10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge
I don’t even love ice cream. It’s fine. But it’s hot fudge that I really want.
I work around the ice cream just to get to the hot fudge. I’m good with a spoon like that.
A couple weeks ago a craving came over me for hot fudge. It’s not unusual for me to crave chocolate but this was a craving specifically for hot fudge. I tried to forget about it, but it wasn’t going away.
So I went into the kitchen, and 10 minutes later was shoveling spoonfuls of warm, rich, deeply chocolaty hot fudge into my mouth.
After making your own hot fudge, a brown squirt bottle of storebought chocolate syrup will never do. Even some of the gourmet varieties of storebought hot fudge sauce pale in comparison.
They’re either too sweet, too lackluster, or don’t have enough chocolate intensity. And taste notwithstanding, it’s more economical to make your own. And more satisfying and gratifying.
It’s the Homemade Peanut Butter principle. Once your try homemade, a whole new world opens and you’ll wonder why you haven’t always been doing this. For most things, homemade trumps storebought, and for peanut butter and hot fudge specifically, it’s truly a night and day comparison.
For the chocolate, I used three ounces from a Trader Joe’s 72% Pound Plus Bar and three ounces of Dark Chocolate Pound Plus Bar (54%). I mixed the two because I didn’t want the hot fudge to get too dark and sultry. I like my hot fudge dark and not too sweet, but didn’t want it bitter.
I used unsweeetened natural cocoa powder and Dutch-process may be used. I’d also like to try it with Hershey’s Special Dark, but I can’t find it locally in San Diego anymore. I didn’t sift the cocoa powder, but probably should have because it was pretty lumpy and it took quite a bit of stirring to smooth it. If your cocoa is particularly lumpy, sift. If not, don’t worry about it.
The resulting fudge is just sweet enough while being robustly and intensely chocolaty. It’s full-tilt on the chocolate oomph meter and it’s so very satisfying.
It’s thick, dense, and not runny or thin. If it sets up too thick for your liking after it’s cooled, add a drizzle more corn syrup and stir to thin it out. I’d rather have my hot fudge thick enough that when I turn it upside down on a spoon, it hangs on. When you reheat it for future uses, it naturally thins from the heat.
If you store it in the refrigerator, it’ll firm up and can be reheated before serving. I recommend scooping some into a small cup and nuking that portion for 15 seconds rather than reheating the whole jar, over and over.
I’m sure it would keep for a month in the fridge unless you eat it all in the first two days, which is a very real possibility. I have been storing mine on the counter at room temperature for two weeks and it’s fine. I’m sure someone will ask me about refrigeration for gift-giving. I don’t know; do what feels right to you. To me, the extensive boiling process renders this okay to store at room temp, but store it how you’re comfortable.
Some people will really love this over ice cream. I happen to really love this with a spoon at midnight. It’s so fudgy, rich, decadent, and stops my chocolate cravings dead in their tracks.
The batch makes just one 16-ounce jar, which is probably good.
Because there’s only ten minutes standing between you and this.
10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge
You’ll never need or want storebought hot fudge again after making your own in under 10 minutes. It’s so easy that it’s dangerous. The hot fudge is thick, rich, dense, fudgy, very intensely chocolaty and not overly sweet. Serve over ice cream, brownies, cakes, cookies, waffles, pancakes, or just find a spoon and dig in.
2/3 cup heavy cream (I used half-and-half)
1/2 cup light corn syrup
1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (I used natural, Dutch-process may be used; if your cocoa is particularly lumpy, sift it)
1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
6 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used 3 ounces 54% and 3 ounces 72%)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- Bring cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, optional salt, and half the chopped chocolate to a boil in a 1 to 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring, until chocolate is melted. Reduce heat and cook at a low boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Turn off the heat and add butter, vanilla, remaining chocolate, and stir until smooth. Cool slightly before serving.
- Cooled sauce can be stored in a jar with a lid or in airtight container in the refrigerator for many weeks (recipe source says 1 week but I think that’s very conservative). I store mine for up to 1 week at room temperature; do as you’re comfortable with. Reheat sauce before using by placing the desired portion in a microwave-safe bowl and heating for about 10 to 15 seconds, or reheat on the stovetop.
Adapted from Gourmet-Epicurious
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