Hot Fudge Milkshake

Hot Fudge Milkshake from Big Girls, Small Kitchen

Until 2009, Herrell’s Ice Cream sat at the corner of Dunster Street and Mass Ave. in Cambridge. The ice cream there was good, and the hot fudge was better. Almost every day of college, I walked to Herrell’s in the afternoon, and I ordered a cup of Cookies ‘n Cream with Hot Fudge Sauce. I thought this was decadent–ice cream with hot fudge, every day! Until one day, when I stood in line behind a couple who placed an order ten times more decadent than my wildest ice cream dreams.

They each ordered a medium ice cream, in a cup. I don’t remember the flavors because of the shocker that came next. To drink, they asked for milkshakes. Milkshakes to wash down their ice cream! More ice cream to quench the post-ice cream thirst! I couldn’t believe I hadn’t thought of this before. Not that I’d do such a thing. I like water with my ice cream and hot fudge with my milkshakes.

See, back before Herrell’s trained me to eat ice cream every day, I ate ice cream once a week, on Wednesdays. This was at camp, and Wednesdays were trip days. On the way back from the mountains, the waterfalls, or the freezing cold beaches of Maine, we stopped at a joint for ice cream. Normally, we went to local, homemade-type places and ordered flavors like Moosetracks, but once we went to a Dairy Queen.

At the Dairy Queen, I ordered a Hot Fudge Milkshake. Though the shake was cold, each slurp tasted of hot fudge. Not like chocolate sauce, and not chocolate ice cream. This had a butteriness like no chocolate sauce or chocolate milkshake before it. It tasted like vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce, blended.

That’s just what it is. In honor of camp and Wednesday ice cream and Dairy Queens and milkshakes, today I made you this Hot Fudge Milkshake number. I blended together a sundae in a glass. Sip it beside a cup of ice cream–if you’re crazy enough to dare.


Hot Fudge Milkshake
Serves 1

4 scoops vanilla ice cream
1/4 cup milk
3-4 tablespoons Hot Fudge Sauce (recipe follows)
Pinch of salt
Chocolate shavings and/or chopped peanuts for garnish

Soften the ice cream for at least 5 minutes. You want it to be closer to the texture of soft ice cream than hard–but not melty. Combine all ingredients in a blender. Pulse until the hot fudge is completely combined with the ice cream.

Hot Fudge
from Maida Heatter’s Book of Great Chocolate Desserts

½ cup heavy cream
3 tablespoons sweet butter, cut into small pieces
2/3 cup granulated sugar
Pinch of salt
½ cup Dutch-process cocoa powder, sifted

Heat cream and butter over moderate heat until the butter has melted and the cream just comes to a low boil. Add the sugar  and stir until dissolved, testing with your finger to see if you can feel the granules.

Reduce the heat and add the salt and cocoa powder, then stir them in with a whisk. Break up any lumps with a spoon.

Remove from the heat and scrape

Remove from heat and serve immediately. You may also store any leftovers in the refrigerator and reheat slowly in the top of a double boiler. The hot fudge sauce will become too thick to spoon out after refrigeration, so you should place the jar or glass storage dish in a bowl of hot water until enough melts to pour out.

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  • Elisa @ Insalata di Sillabe

    I’ve recently developed quite an obsession, ehm…passion for milkshakes and am always looking for new flavors to try! This sounds really good, will have to try it as soon as possible!

    xo, Elisa

  • marie @ little kitchie

    Yep, I want this!!

  • Kaity

    I order a hot fudge milkshake all the time at Sonic! it’s definitely my favorite flavor on their expansive menu :)

    • BGSK

      I didn’t realize it was on the menu at Sonic! I need to get out of New York more often…

  • C

    This looks SINFULLY good! Definitely going to have to try it…

    C x

  • Warm Vanilla Sugar

    I NEED to make my own hot fudge! This recipe looks fabulous! Plus hot fudge milkshakes are the best!

    • BGSK

      The best! And seriously – look no further for a hot fudge recipe. Maida Heatter is the queen.

  • Goodray

    Ah..milkshakes are the best!! If only I could drink more cowmilk..the subs never taste as good..

    • BGSK

      I’m a big fan of cashew milk (homemade) these days – that would be a great, creamy sub!

  • Guns’n’Gloria

    I grew up going to Herrel’s- they seriously have the most amazing hot fudge. No trip home is complete without stoping in and getting an ice cream covered in their chocolate sprinkles. Your post has given me a craving. :)

    • BGSK

      Yes! So glad you adore Herrell’s as much as I do.

  • Rae Scott

    There’s still a Herrell’s in Northampton, MA! They have chai ice cream in the winter that is absolutely incredible….

    • BGSK

      Um, that sounds amazing. I’ll have to visit in the near future.

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