Few things bring me back to childhood more than a classic hot fudge sundae. The combo of warm, gooey fudge with cold ice cream is heaven – and if it melts into a milkshake, even better. These days, I love to make them with the kids. Their favorite part is always the assembly: picking their favorite flavor and trying to pile on as many toppings as they can. For Luna’s birthday, we decided to make their sundaes a bit more special by adding some frosted circus animal crackers (remember those??). Then, I topped it off with this simple homemade hot fudge sauce. **Note: use as much fudge as you want! Just store the rest in the fridge and gently reheat when the next birthday (or weekday) comes around.
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ¾ cup heavy (whipping) cream
- ⅔ cup light corn syrup
- ⅓ cup light or dark brown sugar
- ⅓ cup cocoa powder
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Bring the butter, cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, and salt to a simmer in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring, until smooth and incorporated.
Remove from the heat, add the chocolate chips and vanilla, and stir until smooth.
Serve warm over ice cream with toppings of your choice – rainbow sprinkles, frosted circus animal crackers, homemade whipped cream – go crazy!