It’s happening, the holiday season is in full swing! You know what makes the holidays better? Butterscotch syrup! I love the holidays, especially walking around seeing the city lit up and filled with holiday cheer! The holidays are also a time to spend together with our family and friends, eating delicious food. While I love a special holiday dinner, it’s the desserts that are my favorite. One dessert I love to include at our holiday celebrations is an ice cream sundae bar. It is perfect for the kiddos because they can choose all their favorite toppings – it really is a treat!
I typically set out our family’s favorite ice cream flavors – chocolate, vanilla, cookie dough, and chocolate chip. Then I set out my butterscotch syrup, along with chocolate shell, rainbow and chocolate sprinkles, and assorted crushed cookies. Without a shadow of a doubt, the butterscotch syrup is always the first to run out and is always the number one requested topping leading up to our holiday celebration. So, I knew I had to share it with you!
Butterscotch syrup is liquid gold!
This butterscotch syrup is literally liquid gold! To make it, start by melting butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Once the butter is melted, add the sugar and heavy cream, stirring well. Bring this mixture to a boil and boil it for 4 minutes. While boiling, take a rubber spatula and gently scrape down the sides. When the 4 minutes is up, turn the heat off, and add the vanilla extract and salt. Mix to combine.
While the butterscotch syrup is still warm, transfer it to a mason jar or glass container to allow it to cool completely. The butterscotch syrup will stay in the refrigerator for up to 1 week (though, I don’t think it will last that long!).
In just a few minutes you have the best ice cream topping that sure will please everyone in your family!
Desserts, desserts, and more desserts!
This butterscotch syrup is not only the perfect ice cream topping, but can be used on other desserts. The butterscotch syrup’s rich, caramel-like flavor pairs well with chocolate and fruit. This holiday season, try adding my butterscotch syrup to my Paleo Brownies, my Whole Wheat Dutch Baby Pancake, and my Healthy Banana Bread! Or, you can add my butterscotch syrup to your favorite recipe! Whatever you choose, I’d love to see you make your butterscotch syrup, so please share by tagging @ChefAbbieGellman on Instagram!
Everything in moderation
There is often added stress when it comes to eating around the holidays, but it’s important to remember that everything is okay in moderation. Food is something that brings us joy, and it’s okay to indulge once in a while. Instead of worrying about eating dessert, focus on what would make you feel good this holiday season.
Here are some “feel good” tips:
- Drink 2 to 3 liters of water per day. Water is needed for the body to function properly, including obtaining energy from the food we eat.1 Overall staying hydrated will keep you feeling good throughout the day!
- Get moving! This doesn’t mean you need to burn calories in order to eat later. Instead, find movement that feels good, whether it’s going for a walk by the river, or dancing in the kitchen to your favorite tunes! In fact, movement can even improve your mood by reducing anxiety.2 Also, doing the same exercise with a friend has been shown to boost self-esteem.2
- Limit time on your screens. As mentioned, the holidays are a time to spend with those we love. There is no need to compare ourselves to others on Instagram. Instead turn your attention to yourself and what would make you happy!
- The importance of hydration. Texas Health and Human Services. https://hhs.texas.gov/sites/default/files/documents/services/health/texercise/importance-of-hydration.pdf. Accessed November 27, 2020.
- Pillay S. How simply moving benefits your mental health. Harvard Health Blog. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/how-simply-moving-benefits-your-mental-health-201603289350. Published June 24, 2020. Accessed November 27, 2020.
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a saucepan over medium heat, add butter and melt.
- Add sugar and heavy cream and stir well with a spatula.
- Bring to a boil, then boil for 4 minutes, scraping the sides occasionally.
- Turn off heat and stir in salt and vanilla.
- Transfer to a container and allow to cool.