My husband and I are celebrating 12 years of marriage this Sunday. Valentine’s Day has meant so many different things throughout my life and, really, has now come full circle. Growing up, we look so forward to celebrating at school and exchanging candy notes with our classmates. As a teenager, I remember both excitement and disappointment when it came to the holiday (one boyfriend broke up with me two days before Valentine’s Day, really?!). In college, I just remember celebrating the day with other single friends; happy to be unattached and free. I met Ben right out of college in December of 1999, we were married on February 16, 2002. Lifetime Valentine Achievement Earned, right? It has been an amazing 12 years. We are really, really awesome life partners. He has an unbelievable amount of patience and I like to think I bring that extra sparkle;). We just work. I am proud of the adults we have become, the partnership we have formed and everything we have created together.
These days, our Valentine’s Day consists of manically throwing together class Valentine’s for our boys (“Mommy, I’m putting ‘FROM, Graham’, not ‘LOVE, Graham’, I don’t LOVE them and I don’t want anyone getting the wrong idea!”), baking cookies for classroom parties and trying to think of a token of appreciation for their teachers. Those red roses, chocolates and love notes? Well, they’ve been replaced by crayons, cookies and “FROM”s. I am not complaining one bit. I am thankful everyday for my loves.
In an attempt to treat everyone this holiday, I decided to whip up something for all of us. Anyone will enjoy this Dark Hot Fudge for lovers, kids, teachers, moms, and all of you amazing singletons!
Dark Hot Fudge adapted from Feast by Sarah Copeland (an absolutely gorgeous vegetarian cookbook). Makes about 3 cups.
- 1 cup raw sugar
- 3 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 cup agave nectar
- 4 ounces coarsely chopped GOOD unsweetened chocolate*
- 2 ounces coarsely chopped GOOD bittersweet dark chocolate*
- 1/3 cup cubed unsalted butter
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- ice cream, fruit, a body, spoon, whatever you need as a vehicle for this amazing sauce.
*Quality of chocolate is very important. Please don’t skimp, you are only cheating yourself.
In a medium pot, combine the sugar, cream, agave, both chocolates, and butter.
Bring to a simmer over medium-high heat.
Reduce to medium-low heat, stirring until chocolate and butter melt.
Continue cooking over medium-low heat, without stirring, until it thickens, about 5 minutes. Make sure chocolate doesn’t scorch.
Remove from heat, stir in vanilla, and stir vigorously with a wooden spoon until smooth.
Serve or cool completely before storing in clean jars and refrigerating. Sauce will keep, refrigerated, for two weeks.
Give someone some Dark Hot Fudge love, whether it’s yourself, the kids or your special someone. It will definitely fill their hearts.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
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