CHILLI CHOCOLATE SAUCE

Drizzle this delicious, spicy chocolate sauce over ice cream sundaes, cakes or cupcakes! 
    
YIELD: AROUND 2 CUPS 
    
INGREDIENTS:
1 cup water
2 cups white sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
pinch salt
1 tablespoon golden syrup (or light corn syrup)
1 cup cacao powder (or good quality cocoa)
1-3 teaspoons chilli powder (or flakes, or a combination of both)
   
METHOD:
1. Clean and sterilise jars.
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 clean jars. 
5. Seal, label and refrigerate for up to 3 months.
     
Variations: add a little coffee, 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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