouse. She published this wonderful hot fudge sauce recipe in Helen Corbitt’s Cookbook. Her directions called for using a double boiler and cooking for 30 minutes on the stove. 

Using your microwave to make the fudge sauce:

I prefer to use my microwave for the same delicious results in a third of the time.

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


Ms. Corbitt also gave me the idea of making 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. Kids will go crazy for chopped candy or colored sprinkles instead of nuts.

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ice cream balls covered with candy

How to make Ice Cream Balls and cover them with pecans or candy:

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

rolling ice cream balls in toasted pecans

More ways to dress up ice cream:

Pecan Ice Cream Balls Recipe with Hot Fudge Sauce

These ice cream balls are rolled in toasted pecans and served with hot fudge sauce.
Paula Rhodes
4.41 from 5 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 38 mins
Total Time 48 mins
Course Ice Cream
Servings 4 balls



  • 2 cups ice cream - 260 gr
  • 1 cup toasted pecans - 110 gr


  • ½ cup butter - 113 gr
  • 2 ¼ cups powdered sugar - 281 gr
  • cup evaporated milk - 151 gr
  • 6 squares unsweetened chocolate - 168 gr
  • ¼ teaspoon salt - 1.5 gr
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - 5 gr
  • Cream - if needed



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


  • In a 2-quart Pyrex batter bowl, melt butter in the microwave for 1 minute, 15 seconds on HIGH. Stir in powdered sugar.
  • Lay the chocolate on top of the sugar mixture in a 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.
  • Remove from the 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 the sauce is too thick but never add water.
  • Store fudge sauce in the refrigerator and reheat as needed.


You will probably won’t need all the fudge sauce for this recipe. (The calories are figured on using all of it.) 


Serving: 1ice cream ballCalories: 1052kcalCarbohydrates: 104gProtein: 13gFat: 74gSaturated Fat: 37gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7gMonounsaturated Fat: 26gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 102mgSodium: 458mgPotassium: 733mgFiber: 10gSugar: 86gVitamin A: 1103IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 265mgIron: 8mg
Keyword Hot fudge sauce, hot fudge sauce recipe, ice cream balls and pecans
Cuisine American
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Recipe Rating

Pam BaiLey

Sunday 30th of August 2020

Had this just today at a up scale resturant. Tasted like the pecans had a sweet coding on them but didnt see anything in reciepe for this. .


Sunday 30th of August 2020

Hi Pam, Sugar-coated pecans would take this recipe over the top. Yum! I'm going to try it. Thanks for writing.


Friday 22nd of April 2011

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


Friday 22nd of April 2011

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.


Sunday 12th of September 2010

P. S. I left out butter and vanilla.


Sunday 12th of September 2010

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?


Thursday 10th of June 2010

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.