For all you cherry lovers, this Black Forest hot fudge will be your new favorite! Chocolate and cherry is a winning combination, especially in homemade hot fudge!
It’s Hot Fudge Week here on Rachel Cooks, and I’m not getting any skinnier. You? If the answer is yes, I don’t want to hear it.
Black Forest hot fudge combines the original hot fudge recipe with sweet, juicy, delicious black cherries that are available this time of year. If you like Black Forest desserts, try Black Forest dump cake (so easy!) or a chocolate cherry smoothie. This Black Forest cake by Liv for Cake looks fantabulous, too.
Why “Black Forest”?
The Black Forest, while it is an actual forest, is also known as a culinary area in Germany, famous for its ham, cherry brandy, and chocolate cake. A Black Forest cake includes the special ingredient of cherries soaked in cherry schnapps, along with chocolate and cream.
About this cherry hot fudge:
The ingredients in this easy hot fudge sauce are simple and wholesome:
- Cocoa powder
- Pure vanilla extract
- Pitted black sweet cherries
Truly, the only difficult part of this recipe is pitting the cherries. If you happen to have a cherry pitter, bravo! The process will be much easier.
To make the sauce, simply mix the sugar, cocoa, and flour in a small saucepan. Add the rest of the ingredients, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils and thickens. That’s it? Isn’t it easy to make your own hot fudge?
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1/3 cup cocoa
- 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk (see note)
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup roughly chopped black cherries, pits removed
- In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and flour with a whisk. Add milk, butter, and vanilla, and cherries.
- Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring continuously, and boil 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
- This thickens a bit more as it cools, but you can store it in the fridge and warm up how much you want, when you want it.
- You can use non-fat milk or 2% but whole milk is better. Your choice!
This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition data is gathered primarily from the USDA Food Composition Database, whenever available, or otherwise other online calculators.
Verdict: Delicious! Especially with some additional fresh cherries on top. Good stuff.
Husband’s take: I wouldn’t know. He loves all things traditional, and this isn’t so much traditional. More for me.
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Super easy. Especially if you have a cherry pitter. If not, expect some red-stained fingers and messiness involved in the cherry pitting process.