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Kids in the kitchen: Easy chocolate sauce

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Teaching kids how to cook is a great way to reinforce math, reading and social skills in a most delicious way. Although some kids might be reluctant to put on an apron and help out in the kitchen, they are much more likely to do so if they are creating something that they can actually eat. Any ideas?

Ice cream! Those two little words can make kids of all ages giddy with excitement. When the ice cream is homemade, it's even better. But once you have that bowl of utter deliciousness, what's next? While purists might rather eat the cold stuff unadorned, some would prefer slathering it with some sort of sauce. While there are many choices, nothing beats a rich and gooey chocolate sauce. If it's warm, well, that's even better.

Over the next few weeks, we will look at some delicious ice cream and topping recipes that are sure to have your kids begging to lick the spoon and even don an apron every once in a while.

Since everyone loves chocolate, a decadent chocolate sauce is our first recipe in this series. Not only is it delicious on ice cream, it’s also crazy good with fresh fruit like strawberries, bananas or just about anything else.

This sauce is made by creating a simple ganache – a mixture of cream of chocolate which can be used to make everything from sauce to frosting to truffles, depending on the ratio of cream to chocolate.

Although it’s certainly not necessary, a little butter can be added at the end for extra richness and a beautiful glossy finish. Flavorings such as vanilla or even liqueurs can also be added at the end.

Easy Chocolate Sauce

1 cup heavy cream
1/2 pound semisweet chocolate chips
1 tablespoon butter

Directions

Heat the cream and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Add the chocolate, stirring, until it's melted and smooth. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature.

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