National Hot Fudge Sundae Day


July 25, 2013 is National Hot Fudge Sundae Day, the only day of the year when you can indulge in this favorite treat. The hot fudge sundae was invented in 1906 by Clarence Clifton Brown who created the recipe in his ice cream store in Hollywood, California. He had worked on the recipe for two months before he got it just right and offered it to customers. It was a hit and spread across the country after that.


To celebrate, head toward your favorite ice cream parlor to order a hot fudge sundae, or make your own. You can buy a good chocolate sauce to heat for your sundae – there are several brands available - or you can make your own sauce. Here’s a recipe we found on for a rich, thick fudge sauce.

Hot Fudge Sauce

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Bring cream, corn syrup, sugar, cocoa, salt, and half of chocolate to a boil in a 1 to 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring, until chocolate is melted. Reduce heat and cook at a low boil, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes, then remove from heat. Add butter, vanilla, and remaining chocolate and stir until smooth. Cool sauce to warm before serving.

Cooks' note: Sauce can be made 1 week ahead and cooled completely, then chilled in an airtight container or jar. Reheat before using.

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