When I was a kid, I was all about ice cream toppings.  You know, the kind that come in the jars from the grocery store?  Hot fudge, caramel, butterscotch, pineapple, etc. etc.  I would gladly use every one I could get my hands on.  My family didn’t keep them in the house too often but my nanny did and whenever I spent the night at her house, it was a special treat to have a bowl of ice cream drowned in my topping of choice.  For the past few years I’ve been so focused on making all varieties of homemade ice cream, toppings have fallen by the wayside.  This year, when the weather started warming up, I rediscovered my love of toppings through the beauty of a simple vanilla bean ice cream topped with this caramel sauce.  I’m honestly at a loss for words to describe how much I enjoy this stuff .  I guess I’ll just tell you that I ate it every night for dessert until the ice cream was gone, and then I made some more ice cream and we finished that too.  Of course you can do much more with this than put it on top of ice cream…you can mix it into frosting for some wicked caramel buttercream, dip apple slices, drizzle it over cheesecake or chocolate cake, stir it into coffee (stay tuned for that post), and the list goes on…