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Friday, February 19, 2010

Ben & Jerry's Hot Fudge Sauce

Bob and I had his sister and her boyfriend over for dinner a few weeks ago. I debated about what to make for dessert. Flipping through my Ben & Jerry's Dessert Cookbook, I wanted to make just about everything! I finally decided on Hot Fudge Sundaes - French vanilla ice cream, homemade hot fudge, whipped cream, sprinkles, and of course maraschino cherries.

This hot fudge was pretty simple to make, it just takes a while. The great thing is that it keeps stored in fridge (where it hardens to a consistency of traditional fudge), so you can enjoy the leftovers at your own pace. I actually thought it was even better a few days later . . . eaten by itself . . . directly from the container . . . cold . . . with a spoon. Yeah, it's that good :)

Hot Fudge Sauce

Makes 2 cups

2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
1/2 stick butter
6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup sugar
1/4 cup milk*
1/4 cup heavy or whipping cream*

*I just used 1/2 cup of whole milk because it's what I had on hand.

1. Melt the chocolate and butter, stirring frequently, in the top of a double boiler over simmering water. Add the cocoa and whisk until dissolved.

2. Using a slotted spoon, gradually stir in the sugar. (The mixture should be the consistency of wet sand.) Cook, stirring occasionally, over simmering water for 20 minutes. Check the water level in the double boiler occasionally and replenish if necessary.

3. Gradually stir in the milk and cream and keep stirring until completely blended. Continue cooking, stirring and checking the water occasionally, for 1 hour. The fudge is ready when it is completely smooth and all the sugar is dissolved. Store leftovers in fridge; it lasts a "long time" according to the book.

Source: Ben & Jerry's Homemade Ice cream & Dessert Book


  1. Oh wow, homemade fudge! That's gotta be good! I can't wait to try it.

  2. There are so many homemade things that you can make in place of buying them premade, but I have never thought to make my own hot fudge sauce--brilliant!

  3. My kind of girl! Love hot fudge sundaes!

  4. Holy crap. I need it, I've been dying for hot fudge lately.

  5. I would so eat it cold right out of the tub too :) Looks divine!

  6. I'm such a sucker for hot fudge! Here I am being good and just having a cup of tea, but now I really want a sundae!

  7. Homemade fudge sauce - what a divine treat! It wouldn't last long in my fridge!

  8. From the spoon...... directly into the jar...... that's the best way to enjoy hot fudge sauce.

    Good call!

  9. Oh my gosh - you are killing me here Meghan! Your chocolate sauce looks heavenly. Making this soon!

  10. ahhh i work at a Ben and Jerry's scoop shop so this makes me happy :) Didnt know they had a recipe book out though! That is good to know! <3

  11. This is SUCH a good recipe! My favorites are the original and peppermint. I just made two hot fudge sauces side by side (this one, and America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook), and this is my favorite because it's a little more rich-chocolately. My husband slightly prefers the ATK recipe because it's a little sweeter. (They're both really good). This is such amazing hot fudge sauce!!! And, if I don't want four cups of it, it is easily divided, and instead of my huge double boiler I just use a small metal bowl set over a small saucepan.

    If you like peanut butter, I just took some of the leftover hot fudge sauce and made "Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sauce" ( You microwave a cup of hot fudge sauce in a microwave-safe bowl until hot, about 1 minute. Whisk in 2 Tablespoons peanut butter, 4 teaspoons water, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla, and a pinch of salt. Also delicious!


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