The secret to this utterly divine topping is whipping it up in a blender. Not only does beating it improve the texture, adding air to food, anything from carbonated beverages to whipped cream, always makes it taste better.
This hot fudge sauce is fantastic not only on ice cream, but also on pound cake, strawberries, or bananas, or for a chocolate fondue... in fact, there's probably not a single food that couldn't be improved by dipping it in hot fudge sauce!
Be sure to use a better-quality cocoa powder, like Ghiradelli. It may cost a little more, but it's so worth it!
In a saucepan over medium heat, stir together the butter, cocoa, sugar, salt, and evaporated milk. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and let it boil for 6 to 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Add the vanilla. Pour the mixture into a blender and blend it for about 3 minutes.
It is best served immediately, but after cooling it, it can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated right before using.
A jar of this yummy stuff makes a great gift, especially when it's tied with a cute ribbon!