Ganache is a simple chocolate sauce that is delicious, easy to make, and very versatile. You can add  whipping cream to the chocolate to make it thin for an ice cream topping or leave it thick like a paste for a sandwich filling between two cookies. Light corn syrup is sometimes added to create glaze for drizzling.

The following recipe will yield a thick, paste like ganache. You may thin your ganache with more cream.


  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 ounces semisweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into pieces
  • 4 tablespoons butter


Bring the cream and vanilla to a boil. In a medium bowl, pour the hot cream over the chocolate. Stir until the chocolate is melted. Stir in the butter. Let the ganache cool until it reaches the desired consistency.

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