On the fifth day of Christmas this 2020 we are going with the ultimate gift to give if you really like someone - HOT FUDGE SAUCE.
Hot fudge sauce is the ultimate in decadence. It is rich, shiny and oh-so chocolatey. I cannot even begin to tell you how easy it is to make and jar properly in mason jars. Gifting perfection.
What is in hot fudge anyway?
Basic hot fudge is pretty simple ingredients-wise. It is basically cocoa, chocolate, bream, butter, sugar and honey, golden syrup or corn syrup.
You can amp it up all sorts of ways...add peppermint extract, add liquor (bourbon happens to be amazing in this), throw in a little espresso. Very adaptable and can always be switched up to be a little more interesting.
How do you make hot fudge sauce?
Simple ingredients also equals simple preparation for this. Simply throw all your ingredients MINUS the chocolate and the vanilla in a pot. Mix together and bring to a simmer. Then whisk in your chocolate until shiny, velvety and smooth.
Important tip: When it is ready to add the chocolate, be sure to turn off the heat before you add it. If you add while simmering, you risk burning the chocolate and will be gross and grainy.
The last thing you add is the vanilla, and then for this my recipe the salt. Sea salt or kosher salt. I adore chocolate with a salty element to it. Similar to how people feel about coffee bringing out an intense chocolatiness...I think salt does the same, only better.
If you are looking to give as a gift, look no further than here on how to properly seal in a mason jar for giving.
Hot fudge sauce
- ½ stick butter
- 1 ⅓ cups of heavy cream
- 1 cup light corn syrup (you can also use honey or golden syrup
- ½ cup brown sugar I prefer dark brown sugar but have had equal success with light
- ½ cup of good cocoa powder
- 12 ounces of semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chopped, or use chocolate chips
- 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon salt I used sea salt and have used kosher salt before also
- Throw the butter, heavy cream, corn syrup (or alternative), brown sugar and cocoa powder, in a saucepan over medium/low heat. Whisk to combine and continue whisking occasionally until it simmers. Turn down heat to low and simmer for a few minutes. Remove from the heat and whisk in the chocolate until completely melted and incorporated (the sauce will be super luxurious and shiny). Whisk in the vanilla and the salt. Proceed to sealing in mason jars per the link above or store in jar in fridge. Hot fudge sauce thickens when cooled, so to enjoy reheat in a pan or in the microwave.
Looking for another great chocolate sauce? Check out my espresso sauce here.