I have such a dedicated sweet tooth that I cannot keep anything sweet in the house. Cookies, cakes, pies, and ice cream disappear far too quickly. I have managed to train myself to stay away from the chocolate chips, but other than that any little scrap of chocolate that is less than 70% dark will not last.
It’s not unusual for me to crave hot fudge. Warm, sweet, chocolatey, gooey and rich; hot fudge hits all the buttons. However, if I took the time and effort to make a large batch of it, I’d have to eat every last drop of it.
So, when I craved it last month and I just couldn’t help myself, I started playing around with a quick and easy version that was just enough for one round of dessert for the family. My first included marshmallow fluff and was a disaster. Then I decided to use a more traditional blend of corn syrup and cocoa powder.
Usually hot fudge is made by heating corn syrup, cream and cocoa until boiling and then adding flavorings and sometimes additional chocolate. This version can be made dairy-free and vegan by substituting the butter with vegan Margarine. Better yet, it takes only one minute too cook in the microwave plus a few seconds to mix in the vanilla and cocoa powder. Best of all it makes only a few servings (depending on how much you like your hot fudge).
There is a lot of talk about the evils of corn syrup. The dangers with corn syrup is the over refinement and use of it in processed foods. I don’t believe that the small containers of corn syrup most of us keep in the cabinet are evil at all. Corn syrup is a useful ingredient and is no more dangerous than cane sugar. However, if you cannot bring yourself to use corn syrup in this recipe, you can also use light cane syrup (such as Lyle’s). If you do use cane syrup, omit the extra tablespoon of sugar and sift your cocoa powder to prevent lumps in the finished product.
Want something perfect to pour this hot fudge all over? Try Cooking Light’s Classic Fudge-Walnut Brownies. I’ve made them many times, and although they always take a lot longer than the directed cooking time, they are some of the best brownies I’ve ever had!
There is no magic here, it really only takes a minute to combine a few ingredients you already have in the house into a warm gooey bowl of hot fudge. Enjoy!