Grandma's Butter "Rum" Sauce

This butter "rum" sauce is a wonderful, rich sauce. This sauce, contains no alcohol, and gets it richness from rum flavoring.  It is great over ice cream too, but is a thinner sauce, not thick like caramel. It has a light texture but is rich in flavor. It would make a wonderful Holiday gift for neighbors or coworkers.

I love recipes that start out "As I recall...". And that is just how this recipe starts out.   My husbands grandmother was famous for this wonderful sauce.  She would drizzle it over her equally wonderful carrot cake recipe, but today I am serving it over a warm Gingerbread-Pumpkin Cake.

I have tweaked the directions for you below, so the steps are little more precise than my original copy.

Printable Copy Grandma's Butter "Rum" Sauce
Makes approx. 1 1/2 cups Sauce


1/2 cup brown Sugar
1/2 cup white Sugar
1 1/2 cups corn syrup, (light or dark)
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup light cream or half and half
1/4 cup butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. rum flavoring


In a saucepan over medium heat add brown sugar, white sugar, corn syrup and salt.
Blend till well mixed, and stir frequently till comes just to a boil.
Remove from heat.
add butter, vanilla, and rum flavor
when butter is mostly melted, add in the cream last.

Serve immediately, warm.


  1. Oh My Gosh. This looks wonderful and I bet this would be fantastic over gingerbread cake.
    Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  2. Like the canning jars you used with the apple, cherry and grape design. That is very different. Something I hadn't seen. Something that you wouldn't get at Wal Mart. Nice also that they are made in the USA

  3. I would really like to do this for Christmas gifts this year! Do you need to process this in a water bath or anything? Or do you just need to put it in little jars and store it in the refrigerator? Sorry, but I am so clueless when it comes to doing stuff like this...and yet I keep wanting to try!!

    1. Gin, it's not a dumb question! I usually just tell the to store it in the fridge when not in use, and then microwave it to warm it up. I can try to check into official canning directions too though!
      Best of luck!


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