Happy Dance! (and a recipe involving chocolate)

I am doing a happy dance over here. I just emailed the very LAST chapter of my cookbook to my editor. I have just a little editing still to do, but the vast majority of this book is now done! To celebrate, I’m sharing the following recipe, and then I’m going to eat some ice cream.

Hot Fudge Sauce

Makes: about 3 cups
Preparation Time: 15 minutes

This hot fudge sauce is a real treat. When poured hot over ice cream, it makes a nice shell, and is incredibly chocolaty and delicious.

1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup corn syrup
1/4 cup water
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melt butter in a small saucepan over low heat. Add sugar, corn syrup, cocoa powder, salt, and water and heat slowly, stirring frequently, until sugar crystals have dissolved and mixture is smooth. Remove from heat and add vanilla. You can serve it immediately over ice cream—yum!—or refrigerate it until you need it.


  1. Congratulations!!!!! I hope you get a side of foot massage with your ice cream!

  2. Enjoy!

  3. Congrats on getting the last part sent off, you deserve some ice cream

  4. Congratulations! I can’t wait for your book to be out, so many exciting things are happening lately.

  5. Congrats on being finished! Enjoy your ice cream and thanks for the recipe! Blessings!

  6. Congratulations on the new book, Mary!

  7. Mary, Congrats on the book! I can’t wait to try this recipe…I think my hubby will really like it, too! I have a question, though — when do you add the vanilla? I don’t want to mess it up, as heaven knows messin’ up hot fudge sauce is a sin! ha!ha! *wink*

  8. Carrie– you add it at the end– I fixed it to read correctly.


  9. I’ll add my voice…Congratulations! Enjoy the ice cream!

  10. Congratulations!

  11. Congratulations on finishing your big project! What a relief that must be.

  12. Congrats Mary! I know it’s been a big stresser for ya! Oh and I have made homemade marshmallows before and they really are better than store bought!! 🙂

  13. yaaaaaaaay! You need to celebrate! Maybe by planning a wedding or something… 🙂

  14. Whoo hoo! And that looks DELICIOUS.

  15. S.T.O.P. this fattening posting at once. First marshmallows and now this. Girl, I’m trying to lose 14 pounds!

  16. Congratulations for finishing, Mary! I celebrated for you by making the hot fudge sauce and having a mid-afternoon sundae. Oh, yummy, yummy, yummy!

  17. Ahhhh! Celebrating with chocolate sauce…I hope this would involve the husband!

    Congrats on getting the book done…I hope you’ll bask in that accomplishment for a good long time!

  18. congratulations, Mary! That must be wonderful feeling…

  19. Mmmmm. . . that looks SO good.