I love [chocolate] ice cream! I wish I could say that I love all flavors, or even many flavors– because I know there are lots of fine ones out there. But somehow I never feel satisfied at the end of my frozen feast unless there was at least some chocolate in the flavor I chose. True. Chocolate is essential. That brings us to last Sunday. Mr. Luxury told me on Saturday that he wanted to take care of Sunday dinner(!), and that it would be a special treat– which he did, and it was! We were very full after the meal, and he decided to take a little nap between dinner and dessert. I seized this moment (sneakily but lovingly!) to check on the flavor of ice cream he had purchased. Alas, caramel but no chocolate. That’s when I remembered that I knew an old recipe for homemade hot fudge sauce. A few minutes later, voilà– hot fudge to the rescue. Chocolate thus introduced, the meal ended perfectly! Use in any chocolate emergency.
For this recipe, use a small microwave-safe bowl, or a mug. Add water, sugar, and butter to the bowl, and microwave one minute on high to melt. Remove the bowl and give it a good stir. Return to the microwave, and boil one more minute on high. Remove the bowl, add the chocolate chips, heavy cream, and vanilla, stirring well until smooth.
To make this recipe fancier, you can change it up at this point: add a few drops of mint extract, or cinnamon, or sea salt, or cayenne pepper– depending on the profile you’re looking for.
Note: If you’re looking for a seriously small amount, this recipe can be easily halved to make around 1/4 cup. Decrease the microwave time to 1 minute total. Heavy cream and vanilla can be omitted in a true chocolate crisis:
4 tsp water: 3 tsp sugar: 1 tsp butter: 3 Tbs chocolate chips
Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Enjoy!
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