Here is the second recipe from my "Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen" series. Hot fudge sauce! I found these cute little glass jars at Tai Pan Trading, and just knew I had to use them for gifts this year. Although I must admit, I am saving several for myself because I just love them.
You can also use little canning jars, or any other glass jars you can find. They could be filled with homemade jam, buttermilk syrup, caramel sauce, candy, or even body scrub. The possibilities are endless!
I have tried many recipes for homemade hot fudge sauce over the years, but this one remains my favorite. Not only is it the one I grew up with (thanks for the recipe mom!), it also tastes amazing. But the thing that sets it apart from the others I've tried is that it stores really well. All the other recipes I've made have turned grainy when they are stored in the fridge. They melt fine of course, but this one just stays smooth and creamy. So if you get a hankering for a spoonful, you don't have to heat it up first. Much easier to sneak without your kids catching you.
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 Tbsp cocoa
dash of salt
1 (12oz) can evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
Combine sugar, cocoa, and salt in a large saucepan. Slowly stir in the evaporated milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 5-6 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Stir till butter melts. Cool slightly before pouring into glass jars.
Serve warm, and store leftovers in the refrigerator. It heats up nicely in the microwave.
-Makes about 2 cups, I was able to fill 4 of my jars.
Note: When I am making this just for my family, I cut the recipe in half and only boil it for 3-4 minutes. (Half a can of evaporated milk is about 3/4 cup.)
I made up some cute tags to go with the hot fudge, so I am including the free printables for you. There are three pages. Page one is the hot fudge lables, page two is the "Merry Christmas" tags, page three is the "To/From" tags. Just click on the link below to download and print the page or pages you need.