Claudia has been writing recipes online for many years. She enjoys coming up with unique and tasty dishes, especially sweet treats.
The Perfect Ice Cream Topping
We are ice cream lovers in our house, and every so often I have a special night with an ice cream sundae bar. The last time we had our treat night I included this awesome chocolate orange fudge sauce. It turned out even better than I had hoped it would, and everyone was back for seconds.
The one thing that both my husband and my daughter said was that it tasted exactly like our traditional Christmas chocolate orange.
Every Christmas, without fail, I get my husband a chocolate orange for his stocking. It's solid dark chocolate, shaped like an orange, and gets slammed down on the table so that the slices break apart. It's divine, and my husband and daughter are right, the sauce tastes just like that orange.
Rich, thick, and creamy chocolate orange fudge sauce holds up well on ice cream and is really easy to make. Try it the next time you want a special homemade treat.
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10 servings of 1/4 cup each
Note: The cook time includes the cooling time of at least 30 minutes.
- 2 cups (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 can evaporated milk
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 2 1/2 teaspoons natural orange oil, see note below
- Place the chocolate chips, evaporated milk, and sugar into a 2-quart saucepan.
- Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. Make sure to scrape the bottom and sides of the saucepan.
- Once it begins to boil, remove the mixture from the heat.
- Stir in the butter and flavoring, mixing completely.
- Cool for at least 30 minutes before putting it into an airtight container. The sauce can be refrigerated for up to one month.
- To reheat, pour the desired amount into a microwaveable glass bowl. Heat for 10–15 seconds and stir. It can burn quickly so, DO NOT overheat.
A Note About Flavoring
I used a natural orange oil flavoring. A little goes a long way, so I started with a 1/2 teaspoon, but it did not have enough flavor. I continued adding in 1/2 teaspoon increments. Since I like a strong orange flavor, I ended up using 2 1/2 teaspoons.
For any type of flavoring you add, I highly suggest starting with a smaller amount and adding until you get to the taste you like. Every flavoring and extract is different.
Since this sauce keeps so well, it makes a great gift. Get some pretty mason jars with airtight lids, put on a decorative bow, and you have the perfect Christmas gift.
Besides eating it directly from the spoon as I do, here are some other ideas:
- Pour the sauce over vanilla ice cream.
- Add a tablespoon or two to a big glass of milk.
- Serve it as a dip. Just cut up fruits and place them on a serving platter. Warm the sauce up slightly, add some skewers, and enjoy.
No matter how you serve it, it is sure to be a hit.
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© 2013 Claudia Porter