Saturday, November 24, 2012

29 Gifts - Day 14 - Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Ah, how the days fly past when we have so many birthdays, holidays, our anniversary, and other great things to celebrate! My gift for day 14 is homemade hot fudge for the kids to have on their ice cream before bed - and I'm sharing our recipe here with you as well. It is super simple, and as hot fudge syrup goes, it is healthier than what you get in the bottle at the store.

As a brief catch-up, here are a few other of the gifts that I've given this week: for Thanksgiving, we had our "traditional" meal and my gift was homemade macaroni and cheese for Bruiser. Perhaps this doesn't seem like a good gift, but he is the kid who hates all foods Thanksgiving. As a result, every year finding him something he likes to eat for dinner that night (outside of deviled eggs) is a struggle. So this year I made homemade macaroni and cheese for him.

Friday was spent in family time walking about Williamsburg, and today was more family time before my wonderful guy leaves town again. I tell you, this move to Virginia has had it's mostly-ups, but it has definitely challenged us by taking him away again and again. I'm grateful though in a way, because when he goes away, it means we still have an income coming in and we're given more opportunities for growth in our separation.

1 c. brown sugar
2 Tbsp. flour
1/3 c. dark chocolate cocoa powder
2 Tbsp. butter
1 c. milk
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/4 tsp. salt
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
dash cayenne pepper (if you like a bit of a bite)


Mix all of the ingredients except for the vanilla in a small saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly so the milk doesn't burn. Boil at medium heat for about 5 minutes until it thickens up a bit. As the mixture cools, it will thicken up even more.

This mix is also good to give in little gift bottles, as a syrup for chocolate milk, and for a poor man's mocha. See what uses you can come up with and come back to share!

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