This sauce is easily made in only 5 minutes, and is much better than any store-bought chocolate sauce. Purchased chocolate sauces won't taste very good after this fresh, rich, and very chocolate-dense version.
Although this basic sauce is wonderful as it is, it may be enhanced and varied in several ways:
- add orange liqueur and a bit of orange zest for a chocolate orange sauce
- add a couple of tablespoons of bourbon and some cherries for a cherry bounce chocolate sauce
- add some mint extract and chopped fresh mint leaves for a chocolate mint sauce
- add some crushed peppermint candy for a chocolate peppermint sauce.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Yield: About 3 Cups
- 2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
Add the remaining milk, bring the mixture to a boil, and whisk to combine well. When sauce boils, reduce heat to low and simmer very gently for 5 minutes, whisking often. Remove from heat, add vanilla, and cool.
Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, covered.
BONUS TIP: May be used hot or cold; on ice cream, cake, fruit, or combined with milk to make a quick cup of hot chocolate (blend milk and amount of sauce to your own taste).
BONUS BONUS 2: I keep this around almost all of the time, as it is a low fat treat and a little bit goes a long way. For a light dessert with a chocolate fix, I'll slice bananas, sprinkle with walnuts, and drizzle some of this chocolate sauce on top: an elegant and satisfying dessert with lots of texture, flavor, nutrition from the milk and bananas, and very little fat (though it does have sugar). It can be made with low fat or even skim milk, for a wonderful treat when seriously watching fat intake. Will it be as good as with whole milk? No, but it will be almost as good--a fair compromise for such rich, chocolate flavor.