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Wet Walnuts Ice Cream Topping #Recipe

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For as long as I can remember I’ve loved Smuckers Walnuts in Syrup on ice cream.  Those teeny jars were like heaven to me and often I would pass on ice cream for dessert if we didn’t have any.

Recently I’ve been splurging and buying it but I could literally eat the whole jar in one sitting.  The cost close to $4 per jar so it hurt my wallet with every delicious spoonful.  This weekend I decided I was going to figure out how to make it myself. I researched a ton of recipes but most were so fancy adding ginger, cinnamon and other spices. What I wanted was simple and straightforward so I came up with this recipe.

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Wet Walnuts Ice Cream Topping #Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 8 servings

A sticky, sweet concoction for ice cream, pancakes, cinnamon rolls and more.


  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, toasted and cooled
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla


  1. Add the water, sugar and corn syrup to a small saucepan over medium low heat.
  2. Dissolve the sugar.
  3. Turn up heat to medium and bring mixture to boil for 2 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  5. Set aside to cool for several minutes before adding nuts.
  6. Let cool to room temperature before adding to ice cream.

toasted walnuts

wet walnuts in syrup

This would be soooo good on pancakes, cinnamon roll casserole, sliced bananas or apple pie. Double the recipe to have on hand for get togethers or a dessert bar.

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  1. Lisa L says:

    Mmm…sounds delicious!

    • I am not a huge fan of wet walnuts like Melinda is but these were delicious. Hope you get a chance to enjoy this recipe.

  2. Yummy!! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  3. Nice and simple and it DOES look good for pancakes!

  4. Oh, man, that sounds so good! I’ve never tried that Smucker’s jar but I think I’d definitely choose your recipe to try first!

    • I agree with you. I’m not a fan of the Smucker’s brand but I put some of these that Melinda made on my sundae and they were sooooo good.

  5. This looks so yummy. My favorite frozen custard place has these as a topping. I never thought about making them at home. I have walnuts so this might just made for my upcoming birthday!! 🙂

    • You will happy you did make these one you have them on a nice vanilla or cookie dough sundae. LOL.

  6. Looks good!

    • If you eat ice cream make sure you try these. It will change the whole experience. That’s not a lie.

  7. Countrified Hicks says:

    Oh, wow! This looks delicious. I would love for you to come over to my blog hop and share this and other posts there!

  8. Where’s the recipe?

  9. Amelia says:

    can these be stored for any length od time.?

  10. I’m not a fan of nuts, but I’d make it for others, and I have a couple of questions:

    1) Don’t most walnuts come already toasted/roasted? Do you think this is a critical step?

    2) Is the pic of the walnuts in the frying pan a ‘toasting’ pic? I had images of putting them in the oven…

    3) I hesitate about the corn syrup; again, do you think it’s critical, or can I add white sugar or more brown sugar and water (or simple syrup)?

    Thanks! Been looking for this recipe, as it was a favorite of my mom’s, plus I am going to help host an ice cream social sometime in the next few weeks.

    • the extra pan toasting brings out flavor and I don’t know if switching out brown sugar for corn syrup would work. I’m not a fan of corn syrup, it’s not something that I use often at all but this isn’t really a “healthy” or natural recipe LOL

  11. Diane says:

    Not crazy about the bitter taste walnuts can sometimes have so I tried the same recipe using pecans instead. What a treat, and it’s wonderful on pancakes, waffles, rolls, buns, and of course, ice cream or a hot fudge sundae. Looking for healthy…NOT…looking for pure delicious….Oh yeah!

  12. Mary Logan says:

    My grandson loves wet walnuts and the small Smuckers jars are expensive so I thought I’d try to make my own. This is a great recipe and so easy. We liked them untoasted much better and my grandson said they were better than the store bought! I make them all the time.
    Good job and many thanks,

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