The Best Hot Fudge Sauce

August 2, 2017

This is the best Hot Fudge Sauce recipe! It’s deliciously rich and creamy, and it has a deep decadent chocolate flavor. Definitely a recipe you’ll want to keep on file.

drizzling hot fudge sauce onto bowl of ice cream

My Favorite Hot Fudge Recipe!

I’ve made this hot fudge sauce three times this summer, so that means it’s about time that I share the recipe. It’s my favorite hot fudge sauce recipe ever!

It’s so easy to make and it’s a thousand times better than the store-bought stuff, there’s just no comparison. This homemade hot fudge is deliciously rich, velvety smooth, and perfectly chocolatey.

In other words, before summer’s up I hope you’ll have made it at least once. It just makes ice cream that much better.

I mean, how could this not be good? It’s made with all the best things. Chocolate. Cocoa powder. Cream. Butter. Sugar. I’m sold.

Hot Fudge ingredients in a saucepan before cooking.

Hot Fudge Sauce Ingredients

For this homemade hot fudge recipe, you’ll need:

  • Heavy cream
  • Light corn syrup
  • Brown sugar
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • Semi-sweet chocolate
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla

whisking Hot Fudge Sauce in saucepan

How to Make Hot Fudge Sauce

  • In a 1 1/2 quart saucepan, combine cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, salt and 3 oz. of the chocolate.
  • Bring mixture to a light boil over medium heat, then reduce heat and let simmer, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add in remaining 2 oz. chocolate, butter and vanilla extract and stir until smooth.
  • Let cool to warm. Serve over ice cream.

When the chocolate sauce is just finished it will be fairly runny (and incredibly hot!) so let it cool until it has a thicker consistency. Then, bring on ice cream and load on the hot fudge sauce!

Hot Fudge Sauce in glass measuring cup

Can I Make it Richer?

If you are a serious chocolate lover and want some extra decadence, feel free to use bittersweet chocolate. I don’t like it too strong, so I stick with semi-sweet. It’s got just enough chocolatey power that it won’t overwhelm vanilla or strawberry ice cream.

How to Store Hot Fudge Sauce

If you are lucky enough to have some leftover hot fudge, just refrigerate it (sneak a few spoonfuls here and there) and reheat it within a week for another treat.

I recommend reheating only the amount of hot fudge sauce that you need in a separate bowl. This way, the rest of the homemade hot fudge doesn’t seize up or get clumpy from being reheated and chilled over and over again.

My Favorite Ways to Use Hot Fudge Sauce

  • Stir into hot milk or water to make hot cocoa.
  • Drizzle over cakes, pies and brownies.
  • Dip graham crackers in it.
  • Stir it into morning oatmeal for some decadence.
  • Drizzle over ice cream and top with whipped cream to make a sundae.

banana split drizzled with homemade hot fudge sauce

Tips for the Best Hot Fudge Sauce

  • You really can’t substitute any of the ingredients in this recipe, so make sure you have exactly what’s listed in the recipe.
  • The homemade hot fudge will thicken up as it cools.
  • Pure vanilla extract will give you the best flavor.

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The Best Hot Fudge Sauce

This is the Best Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe! It's deliciously rich and creamy and it has a deep decadent chocolate flavor. Definitely a recipe you'll want to keep on file. Makes about 2 cups.

Servings: 10
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup (155ml) heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup (70g) packed dark or light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup (25g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 5 oz semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped, divided*
  • 2 Tbsp (28g) unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a 1 1/2 quart saucepan combine cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, salt and 3 oz. of the chocolate.

  2. Bring mixture to a light boil over medium heat, reduce heat and let simmer, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat, add in remaining 2 oz. chocolate, butter and vanilla extract and stir until smooth. Let cool to warm. Serve over ice cream.

  4. Sauce can be store in an airtight container in refrigerator for 1 week. Reheat before serving.

Recipe Notes

  • *If you are a serious chocolate lover and want some extra decadence, feel free to use bittersweet chocolate. 
  • Recipe source: adapted from Epicurious
Nutrition Facts
The Best Hot Fudge Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Fat 13g20%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 46mg2%
Potassium 139mg4%
Carbohydrates 25g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 305IU6%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 29mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Sauce
Cuisine: European
Keyword: Hot Fudge Recipe
Author: Jaclyn