Even if time or money (or both) are tight this holiday season, you can still indulge food-loving friends in a major way. Make your own homemade hot fudge sauce, then package it nicely in a recycled glass jar and gift it to all the chocoholics you know. The key to this recipe is to use high-quality chocolate; I melted down leftover Guittard blocks I had in the pantry. Once you've got the basic proportions down, you can really start experimenting with variations: Use milk chocolate in place of dark or add cayenne for kick. Want the extremely fast recipe? Then read more.
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (either natural or Dutch-processed) Makes about 5 cups.
2/3 cup heavy cream
16 fluid oz. (2 cups) light corn syrup
1 lb. semisweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
2-1/2 oz. (5 Tbs.) unsalted butter
Pinch table salt
Nutrition information (per serving): Size: per 1 Tbs.; Calories (kcal): 80; Fat (g): 6; Fat Calories (kcal): 60; Saturated Fat (g): 4; Protein (g): 1; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 2; Carbohydrates (g): 8; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 0.2; Sodium (mg): 5; Cholesterol (mg): 10; Fiber (g): 1.
Hot Fudge Sauce Variations:
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (either natural or Dutch-processed)
Makes about 5 cups.