Use a good quality chocolate—one you'd enjoy eating out of hand—for the best tasting chocolate sauce.

Makes 1 cup 

  • 4 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


1. Put the chopped chocolate in a heatproof bowl. 

2. Combine the cream, sugar, butter, and a pinch of salt in a medium heavy saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring just to a boil, stirring constantly. 

3. Pour the hot cream mixture over the chopped chocolate and let stand for 1 minute. 

4. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Whisk in the vanilla.