Gifts from Your Kitchen: Spicy Holiday Chocolate Sauce Recipe


Spiced Holiday Chocolate Sauce in Pretty Gift Jars

You can’t go wrong with chocolate as a holiday gift. Hey! It’s the holidays! No dieting allowed!

I decided to try a frugal version of chocolate sauce, so I decided to go with cocoa powder. Dutch processed is the best because it is less bitter. To add richness, I added a little dark cocoa powder to the regular Dutch cocoa powder.

This is a beautiful, rich sauce that is full of flavor. Just a few spoonfuls is all you need to top brownies, ice cream or to drizzle over your favorite desserts. My hubby added a spoonful to hot milk and made a delicious rich hot chocolate drink.

The last few years I have also loved adding a little spice to chocolate recipes to “wake up” the taste. The beauty of this recipe is that you can choose your own flavors to pair with the chocolate. I like southwest spices, so I used chipotle, cinnamon and almond. You could try orange zest or extract. Peppermint is always a perfect chocolate pairing, too!

I say be creative! Go wild! The choice is yours!

Most Wonderful Season’s Eatings To You, My Fab Frugal Friends!


Makes 3 cups

1 1/2 cups sugar
2/3 cup light corn syrup
1 cup Dutch processed cocoa powder
2 tablespoons dark cocoa powder
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1/2 cup unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
Seasonings as desired**

Combine sugar, corn syrup, cocoa powders and evaporated milk in a large stockpot. Cook over medium high heat until mixture comes to a full rolling boil. Turn heat to medium low and continue cooking for 8 to 10 minutes, whisking frequently to release steam and help thicken sauce.

Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla and salt until butter is completely melted. Let cool to warm.

** At this point, taste and add in whatever seasonings you like. Try a teaspoon of extract, such as almond, peppermint, or orange. I also added a teaspoon of cayenne pepper sauce and a dash or two of cinnamon.

Serve immediately, or store in your fridge for up to 4 weeks, reheating in microwave before serving.

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— posted by Donna



  1. says

    What a wonderful gift idea! I’d love to try the recipe!

    I’m hosting a Christmas Recipe party on Thursday (with prizes). Hope you can stop by!

  2. says

    These look dangerous to have around the house. Which probably is why they make the perfect gift! I can give them to my parents and then indulge only when I go over to visit. The gift that keeps on giving.


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