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The best dessert sauces for any sweet treat!

Dessert is not the same without a DELICIOUS TOPPING to round it out! Check out these three AMAZING dessert sauces that are PERFECT for pies, cakes, puddings, and ice creams.

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I don’t know about you but I love ice cream with magic shell chocolate topping. It gets hard when it gets cold so it adds texture to the soft ice cream.

Other than that, there are plenty of other dessert sauces that you can use to top off your sweet treat.

Check out all the dessert topping recipes below and pick out your favorite!

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What are the types of dessert sauces?

Caramel or Butter Based

Made by heating butter and sugar to make a rich caramel sweet sauce that is perfect for any treat! Think bread puddings!

Chocolate Based

These are best for ice cream toppings but they will do the trick drizzled on cake or brownies!

Coulis or Fruit Based Toppings

I love these for cheesecakes, pound cake, or any cake slices for that matter. Also perfect for topping your yogurt with a little granola! Make these with frozen or fresh fruit!

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Custard Sauces

These sauces are perfect for puddings and filling pastries and tarts!

Fresh Cream Sauces

Stabilized creams are perfect for making sandwich cookies, topping cupcakes, and jello desserts.

Sabayon Sauces

Made with heated egg yolks, these are mostly curds or thickened sauces are really easy recipes to make.

Which of these dessert sauces is best for simple dessert?

Something rich and hearty for a simple, one flavor dish. If you have a heavy, rich dessert like cheesecake, I would go with something lighter like a coulis

If the dessert is cold, try a warm hot fudge or sauce that hardens and adds some texture.

What is the recommended amount of dessert toppings to use on a plated dessert?

One to two ounces per serving is the best amount. You don’t want to overpower the treat itself!

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