You can't go wrong with chocolate as a holiday gift. Hey! It's the holidays! No dieting allowed!
I wanted to make a southwest version of chocolate sauce, so I decided to go with cocoa powder and southwest spices, used lightly to give just a hint. To add richness, I added a little dark cocoa powder to the regular Dutch cocoa powder.
This is a beautiful, rich sauce that is full of flavor. Just a few spoonfuls is all you need to top brownies, ice cream or to drizzle over your favorite desserts. My hubby added a spoonful to milk and made a delicious rich hot chocolate drink.
The last few years I have also loved adding a little spice to chocolate recipes to "wake up" the taste. The beauty of this recipe is that you can choose your own flavors to pair with the chocolate. I like southwest spices, so I used chipotle, cinnamon and almond. Or, you could try orange zest or extract. Peppermint is always a perfect chocolate pairing, too!
I say be creative! Go wild! The choice is yours!
Wonderful Season's Eatings to All Southwest Food Fans! SPICED HOT FUDGE SAUCE
Makes 3 cups
1 ½ cups sugar
⅔ cup light corn syrup
1 cup regular cocoa powder
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
½ cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
¼ teaspoon salt
Seasonings as desired**
Combine sugar, corn syrup, cocoa powders and evaporated milk in a large stockpot. Cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Turn heat to medium low and continue cooking for 8 to 10 minutes, whisking frequently to release steam and help thicken sauce.
Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla and salt until butter is completely melted. Let col to warm.
** At this point, taste and add in whatever seasonings you like. Try a teaspoon of extract, such as almond, peppermint, or orange. I also added a teaspoon of cayenne pepper sauce and a dash or two of cinnamon. But, don't go crazy with the spices, because you want the chocolate taste to shine through. Just use a hint of your favorite spices!
Serve immediately, or store in your fridge for up to 4 weeks, reheating in microwave before serving.
Other Fabulous Southwest Food Lovers' Gifts:
Candied Chipotle Pecans, Talk of Tomatoes
Baked Spiced Corn Nuts, The Kitchn
Salsa Bowl by Sur La Table - only $12.00 and a beautiful rustic salsa dish is yours!
The New Southwest Cookbook - An outstanding collection of recipes from the best restaurants in the Southwest
The Border Cookbook - A James Beard winning cookbook containing authentic southwest cuisines
Quesadillas, by none other than ME! - 70 fabulous quesadilla recipes with beautiful photos!
-- posted by Donna
Linda - Do try some!
This looks and sounds AMAZING. I am a chocolate fiend, and I love my food spicy, so this would be so yummy. In ancient Mayan times, they drank their "chocolate" spicy, usually with pepper like cayenne, so this recipe is sticking true to the real art form of chocolate!
Amber - Yes, indeed - authentic chocolate sauce. I love chocolate with a little heat added! Merry Christmas to you!
melissa@the hungry artist
Beautiful holiday gift idea!!
Love the idea of spicy chocolate sauce. yum!
Thanks, Melissa - hope you get a chance to try this luscious sauce! Happy Holidays!