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A Homemade Copycat Peanut Buster Parfait

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So sometimes during self isolation your stressed out husband turns to you and says “I could really go for Dairy Queen’s Peanut Buster Parfait right now.” So, you reply “I bet making hot fudge sauce might not be too hard.” Because you know Pinterest has your back!

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So a brief search turns up a screen shot of an old recipe for fudge sauce from the paper. You half the amount and try it out. It’s terrific. A little too good because you all finish off the ice cream. But now you have a jar of fudge sauce in the fridge calling everyone’s quarantined name, but no ice cream. Well come on Pinterest, lets find a dairy queen ice cream hack…

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And low and behold another newspaper clipping from 1988 with an ice cream recipe. It appears that gelatin is the ‘secret’ ingredient. You surprise everyone (even yourself) by having a box of gelatin in the cupboard. So the following day, you get busy trying out a half recipe for after dinner.

The Moment of Parfait Truth

It quite was a noisy dinner as the ice cream maker serenaded us. But the moment of truth arrived. And as everyone layered vanilla ice cream, hot fudge sauce and salted peanuts into their parfaits, it became quickly evident we had a hit on our hands. Even to my often picky about my own creations self – it tasted just like the real thing. Once the sauce, ice cream and salted peanuts came together I would not have been able to tell the difference!

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And For People Who Think Blog Posts Write Themselves

And the family loved it.
Husband: “Have you written a blog post about this?!”
Me: “No. I literally just made it.”
Oldest Daughter: “Oh mom you have to write a blog post about this.”
Youngest Daughter: “Everyone stuck at home will want to eat this.”

And of course the clincher, “Can I have more?!”

So, I guess who am I to deny such things?

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A Copy Cat Peanut Buster Parfait

Ice Cream (recipe to follow)
Hot Fudge Sauce (recipe to follow)
Salted Peanuts

Ice Cream

Dairy Queen Like Soft Serve Vanilla Ice Cream

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 7 hours
Servings 8


  • 1 Package/Envelope of Unflavoured Gelatin
  • 1/4 Cup Cold Water
  • 2 Cups Milk I used 1%
  • 1 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 1/2 Cups Whipping Cream


  1. Soak gelatin in 1/4 cup cold water
  2. In a saucepan over medium heat, heat up milk until hot, but not boiling (bubbles around the edge and begins to steam)
  3. Remove from heat and add in the sugar, gelatin, salt and vanilla. Stir to combine
  4. Transfer mixture to a bowl or large measuring glass
  5. Allow mixture to cool slightly, then stir in the whipping cream
  6. Chill for 5 or 6 hours before freezing in the ice cream maker according to models directions (our took between 20 – 30 minutes to get nice and thick)
  7. Serve quickly for a more authentic soft serve style
  8. Or place in sealed freezer container and store in freezer

Recipe Notes

Store any leftovers in a sealed freezer container.
If kept overnight or longer in the freezer, allow the ice cream to sit out at room temperature for 10 -15 minutes before serving.

Hot Fudge Sauce

Easy stove top hot fudge sauce

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 8


  • 1 Cup of Granulated Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Cocoa
  • 3 Tablespoons of Flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 Cup Milk
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla


  1. Whisk dry ingredients together in a medium sauce pan
  2. Place over medium heat and whisk in milk
  3. Heat over medium heat stirring, until the first bubble forms. Continue to cook for one minute, stirring the whole time
  4. Remove from heat and whisk in butter and vanilla.
  5. Use immediately while hot or wait til warm or at room temperature

Recipe Notes

Store in a mason jar in the fridge.
Serve chilled or rewarmed in the microwave.

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To Assemble the Copycat Peanut Buster Parfaits

Layer fudge sauce, ice cream and salted peanuts for a true parfait. Or a single scoop of ice cream, drizzled with sauce and topped with assorted salted nuts is also delightful!


copy cat peanut buster parfait

Like your ice cream more like a cupcake? How about Ice Cream Cone Cupcakes then?!

Searching for another copy cat recipe? Then try our Homemade Orange Julius.

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3 thoughts on “A Homemade Copycat Peanut Buster Parfait”

  1. Oh yes I will. Hahaha Thanks for the recipe for this. Dessert after BBQ will be a choice of two: your peanut buster and peach cobbler. Probably we’ll have to eat both. hahaha

    thanks again. truly,

  2. My all time favourite treat!!! I can’t wait to make this!!! I worked at Dairy Queen as a teenager. Thank you so much for sharing this 🙂

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