Every time I go out to eat and order a chocolate dessert, I regret it. Restaurants just don’t do chocolate very well–it’s always sort of watered down flavor-wise, not as rich or decadent as many of the desserts that I make at home. One of my favorite chocolate recipes is hot fudge sauce for ice cream (though we won’t judge if you drizzle it over cake, dip cookies in it, or add some to your coffee). It uses ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen, and it cooks up in less than 15 minutes.
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 6 TBS butter
- 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa
- 1 cup sugar
- 2 TBS corn syrup
- 2 TSP pure vanilla extract
In a small saucepan over medium heat, whisk the water, butter, and cocoa together until butter melts and ingredients are combined. Whisk in sugar and corn syrup. Let simmer for 2-3 minutes, making sure the sauce doesn’t get too hot and burn.
Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes. Add vanilla and whisk together.
Serve right away or let stand another 15 minutes if you prefer a thicker sauce (cooling it a little will make it thicken up). Store in an air-tight in the fridge.
If you can resist eating a cold spoonful of sauce straight out of the container every time you open the fridge, you’re a stronger woman than I am. Bon appetit!