Lenny has been traveling all week, and I was a wee bit bad. I really overindulged as in I hardly ever do this. Hot tip, never go to the grocery store hungry. I bought gelato, then I went down the rabbit hole of the baking aisle, and I grabbed chocolate. I came home and made this sinfully decadent Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce. I then proceeded to watch terrible movies, and devour more gelato and hot fudge. I didn’t even save any for his return.
My Grandma Olson would always have a little something sweet after dinner or before going to bed. It usually consisted of a bowl of vanilla ice cream with this dreamy hot fudge sauce. I was only a kid; but, I knew this was the ultimate. It was not from a squeeze bottle. She would take squares of chocolate, melt them with sugar and butter, and create what I was pretty sure what they served in heaven.
Usually I have an emergency stash of bittersweet chocolate in my pantry for last minute treats like this. Luckily I grabbed some when I ran to the market before dinner. The evening played out like this, I poured a glass of red wine, put on Les Nubians on (doesn’t chocolate warrant sultry music), tore open the chocolate, unwrapped the butter, and started mixing heaven with a little sugar and heavy cream. Fifteen minutes later, I was on the couch, filling that missing Lenny void.
Moral of this story? Do not buy a squeeze bottle of chocolate sauce ever again. Make a batch of this homemade hot fudge sauce, eat a little, and put the rest in the fridge, It will stay fresh for about 2 weeks, if it lasts that long. It never seems to in our house but that is okay as it is easy to make.
This hot fudge sauce is fantastic on ice cream or gelato. As well is is great drizzled over pound cake with strawberries or you can even mix a little into a hot cup of milk. Let your imagination run as wild as a jar of chocolate sauce is.
You can get as creative as you want when making this hot fudge sauce recipe. Sometimes I toss in a zested orange peel or a sprinkle of smoked sea salt. A shot of bourbon takes it up a notch too.
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
- 9 ounces bittersweet chocolate – unsweetened
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste
- In a saucepan or a double boiler, over low heat, melt the chocolate with the butter.
- Stir very often to prevent sticking or burning.
- Add the sugar, stir, and stir, over low heat for 3 minutes.
- Add the cream, a little at a time, stirring until it is well-combined, and you have added all of it.
- Over low heat continue stirring until thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Stir in the vanilla.
- Remove from the heat.
- Makes about 2 1/2 cups. A lot of chocolate fun. Pour over ice cream, fruit, or even pound cake.