- Hot Fudge -

   I like chocolate. A lot. And this summer when I decided to go full-force into eating well, I was sad to give up sugar-heavy chocolates of all sorts. Even dark chocolate since it has sugar in it. You can't imagine my grand excitement when I found a recipe to make homemade chocolate chips with with sweetener I already use [Zsweet]! Oh goodness, I was so entirely excited to have chocolate again- and to actually make it. Since the first time trying that initial recipe I have changed it nearly every time I whip it up. I like to tinker with recipes each time I make them. This was no exception. 
   So, last week I was making some chocolate just to have on hand when I noticed this batch of chocolate looked quite different than normal- it was greasy. Well, actually, it's looked like this one or two times before, but I think what was different this time was that I could see it as something different. I saw it as something other than a chocolate bar or chocolate chips or chocolate coating. I saw it as hot fudge. And my life was forever changed. That may or may not be an exaggeration. But it certainly made me intrigued. I decided to try something I hadn't done while making this chocolate before- beat it with the mixer. That was just the ticket. It created this beautiful, thick, dark chocolate fudge. And it was glorious! I made it three times in a week. And if I hadn't run out of Zsweet yesterday, I'd have made it again today. To say that I really like this chocolate would be an understatement. The consistency is perfect for hot fudge- thick, smooth, and rich. A deep chocolaty flavor with just the right amount of sweetness.
   I, of course, had to figure out what I could put it on and came up with a quick and easy machine-less ice cream. The recipe for that will come soon. Also, with half of the initial hot fudge batch I made a flourless chocolate cake [!!!]. And I'm not kidding when I say it's one of the best desserts I have ever eaten. The recipe for that will be on here pretty soon as well. Keep a look out! 
   But for now, without further ado, here is the Hot Fudge recipe I know some of you have been waiting for. I am so excited about this and was giddy to be able to share it with you! ENJOY!

Hot Fudge

• 4 tbsp unsalted butter [grass-fed/pastured or organic]
• ¼ c heavy cream [raw or organic]
• ¼ c zsweet
• 5 tbsp cocoa powder, unsweetened [organic]
• 1 tsp vanilla [organic]

- Heat butter, cream , and zsweet in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until butter is melted. Stir occasionally.
- Remove from heat and add cocoa powder and vanilla, mix with a spatula until smooth. (Note- it might seem greasy. Don’t worry.]
- Let cool for about 5 minutes.
- Pour chocolate into a small mixing bowl and beat for about a minute or until smooth and glossy.
- Serve immediately. (Or store in an airtight container in the fridge. When ready to use, portion out the desired amount and microwave for a few seconds.)

- * This can also be used as ganache. It's got a smooth texture and firms up nicely in the fridge but doesn't get too hard. It's great!

*Please let me know if You've tried this recipe. I'd love to hear about your experience! Comment back here. Thank you.*