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Chocolate Sundae Royale – We Should Cocoa

Chocolate Sundae Royale

This Chocolate Sundae Royale is a decadent chocolate ice-cream extravaganza. It’s made with dark and white chocolate ice-creams, chocolate caramel fudge sauce, blackcurrant brownies and some blackcurrant sauce to cut through the richness. All you need is a suitable celebration to justify the calories.

When Mõvenpick asked their fifteen favourite bloggers (of which I’m one!) to create a sundae using their ice-cream, perhaps unsurprisingly my thoughts jumped to chocolate. I was planning on an All Chocolate Sundae project using dark and white chocolate ice-cream, chocolate brownies and chocolate sauce. However, the plan was hijacked by these blackcurrants. Adding cassis to champagne makes for a Kir Royale, so I reasoned that adding blackcurrants to my chocolate sundae would not only enhance it, but make it fit for a monarch – a Chocolate Sundae Royale, no less.

Chocolate Sundae Royale

Mõvenpick Ice Cream

Mõvenpick ice cream takes me straight back to Switzerland where I was a teenage au pair. Country bumpkin that I was, I found the ice-cream parlour serving Mõvenpick sundaes to be amazingly glamourous. My introduction consisted of a magnificent affair with 15 balls of differently flavoured ice-cream – I remember it well. So when I was sent two tubs of their ice-cream, two sundae glasses and matching spoons, I was all set to relive my dissolute youth. I chose Swiss Chocolate which not only tasted of rich dark chocolate but also contained generous amounts of Swiss chocolate shavings; I paired it with a contrasting creamy White Chocolate containing chunks of white chocolate. Both were way too tasty and the leftovers didn’t hang around in our freezer for very long. These two, along with eight other flavours, can be purchased in 900g tubs from Ocado.

We Should Cocoa

The ever-inspiring Elizabeth is hosting We Should Cocoa this month over at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary. She has chosen chocolate ice cream and toppings recipes – you can do either or both. Ice-cream in July is becoming a bit of a tradition. Do have a look at the July 2013 We Should Cocoa ice-cream round up. Well I knew I was going to be getting some chocolate ice-cream, so I needed to come up with something particularly good for a topping.

Chocolate Caramel Fudge Sauce

CT gave me a most wonderful book for my birthday, Mast Brothers Chocolate: a family cookbook by Rick & Michael Mast. The book is full of dark and luscious recipes along with stories of their bean to bar chocolate making adventures. A recipe for hot caramel fudge sauce caught my eye and I knew that was the one I wanted to use for my Chocolate Sundae Royale and my entry to We Should Cocoa.

At this point my chocolate ganache separated out. Don’t despair if this happens to you. Just heat up some more cream and pour it in, stirring carefully. It worked for me, anyhow. I ended with a thick but beautifully smooth and shiny warm chocolate caramel fudge sauce.

Chocolate Sundae Royale

Pride comes before a fall, but I think this might be one of the best sundaes I’ve ever eaten. Maybe because I had it for breakfast! I’m not normally one for sweet foods in the morning, so I reckon this was the most decadent breakfast ever. My excuse was simple: I had to make it early in the morning whilst the light was best for photographic purposes and before the house heated up too much.

Different layers, textures, tastes and temperatures made a sundae surprise to keep us guessing; we were never quite sure what was coming in the next mouthful. Blackcurrant was an inspired addition; it had a punchy piquancy and the tart fruit cut through the richness of the chocolate and cream. A slug of cassis could easily be added to the blackcurrant sauce to make this even more decadent than it already is.

Chocolate Blackcurrant Sundae Royale

I made blackcurrant brownies, especially for this chocolate sundae royale, but you can use whatever brownies you prefer for this recipe. You’ll find loads of brownie recipes here on Tin and Thyme to choose from. Or, if you don’t have time to make any, I won’t tell if you acquire them from some other source.

Mõvenpick Ice Cream Blogger Competition

This Chocolate Sundae Royale is my entry to the Mõvenpick Ice Cream Blogger Competition. The creator of the favoured recipe wins a two-hour masterclass with the Langham’s head pastry chef, Cherish Finden, followed by afternoon tea for two at the Palm Court. Fingers crossed.

You can see some of the other entries here:

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Chocolate Sundae Royale- The Recipe

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Chocolate Sundae Royale

A decadent chocolate ice-cream extravaganza made with dark and white chocolate ice-creams, chocolate caramel fudge sauce, blackcurrant brownies and some blackcurrant sauce to cut through the richness.
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: British
Keyword: blackcurrants, brownies, ice cream, summer, sundae, valentine's day
Servings: 2 sundaes


  • 2 blackcurrant brownies - quartered
  • 6 small scoops white chocolate ice-cream
  • 4 small scoops Swiss chocolate ice-cream
  • ½ cup hot caramel fudge sauce (see below)
  • ¼ cup blackcurrant sauce (with an optional slug of added cassis for extra decadence)

Chocolate Caramel Fudge Sauce

  • ¼ cup golden caster sugar
  • ½ cup double cream
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 100 g 70% dark chocolate - chopped

Blackcurrant Sauce

  • 150 g blackcurrants
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar


Chocolate Caramel Fudge Sauce

  • Melt the sugar in a pan over a medium heat, then let it simmer for a couple of minutes until it turns a bronzy colour. Remove from the heat.
  • Meanwhile heat the double cream in a separate pan with the vanilla extract until hot. Pour into the caramel and stir hard until smooth.
  • Add the chocolate and stir until melted.

Blackcurrant Sauce

  • Simmer the blackcurrants with 75 ml water for about ten minutes to soften the fruit.
  • Press the mixture through a sieve, extracting as much juice as possible. Throw the remaining pulp in the compost.
  • Stir in the icing sugar.

Chocolate Sundae Royale

  • Place one of the blackcurrant brownie quarters at the bottom of each sundae glass.
  • Top with a scoop of white chocolate ice-cream followed by some of the chocolate caramel sauce.
  • Add 2 scoops of Swiss chocolate ice-cream followed by the remaining brownie quarters.
  • Top with 2 scoops of white chocolate ice-cream, then drizzle the chocolate and blackcurrent sauces over the top until they flow down the sides.


If the caramel ganache separates out, heat a ¼ cup of cream and pour this in, stirring carefully.

Other Linkies

Appropriately enough given the hot weather, this month’s Family Foodies event is Chill Out, Baby, making my sundae eminently suitable (although it might be best to omit the optional cassis). It is hosted this time by Vanesther of Bangers & Mash and is hosted alternately with Lou of Eat Your Veg.

This month’s Blogger Scream for Ice Cream over at Kavey Eats is all about holidays. Well, the Swiss sundaes that inspired this were not exactly holiday related – I don’t think I’ve ever worked so hard as I did when I was an au pair. My entry is, however, travel related, so I hope it counts.

I was sent a silicone cake mould to try out. I was not expected to write a positive review and all opinions are, as always, my own. Thanks to my readers for supporting the brands and organisations that help to keep Tin and Thyme blithe and blogging. 


  1. Bintu @ Recipes From A Pantry

    25th July 2014 at 8:21 am

    Choclette this looks rather good. And with 25C predicted today a perfect day to make it.

    • Choclette

      25th July 2014 at 8:28 am

      Thanks Bintu – it’s so hot the only thing I want to eat is ice-cream.

  2. Keep Calm and Fanny On

    25th July 2014 at 9:55 am

    Great flavours, looks fab! Thanks…

    • Choclette

      25th July 2014 at 1:10 pm

      Thank you – we’ve become a little addicted and have been feasting on one for the last three days.

  3. Karen S Booth

    25th July 2014 at 10:56 am

    FAB combo Choclette! Karen

    • Choclette

      25th July 2014 at 1:11 pm

      Thanks Karen, blackcurrants and chocolate is my latest favourite combination!

  4. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    25th July 2014 at 1:51 pm

    Everything here sounds absolutely amazing. Perfect for this hot summer day too.

    • Choclette

      25th July 2014 at 4:16 pm

      Thanks Dannii – ice, ice and more ice needed I’m feeling.

  5. Natasha Mairs

    25th July 2014 at 2:22 pm

    This looks amazing!! I could eat this right now. And the white chocolate ice cream sound lovely

    • Choclette

      25th July 2014 at 5:18 pm

      Oh Natasha, I could eat it right now too, but I’m on a fast day!

  6. Alicia Foodycat

    25th July 2014 at 3:00 pm

    That sundae looks just wonderful!

    • Choclette

      25th July 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks Alicia – we were so enamoured we had it three days running – might just get a 4th out of it, although the chocolate sauce has disappeared and there is only one brownie left.

  7. belleau kitchen

    25th July 2014 at 4:12 pm

    Oh my word. That sauce!! Yes please. Love it with the tangy berries too. Beautiful

    • Choclette

      25th July 2014 at 5:20 pm

      Thanks Dom, it’s sweet tangy and very very moreish.


    25th July 2014 at 9:56 pm

    Truly decadent – and I love the fact you ate it for breakfast too! Just sublime. And a wonderful entry for July’s #FamilyFoodies challenge. Thanks so much for linking up 🙂

    • Choclette

      26th July 2014 at 10:27 am

      It felt truly naughty eating this for breakfast Vanesther, but gosh it was good.

  9. Kate Glutenfreealchemist

    25th July 2014 at 11:23 pm

    Lovely combo and fantastic colour! The addition of the blackcurrant is superb. Movenpick ice-cream is so creamy and delicious….. shame it is so difficult to find!

  10. The Kitchenmaid

    26th July 2014 at 3:22 am

    Argh, I am now DESPERATE for an ice cream!

  11. Katie

    26th July 2014 at 6:20 am

    These look amazing. So indulgent and I want one now – its already hot! 2 flavours of ice cream, 2 different sauces and brownies = wow!

  12. Fiona @ London-Unattached

    26th July 2014 at 10:51 am

    LOL, this looks lush! Thank you so much for linking up with mine too. And how did I know yours would be a chocolate fest!

  13. Angie Schneider

    26th July 2014 at 12:13 pm

    mmm..I want to drink that blackcurrant sauce!! This is a fantastic combination.

  14. Sylvia F.

    26th July 2014 at 2:28 pm

    Oh my, Choclette it all looks divine! I don’t mind having a chocolate overdose after all this sweets 🙂

  15. Kate@whatkatebaked

    27th July 2014 at 8:49 am

    What a scrumptious sounding ice cream Choclette- I’m sure it vanished in seconds in thus gloriously hot weather!

  16. The Caked Crusader

    27th July 2014 at 9:23 am

    I could happily sit in a bath full of that chocolate sauce!

  17. Elizabeth

    27th July 2014 at 9:49 am

    This looks utterly heavenly! Oh goodness me!

  18. Kavey

    27th July 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Well, if we eat with our eyes, I’ve already eaten this one! Looks so lovely!

  19. Janice Pattie

    27th July 2014 at 6:22 pm

    That looks so good and I love those Movenpick Sundae glasses!

  20. Johanna GGG

    28th July 2014 at 12:39 am

    Those sundaes look so so so good – I wish I had memories of eating ice cream in Switzerland but this sundae actually makes me think of McDonald’s ice cream with chocolate sauce when I was little – never have them these days but I remember the thick chocolate sauce very fondly and your sauce makes me think of it – I am sure it is far superior and probably just the thing for me now that my tastebuds are more sophisticated. Good luck with the competition.


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