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Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce

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Old Fashioned hot fudge sauce is a thick, rich, and chocolatey sauce that is a perfect topping for an ice cream sundae!

Made with simple ingredients like butter, cocoa powder, sugar, and heavy cream, this easy and simple sauce is ready in 15 minutes. Thick and chewy when straight out of the fridge and perfectly pourable when warm, this is the hot fudge sauce recipe of your dreams. Add this topping to your favorite bowl of ice cream. 

Go ahead, have another scoop!

hot fudge sauce being drizzled on ice cream

What is the difference between hot fudge and chocolate sauce? Hot fudge sauce is thicker and richer than chocolate sauce. Chocolate sauce is usually made with water and chocolate chips only, but hot fudge sauce gets its richness from cocoa powder and heavy cream, too.

Serve a perfect ice cream sundae bar by pairing your hot fudge sauce with caramel and strawberry topping. Or try spooning this hot fudge over s’mores ice cream.

glass jar of hot fudge sauce with spoon pulling some out

Recipe Ingredients 

What is hot fudge sauce made of? Good stuff! You only need seven simple ingredients to make this sauce:

  • Unsweetened Cocoa – provides the bulk of the chocolate flavor. Use the best quality you can get.
  • Brown Sugar – for some sweetness and helps with the texture. The molasses in the brown sugar helps add depth of flavor, too.
  • Corn Syrup – this helps our sauce have a beautiful glistening sheen to it and helps to give it a lovely thick texture without crystallization.
  • Heavy Cream – This helps provide body and volume to the sauce, and the milk fat in the cream helps provide richness to the taste.
  • Semi Sweet Chocolate – You want to use real chocolate that you chop here, not chocolate chips, because they don’t melt as nicely. 
  • Vanilla Extract – This helps round out the flavors of the sauce
overhead view of two ice cream dishes with vanilla ice cream and hot fudge sauce

How to make homemade hot fudge sauce

This homemade hot fudge sauce is the best because it is delicious and easy to make! For the full set of instructions, make sure you scroll down to the recipe card below.

  1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces. It doesn’t have to be fine, just small to help them melt faster.
  2. In a medium to large saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder and the sugar.
  3. Whisk in the water until dissolved.
  4. Stir in half of the chopped chocolate.
  5. Place the saucepan on the stovetop on medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula.
  6. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and simmer for 4-5 minutes, until the sauce is thickened and coats the back of your spoon.
  7. Remove from the heat.
  8. Stir in the remaining chocolate, heavy cream, and vanilla extract.
  9. Allow to cool to room temperature before transferring to a glass jar with an airtight seal and placing in the fridge.
collage showing steps to make hot fudge

Recipe Variations

Hot fudge sauce can easily be adjusted to give different flavors. Try one of these:

  • Add in a splash of rum or orange liqueur
  • Whisk in some peppermint extract
  • Stir in powdered freeze dried strawberries
  • Add some chipotle powder for a spicy kick
overhead image of spoon full of hot fudge

Recipe FAQ’s

How do I store my ice cream sauce?

Store your hot fudge in a clean jar with an airtight lid. I like to use a mason jar. Store in the fridge for up to four or four weeks, if it lasts that long. 

How do you reheat hot fudge sauce?

Transfer the amount of hot fudge sauce that you want to a microwave safe bowl and warm in the microwave for 10 to 15 seconds.

What can you use hot fudge sauce on?

Hot fudge is awesome because you can do so much with it! Besides topping your ice cream, try:

  • Cheesecake topping
  • Add into milkshakes
  • A dipping sauce on a dessert board or for fruit
  • Drizzle over homemade brownies
  • Layer it in trifle recipes
  • Stir a spoonful or two into your coffee
  • Stir into warm milk for a quick hot cocoa
hand drizzling fudge sauce onto ice cream

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Yield: 24 servings

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

hot fudge in jar

Old Fashioned hot fudge sauce is a thick, rich, and chocolatey sauce that is a perfect topping for an ice cream sundae!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 ounces semi sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

    1. Chop the chocolate into small pieces. It doesn’t have to be fine, just small to help them melt faster.
    2. In a medium to large saucepan, whisk together the cocoa powder and the sugar.
    3. Whisk in the water until dissolved.
    4. Stir in half of the chopped chocolate and the light corn syrup.
    5. Place the saucepan on the stovetop on medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula.
    6. Reduce the heat to a simmer, and simmer for 4-5 minutes, until the sauce is thickened and coats the back of your spoon.
    7. Remove from the heat.
    8. Stir in the remaining chocolate, heavy cream, and vanilla extract.
    9. Allow to cool to room temperature before transferring to a glass jar with an airtight seal and placing in the fridge.

Notes

Store this in an air tight container in the fridge for 4-6 weeks.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

24

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 112Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 10mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 1g

Nutrition information is an estimate and is provided for informational purposes only. For the most accurate information, please calculate using your specific brands and exact measurements.

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