HOT FUDGE SAUCE

PROCESSING: Refrigeration
STORAGE: 2 months+
YIELD: 6-7 cups  
     
Drizzle this delicious hot fudge sauce over ice cream sundaes, cakes or cupcakes and the best way to serve is to stir a tablespoon into a glass of milk that makes the "yummiest chocolate milk ever" according to my oldest daughter :)    Our favourite flavours are with peppermint schnapps or cherry liqueur for the adults, and the brown sugar cinnamon flavour for the kids.
    
INGREDIENTS:
3 cups water
6 cups sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons golden syrup (or light corn syrup)
3 cups good quality cocoa
  
METHOD:

1. For each batch, you'll want to pre-heat your half pint or pint jars by covering in boiling water and boiling for 10 minutes. 
2. In a large pot (it expands a LOT while cooking) whisk together the water, sugar, vanilla extract, salt and syrup. Bring to a boil and add the sifted cocoa. Whisk to combine.
3. Bring to a boil then turn down to almost a simmer, stir occasionally for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce has reduced a little and thickened to a consistency like thick honey.
4. You'll definitely need a funnel with this recipe, it can get very messy! Ladle hot sauce into hot jars, to a 1/4 inch (0.5cm) from the rim. Remove any bubbles, adding extra sauce if required.
5. As the rims of the jars get sticky, wipe with a clean, damp cloth then wipe dry with a second cloth or paper towel. Add lids and tighten.
6. Store jars of hot fudge sauce in the refrigerator and consume within 8 weeks.
    
Variations: add a little coffee, chilli flakes, or use brown sugar and add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, perhaps? Adults only version: try a nip of liqueur ie cherry liqueur, cointreau, frangelico, baileys, kahlua, tia maria, raspberry liqueur, butterscotch or peppermint schnapps, whiskey, etc.
        
Gift ideas: give a jar of hot fudge sauce with a cookbook; alongside some fresh strawberries; some waffles/maple syrup perhaps; or with a jar of ready-to-bake cookies/brownies? Wrap jars with some nice ribbon and a pretty teaspoon, too. How about a gift basket with ice cream cones, waffles, assorted sprinkles/candy and a jar of homemade chocolate sauce, sounds pretty yummy! :(^_^):
     

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