Copycat Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge

I have been in love with Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Dessert Topping since I moved to Michigan in 1974. The love affair continues to this day as I continue to mail order this dessert topping. In January of 2020, I celebrated my birthday at Outback and had the Chocolate Fondue Flight. A new dessert on their menu. As soon as I dipped my fork in the chocolate, I thought it tasted just like Sanders. I asked the very nice manager if I could buy the boomerang for my new recipe. It was a yes and here is the Copycat Sanders Milk Chocolate Dessert Topping and my Copycat Chocolate Flight Fondue from Outback Steakhouse.


2 11 ounce bags of caramels

1/2 cup half and half

1 12 ounce bag milk chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla

Peel caramels and place in a large bowl. Microwave for one and a half minutes. This will soften the caramels. Place bowl over a pot of boiling water, creating a double boiler. Melt the caramels, stirring occasionally until they are smooth in consistency. Once caramels are smooth, slowly add half and half and stir to incorporate the liquid into the caramels.

Next add the milk chocolate chips. My chips had melted in my move but they were still fine to use in the recipe. Stir until chocolate has completely melted into the caramel mixture. Once that is done, remove from heat and add the vanilla. Store in jars or air tight containers in the refrigerator. Microwave at 30 second intervals to re-warm, stirring between the intervals. This topping is great over ice cream, fruit, on a spoon 😉, or whatever you like dessert topping on. You will not want to buy the jar stuff at the grocery store anymore. Enjoy!

For my Chocolate Flight Fondue, I used brownie bites (from homemade brownies), fresh pineapple, sliced bananas and strawberries. Any fruit is great dipped in chocolate. Outback used strawberries, pineapple, brownie and pound cake. They also had a cup of whip cream which I omitted from mine. Nothing against whip cream, I prefer another option for dipping.

Melting Pot Traditional Swiss Cheese Fondue

I love The Melting Pot. It actually started in Tampa, Florida. The first original restaurant is about 25 minutes away from my house. There are now franchised chains throughout the United States. I do believe I could go to the restaurant and make a meal from the swiss cheese fondue, followed by the chocolate fondue for dessert.

4 ounces white wine
1 demi (small) spoon of crushed garlic
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1/2 pound Emmenthaler (Emmental) cheese
1/2 pound Gruyere Swiss cheese
1/2 ounce Kirschwasser

For dipping:
Cubed bread
Other assorted vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or squash

Grate cheese. Lightly dust cheese with flour and set aside. In a hot fondue pot*, add wine, garlic and lemon juice, stir with fork. Slowly add the cheese combo and stir to melt. Add the Kirschwasser and let it burn off. Add fresh ground pepper to taste and ground nutmeg (optional).

*I am preparing my dip stovetop. I will be transferring it to a small crockpot and keeping it on the warm setting.

This recipe was adapted from Marcia Bastain.