Bonjour, my fellow food enthusiasts!
If you’ve got an incurable sweet tooth like moi, then today is your lucky day.
Strap on your apron, crank up your favorite tunes, and prepare to embark on a scrumptious adventure to create the most delectable and creamy, yet creamless hot fudge sauce your taste buds have ever met.
It’s the ultimate accompaniment to any dessert– guaranteed to leave you, your family, and guests begging for just one more drizzle.
The wonders that await us in the kitchen!
5 Reasons You’ll Love This Cream-Free Hot Fudge Sauce
- Dairy-Free Decadence: Without using a drop of cream, we’ll be concocting a velvety smooth sauce that tastes rich and luxurious – the perfect alternative for anyone wanting to skip standard heavy cream.
- Quick and Easy: You’ll be whipping up this fudge sauce faster than a bunny hops, so it’s perfect for a last-minute dessert or a weekend treat.
- Crazily Customizable: Equally delicious over ice cream, brownies, pancakes, or even spread on toast for a cheeky breakfast – this versatile sauce knows no bounds!
- Cupboard Care: Made with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen, there’s no need to dash off to the store. Crisis averted. Whew!
- Universally Loved: Fudge sauce is the chocolate-y equivalent of a warm hug, and who can say no to that? Your inner child called and said, “It’s time to indulge!”
Equipment You’ll Need
- Measuring Spoons – Accurate measurement is crucial to achieving that perfect fudge-y texture. Measure not barefoot, lest you spill any!
- A Small Bowl – Humbled yet sturdy, your small bowl will play host to the sugar and cocoa union – a match made in heaven.
- Whisk – The true hero of this tale, our trusty whisk will defeat any lumps daring to spoil our silky sauce.
- Small Saucepan – This humble pot will witness the magical transformation of humble ingredients into ambrosial goodness.
- Pair of Oven Mitts – Use these trusty handguards to save you from the fiery wrath of the saucepan’s handle. Safety first, my comrades!
Ingredients You’ll Need
- 2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar – The sweet foundation upon which we shall build our chocolate-y masterpiece.
- 1 heaping tablespoon (8g) cocoa powder – Our dessert virtuoso, cocoa powder brings the rich, indulgent flavor we crave.
- 1 tablespoon (14g) salted butter – Our velvety friend, butter adds unmatched smoothness and depth to the mix.
- 2 tablespoons milk (any percentage) – Whether it’s whole, skim, or even almond, milk keeps things moist and creamy sans the cream.
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract – The delightful flavor enhancer that softens cocoa’s bitter essence and whispers sweet nothings to our senses.
How To Make Hot Fudge Sauce Without Cream
- Step 1: Grab your small bowl, combine sugar and cocoa powder, give it a quick stir, and set aside. This marvelous duo will help forge the foundation of our fudgy sauce.
- Step 2: Set sail for the stove, as you bravely brandish your small saucepan over medium heat, melting your butter to a smooth, golden river.
- Step 3: Ready your milk, pouring it into the melted butter, followed by adding the sugar and cocoa mixture. Recruit your whisk to continuously banish any lumps threatening to invade your treasured sauce, blending until it begins to thicken and bubble (2-3 minutes).
- Step 4: Swiftly remove the sauce from its fiery dance on the heat, continuing to whisk for about 30 seconds. This brief cooldown allows our sauce to thicken before whisking in the delightful drop of vanilla.
- Step 5: Patience is a virtue in this wondrous symphony, so allow your sauce to sit and thicken for 2-3 minutes. Drizzle onto your dessert of choice and revel in your newfound status as a hot fudge sauce connoisseur. Enjoy!
5 Tips and Tricks for the Best Hot Fudge Sauce
- Always Sift Cocoa Powder: Before using it in your sauce, sift your cocoa powder to remove any pesky lumps. This precautionary measure is that extra love we send our sauce, so it emerges silky smooth.
- Consistent Whisking: It’s our duty to whisk vigilantly to blend all ingredients without mercy. Lumps beware! This ensures a gloriously glossy, lump-free hot fudge experience.
- Low and Slow: Keep that heat at medium and allow the ingredients their sweet time to melt and blend. Rushing the sauce will only lead you to a scorched and grainy demise.
- Quality Cocoa: The quality of your cocoa powder is the soul of your fudge sauce. Invest in the best quality cocoa powder you can, as it will elevate your sauce to new chocolaty heights.
- To Double, or not to Double: Behold, the glory of this sauce is its scalability. Double, triple, or quadruple to your heart’s content; just make sure you use a larger saucepan to accommodate the increase.
Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe Variations
- Nutty Indulgence: Ever dreamt of a Nutella-esque hot fudge sauce? Swirl in 2 tablespoons of hazelnut spread once the sauce is removed from heat.
- Spicy Notes: For the brave at heart, a pinch of cayenne pepper adds an exciting kick to your hot fudge sauce (think: Mayan hot chocolate, but fudgier).
- Coffee Magic: Infuse your sauce with the enchanting power of java by dissolving 1 teaspoon of instant coffee in the milk before adding.
- Peppermint Twist: Embrace the festive spirit with 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract instead of the vanilla. Your fudge will be winter wonderland-ready.
How To Store, Freeze, And Reheat Hot Fudge Sauce
- Storing: So glad you asked, for this sauce is not just delicious but also obedient! House it in an airtight container within the safe realms of your refrigerator. It should last up to 2 weeks.
- Freezing: That’s right; the fun never stops when freeze-zoning your sauce. Portion it into a freezer-safe container, seal tightly, and bless your freezer with its presence. Good for up to 2 months.
- Reheating: Fancy a warm embrace of microwaved hot fudge? Simply decant your desired amount into a microwave-safe dish and heat it on medium-low in 30-second increments, stirring fervently until smooth and warm. You can also gently warm the sauce in a small saucepan over low heat, adding a splash of milk if it gets too thick.
Hot Fudge Sauce Without Cream
- Measuring Spoons
- A Small Bowl
- Small saucepan
- Pair of Oven Mitts
- 2 tbsp granulated sugar
- 1 tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp salted butter
- 2 tbsp milk (any percentage)
- 1/8 tsp vanilla extract
- Grab your small bowl, combine sugar and cocoa powder, give it a quick stir, and set aside. This marvelous duo will help forge the foundation of our fudgy sauce.
- Set sail for the stove, as you bravely brandish your small saucepan over medium heat, melting your butter to a smooth, golden river.
- Ready your milk, pouring it into the melted butter, followed by adding the sugar and cocoa mixture. Recruit your whisk to continuously banish any lumps threatening to invade your treasured sauce, blending until it begins to thicken and bubble (2-3 minutes).
- Swiftly remove the sauce from its fiery dance on the heat, continuing to whisk for about 30 seconds. This brief cooldown allows our sauce to thicken before whisking in the delightful drop of vanilla.
- Allow your sauce to sit and thicken for 2-3 minutes. Drizzle onto your dessert of choice and revel in your newfound status as a hot fudge sauce connoisseur. Enjoy!
- Sugar Swap: Brown sugar or agave nectar can be substituted for granulated sugar if craving the darker, tender sweetness only they can provide.
- Dairy Substitutes: Fear not, those with lactose intolerance or vegan preferences. Replace butter with a plant-based alternative, and opt for almond, soy, or oat milk.
- Unsweetened Cocoa: Make sure your cocoa powder is unsweetened as accidental sugar overloads can result in fudge sauce mutiny. No one wants an overly sweet rebellion on their hands!
Ben, a culinary enthusiast and owner of RelishedRecipes.com, shares his passion for food and cooking through delectable recipes and valuable tips. Ben delights in exploring international cuisines and inspiring home cooks on their culinary journeys.