I was told that the best ever hot fudge for ice cream sundaes comes from a place called Lagomarcino’s in Moline, Illinois. As a fan of hot fudge and a serious investigative journalist, I determined that it was my professional responsibility to check it out.
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History of Lagomarcino’s Hot Fudge Sauce in Moline, Illinois
Lagomarcino’s is one of those charming multi-generational family-owned businesses founded by immigrants to the United States — one of those hard-working humble success stories that symbolize the American dream.
Angelo Largomarcino came from a village in northern Italy in 1908 and settled in a village in northern Illinois. That village is Moline, the home of John Deere and one of the Quad Cities that cross the Mississippi River into Iowa.
The building that he chose as home to his ice cream parlor and confectionary was built in 1894 and not a lot has changed inside since then.
The tin ceiling and terrazzo tile floor are original. The booths, hand-crafted from mahogany, came from the Moline Furniture Works. And the display cases – those too are original.
An American Classic in Moline, Illinois
The candy is all made on site in small batches by third and fourth generation Lagomarcinos, using the recipes that Angelo developed more than 100 years ago. The prestigious James Beard Foundation recognized Lagomarcino’s with an America’s Classics Award.
The hot fudge sauce requires only four ingredients: sugar, corn syrup, cocoa powder and evaporated milk. Generally, that’s what goes into most hot fudge sauce. But it must be that perfect mixture or the kind of cocoa powder or something, because darn it, it’s just about the best hot fudge sauce I’ve ever had on a bowl of ice cream.
Note that I said “it’s just about the best.” That leaves the door open for me to investigate other claims great hot fudge sauce wherever it may be.
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