Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce for Christmas
If you are looking for an easy, inexpensive gift to give to family and friends, you can't go wrong with homemade hot fudge sauce. Seriously, who doesn't like hot fudge!?
You may already have everything you need on hand to make a couple of jars of hot fudge sauce. I figured that even if you have to go out and buy canning jars to put the hot fudge in, you are still looking at less than $2 a jar for this delicious, homemade treat.
Hot fudge sauce is not just for ice cream...it can be put in chocolate milk, hot chocolate, even coffee!
Note: These jars need to be stored in the refrigerator.
Here is what you will need:
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
2 cups white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup baking cocoa
4 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
In a saucepan, stir together the dry ingredients. Add margarine and water, stirring well. Bring to a boil, and continue boiling for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove pan from heat and stir in the vanilla. The hot fudge will thicken as it cools.
This recipe is very forgiving. I accidently put in 3 cups of white sugar and the sauce turned out very thin. I added another 2 tablespoons of flour and cooked it for another 10 minutes, and the sauce still thickened and turned out great.
This recipe makes enough for approximately 1 1/2 pint jars, so if you double the recipe, you will have enough for 3 pints.
This hot fudge sauce makes a very attractive gift. You can tie a ribbon around the jar lid, or add a scrap of fabric under the jar ring for decoration. Give the jar by itself or as part of a gift basket containing other items for ice cream sundaes. After your friends taste this hot fudge sauce they will never buy it from the store again!
Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of five. For more recipes, gardening, organizing tips, home decorating, holiday hints, and more, visit Creative Homemaking at http://www.creativehomemaking.com.
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