This low carb sugar-free hot fudge sauce is so good, you will want to eat it with a spoon. Enough said.
Here we are in the dead of winter and I am craving ice cream. Granted, it’s not as cold in Portland as it was in Boston; it typically stays well above freezing and is often in the mid-40s by the middle of the day. But it’s still not exactly ice cream weather. It’s often rainy and windy and that damp chill gets into your bones and makes you wish you were home by the fire sipping a hot drink. So that doesn’t account for my strange cravings for the creamy cold stuff. And no, I am not pregnant. I’ve got my three and am thoroughly overwhelmed as it is, so don’t even go there! So what the heck is up with me?
Well, the way I see it, the source of my sudden passion for ice cream is two-fold. First of all, I came across a larger ice cream maker at a second-hand store the other day for a fraction of the normal cost. It looked virtually brand new and I made sure the store had tested it to see if it worked. I snapped it up and brought it home and now the freezer canister is in the freezer, waiting for me to really give it a test drive. Thrift store and second hand store shopping is big in Portland and I love it. I usually pop in to look for interesting props for my food photography, but when I come across a find like that, I just have to jump at it. I may give away my old, smaller ice cream maker…or I may keep them both, who knows? (My husband is NOT a fan of that idea, but we shall see).
The other, more significant factor in my desire for ice cream is that I have developed a gorgeous recipe for low carb hot fudge sauce. It really is gorgeous…thick and velvety and chocolatey, and it pours over that ice cream, melting it just slightly as it goes, making delicious creamy, chocolatey puddles in the bottom of your bowl. Have I convinced you yet that you need to make this? You really, really do. And the best part is that you can adapt it in so many ways for interesting flavors. Consider mint extract instead of vanilla. Or orange extract! Or coffee, or raspberry, or caramel, or…oh, oh, the possibilities are endless. Can you see why I am craving ice cream?
I also wanted to give a little shout-out to a new low carb ice cream I recently discovered called Halo Top. Although I prefer to make my own ice cream most of the time, it’s something that requires a little forethought. You have to make the custard and cool the custard and make sure your ice cream canister is frozen and ready to go. But when those ice cream cravings hit, you aren’t always prepared that way. Halo Top is a nice change from most low carb ice cream products because it’s mostly sweetened with erythritol, not sucralose (it does have a little cane sugar too). A serving is 12 g of carbs, 4 of which are fiber and 4 of which are erythritol, so the net carb count comes in at a nice 4 g. That’s definitely doable for me in a pinch! And with a good dollop of my low carb chocolate sauce, it’s pure low carb dessert heaven.