Feb 18, 2010

Bittersweet Hot Fudge

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Motherhood has smacked me upside the head in so many ways. Some of them involve being surprisingly close to institutionalizing myself. Others, however, are actually really lovely in the grand scheme of things, and I don’t just mean those moments where I’m suddenly so overcome with love for my child that I want to smooch her and squeeze her until she pops. I’m talking about a new appreciation for the little things, the simpler the better. Like how Little C has started patting my back while hugging me. A glass of wine after she goes to bed and the house is straightened. Time to shave and wash my hair in the shower. And a dish of vanilla ice cream drowned in the most flippin’ fantastic bittersweet hot fudge that comes together in mere minutes. Ahhh…it’s the little things.

Although to be fair, this hot fudge sauce is not a small thing. No, it is pretty major. It’s sort of unassuming in the preparation, though the nearly three-quarters of a pound of chocolate that go into making one batch (I first mistyped that as “bath”… hello, subconscience) of the stuff might tip you off that you’re doing something epic.

All that needs to happen to enter into this chocolate sauce nirvana is to melt said chocolate together with a knob of butter while you warm some cream and corn syrup on the stovetop, and then whisk it all together and BAM!

Hot fudge as it is meant to be: Thick and rich, and deeply, darkly chocolatey, becoming almost chewy on contact with cold ice cream. With the one-two punch of phenomenal flavor and hearty texture, it’s almost a misnomer to call this a hot fudge “sauce”–melted chocolate truffles is more like it. And the bittersweet edge makes a pairing with vanilla ice cream so perfectly balanced, you may never want to have another dessert again. As Oprah might say, “Life chaaaaang-iiiing!! Life changing, life changing. Life. Changing.”

Bittersweet Hot Fudge
Adapted from The Splendid Table’s How to Eat Supper

For the bittersweet chocolate, I use 60% Ghiradelli chips rather than bar chocolate because it’s more economical and have been perfectly happy, but whether you go with bars or chips, go for a premium brand–you’ll get a much more moan-inducing final product.

This hot fudge sets up firm when cold, like a refrigerated truffle, so you need to rewarm leftovers to make it pourable or spoonable again after chilling. The original recipe says to rewarm it gently over simmering water, but I’ve thrown the whole jar into the microwave for a 15 second zap and with a quick stir it comes back to life beautifully.

Makes about 2 cups

10 ounces bittersweet chocolate (I use 60% Ghiradelli chips and am perfectly happy with them)
1 ounce unsweetened chocolate
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into bits
1/2 cup heavy cream, plus 2 tablespoons extra if needed
6 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Combine the chocolates and the butter in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Melt them in the microwave on medium power for about 3 minutes, stopping to stir the mixture often. When it is fully melted, set it aside.

Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, whisk together 1/2 cup of cream, the corn syrup and the vanilla. Bring them to a simmer over medium heat, stirring occasionally. As soon as it comes to a simmer, remove the pan from the heat and let it cool for 2 minutes. Whisk in the melted chocolate mixture until the hot fudge is smooth. Whisk in the remaining 2 tablespoons of cream if needed to thin it out a bit.

Serve warm immediately, or pour it into jars for storing in the refrigerator for about 10 days.

  • oooh yeah baby! that looks just about right at the moment. I'm super picky about hot fudge and can never seem to find one that gets that almost chewy on contact with the ice cream consistency…grocery store here I come. And isn't that pat on the back absolutely the sweetest thing ever!

  • This looks delicious and so easy. How well does the leftover keep and how do you store it?

  • Nicole–I store it in two 8 ounce jars when I make a full batch, and although the recipe says 5 days in the fridge, I think it's still great at 10 days. More info in the recipe.

  • Shauna, thanks for being patient. This is clearly a case where "Reading Is Fundamental" and I should have read the whole post better. DOH!

  • I just found you and already I love you!!

  • This sounds great! I am working on perfecting my vanilla ice cream recipe (non-dairy) and will be adapting this fudge looks like the perfect thing to go on top as soon as I get it right.

  • Nicole #1–You're too funny. It was an honest question!

    Nicole #2–Now's that an introduction! Well, I love you, too.

    Shoshana–Hope it turns out perfectly!

  • Oh. My. Gosh.
    I have such a craving for a hot fudge sundae now, you have no idea.
    I'm definitely going to try this and will report back!

  • I've been dying for a classic sundae–vanilla ice cream, fudge, whipped cream and a maraschino cherry. Unfortunately the good ones are not that easy to come by in Paris, so I asked my parents to send me a box with everything I needed including Hershey's double sundae chocolate syrup (or some weird name like that!). Next time I guess I should reduce my carbon footprint and make it myself, yours looks amazing!

  • I'm starting to wonder if the Shauna's are all mind-melded – I've been dreaming of an amazing hot fudge sundae all week, and here you go posting a perfect recipe! It just so happens that I have all of the ingredients for this, so I will be tackling this recipe on Saturday (after I finish my work week, read my assigned articles for class, get the kids occupied and straighten up the house). Besides, nothing says "weekend!" like a big bowl of hot fudge sundae happiness, right? 😉

  • now that looks like some good stuff!

  • Oh my hat, that is one amazing hot chocolate sauce….. it should be on the Oprah show!!!

  • Hi! I just "found" your blog from a comment on smitten kitchen. I LOVE IT. I will definitely be frequenting it and trying some of the old entries.

  • Umm, you need ice cream with hot fudge? Gee, I'd eat this right out of the pot with my 'chocolate' spoon. Well, maybe the chewy part is starting to gnaw in my mind. . . well, okay, I'll have the ice cream too.
    I think I'm in love with you (don't tell my husband)!

  • this looks way too yummy to be legal.

  • I made a scratch hot fudge sauce recently that was killer good, and about as simple, creating a supple, smooth deep and dark chocolate experience. Had I not told the family that I was making it, I would have hidden it in the garage with a spoon. But no….I had to blab about it and share the wealth. That should teach me to keep my trap shut about the next great thing.

  • That hot fudge looks like it could make anything better. Now I'm just dying for a sundae with hot fudge. Mmm!

  • That hot fudge on that spoon looks so so good! Drool!!

  • This looks so yummy. This is really huge.
    What kind of chocolate you used for this?

    Two thumps up for a job well done.


  • Your photos have got me drooling! I honestly could eat this stuff right out of a bowl-forget drizzling it over ice cream 😉 The consistency looks absolutely perfect, never again will I use store-bought fudge sauce!

  • I think I might want to marry and DROWN in that delicious hot fudge sauce! You know, while everyone snubs a simple hot fudge sundae for something more exotic, nothing makes you quite as happy! Especially when you get the bits at the end, the extra CHEWY parts.

  • oh my. i've made hot fudge sauce before, but nothing like this. I want to eat this with a spoon. i can't wait to try it. yum yum yum!

  • Wow!…I really love this post..Thanks to you

  • Great post dear blogger! I've been doing this kind of "little things" by myself. When I saw the pictures I thought "those pictures are false, because looks extremely delicious".

  • Hi,
    I love this recipe..Really very delicious.. Thanks for sharing.

  • Hey,
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  • Thanks a lot for sharing this stuff. I would like to read few more articles from you.

  • Hmm1 Its look so delicious chocolate i love this one.

  • Really amazing……. I think your post very nice. Thanks for your article mate.

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