Sanders has been a Detroit area favorite for as long as I can remember. They used to have a number of retail counter-style shops that sold ice cream, baked goods and even light lunch options. A number of years ago another Michigan chocolate-maker, Morley Candy Company, took over Sanders products and retail outlets. There are still a few Sanders ice cream parlors scattered around Michigan, though not as many as there used to be and not quite the same.
Sanders was always, and still is, famous for it’s hot fudge. I remember when the rumors were flying around that Sanders was likely going out of business back when I was still in high school. My dad went out and stocked up on dozens of bottles of Sanders Hot Fudge sauce.
While I agree that their hot fudge is delicious, I’ve always been partial to caramel over chocolate. When I recently rediscovered the retail Sander’s shops on a trip to Twelve Oaks Mall in Novi, Michigan I tried one of their new dessert toppings, Cinnamon Pear Caramel. I have been addicted to it ever since.
Unfortunately, although several area grocery stores stock some of the old Sanders favorites, I have yet to find one that carries this new flavor. I find myself making excuses to head to one of the Sanders retail stores and I’ve even put in a request for several jars on my Amazon wish list!
The caramel is so rich and has a great depth of flavor, very complex. I’ve had other great caramel sauces, Sanders Butterscotch Caramel is good in a pinch when I can’t find my favorite. Trust me, if you’re a caramel fan, once you try the Cinnamon Pear Caramel flavor you’ll never want to go back to anything else.
Sanders Cinnamon Pear Caramel sauce is great over a simple dish of vanilla bean ice cream, but I find my favorite way to enjoy it is to make a sundae of vanilla bean ice cream, my own recipe for Cherry Chipotle Oatmeal Cookies crumbled over the top and drizzled (okay, drowning in) Sanders Cinnamon Pear Caramel.
What are your favorite memories of Sanders?