I love my mom. Bless her heart – she deals with me on a daily basis, and I’ll be the first one to admit that it’s not always easy. I’m a little high-strung. (To be fair, she made me this way.) Anyways – as it turns out, anxiety is not the only thing I inherited. I have a deep, unwavering love for ice cream, courtesy of my momma, who ate ice cream EVERY SINGLE NIGHT for the 9 months she was preggers with me. In case you didn’t catch it, that was – Every. Single. Night. It practically runs in my blood.

We keep vanilla ice cream in the freezer always. But when the organic food movement swept our house, things started to go missing. Things like Hershey’s Syrup. I’m not one to complain (much), and I decided to let the chocolate syrup issue slide, for a while at least. But, I bottle my emotions. Kind of like the way Hershey’s bottles that syrup, and I knew things would come to a head sooner or later.

The other night I got home from work, and I was more stressed than usual. I didn’t want dinner. I just wanted ice cream, and I wanted chocolate on top. Do you see what’s coming? Annnnd, cue the irrational fit. Luckily, at the precise moment that I was about to stomp my little kitten heel, the clouds parted, and my mom emerged with recipe in hand. “I know, Ellen. Let’s just make some. We can do it together. It will be fun.”

And you know what? It was. And it was delicious. WAY better than the bottled stuff. Hot, homemade chocolate sauce + fresh strawberries + vanilla ice cream = Bliss.

Gather Up:
3/4 cup cocoa powder, sieved (dutch process if available)
1 pinch kosher salt
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine cocoa powder, salt, sugar and 1 cup of water in a medium saucepan.

Mix well.

Bring to a boil.

Let simmer for 5 minutes, or until chocolate sauce is smooth and glossy. Stir occasionally.

Tip: Another good way to relieve stress is to practice your knife skills. (I’m kidding. Kind of.) Go ahead and chop up some fresh strawberries while your chocolate sauce is simmering.

When the chocolate sauce is smooth, transfer it to a bowl or pitcher. Add the vanilla and stir it in. You’ll have leftover sauce, so you may want to move it to something you can keep it in. (Extra sauce should keep in the fridge, covered, for a week.)

Time to assemble your sundae! Scoop yourself some ice cream, and top it with fresh strawberries.

And then pour on the chocolate sauce! You’ll know if the consistency is right because the sauce should be silky smooth. It reminds me of that chocolate river in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…

You know what they say…chocolate releases endorphins, which makes us happy. Therefore, chocolate makes us happy. And let’s face it – who doesn’t need a little happy at the end of the day?!