My husband has always had a sweet tooth. He inherited his love of dessert from his parents, who always served something sweet after dinner. I like dessert every once in a while, but certainly not as often as he does. So when I’m not in the mood for desserts, he’ll settle for scooping himself a bowl of ice cream (topped with caramel sauce, of course).
Recently I was watching him scoop a bowl of ice cream, and it got me reminiscing about eating ice cream with my family when I was a kid. My mom used to make a hot fudge sauce from scratch that was SO good! I hadn’t thought about that hot fudge sauce in years, but as soon as it wormed its way back into my brain, I couldn’t shake it! I simply had to have some of that delicious homemade hot fudge, so I decided to whip some up myself!
This is a recipe that’s jam-packed with nostalgia, and it’s a real crowd-pleaser too! It’s perfect for kids, and kids-at-heart (including my dessert-crazy husband of course.) ;-) This is a perfect treat to whip up for a special occasion (banana splits, anyone?), or even just to make a normal weekday a little more fun. Give it a try, and take a sweet stroll down memory lane with me!
My Mom’s Homemade Hot Fudge
- 2 Tbsp butter
- 2 oz. baking chocolate
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
Melt the butter and baking chocolate together in a double boiler. (Or you can use the microwave, 30 seconds at a time, stirring each time, until melted.)
When the butter and chocolate have melted together, gradually stir in the sugar. Then stir in the salt.
Next, very slowly add the evaporated milk while stirring. Mix well.
Add the vanilla extract, and continue to stir until the mixture thickens up a bit.
Remove from the stove and use warm, or store in an airtight container for up to one week. The hot fudge will thicken as it cools, so you may need to reheat in a double boiler or your microwave before using it from the fridge.
Pour it over your favorite kind of ice cream, and dig in! :-)