I don't have the recipe in front of me, but RLB has a great recipe for hot fudge. I also tried the recipe from the Best Recipe one time and thought it was vastly inferior to RLB's. I can't remember which cookbook it's in (but the title surely includes the word Bible!). You might try googling for it--somebody has probably already posted it in the internet ether.
Bitter Chocolate Glaze (adapted from Paula Peck, "The Art of Fine Baking"):
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened Dutch process cocoa
1/3 stick room temp butter
1/3 cup heavy (whipping) cream
Combine all ingredients in a small, heavy pan; stir over moderate heat until glossy and one thick bubble breaks the surface. Remove from heat and spoon over ice cream or use as cake frosting.
try to find the old Joy of Cooking hot fudge recipe that used light corn syrup to produce a fantastic chewy texture when it hit the cold ice cream.
I give this as a holiday gift often- it's delicious! I've found that it sometimes is grainy at first (probably depending on the chocolate used), but when reheated, it smoothes out nicely.
12 oz. unsweetened chocolate, chopped
2 sticks unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 c. powdered sugar, sifted
3 c. evaporated milk (whole or low-fat doesn't seem to make a difference)
1/2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
Put chocolate, butter, powdered sugar, evaporated milk, and salt into a double boiler. Stir until melted and smooth. Cook for 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally. The sauce will thicken and become shiny. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve or store in refrigerator.
THis is supposed to be a clone of Brigham's Hot Fudge.
Brigham's Fudge Sauce*
1/2 cup butter
5 squares unsweetened baking chocolate
1 pound confectioner's sugar, sifted
1 can evaporated milk tall size
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
Melt butter and chocolate in saucepan. Add sugar and evaporated milk. Cook over low heat for 10 minutes (maybe longer) until thick. Add vanilla. Serve warm. Reheats well, stirring often in the micro at half power. This will keep refrigerated at least 1 month. Sure it will!! ;-)