Rhoda's Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce: Webisode #3

By now most of my friends know they are getting Spiced Walnuts for Christmas, and today I am telling them that they are getting Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce as well. This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law who got it from her friend, Rhoda Janis, almost 30 years ago. As you all know, I love a good hand-me-down recipe, and this one has really stood the test of time. I think this hot fudge sauce is better than any other I have ever tasted because it is the perfect ratio of chocolate, butter, cream and sugars. Then, to really push the flavor over the top, I add pure peppermint extract to give it a minty candy cane-esque flavor.

If you have friends who don't like peppermint, like my friend Meghan for example, simply use vanilla extract in lieu of peppermint. This works very well and makes the sauce even more versatile. When I make it like this I am able to drizzle it over poached fruit, berry pavlovas and even slices of bundt cake. The uses are endless, although, I'll admit, sometimes I just eat it straight out of the jar and don't even bother with basic vanilla ice cream.

Since this sauce requires stirring over a hot stove I make this exclusively during my daughter's afternoon naptime. I don't want to risk any kitchen accidents, so it is safer for her to be asleep in her crib then trying to cook with me. When I make these for holiday gifts I double the recipe to make a large quantity. This way it usually only takes me two afternoon naptimes (2 hours each) to get everything made and put in jars to giveaway. As far as I can tell, there is a hardly a simpler and more efficient way to prepare my Christmas gifts!

To show you just how easy it is to make this amazingly delicious sauce, (and a demonstration on how to eat it with ice-cream!), tune in to Webisode #3. (And, yes, I know there have been a lot of sweets on this site recently, but don't fret, on Thursday I'm sharing one of my favorite festive dinner recipes!)

Rhoda's Peppermint Hot Fudge Sauce
a recipe from Rhoda Janis
2 c. unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 t. Kosher salt
2 c. heavy cream
1 c. unsalted butter, cut into pieces
2 t. pure peppermint extract OR pure vanilla extract
Yields 4 cups

1. In a doubler boiler, or a heatproof bowl over simmering water, stir together cocoa, sugars and salt. Immediately add the cream and butter.
2. Cook this mixture over the simmering water, stirring constantly to make sure it stays smooth.  Bring to a boil for 1 minute, then remove from the heat.
3. Allow the sauce to cool for 5 minutes. Then stir in the peppermint or vanilla extract.
4. This will store well in the refrigerator for up to one month. If giving as gifts pour the sauce into sterilized, airtight mason jars.

Naptime Notes:
Naptime Recipe Props: Everyone should have a great hot fudge sauce recipe in their repertoire and this one won't disappoint. I love that it can be made peppermint or plain and still taste delicious. I'll bet it might be delicious with orange zest, too, if you wanted to give that a try.
Naptime Stopwatch: As you can see, making this takes about 15 minutes from start to finish (obviously there was a little time lapse above). There is hardly an easier and faster way to make delicious holiday gifts for your friends and family.
Naptime Reviews: Have you ever met someone who doesn't like hot fudge sauce? Let me know. I will convert them.


  1. Another winner! The sauce sounds great, I'm anxious to give it a try.

  2. This is too too cute! Love watching you in action. And the sauce sounds absolutely delicious. My friend Wendy (serious BGSK groupie) is making jarred pestos for the holidays. What lucky friends of yours to receive this chocolate sauce!

    So sorry to hear about your unfortunate trek back from the vineyard--hope you didn't get too queasy once finally on the high seas.

    We would love to have you over one of these days!! So long as it doesn't conflict with naptime :)


  3. Is this something that can be jarred and sealed and kept good for a while? I was thinking of making this for people for the holidays, but I'd love it if it could be kept unrefrigerated and would last a while before they have to use it! :-)

    PS - I am going to be attempting jarring/canning for the first time. Ever. Eek.

  4. Hi Kim, Yes, this sauce keeps very well in a jar, but they need to be refrigerated. I recommend sterilizing the jars, lids and rims in boiling water before pouring anything into them. Then seal them tight after you add the sauce and keep them in the fridge. Unlike preserves this sauce would get moldy, which you do not want. :) Jarring & Canning are both easy to do - just be patient and wear rubber gloves to protect your hands when pouring anything hot! Let me know if you have questions!

  5. Thanks, Kelsey! I'm excited about my first canning/jarring experience...a little nervous that I will mess it up, but still excited. I'm thinking of making persimmon jam as well (lots of persimmons, and my friend has a recipe that looks pretty easy). Wish me luck! :)

  6. Love the webisodes! I am a big fan of fudge sauce... I think I will add this to my holiday gift baskets this year.

  7. Loving your webisodes - you are a natural! Your lucky friends must love your holiday treats.

  8. Great job on this webisode! I love the peppermint holiday twist on this fudge sauce.

  9. This looks {and sounds} amazing! I can't wait to give it a try!


  10. mmm...peppermint hot fudge sauce sounds yummy esp over ice cream!

  11. Sorry, me again. When giving these as gifts, do you just keep 'em in the fridge until it's time to give them away? Do you present them with ice packs? Tell recipients to hurry home and put them in the fridge?

  12. Hi Kim! Yes, keep them in the fridge or on the back porch (if it is cold) before giving away. They do NOT need to be packed in ice. in fact, if this sat on the counter all day it wouldn't go bad. It is more if it were out, say, overnight or longer that it would start to separate and not be quite right. When I give them away I attach a little tag that say "store in fridge" and I have never, ever had one go bad. :)

  13. Excellent! Thank you for the prompt and informative responses! :-)

  14. Wow, could I possibly have one more question? How much fudge sauce does the recipe make as listed? I'm trying to figure out it I'll need to double the recipe.

  15. Oh boy...this looks just amazing. Two of my favorite things: peppermint and hot fudge. Thanks for sharing...added a few items to the grocery list and this is in my near future :)

    Hope you're good and staying warm!

  16. Hi Kim, Sorry for taking so long. This makes about 4 cups!