Ice cream is one of my favorite treats. I usually can’t say no and have been known to eat an entire pint in one sitting. No joke! I remember when I was in the hospital after having our first daughter and my best friend called me up the next day and said she was stopping by the hospital after work to see the baby and wanted to know if I needed anything. I think I replied with something like this, “Well, since you asked, I could really go for some ice cream.” Not just an ice cream cone or soft serve from the drive through. Nope, I was craving some good coffee flavored ice cream. She brought me a pint of Häagen Dazs Coffee flavored ice cream and I devoured that whole thing right then and there while she got her little baby fix. Now that, my friends is a friend for life! Oh how I miss you, Ash!
When we have ice cream at home, usually we can’t just leave it alone and serve it without some sort of topping. I’m partial to hot molten fudge sauce smothering my ice cream. We all have our favorites. My husband rarely eats ice cream, but when he does indulge – he likes butterscotch on his. My oldest daughter loves her caramel and peanut butter hot fudge, and I stick to the good old Hot Fudge Sauce. I love the way the hot fudge instantly melts the ice cream and sometimes you get a lucky spoonful of just hot fudge. After I made a batch of this Hot Fudge Sauce and poured it into my jam jar, I still had some left in the saucepan, so I mixed in some peanut butter and made a peanut butter hot fudge sauce in a second jar. I think I caught my oldest sneaking spoonfuls of the peanut butter fudge sauce out of the jar a few times. Both of these must be stored in an airtight container and refrigerated. I think a glass jar is great for this. They really thicken up and need to be warmed up in the microwave for a few seconds before serving over ice cream (unless you are just sneaking spoonfuls out of the jar). They will keep for up to 3 months, if they are not gobbled up before then.
Hot Fudge Sauce
A little butter, a little sweetness, chocolate of course, and a touch of salt – all the ingredients for a perfect hot fudge sauce
First melt the butter
Then add in the chocolate chips and stir until melted and smooth.
Pour in the condensed milk and stir to combine.
Add in the vanilla, and a little salt.
If making Peanut Butter Fudge Sauce, stir in the peanut butter.
Transfer to container (I like to use a couple of jelly jars)
Store sealed tight in fridge and warm up in the microwave for a few seconds before spooning over ice cream.
Sometimes I go all crazy and make a sundae bar with all sorts of toppings! Why not serve the hot fudge sundae on top of a Rise and Roll Doughnut?
But even just a good vanilla ice cream with Hot Fudge Sauce over top hits the spot!
Hot Fudge Sauce
Hot Fudge Sauce
1/2 C butter
1 C chocolate chips (semi sweet, milk, or dark – whichever you prefer)
1 can sweetened condensed milk
1 teas vanilla
1 pinch of salt
Optional – 3 TBS creamy peanut butter
Melt butter in saucepan on low heat.
Slowly stir in chocolate chips. Stir until melted and smooth.
Add in sweetened condensed milk and stir until incorporated.
Add in vanilla and salt.
Stir in peanut butter, if using.
Pour Hot Fudge into jar or whatever container you are using.
Store sealed in fridge for up to 3 months.
Warm up in the microwave for a few seconds and spoon over ice cream.