Copycat Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge

I have been in love with Sanders Milk Chocolate Hot Fudge Dessert Topping since I moved to Michigan in 1974. The love affair continues to this day as I continue to mail order this dessert topping. In January of 2020, I celebrated my birthday at Outback and had the Chocolate Fondue Flight. A new dessert on their menu. As soon as I dipped my fork in the chocolate, I thought it tasted just like Sanders. I asked the very nice manager if I could buy the boomerang for my new recipe. It was a yes and here is the Copycat Sanders Milk Chocolate Dessert Topping and my Copycat Chocolate Flight Fondue from Outback Steakhouse.

Ingredients:

2 11 ounce bags of caramels

1/2 cup half and half

1 12 ounce bag milk chocolate chips

1 teaspoon vanilla

Peel caramels and place in a large bowl. Microwave for one and a half minutes. This will soften the caramels. Place bowl over a pot of boiling water, creating a double boiler. Melt the caramels, stirring occasionally until they are smooth in consistency. Once caramels are smooth, slowly add half and half and stir to incorporate the liquid into the caramels.

Next add the milk chocolate chips. My chips had melted in my move but they were still fine to use in the recipe. Stir until chocolate has completely melted into the caramel mixture. Once that is done, remove from heat and add the vanilla. Store in jars or air tight containers in the refrigerator. Microwave at 30 second intervals to re-warm, stirring between the intervals. This topping is great over ice cream, fruit, on a spoon 😉, or whatever you like dessert topping on. You will not want to buy the jar stuff at the grocery store anymore. Enjoy!

For my Chocolate Flight Fondue, I used brownie bites (from homemade brownies), fresh pineapple, sliced bananas and strawberries. Any fruit is great dipped in chocolate. Outback used strawberries, pineapple, brownie and pound cake. They also had a cup of whip cream which I omitted from mine. Nothing against whip cream, I prefer another option for dipping.

Bailey’s Chocolate Chip Cookies

I first saw these Bailey’s Chocolate Chips almost a year ago but they were selling for $140 a bag. That wasn’t happening. However, I was thrilled when I discovered them this fall at Walmart for under $4! These chips are flavored like Bailey’s Irish Cream but don’t not contain any alcohol. However, my recipe does but you can easily not add it to the recipe. I did so to enhance the Bailey’s flavor.

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

1 cup of solid vegetable shortening, I used Crisco

3/4 cup brown sugar, packed

3/4 cup granulated sugar

2 eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla

3 Tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream, optional

1 12 ounce bag of Bailey’s Chocolate Chips

Sea salt, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Add flour, baking soda and salt to a bowl. Whisk together and set aside.

In a mixing bowl, cream Crisco and sugars together. Add eggs, vanilla and Bailey’s Irish Cream snd blend. Stir in Bailey’s Chocolate Chips. Drop by spoonfuls on a cookie sheet. Bake for 9-11 minutes. I preferred adding sea salt to my cookies because I like sweet and salty and without the salt, in my opinion, these were sweet. I added the salt as soon as they came out of the oven. It’s all a matter of preference, so taste one without the salt and see what you think. Cool on cookie sheet for five minutes and continue cooling on a cooling rack. Store in an airtight container when completely cool. Enjoy!

Gooey Chocolate Bread Pudding

There was not another name I could think of to name this dessert. Soft croissants soak up the egg custard mixture and the three kinds of chocolate chips. So good and ooey gooey chocolaty.

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray

1 10 ounce package of croissants (I used all but 3 from the box) from your store bakery, cut into cubes

1 cup milk, I recommend whole milk

1/4 cup sugar

1 cup white chocolate morsels

1/2 cup milk chocolate morsels

1/2 cup semisweet chocolate morsels

4 large eggs beaten, or 1 cup egg substitute

1/4 cup chocolate sauce, warm

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 13 x 9 pan with nonstick cooking spray.

Cut croissants into small cubes. Place croissants in a large bowl. Set aside. Pour milk into a microwave safe bowl (I used a glass measuring cup) and microwave for 60 seconds until very warm. Add sugar and white chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips to warm milk and blend well. Whisk eggs into milk mixture. Sprinkle semisweet chocolate chips on top of croissants.

Pour into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle semisweet chocolate chips on top of croissants. Bake 40-45 minutes until liquid is absorbed and custard is not runny. Drizzle with warm chocolate sauce right after the bread pudding comes out of the oven. Cut, serve and enjoy! Can be served with whipped cream or ice cream. Or both! 😉.

Seven Deadly Sins Bars

There a so many things I could have called this recipe. The Lazy Recipe, for the most part, no measuring (yay!), The Breakup Dessert (guaranteed to make you feel better after a breakup) or Satisfy All Your Cravings Bars. These bars are quick and easy to make and are delicious. The perfect salty and sweet combination.

Layers 1 and 2

Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups of pretzel sticks

1 stick butter, melted

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 bag semisweet chocolate chips

1 bag toffee bits

1 bag peanut butter chips

1 cup roasted peanuts, chopped

lightly crushed potato chips

1 bag white chocolate chips

1 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk

Later 3

Line a 9 x 13 pan with foil. I used nonstick foil but you can also use regular foil, just spray it with nonstick cooking spray. Let the foil hang out over the edge so it can be lifted from the pan. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor or blender, crush the pretzels in to crumbs. Add sugar and melted butter. Press pretzel crumbs on top of foil to form the bottom crust.

Sprinkle chocolate chips on top of pretzel crust. I used about half a bag.

Next, sprinkle toffee bits on top of of chocolate chips. I used about half of a bag.

Layer 4 and 5

I sprinkled a half bag of white chocolate chips on top of the toffee bits and then I sprinkled peanuts on top of the white chocolate chips.

Layer 6

Layer 7

I covered the peanuts with a half bag of peanut butter chips and the last layer was crushed potato chips. The glue that binds everything together is the sweetened condensed milk. Drizzle the sweetened condensed milk over the chips. Bake for 25 minutes. Let cool in pan 10 minutes. Lift out of pan and cut into squares. Enjoy!

Chocolate Valentine Treats

There is nothing I love doing more than spending time in the kitchen with my oldest grandson, Dylan. We had s blast Saturday night making Cocoa Pebbles treats , dipping them in chocolate and decorating them. A great way to make memories with your children/grandchildren in your life.

Ingredients:

1 box of Cocoa Pebbles, 11 ounces

1 bag of mini marshmallows

3 Tablespoons of butter

1 bag of chocolate chips, we used milk chocolate

Valentine sprinkles

Conversation Heart Candy

Heart cookie cutters

Prepare a 9 x 15 pan with butter, nonstick foil or nonstick spray. I prefer foil. Melt butter and marshmallows over medium heat. Once melted, remove from heat. Add box of Cocoa Pebbles and stir to incorporate. Let harden and set up about 20-30 minutes. Melt chocolate chips in a bowl in the microwave. I used about 1/2 bag in a bowl. I microwaved the chips for 30 seconds, stirred and and microwaved again got 30 seconds more.

I used wax paper on the table and we carefully spooned the chocolate over the heart treats. Dylan decorated them. We put them in the fridge so they would set up quickly. Store in an airtight container.

Can’t wait for this cutie to join us in the kitchen. Connor, 3 months old was a little too tired to help out Saturday night.

Mamie & Mom’s Fudge

I grew up eating this delicious fudge thinking it was my Mom’s recipe. It was but she clipped the recipe from The Los Angeles Times newspaper when Mamie Eisenhower was First Lady in the 1950’s. This recipe was also known as Million Dollar Fudge. It really tastes like a million dollars. It’s the creamiest dreamiest fudge recipe you have ever tasted. Easy to make, no candy thermometer needed. You will fall in love with this delicious fudge. My kids and family love this recipe.

Ingredients:

12 ounces semisweet chocolate chips

12 ounces German’s sweet chocolate, broken into small pieces, that’s 3 boxes of Bakers German Sweet Chocolate

16 ounces marshmallow cream (that’s one large jar and 2 ounces of the smaller jar)

4 1/2 cups sugar

pinch of salt

2 tablespoons butter

1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) canned evaporated milk

2 cups coarsely chopped nuts, optional

In a large bowl, add chocolate chips, 12 ounces of Bakers German Sweet Chocolate, marshmallow cream (fluff) and nuts. Set aside.

Butter the inside of a 13 x 9″ pan.

In a heavy pan, pour in sugar, salt, add butter and evaporated milk. Over medium heat, bring to a boil. Once the sugar mixture is a hard boil, continue to boil for 6 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove from heat and pour syrup over chocolate and marshmallow mixture. Stir until thoroughly combined. Pour into buttered 13 x 9″ pan. Cool until room temperature. Cut into small squares and store in an airtight container. This fudge is great room temperature or stored in the refrigerator. I have made this recipe every year since 1978. Enjoy!

White Espresso Hot Chocolate

I was gifted delicious chocolate by Forte Chocolate. This is the recipe I made with their White Swan Black Swan Espresso Bar. Since I have developed this recipe, I can’t imagine making hot chocolate any other way. No more powdered chocolate hot chocolate for me! The opinions expressed in this recipe are my own.

Ingredients:

1 bar Forte White Swan White Chocolate Espresso Bar, chopped

l/2 cup milk

1 cup half and half

1 Tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Whip cream to garnish, optional

Chocolate espresso beans for garnish, optional

Chop chocolate bar and place in a microwave-safe container. Microwave at 30-second intervals and stir to melt chocolate. Heat milk, cream, and sugar on medium heat until milk is warm. Do not boil or scald milk. Once the milk is hot, remove from heat and add vanilla and melted chocolate. Garnish with whip cream and espresso beans if desired. Makes a 12-ounce cup of the best hot chocolate you have ever had!