If you like chocolate, here's my version of a hot fudge sundae.
If you were making brownies from scratch, you'd take 1/4lb cooking chocolate
and melt it in a double boiler.
You can cream butter, or just melt it in with the chocolate, I simply toss it in with the chocolate (butter, only butter)
Take a brownie mix you like, I prefer one with walnuts. The only caveat is that if the cooking chocolate is the strong type,
get a brownie mix that uses a mild chocolate. That's key. Most mixes use a mild chocolate, Hershey's or Nestles is fine for the baking chocolate.
I'd avoid the fancy pants expensive chocolate for this, you know the strongly flavored type that is the espresso of the chocolate world.
But then, I always avoid that. It's ridiculous. The whole point of chocolate is a luscious richness that is utterly lost when you get all macho with it.
Add the chocolate/butter mix to the brownies mix, add an egg and some low fat sour cream (optional, but...)
Bake the brownies at 325F.
You want them to come out, if anything, slightly underdone.
Immediately cut them up and put one in a dish.
Put a scoop of coffee ice cream on top (real coffee ice cream, not the overpowering Starbucky sort of thing).
Then add a home made hot fudge sauce. There are some gourmet hot fudge sauces sold in specialty shops,
one available around here is Death by Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce, and that's my favorite. It's really more
of a thick ganache sort of thing.
I then sprinkle some crushed walnuts on it.
I make it once a year.