Halvah Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge. This recipe is a twist on hot fudge sauce with sweet sesame paste, milk chocolate, and a hint of coffee. So good. Gluten free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

Halvah Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge

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I’ve spent the afternoon curled up with my dog on the couch, basking in the gentle glow of the lights of the Christmas tree, with my “Mopy Holiday” playlist featuring some of my favorites like The Pretenders “2000 Miles,” Joni Mitchell’s “River,”  The Pogues’s “Fairytale of New York,” and Laura Marling’s “Goodbye England (Covered in Snow)” playing in the background.

Halvah Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge. This recipe is a twist on hot fudge sauce with sweet sesame paste, milk chocolate, and a hint of coffee. So good. Gluten free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

There’s something paradoxically pleasurable about the melancholy of the holiday season. In the quieter moments, when we can get away from the hustle-bustle of parties and shopping and travel, it’s a reflective season, and the repetition of traditions reminds us of the way the years pass by in an ever-tightening inward spiral.

Or at least that’s how I experience it.

Halvah Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge. This recipe is a twist on hot fudge sauce with sweet sesame paste, milk chocolate, and a hint of coffee. So good. Gluten free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

I’ve also been stealing tiny spoonfuls of this halvah milk chocolate hot fudge sauce from the jar. It’s going to be dotting the bellies of some chocolate thumbprint cookies later, but it’s almost absurdly delightful on its own.

Halvah, if you don’t know it, is a sweet sesame candy that’s soft and crumbly like fudge. It has a gentle, nutty flavor and a delicate sesame scent that I find beguiling. You can find it in places that sell Middle Eastern groceries (I get it locally at the Middle East Bakery and Grocery in my neighborhood), and of course you can find it on the internet as well. And though I’ve never done it, I hear it’s surprisingly easy to make your own.

Halvah Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge. This recipe is a twist on hot fudge sauce with sweet sesame paste, milk chocolate, and a hint of coffee. So good. Gluten free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

I love the way that sweet sesame goodness plays with milk chocolate. It’s sort of like chocolate and peanut butter but less expected, and therefore has the advantage of feeling like a lovely surprise. I add a little bit of instant espresso to deepen the chocolate flavor and balance out the sweetness. The coffee flavor is barely discernable, just a hint in the background.

Halvah Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge. This recipe is a twist on hot fudge sauce with sweet sesame paste, milk chocolate, and a hint of coffee. So good. Gluten free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

It’s simple to throw together and it spends about a half an hour simmering on the stove. The whole thing is a wonderful gooey sauce that can be warmed to drizzle over ice cream or serve as a dipping sauce for shortbread cookies. It keeps for ages in the refrigerator, and it would make a wonderful Christmas gift if you like to do homemade, handmade gifts that can be presented in adorable little jars.

Halvah Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge. This recipe is a twist on hot fudge sauce with sweet sesame paste, milk chocolate, and a hint of coffee. So good. Gluten free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net

Halvah Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge. This recipe is a twist on hot fudge sauce with sweet sesame paste, milk chocolate, and a hint of coffee. So good. Gluten free. From Blossom to Stem | Because Delicious | www.blossomtostem.net
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Halvah Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Yield: 2 generous cups
Calories: 200 kcal
Source: liberally adapted from Mindy Segal's Cookie Love

This sauce is a twist on classic hot fudge with halvah, which is a sweet sesame candy, and milk chocolate, and a hint of coffee in the background. It's sort of like the combination of chocolate and peanut butter, but more surprising. Use a good quality milk chocolate here. I used Guittard 38% cacao here, but I'm also a fan of Tcho milk chocolate baking discs and Ghirardelli milk chocolate baking bars, which can be found in most grocery stores. This sauce has a wonderful thick, gooey consistency. You will need to use golden syrup (or glucose or corn syrup) to get the texture right (sugar on its own won't do the trick here). The sauce keeps for at least 6 months in the refrigerator.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon golden syrup (or glucose or corn syrup)
  • 3 ounces milk chocolate chopped
  • 2 ounces halvah roughly crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso

Instructions

  1. Add the cream, sugar, and golden syrup to a heavy medium saucepan. Heat over medium-high heat, stirring frequently, until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. 

  2. Add the chocolate, halvah, and salt, and bring to a boil. Lower to a gentle simmer, and keep on a low heat, stirring occasionally to prevent any chocolate or halvah bits from scorching on the bottom, until the mixture thickens, about 30 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat. Add the butter, vanilla extract, and espresso powder, and blend with an immersion blender until smooth. Pour into jars and let cool. 

Recipe Notes

Keeps in the refrigerator for six months.


8 Comments

  • Ooh this hot fudge looks sinfully good! I’ve never made it myself, thank you for the delicious inspiration!

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    • Thanks, Kristine!

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  • Just had some Halvah yesterday, at a friends house. I bet this hot fudge would make my eyes roll to the back of my head! Beautiful.

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    • I’ve really been on a sesame kick lately. I can’t get enough halvah!

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  • Oh my wow! This hot fudge sounds dreamy and decadent! Mmmmmmm!

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    • Thank you, J!

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  • “It’s a reflective season, and the repetition of traditions reminds us of the way the years pass by in an ever-tightening inward spiral.” I so related to this statement. As we anticipate the first time in 30 years that our house will be empty of children on Christmas day, it has definitely been a year of reflection. On a completely different note, your Halvah Hot Fudge sounds amazing!

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    • The season brings it out, doesn’t it?

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