Recipe: D.I.Y. Hot Fudge Sauce

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Hot fudge sauce is something I just can't get enough of. When I was little and my grandparents would take me to McDonald's I would ask for a hot fudge sundae with fudge layered under the ice cream as well as on top.

But you don't need to buy fudge sauce in a jar or from McDonald's; it's quite easy to make, and free here of added colors and preservatives. This is real hot fudge sauce - thick, dark, and not too sweet. It has just a slight graininess that feels and tastes like old-fashioned fudge candy. All you need is a good plain cake with this ladled on top to make a sweet winter dessert.

Old-Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce

makes about 1 1/2 cups

1/4 cup butter (half a stick)
4 ounces unsweetened chocolate
2/3 cup boiling water
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon salt

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan, then add the chocolate and melt over low heat. When the chocolate is melted, stir in the boiling water, sugar, corn syrup, and salt. Bring to a boil, stirring, then stop stirring and let it boil for six to eight minutes, or until it's thickened and become glossy.

This will keep in the fridge for a week or so. Reheat over low heat on the stove, or on low power in the microwave, stopping frequently to stir.

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Per serving, based on 12 servings. (% daily value)
8.8 g (13.5%)
5.5 g (27.4%)
0.2 g
33.3 g (11.1%)
1.6 g (6.3%)
26.9 g
1.3 g (2.5%)
10.2 mg (3.4%)
104.9 mg (4.4%)

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.