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Merlot Hot Fudge Sauce

So, our wedding just became super real this week!

And by “super real”, I mean we mailed out our invitations! May 25th is just around the corner and now that all the invites are out in the world, it is starting to feel very, very real. We also had our final premarital class last night AND my bridal shower is on Saturday! It’s all happening. I still have some loose ends to wrap up {bartender for rehearsal dinner, finalize wedding band, figure out wedding rings, getaway car to hotel, rehearsal dinner outfit, rehearsal dinner baby photos…other random things I can’t think of right now} and a lot left to pay for, but it’s all coming together. Soon I’ll be officially Jenna Beaugh. It has a nice ring to it, don’t ya think?

Okay, all that has pretty much nothing to do with today’s recipe — Merlot Hot Fudge Sauce — but I think of y’all as a big bunch of my girlfriends and that was just what was on my heart today. Wedding stuff.

Now we can chat about this sauce. THIS SAUCE!!!! Words cannot even begin to describe my love for this sauce. Specifically when you pour it over vanilla ice cream and add just the tiniest sprinkle of sea salt.

I have to think heaven will involve a lot of ice cream sundaes.

This is one of the recipes I developed for Barefoot! I’d tasted some Merlot truffles at a winery one time and they were SO amazing that I wanted to try to recreate them in sauce form.

And you guys? It’s so easy. I made this sauce in less than ten minutes! I think the step that took the longest was just chopping up the chocolate. Once you have that done, you literally just throw everything into a pot and boil. Easy. In fact, I don’t think I’ll ever buy store-bought chocolate sauce again. I mean, there’s just no need!

This sauce will keep in the fridge for about a week – just heat up in the microwave for 30 seconds before serving.

I love you guys big.

Merlot Hot Fudge Sauce

Yields about 1 cup sauce

Print this Recipe!


4 oz bittersweet chocolate

1/3 cup heavy cream

1/3 cup light corn syrup

ΒΌ cup granulated sugar

1 tbsp good quality cocoa

ΒΌ tsp sea salt

3 tbsp Barefoot Merlot


Finely chop the chocolate and place in a medium sized saucepot. Add all other ingredients except for the wine. Bring to a boil then simmer for one minute, stirring constantly.

Remove sauce from the heat and stir in the Merlot.Β  Let sauce stand for ten minutes (it will thicken up a bit) and then serve warm over ice cream, brownies or fruit.

Keep sauce in a sealed container in the fridge for up to one week. Before serving, warm up sauce.


10 minutes


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  • Sonal
    March 20, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Oh my gosh, I love chocolate sauce soo much! Making it at home would be awesome. Will definitely be checking out this recipe, thank you Jenna! πŸ™‚

  • Pam
    March 20, 2013 at 4:18 am

    I’m making this for my dessert loving card group next Tuesday!
    I love hearing about your excitement over those wedding details!
    Merlot, chocolate and love…BLISS!

  • Emily @ Life on Food
    March 20, 2013 at 4:31 am

    Hot fudge is the best way to celebrate. I truly think the invitations were my favorite part of wedding planning.

  • Stacey
    March 20, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Yay! wedding stuff πŸ˜€ I’m so excited for you…it’s sounds like it’s going to be an amazing day πŸ™‚ I’m getting married on May 12th, and while the planning has been stressful, it’s finally time to just chill and let that date get here! Yippee!

  • Averie @ Averie Cooks
    March 20, 2013 at 4:36 am

    About 10 years I had some cabernet hot fudge sauce that I bought in of all a fancy winery in Sonoma! It was so good and I just forgot about it til I saw this. Pinning this Jenna! I NEED this (and need to remember to make it!) πŸ™‚

  • Dana
    March 20, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Congrats on getting the invites out!! Time is really flying!

    This sauce looks incredible. It’s beautiful, too. πŸ™‚

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    March 20, 2013 at 4:44 am

    Ooh nice! Dark and handsome and sweet sounds lovely to me! πŸ˜‰ I’m so excited for you and your wedding. I know it’s going to be beautiful and can’t wait to see pictures!

  • DessertForTwo
    March 20, 2013 at 5:24 am

    It is real, huh?! It will all come together. Write out everything you have to do and take care of 1-2 things a day! I can’t wait for everything to be accomplished and you & Adam just sit back and wait for the big day! πŸ™‚

  • Jen
    March 20, 2013 at 5:24 am

    Oooh, this looks delicious! And so many congrats on the ever-sooner wedding! Am curious how you pronounce the new last name– is it French in origin? Looks awfully pretty!

  • Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    March 20, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Is there anything better than wine and chocolate? No. I didn’t think so. πŸ™‚

  • Beth
    March 20, 2013 at 5:50 am

    I am so happy that your wedding planning is coming along nicely and you are enjoying it. May is a wonderful month for a wedding. My husband and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary on May 21st. You have so much joy ahead, the wedding and beyond, sharing life with your true love. Treasure every moment….. it flies by.

    The sauce looks amazing. I will try that asap!

  • Tieghan
    March 20, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Geez, Pace the spoon cause I could eat that whole glass straight upp!

  • Jenna
    March 20, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Sounds like your wedding plans are all coming together smoothly!! This sauce sounds amazing! Love that you added merlot!

  • Abby @ The Frosted Vegan
    March 20, 2013 at 6:09 am

    Girl, you had me at merlot, chocolate and sauce, yes yes yes!

  • Ali | Gimme Some Oven
    March 20, 2013 at 6:38 am

    WOW, this looks good. So excited that you’re wedding is almost here!!

  • Kaitlin @4loveofcarrots
    March 20, 2013 at 6:45 am

    holy yum!! I want to eat this with a spoon!

  • Samantha
    March 20, 2013 at 7:02 am

    I’m so excited for you! Congratulations πŸ™‚ Can we see pictures? I’ve been really curious to see what everything will look like!

    • jenna
      March 20, 2013 at 7:22 am

      What would you like to see pictures of? I’ll definitely be sharing photos of the big day when it comes around but right now I don’t have too much to share!

      • Samantha
        March 24, 2013 at 9:13 am

        I’ve been wondering about your theme in general, actually, and I’d love to see your invitations! I’m just so curious to see how you envisioned this big day πŸ™‚

  • Dana @ Conscious Kitchen Blog
    March 20, 2013 at 7:04 am

    Wine and chocolate! Two of my favorite things, so naturally this sauce will have to be made. Congrats on all your wedding things – so very exciting!

  • bayley
    March 20, 2013 at 7:11 am

    this chocolate sauce looks amazing. looks sooo delectable. hope your wedding goes well. all the best!

  • Sarah @ Yogi in Action
    March 20, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Wow- that chocolate sauce looks absolutely incredible. I will definitely be making this as soon as possible- and I might just eat it by the spoonful rather than even worrying about making it a topping for ice cream. πŸ˜‰

    Congrats on all the wedding planning. While it sounds like there’s still lots to do, you sound like you’re on top of it! My fear with planning a wedding would be that I would forget something REALLY important- like forgetting to have a minister or something.

  • joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    March 20, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Sounds deliciooooooooooous!

    I’m going to a wedding in San Diego that same weekend, btw! Must be a good time to get married.

  • Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough
    March 20, 2013 at 7:24 am

    This is everything I love about eating and drinking, ever. YUM.

  • Colleen
    March 20, 2013 at 7:25 am

    How do you pronounce your new last name? “Bo”? Former English major here who’s curious πŸ™‚

    • jenna
      March 20, 2013 at 7:33 am

      Yes — “Bo” πŸ™‚

      • Live Love Yum
        March 20, 2013 at 7:19 pm

        Oh – that is beautiful. Like the French word “Beau” meaning beautiful …in masculine though …belle for women πŸ™‚

    March 20, 2013 at 7:36 am

    holy yum!!! This is the second hot fudge recipe I’ve seen this week… I think it’s a sign that I need to make some:)

  • a farmer in the dell
    March 20, 2013 at 7:51 am

    congrats on the invitations. This sauce sounds amazing!

  • Jessica
    March 20, 2013 at 7:52 am


    I live in Austin and was married November of 2011. Our bartender was great(I can give you the info if interested)

    I also have a great company I used for our get away car(they were really nice and super reasonable in price!)

    Let me know if you are interested and I can pass along their info. you can email me at πŸ™‚

    Have a great day!

    • Rachel Wilkerson
      March 21, 2013 at 4:08 am

      @Jessica — Mind if I email you about the getaway car? Planning an Austin wedding myself!

  • Erica {Coffee & Quinoa}
    March 20, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Yum. Totally doing this.

  • Breck
    March 20, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Maybe someone already asked this, but… what are “rehearsal dinner baby photos?”

    • jenna
      March 20, 2013 at 8:11 am

      For a slideshow that we are doing during dinner — baby photos of both Adam and I.

  • Makenzie Ann
    March 20, 2013 at 8:19 am

    Uhm. Yum. I don’t even know what else to say. But of my friend lauren were reading this, she’de probably say are you kidding me?? And that about covers it. This looks too good!!

  • Brianna
    March 20, 2013 at 8:43 am

    Congrats on your big wedding day! It will be here before you know it! One piece of advice: enjoy every single little detail: the smells, the flowers, breakfast, expressions. Try to make the day last as long as you can, because it will be gone *snapping fingers* like that! Savor the PRESENT MOMENT all day long. πŸ™‚ Cheers for celebrations, and merlot hot fudge sauce. πŸ˜‰

  • Bruna
    March 20, 2013 at 8:46 am

    it sounds n looks amazing, I would love to try without the corn syrup… maybe maple syrup instead? Congrats on your wedding plans, seems like you got all under control πŸ˜‰

  • Carla
    March 20, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Haha you’re a cutie pie, and thank you for sharing your wedding excitement πŸ™‚

  • deva by definition
    March 20, 2013 at 9:40 am

    We are mailing our invitations out this weekend or next and I had that “this is getting real” moment when I got to see my bridesmaids’ dresses ON them. I may have cried. It’s so exciting.

    this sauce sounds and looks fabulous!

  • Caroline L.
    March 20, 2013 at 9:44 am

    HELLO, this is so dreamy! And yay, congrats on all of the progress regarding the wedding! So excited for you!

  • robyn coale @ thereallife_RD
    March 20, 2013 at 9:46 am

    my top two favorite food groups coming together, ohhhhhh.

    don’t worry about a spoon, I’ll get my own!

  • Megan
    March 20, 2013 at 10:20 am

    this sauce looks divine! And I’m super excited for you and Adam. I know this is silly, but I love the little glass jar you have the sauce in. Where did you get it?

  • Blair at The Seasoned
    March 20, 2013 at 11:03 am

    Yum! The sauce looks great. And good luck in finalizing your wedding plans. Enjoy every moment…it’s such a wonderful time!

  • Julia
    March 20, 2013 at 11:19 am

    This sauce looks amazing! I can not wait to try it out. Congrats on getting the invites out–that’s a big relief!

  • Michelle
    March 20, 2013 at 11:26 am

    Weddings are so exciting! You are getting close! This sauce looks delicious!

  • Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe
    March 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

    Wine IN the chocolate sauce?! Sign me up!

  • Rachel @ Baked by Rachel
    March 20, 2013 at 11:43 am

    Oh that’s completely dangerous!

  • Morgan
    March 20, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Oh jenna, hearing you talking about your wedding makes me teary eyed happy for you. I emailed you about college dating woes months and months ago, oh boy how you helped me so much! It makes me so happy to hear about your lucky love. I finally {finally!} met a guy that makes my heart sing. So I’m a bundle of puppy dog eyes and happiness for everyone else…

    Anyways, congrats!!!

  • Suzanne de Cornelia
    March 20, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Jenna Beaugh…a heroine’s name in a novel.

    That sauce. Whatever Barefoot is paying you for recipes…it is so not enough with that million dollar ++++ making sauce. How about on breakfast organic vanilla yogurt πŸ˜‰ I’m thinking the Upper West Side and West LA crowds would love that.

  • Jodea @
    March 20, 2013 at 2:10 pm

    You must love us to share a recipe as good as this!

  • Sherry
    March 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Love your recipes, love love love your blog and so very happy for you! You will be a gorgeous bride! Wishing you happily ever after!

  • Jane @ Not Plain So Jane
    March 20, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Wow, that looks so good!

  • Elizabeth Franklin
    March 20, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Best wishes Jenna πŸ™‚

    Woah! Did you know I really love the hot fudge sundae of McDonalds? I really want the chocolate sauce on it.. but now your recipe looks really worth to try.. oooohh.. got to buy some vanilla ice cream for this yummy treat. Thanks for the recipe ^_^ love it!

  • Laura
    March 20, 2013 at 7:25 pm

    Would you write a post about your plans post-wedding? Like where you’ll be living, etc?

  • jan
    March 20, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    I always make my own chocolate sauce but I’ve never added Merlot…mmmm!! I wonder what other flavors would be good; now you have me thinking about that.

    YAY for mailing the invites!!

  • Kiran @
    March 20, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    So excited about your wedding!! Time flew after you guys got engaged πŸ™‚

    I’m curious about Merlot in this recipe, but I’m drooling nonetheless!

  • Miss Kim
    March 21, 2013 at 12:26 am

    Congrats on the big day. While I was reading your book, White Jacket Required, I sensed the immediate connection you felt when you first met Adam. He is so much better for you than Rob was. It is such a beautiful love story with a fairy tale ending.

    And the chocolate sauce looks delicious. It would go great with so many other dessert items too. You know what I would love on my dessert along with the Merlot Chocolate Sauce, is Merlot Whip Cream.

  • Karen
    March 21, 2013 at 4:55 am

    Hey Jenna –

    If you are still looking for a rehearsal dinner dress, I have an really pretty dress in mind from J.Crew that “looks like you!” Anthro has some really cute, slightly less conservative dress options online and in stores right now too. If interested, shoot me an email and I’ll point you to a couple that I saw/tried on at the respective stores that I think you’d like.

    Your excitement and contentment is a beautiful thing to witness…you are clearly just brimming! So happy for you!

  • Malkire
    March 21, 2013 at 5:48 am

    Wow does this sauce look amazing. I am thinking of using it for some chocolate covered strawberries. Thanks for the decadent treat!

  • Beth @ CraveableCleveland
    March 21, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Chocolate + Wine is absolutely the best combination of all time πŸ™‚ This sauce looks out of control delicious!

  • Beth Sheridan
    March 21, 2013 at 8:01 am

    Oh my goodness…Chocolate and Merlot, two of the best things you can possibly put in your mouth! Must.try.this!!

  • Sandy T
    March 21, 2013 at 8:59 am

    I would like to substitute something for the corn syrup. What do you think might work?

  • Kristin @ FoodFash
    March 21, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Yum!! I’ve never thought of sprinkling sea salt on a sundae. That’s totally going to be my newest guilty pleasure.

  • Mari @ Wine Required
    March 21, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Please send me the chopping block you used to take the pictures. I’ll help you “clean” it. By clean I mean lick. I thought wine couldn’t get any better.

  • Lindsay Simone @ The Life Muse
    March 21, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I remember when my wedding invitations first went out and it really does make it all so real!! I actually just got married this past weekend and all I can say is, after the invites go out, everything just seems to happen so fast so just try and take in every little moment. Soon enough you will be a MRS, and while the stuff leading up to that day is exciting and filled with joy, nothing beats the day when you can look down at your man’s hand and see his wedding band. Getting chills now just thinking about it!!


  • Caroline
    March 21, 2013 at 5:32 pm

    Congratulations! Such an exciting time for you! I had to write to tell you this sauce sounds incredible! I’m bookmarking it and making it this weekend! Can’t wait! I’m pretty sure it will be gone by Sunday! πŸ˜‰

  • Lisa Langenfeld
    March 21, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! I can’t wait to try it. Love your blog πŸ™‚ and super excited for you and your upcoming wedding!

  • Dana Stern
    March 22, 2013 at 1:19 am

    Congratulation with the wedding. I am sure you are excited a lot as this day is coming closer and closer. Your posts are always great and I hope you will keep sharing your great recipes after you get married. πŸ™‚

  • Lori @ RecipeGirl
    March 22, 2013 at 6:37 am

    So exciting about your wedding! You’ll love every minute of it. This is seriously one I need to make. Yum!

  • Ashley
    March 22, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Holy Moly this looks soo so good.

  • sarah
    March 23, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Yummy! What are baby rehearsal dinner photos?

  • Jade Helm
    March 25, 2013 at 9:00 am

    This is an idea I will try. It seems like a good use for some leftover wine. I usually freeze my leftover wine to use in sauce later. I bet this would also be good with a ruby port. My husband makes ice cream and loves chocolate sauce – even on chocolate ice cream, so we will have to play with this. If you are interested check out my chocolate and booze recipe using Chambord.