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.