"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy chocolate, and that's kind of the same thing."-unknown
OMG-The holiday for me, I tell you! Chocolate is my middle name. I am not even sure why some of the other flavors even exist when there is chocolate to be had.Lemon is lovely, vanilla is nice, but chocolate is the food of the gods! That says it all, doesn't it?
Unfortunately for me, I didn't have much time to whip up anything really spectacular on such short notice. I did, however, have time to cook up a batch of the BEST hot fudge in the world, and so will you! I don't use superlatives lightly, so trust me when I say how good this is. A lot of well-meaning and normally credible people try to pass off ganache, a mixture of heavy cream and chocolate, for hot fudge. No, no- not having that. That is ganache and it has its place. Hot fudge, on the other hand needs to be thick, a tad sticky-chewy and taste like, well, fudge! There is a world of difference. So without further ado, may I present to you the BEST hot fudge sauce in the world! Make some now.
Hot Fudge Sauce
10 ounces semi sweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (NOT chocolate chips)*
4 ounces (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into cubes
1/2 cup water
pinch kosher or sea salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
tiny pinch instant coffee or espresso (optional, but I recommend using it)
1/2 cup light corn syrup (NOT high fructose corn syrup)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1. In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan mix together chocolate, sugar, water, salt, instant coffee and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring continuously, until chocolate and butter are melted and mixture is well combined.
2. Stir in the corn syrup, and bring the mixture to a full boil.
3. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, until mixture is thickened and glossy, about 10 minutes.
4. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature and transfer to heat-proof containers.
5. Store hot fudge sauce in refrigerator for up to 10 days. To reheat, gently heat in microwave on 50% power setting for 30 seconds at a time until fluidity is restored, stirring between heatings.