Chocolate sauce. That simplest of toppings that elevates milk to chocolate milk and ice cream to d-e-double-s-e-r-t. How do you remember the spelling difference between desert and dessert? Dessert has two s's because it's twice as good. Spelling lesson aside, finding yourself out of chocolate sauce is no concern. It's very easy to make. Takes like 6-7 minutes and when you're done there are 2 cool things: 1) it's already warm and 2) you get to eat it. This makes about 3/4 cup and you can store it in the refrigerator. I just use an 8 oz.-sized mason jar. Recipe below.

Chocolate Sauce

1/2 cup sugar
2 tablespoons cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1. Combine sugar, cocoa, salt and water in small saucepan and stir. Then add butter and stir constantly as it melts and becomes smooth.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Allow to boil for 1 minute while stirring.
  4. Remove from heat, add vanilla and stir.

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