Friends we’re in the dog days of summer. Heat, heat and more heat with humidity thrown in for good measure! Days like this make me want to be a kid again, spending the day by the pool and the enjoying some ice cream. While I can’t help with the pool, I can give you an awesome recipe to make the most of your ice cream indulgence. Ma’s hot fudge sauce is simply THE best!!! I don’t remember when I first asked for her recipe, but it is a well loved staple in our house . It’s simple with just a few ingredients.
What better day to share this recipe with you than World Chocolate Day! According to National Day Calendar
“Every year on July 7th, World Chocolate Day allows chocolate lovers around the world to indulge in their favorite treat without any guilt. The day also celebrates all kinds of goodies made from chocolate, including chocolate milk, hot chocolate, chocolate candy bar, chocolate cake, brownies, or anything covered in chocolate……
Most Common Types of Chocolate
- Unsweetened baking chocolate – cocoa solids and cocoa butter in varying proportions.
- Sweet chocolate – cocoa solids, cocoa butter or other fat and sugar.
- Milk chocolate – sweet chocolate with milk powder or condensed milk.
- White chocolate – cocoa butter, sugar, and milk but no cocoa solids.
Most people love chocolate. In fact, nine out of ten people love chocolate. About 1 billion people eat chocolate every day. Besides the fact it tastes so good, there are some health benefits of chocolate. Chocolate increases serotonin and dopamine levels, which helps to boost the mood. Dark chocolate can also be especially good for you. Dark chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants, plus it helps to improve blood flow, lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease.
HOW TO OBSERVE #WorldChocolateDay
Celebrate by eating chocolate! Other ways to participate include:
- Visit your favorite restaurant and indulge in a delicious chocolate dessert.
- Host a chocolate tasting party and invite friends to bring their best chocolate recipes to share.
- Learn about chocolates from around the world.
- Read your kids a book about chocolate, like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Candy’s Chocolate Kingdom, or The Chocolate Touch.
Be sure to post photos of your favorite chocolate treat on social media using #WorldChocolateDay.
WORLD CHOCOLATE DAY HISTORY
It’s unclear who came up with this yummy food day. However, the day is celebrated on July 7th because it was on this date in 1550 that chocolate was first brought to Europe. The first World Chocolate Day was celebrated in 2009.”
Back to our fudge sauce recipe!
Hot Fudge Sauce
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate baking squares
1 can Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
Break baking squares into small saucepan. Melt over low heat. Low heat is key, melt the chocolate slowly so it doesn’t burn.
Stir in sweetened condensed milk, stir until thickened.
Next, stir in sugar and salt. Add water, continue to cook over a low temperature.
Stir continuously until thick–approximately 10-15 minutes.
Remove from heats, stir in vanilla.
Spoon over your favorite ice cream and ENJOY!!!!
For more fun holidays check out National Day Calendar
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