Perfect Chocolate Sauce

Here is my version of perfect hot fudge sundae chocolate sauce.  It’s chocolatey, mildly sweet, smooth and unctuous without being too rich, bitter, or cloyingly sweet.  It also happens to be a very simple and frugal recipe that you can make and use in under an hour.

Hot Fudge Sundae

Hot Fudge Sundae

Just measure, mix, boil and snap! . . . just add toasted nuts and vanilla ice cream for the best hot fudge sundae ever.

Chocolate Sauce, on spoon

Chocolate Sauce, on spoon

chopped unsweetened chocolate

chopped unsweetened chocolate

This recipe – with a few tweaks – is originally from Baker’s Unsweetened Chocolate, but I use Valhrona, Callebaut, or Guittard unsweetened chocolate for better flavor.

Perfect Chocolate Sauce

2/3 cup water
4 oz unsweetened chocolate, chopped
1 cup (7 oz) granulated sugar
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 tsp. sea salt
1/2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Put all ingredients (except butter and vanilla extract) into a medium sauce pan.  Place on medium high heat and bring to a boil, stirring with a whisk.  Simmer for 1 – 2 minutes until sauce begins to thicken a bit.  Remove from heat, stir in butter and vanilla extract, whisking until smooth.  Cool until warm and use on ice cream for a fabulous sundae.  Toasted nuts and whipped cream add the perfect final touches.  Store airtight in the fridge for up to a month.

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