of Grandma’s Hot Fudge

One of the myriad family recipes upon which I still rely is my Grandma Nelson’s hot fudge sauce. I don’t know if Grandma is the originator of this chocolate goodness or its preserver but we are grateful to her. Unfortunately, the original version requires “three squares of unsweetened chocolate” which form of chocolate is not available outside the United States. After careful experimentation, I have found a substitute that is as good–nay, better–than the original. The secret lies in obtaining very good quality dark chocolate. I have also reduced the sugar by more than half, as the chocolate is often already slightly sweetened and we prefer desserts (“puddings”) with less sugariness than is typical.

Next time you’re out pick up some ice cream, head home, and make this immediately. If you have space to keep a tin of evaporated milk and a bar of dark chocolate on hand, you are always ready to whip it up for last minute-guests.

Hot Fudge Sauce (Mostly by Grandma)
100 g dark chocolate (we like 70% cocoa or higher)
125 g (1 stick) butter
a little less than 1/2 cup sugar
1 tin evaporated milk

Roughly chop chocolate and melt with butter in a heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat. Add sugar and milk, whisk a bit, and bring to a boil.

Boil, stirring often, 2-3 minutes until a tiny bit thick. Not sure if it’s thick? Don’t worry, keep it boiling for 2-3 minutes and it will thicken when it cools.

Store in the refrigerator, enjoy cold or reheated with ice cream.

Try pouring some in a little jar for a gift to friends. Make sure these are special people.

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3 Responses to of Grandma’s Hot Fudge

  1. Pam Lowther says:

    Sounds yummy! What size is a “tin” of evaporated milk? Just wanted to check in case they sell them in a different size than we have here.

    • betsy says:

      Hi Pam! The tins are 410 g, but since I don’t think that will help you that much, let me say that they look exactly the same size as the US 14.5 oz. cans (and in fact they are). I’ve always made it with US cans before now, so I know it works! Hope it works for you!

  2. This looks so easy – hope to try it soon!

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