Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Brownie

This rich, decadent Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Brownie is perfect for your Valentine’s Day love – topped with an amazing Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce. 

Celebrating your Valentine’s Day with rich and decadent Ghirardelli Chocolate melted into a mouth-watering Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce layered on top of Dark Chocolate Brownies…can you think of anything more decadent than that?  I can’t!

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Brownie | Inspiration Kitchen  And, when I think of indulgent, there is little in the world that compares to Ghirardelli’s rich, decadent, creamy dark chocolate.  It alone is simple and pure indulgence.  But, when you melt it down into a creamy fudge sauce?  That’s a Valentine’s Day made in heaven!

And, with Valentine’s Day and lots of love just around the corner, I couldn’t possibly think of a more perfect sweet treat for your Valentine than a Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Brownie.

What I love about this indulgent recipe, is that you get the triple threat of chocolate!  Ghirardelli Chocolate, used 3 different ways.

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Brownie | Inspiration Kitchen  Are you ready for your all-star line-up?  Let’s do this!

  1. Ghirardelli Chocolate 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  2. Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix
  3. Ghirardelli Valentine’s Impressions

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Brownie | Inspiration Kitchen

Before we start talking about making this sweet treat for your loved one, I want to share one of my favorite Valentine’s Day memories.

In middle-school, a boy named Wade had a big-time crush on me, and everyone knew it (especially his parents).  So one Valentine’s Day, they dropped him off at the end of the road (we all lived waaaaay out in the country then, and that’s just how you did it on the ranch – you dropped people off!).  Wade walked all the way down the road carrying chocolate chip cookies that he’d made to share with me.

But, what he and his parents didn’t know is – we weren’t home!  Poor Wade sat on that front porch waiting for me to come home for four hours (there were no cell phones then…they just planned to pick him up 4 hours later)!  By the time I arrived, his heart was broken and he’d eaten all the cookies!  But it was the sweetest love story and a Valentine’s Impression I will never forget!  I don’t know for sure if those cookies were made with Ghirardelli chocolate chips or not, but if they were, I might’ve been home a whole lot faster!  🙂

Now, fast forward several years, and it was time for me to make a big-time impression to the love of my life –  you know him as ‘The Husband’.

But first, I have a confession to make that’s <gulp> kind of embarrasing.  This is how I ate it right here.  Hey I had to test the recipe, didn’t I?  You know…for a little quality control?

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Brownie | Inspiration Kitchen  Don’t judge!  It is Valentine’s Day and it’s only once a year.  So, if one wants to have a shot of Dark Chocolate liquid goodness, one should!  One totally should.  🙂

And, it was so good, that’s exactly how I intend to serve it to The Husband this Valentine’s Day!  That’s how much I love ya, baby!  After that, I know that all I will see are throbbing ♥ ♥ ♥ hearts ♥ ♥ ♥ in his eyes!

Trust me on this one…pour that Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce in a shot glass, topped with a cherry and slam it!  You won’t be sorry.  And you don’t have to wait on the porch four hours before you do it either!

You all know my long-time love of Ghirardelli Chocolate!  It’s my primary go-to chocolate for recipes like these:

And, regardless of whether I use the dark, milk or white chocolate, if it’s Ghirardelli, I just know it’s going to be good!  Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Premium Chocolate Baking Chips will ensure the best taste and texture to any baked treat or decadent confection.

Ghirardelli Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Brownie | Inspiration Kitchen  Ok, dear readers.  Now it’s your turn?  What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day story?  And, did it involve Ghirardelli Chocolate?

Somehow, I think it did!


Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Brownie
This rich, decadent Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Brownie is perfect for your Valentine’s Day love – topped with an amazing Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce.
Recipe type: Desserts
Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce
  • 1 (10-ounce) bag Ghirardelli 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate Chips
  • 1 (12-ounce) can evaporated milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup real butter, unsalted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste**
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (20 ounce) box Ghirardelli Chocolate Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • cooking spray
Ice Cream
  • any vanilla ice cream
  • whipped cream
  • maraschino cherries
  • mint leaves
Hot Fudge Sauce
  1. Add chocolate chips, evaporated milk and sugar to a medium-size sauce pan and heat over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and chocolate is melted. Do not let boil, but it will simmer at the edges of the pan.
  2. Immediately remove from heat when hot, add butter, vanilla bean paste and salt. Stir until thoroughly melted and blended. Set aside.
Brownie (**See Note**)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Spray a 13" x 9" x 2" glass baking dish generously with cooking spray.
  3. In a medium-size bowl, add water, vegetable oil and egg and whisk until thoroughly blended. Add dry ingredients from Ghirardelli Chocolate Dark Chocolate Brownie Mix and blend until mixed well.
  4. Pour evenly into the prepared glass baking dish.
  5. Bake at 325 degrees F for 25-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Remove from oven, set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  1. Cut brownies into serving size squares and place one brownie on a serving plate. Top with ice cream, then another brownie.
  2. Pour hot fudge sauce over the brownies and top with whipped cream, a maraschino cherry and decorate with mint leaves.
  3. Serve!
**Please note that we do NOT want to follow the brownie mix baking instructions for this recipe! If you are just making the brownies to eat, that's ok :-) but to make this dessert, we want the brownies thinner than what the packaged box calls for, which is why I recommend using a 13"x9"x2" baking dish instead of the standard 8"x8"!
Also, be sure to use Vanilla Bean Paste for superior quality!!!

Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sundae Brownie

Ghirardelli Valentine’s Impressions

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  1. says

    My husband was out of town for Valentines Day in Florida and came back with a real, live shrunken alligator head for me. It’s like, if you wanted a shrunken alligator head, go buy one for your desk at work, but for V-Day, really?!?

    So I think I’ll go with the Ghirardelli option instead. I do love their products and when I make a ganache or basically anything that needs to be dipped in chocolate, I use Ghirardelli. I know it’s pricier than the melting chips but simply put, those don’t taste good. And Ghirardelli brownies are the best. There’s no going back after you discover those!! Great recipe =)
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    • says

      OMGOsh Laura! If my husband came back with a shrunken alligator head for my Valentine’s Day, he’d find himself waking next to it in the man cave! Hahahahaha! But, I love that story! I’m with you…stick with Ghirardelli! I love their products too, and they are so totally worth it! Have a great weekend!

    • says

      I know, right? It was such a significant point in our lives for both of us, that (we) and our families have never forgotten it. You can NOT replace young love. You just can’t. And you can’t replace hot fudge either! Hahahaha!

    • says

      I love it when I show you a new brand Johlene! You know why? Because it makes me want to hop a plane and come visit you (which I would LOVE to do anyway), and see what brands you have that I’m missing! Have a beautiful weekend! xoxoxo

    • says

      Hahahahaha! Miranda, your comment made me LOL. How about if I make you two? One that you can look at, the other you can gobble down! 🙂 See, there are solutions to every problem!

  2. says

    hahaha!!!! That is suchhhhhhhhhh a cute story Kristi!!!!! I hope Wade reads this! hehe! But I can’t believe you missed the cookies! But that’s okay ’cause all those years later, you get to make up for it with this SUPERRRRRRR AWESOME hot fudge!!!! And to drink it as a shot would be THE BEST thing ever! Since I have no Valentine this year, I guess, I’ll be having another shot as well! (so more for me, YAY!!!!) hahaha! LOVE LOVE LOOOOOOOVE it! <3
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    • says

      Ooooo, you lucky girl…no Valentine this year! That definitely means more for you Samina!!! Can I come over? Move over my sistah, because I want some of that chocolate! Hahahaha! Have a great weekend! xoxoxoxo

  3. says

    I swoon over your hot fudge sundae brownie!! I love Ghirardelli for baking – I have a ton in my pantry at all times – and my son and I love going to a Ghirardelli ice cream shop whenever we can for their sundae and it’s the hot fudge sauce that makes them incredible. I actually recently bought a jar of their sauce from their Boston store and now I have a homemade recipe thanks to you. This looks totally delicious. Happy upcoming Valentine’s Day. I know it’ll be delicious. ; )
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    • says

      Great minds think alike Monica! I love me some Ghirardelli too and I think my pantry is stocked beyond it’s Ghirardelli means. Hahahaha! I guess I’m just going to have to make MORE! I hope you have a beautiful weekend!

    • says

      That is one of the *best* stories I have from my childhood Marissa! I just love that story. And both our families remember it because it was so significant! Go have fun this weekend girl!

  4. says

    Oh my gosh that story!! It really makes you remember what everything was like before cell phones were big! I didn’t have one until I got my driver’s license so I definitely remember those days! Using the pay phone to call home .. haha oh man, too funny.

    And my goodness these brownie sundaes! I’ll take one please!
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    • says

      I know, right Ashley? Don’t you just love it??? I clutch my heart every time I think of it, with a big “Awwwwww, that’s so sweet!” Then I’m like, “Whaaaaat??? You ate all my cookies??? Apparently you didn’t like me at all!” JK! ROFL

    • says

      Yes! Make your Valentines Day easy Amanda! Buy the chocolates, which are so cute anyway, then give them a big hug and kiss and say Happy Valentine’s Day! Best.gift.ever. It IS Ghirardelli you know! What else can they ask for? 🙂

  5. says

    I have a story about my most embarrassing V day — when a dozen red roses were delivered to me in the middle of my English class in high school from a guy that sat 3 seats behind me. I did not have the same feelings at all and almost died! Awkward, yes. I recovered, and I can honestly say this is my kind of V day dessert! You did a bang up job, Kristi!
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    • says

      Hahahahaha! I LOVE that story Marcie! Just think how hard it was for him to send them! LOL! You were BOTH probably crawling under your desks! And, can you imagine his mom whispering with her arm around his shoulder saying “Do it, honey! She’ll love it!”.

    • says

      Thanks for the pin Manali! I love knowing this is your favorite dessert and it warms my hear to know that your dad loves it! xoxo Thank you for the great stories!

    • says

      Hahahahaha! I literally LOL’d at this Pamela! Thank you so much for completely making my day. If this didn’t have ice cream in it, I’d TOTALLY send you some! xoxo

  6. says

    Aaw, oh no that poor guy. That would be a Valentine’s Day I would remember too haha. I love that you and your husband take chocolate shots – there’s no better way in my opinion to enjoy Ghirardelli chocolate either 🙂 Except poured over this incredible brownie. This looks like the ultimate decadent treat! I am drooling over all that glorious chocolate fudgy goodness! <3 this!

  7. D Fanyak says

    Oh Kristi… I laughed so hard at that Valentine story. I’d forgotten that, it’s been such a long time ago. I remember Wade well, and he sure did eat every one of those cookies. Maybe we need to track him down and make him some
    deliciious brownies with the Ghirardelli chocolate. You could share the goodies this time! Love you, Mom

  8. says

    Oh Ghirardelli…always when visiting San Francisco area, it is a must to go place…
    Kristi, this is sure a real treat for Valentine’s…to bad I live so far from you otherwise I would be more than happy to help you doing the quality control.
    The pictures are absolutely amazing…reflecting all the yumminess of the brownie…
    I love it!
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    • says

      Miss Lindsey.. I love you. Come home. I miss you. And, I want to be in that culinary kitchen in NYC where you are learning all things wonderful!!! GAH! Can’t wait to see all the fabulous creations you make. This chocolate though? The shot alone is so decadent, you can’t resist – you must have it!!! And the full package with the Ghirardelli chocolate and the brownies…girl, you will be swooning! Pinkie promise!

    • says

      Jessica, I LOVE Ghirardelli chocolate for baking! I use their baking chips, powders, etc. – if it has their name on it, I know I’m going to love it! So glad you love it too! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • says

      I’m so glad you saw it on Pinterest Renee! I was really proud of that post, and let me tell you – that tasted AMAZING! With Ghirardelli Chocolate, how could it not? 🙂

  9. says

    What a great roundup of recipes Marcie! They all look amazing! Those Chocolate Hazelnut Macarons look so freakin’ perfect, I couldn’t eat them – they look like art!!!


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