It was 9 PM on a Friday night and I wanted something sweet. There were no cookies, cakes, or cupcakes around. All I had to my name was some vanilla ice cream. When you are in the mood for chocolate, vanilla just doesn’t seem to cut it.
I decided to accompany my ice cream with some warm chocolate sauce. I searched the internet for an easy chocolate sauce recipe. I settled on one and headed to the kitchen. There was only one problem. I did not have cocoa powder which the recipe required. I searched the cupboards up and down for cocoa powder. Nothing. I almost sat back down on the couch in defeat before I remembered my semi-sweet chocolate chips tucked away in the back of the cabinet for desperate moments like this. That’s when my experiment began.
All of the ingredients serve a purpose in making this a rich chocolate sauce. I used semi-sweet chocolate chips and added a bit of sugar to sweeten the sauce up to my liking. I personally do not like my chocolate too sweet. I also added a pinch of salt to bring out the natural sweetness in the chocolate. There is actually surprising science behind adding salt to sweets. Adding salt registers our sweet taste cell. Who knew? I also added water to thin out the sauce and corn syrup to provide a nice gloss.
If you are feeling creative add in vanilla or almond extract to your chocolate sauce. Alcohol (brandy or rum) make good additions too. You can even use this sauce as a dip for fresh fruit. This recipe is very easy to double or quadruple.
Single Serving Chocolate Sauce
A super easy recipe for homemade chocolate sauce for one that can be made in less than 5 minutes
- 1/4 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream
- Pinch of salt
- Pinch of sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon water
- 1/2 teaspoon corn syrup
- Begin by heating chocolate chips and heavy cream in a small saucepan over low heat, stirring constantly. The chocolate typically takes about 2 minutes to melt. (You do not want the chocolate to burn). When the chocolate is melted stir in salt, sugar, water, and corn syrup. Stir to combine. Take off the heat and serve immediately.
- Chef’s Note: If you do not have corn syrup on hand sub it out and double water amount. It will not sacrifice taste.