Simple American Chocolate Ganache: A Luscious, Luxurious Dessert Secret!

It was one of those moments when the stars aligned, and I found myself holding a golden ticket – a reservation at Chef’s Table at Brooklyn Fare, my all-time favorite New York restaurant. Oh, what a night!

So, there I was, tucked in the cozy corner of a grocery market, ready to embark on a culinary journey defined by Japanese precision and French flair. I mean, who wouldn’t want to taste the magic whipped up by Chef César Ramirez himself? The anticipation nearly had me humming with excitement. As a mom, a night out like this is the perfect antidote to the endless “I don’t like broccoli” protests and constant barrage of crayon scribbles on my kitchen walls.

What struck me most was the sheer fluidity of the experience – from watching the chef’s skilled hands to savoring each delectable course. It was as if I had entered a spectacular parade of flavors, with fish and shellfish taking center stage like synchronized swimmers performing their masterful ballet. Desserts danced gracefully on my tongue, leaving me feeling like I’d just witnessed the culinary version of Swan Lake.

But seriously, folks, isn’t it remarkable how life has a way of surprising us? Like when you’re scrolling through a food blog and suddenly find yourself daydreaming about a fancy dinner reminiscent of a three-Michelin-starred restaurant. Welp, enough with this mouth-watering reverie; let’s jump right into the actual recipe that brought you here – Chocolate Ganache! Remember, indulgence at home is its own reward. I bet you’re ready to dive into the creamy dreaminess already.


  1. Heavy cream – The star of the show, it makes this chocolate ganache recipe extra rich and creamy. Substitutes include whole milk or a dairy-free option like butter.

  2. Semi-sweet chocolate chips – The key ingredient that gives the ganache its chocolate flavor. Feel free to use dark, white, or milk chocolate chips, just make sure it’s high-quality.

  3. Sea salt – A pinch of salt brings out the sweetness and enhances the chocolate flavor. It’s a secret weapon that makes everything taste better!

  4. Corn syrup – Used to thicken the ganache and give it a smooth and glossy finish. If you don’t have it on hand, the ganache can still be made without it. It may not be as shiny, but it’ll still taste delicious!


  1. Alright folks, listen up because we’re about to make some chocolate ganache that will knock your socks off! First things first, you’re going to need a couple heat-proof bowls or one heat-proof bowl and one microwave-safe glass measuring cup. You’ll also need a spoon or small whisk, but that’s not even the best part.
  2. The real star of the show is the chocolate. You can use dark, white, or milk chocolate chips – whichever you prefer. They all work the same way for this recipe. But if you’re feeling fancy, you can use a high-quality dark chocolate bar and chop it up into small pieces. That’s totally up to you though.
  3. Next up, you’ll need ¼ cup of heavy whipping cream and a pinch of sea salt. If you want to add a little extra sweetness, you can also add ½ Tablespoon of corn syrup. To start, add the heavy cream to a microwave-safe glass measuring cup and put the chocolate chips in the heat-proof bowl.
  4. Pop that measuring cup in the microwave for 45 seconds, until the cream just begins bubbling. If you’re using corn syrup, mix it in with the cream before you heat it up. Then, slowly and carefully pour the hot cream over the chocolate chips. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. If it’s not fully melted yet, you can put it back in the microwave for 10-15 seconds and stir again.
  5. Once it’s all melted and silky, add that pinch of sea salt and give it a good stir. And that’s it! You’ve just made a basic chocolate ganache that’s perfect for drizzling on cakes, dipping fruit in, or using as a filling for truffles. If you’re feeling creative, you can also add different flavorings like vanilla or coffee to switch things up. Just a friendly reminder, you can also make chocolate ganache without cream by substituting the cream with milk and butter instead. Follow the instructions above to replace cream with milk and butter.

Serving Suggestions for Chocolate Ganache

This rich and creamy chocolate ganache is perfect for all your favorite desserts! Here are a few fun and creative ways to enjoy it:

  • Drizzle it over ice cream. Scoop your favorite flavor into a bowl and top it off with a generous drizzle of warm chocolate ganache. Yum!
  • Use it as a frosting. Spread it over cakes, cupcakes, or brownies for a decadent treat.
  • Make a truffle. Once the ganache has cooled, use a cookie scoop or teaspoon to form little balls. Roll each ball in cocoa powder, chopped nuts, or coconut flakes. Refrigerate until firm and enjoy!
  • Create a parfait. Layer ganache with fresh fruit, granola, and yogurt for a delicious breakfast or dessert.
  • Dip your favorite treats. Dunk strawberries, pretzels, or graham crackers into the warm ganache for a sweet and satisfying snack.

Did you know that chocolate ganache is also used as a filling for eclairs and other pastries? So next time you’re at a bakery, keep an eye out for this delicious ingredient!


Q: Can I use dark chocolate instead of semi-sweet chocolate in this recipe?

Sure thing! In fact, you can use dark, white, or milk chocolate chips – whichever you prefer. They all work the same way for this recipe.

Q: Can I make this recipe without heavy cream?

Of course! You can make chocolate ganache without cream by substituting it with milk and butter instead. Just for ¼ cup of milk, you will also need 2 tablespoons of butter. Gently heat the milk on the stove in a saucepan with butter over medium heat. Turn up the heat slightly and allow the milk mixture to bubble. Once it starts to bubble, remove it from the heat and pour it over the chocolate. Mix until smooth and creamy.

Q: How long does it take to make this recipe?

This recipe only takes about 1 minute of cook time and 5 minutes total time, talk about quick and easy!

Q: Can I use corn syrup in this recipe?

Yes, you can use corn syrup in this recipe. It helps to give the ganache a nice glossy finish and makes the chocolate a bit sweeter.

Q: Do I need any special equipment for this recipe?

You will need 2 heat-proof bowls or 1 heat-proof bowl and 1 microwave-safe glass measuring cup and a spoon or small whisk.

Q: Can I use sea salt for this recipe?

Absolutely! Adding a pinch of sea salt to your chocolate ganache is a great way to enhance the flavor and make it taste even more delicious.

Decadent Dark Chocolate Ganache

A rich and velvety chocolate ganache made with premium dark chocolate and heavy cream, lightly seasoned with a touch of sea salt for balance. Perfect for drizzling over cakes, pastries, and more.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Course Sauce
Cuisine American, French
Servings 1
Calories 941 kcal


  • 2 heat-proof bowls
  • Whisk or silicone spatula
  • Small saucepan


  • 1 cup (8 oz) high-quality dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  • Place the dark chocolate chips in a heat-proof bowl.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the heavy cream, sea salt, and vanilla extract over medium heat until it begins to simmer.
  • Remove the cream mixture from heat and pour it over the dark chocolate chips. Let it sit for 2 minutes to allow the chocolate to melt.
  • Using a whisk or silicone spatula, slowly stir the mixture together until it is smooth and glossy.
  • Let the ganache cool to room temperature before using it as a topping or filling for your favorite desserts.


For a thicker ganache, use a higher ratio of chocolate to cream.
For a thinner ganache, use a lower ratio of chocolate to cream or add more cream to the mixture.
The ganache can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Reheat gently in a saucepan or in the microwave before using.


Calories: 941kcalCarbohydrates: 63gProtein: 8gFat: 80gSaturated Fat: 49gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 426mgPotassium: 389mgFiber: 6gSugar: 51gVitamin A: 617IUCalcium: 66mgIron: 6mg
Keyword Chocolate Ganache, Dessert Sauce
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