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Easy Hot Fudge Sauce

Easy Hot Fudge Sauce

September 5, 2013


Lake Champlain Chocolates

Five ingredients come together in this simple and fast recipe to create a decadent and rich fudge sauce for you to drizzle on ice cream, cakes, and more.


  • 1/2 Cup sifted unsweeted cocoa powder, preferably organic and fair trade, such as Lake Champlain Chocolates
  • 1/3 Cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 Cup dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 Cup heavy cream
  • 3 Tablespoons sweet butter, cut into small pieces
  • Pinch of salt

Nutritional Facts


Calories Per Serving197

Folate equivalent (total)2µg1%

Hot Fudge Sauce

This is the richest, most chocolaty hot fudge sauce you’ve ever tasted! It’s the perfect topping for ice cream and other desserts.

This recipe is sponsored by Go Bold With Butter.

Hot fudge sauce is one of those things you don’t want to mess with. It should be very thick, super chocolaty, and have the most delicious smooth and creamy texture when poured over ice cream.

Thankfully, hot fudge sauce is easy to make at home! And so much more delicious than store-bought brands. This recipe requires just 5 basic ingredients and only a few minutes to make.

Hot Fudge Sauce

In a medium saucepan, gently whisk together the cocoa powder and sugar. Whisk in the cream, then turn the heat to medium and whisk it as it warms up. When the mixture starts to heat up, add the butter and stir it in to melt. Then when the mixture is nice and hot, add the vanilla and stir it to combine. Let the sauce cool in the pan for 5 minutes, then transfer it to a mason jar. Store it in the fridge (it will become solid as it cools).

To serve, scoop out the amount you need and place it in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat it for 20 seconds, then stir and heat for another 10 or until the sauce is warm.

I have a problem with ice cream sauces, whether it&rsquos strawberry sauce, caramel sauce, or this hot fudge sauce I&rsquom sharing with you today: I pretty much love them so much that I don&rsquot really need to eat them with ice cream. I only need a spoon. Now, I guess you could call this a good thing because I&rsquom saving the ice cream calories, which would most assuredly wind up on my bottom. But you could also call it a bad thing because once I eat a spoonful, particularly of this silky, velvety chocolate goodness&mdashI&rsquom liable to eat the whole jar.

So see? I&rsquom better off going ahead with the ice cream!

There&rsquos nothing complicated about this stuff! In a medium saucepan, gently whisk together cocoa powder and sugar.

Gently whisk in some heavy cream, then turn the heat to medium and whisk it as it warms up.

When the (very thick) mixture starts to heat up, drop in some butter and stir it until it&rsquos totally melted.

When it&rsquos melted and smooth (sorry, the lighting makes it hard to see!), add vanilla and stir it to combine.

And that&rsquos seriously it! Ridonkulously easy.

Serve it right away if you have guests hanging around or you can pour it into a jar!

Decadent Sauce in Four Simple Steps

  1. Whisk together the sugars and the cocoa powder. This is an important step that helps the cocoa powder dissolve into the fudge, instead of forming cocoa clumps.

2. Add in the heavy cream and baking chocolate and cook over medium heat. Treat this process gently and allow it to rise in temperature slowly. Once it starts to bubble, turn the heat down to low and set your time for 3 minutes. Stir frequently. The chocolate will melt and the sauce will thicken.

3. Add the butter chunks and stir until it melts, then remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

4. Allow to cool at least 30 minutes, then transfer to your favorite storage container and refrigerate.

Can you believe how simple that was? Now the only thing left to decide is how will you use your hot fudge. If you are like me, you may just have to make a second batch because I want this sauce on everything!

Difference between hot fudge and chocolate syrup

Although the two are often interchanged, there actually is a difference between hot fudge and chocolate syrup. Hot fudge has a thicker consistency and is typically made of cream, sugar, chocolate, butter and vanilla. It is rich and decadent in taste. Chocolate syrup is typically made with corn syrup (or sugar), unsweetened cocoa powder, water, salt and vanilla. It has a thinner consistency and spreads a little easier.

If you’d like your hot fudge to have a slightly thinner consistency (more of a chocolate sauce), remove the chocolate mixture from the heat immediately after it’s melted and let cool.

Easy Hot Fudge Sauce is a thick and indulgent dessert topping, and only takes a few minutes to make on the stove. Plus it’s made with only six ingredients that you probably already have in your pantry.

This is like a sauce-version of your favorite chocolate fudge, made with cream, sugar, butter, cocoa, and vanilla extract. I am absolutely sure that you’ll never want to go back to the store-bought version again!

Hot Fudge Sauce

Serving Size 1/16 of recipe, abt 2 T
Calories Per Serving 150
Total Fat 6g
Calories From Fat 60g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 40mg
Carbohydrates 21g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugar 20g
Protein 2g
Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%, Calcium 6%, Vitamin C 0%, Iron 2%.


MELT chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk, butter and water in medium-sized heavy saucepan over medium heat. Beat smooth with wire whisk if necessary. Stir in vanilla.

SERVE warm over ice cream or as fruit dipping sauce. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator reheat to serve.

To Reheat: Combine desired amount of sauce with small amount of water in small heavy saucepan. Stir constantly over low heat until heated through.

COMBINE ingredients in 1 quart glass measure. Microwave on HIGH (100% power) 3 to 3 1/2 minutes,stirring after each minute.


Microwave Method
COMBINE ingredients in 1 quart glass measure. Microwave on HIGH (100% power) 3 to 3 1/2 minutes, stirring after each minute.


Serving Size 1/16 of recipe, abt 2 T
Calories Per Serving 150
Total Fat 6g
Calories From Fat 60g
Saturated Fat 4g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 10mg
Sodium 40mg
Carbohydrates 21g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugar 20g
Protein 2g
Percent Daily Value*: Vitamin A 2%, Calcium 6%, Vitamin C 0%, Iron 2%.

Combine all the ingredients (except vanilla) in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil over medium heat.

Once boiling, boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from the heat and stir in 2 teaspoons vanilla. The hot fudge topping will be runny, but will thicken within a few minutes.

Serve immediately over ice cream or dessert. Or keep the chocolate sauce in a glass air-tight container in the fridge for up to 1 month.

Keep your magical quick hot fudge sauce in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

If you are the kind of person who loves all the ice cream sauces and wants to put 2 or even three over their ice cream, stick with me. I have a seriously dreamy blood orange caramel sauce on the site as well as a coffee butterscotch that will knock your socks off. I&rsquove even published a lovely mixed berry Chambord ice cream sauce recipe. Or maybe you&rsquore in the mood for peanut butter hot fudge sauce.

If you&rsquore looking for a really &ldquokid friendly&rdquo and easy sauce recipe, try my homemade chocolate syrup. It&rsquos less intense than hot fudge, but it&rsquos still super flavorful and perfect on ice cream or in chocolate milk or hot chocolate!

Dad’s Easy Hot Fudge Sauce

An embarrassingly easy yet divine tasting chocolate sauce from my dad’s recipe box. Growing up there was often a bowl of this in the fridge. Perfect for topping ice cream!


  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 2 Tablespoons Milk
  • 3 Tablespoons Cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • ¾ cups Powdered Sugar


Heat butter and milk in the microwave until butter is melted. Mix in cocoa and vanilla. Stir in powdered sugar. It’s really that simple! Substitute dark chocolate cocoa for a richer and deeper flavor.

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Fatuglyrhino on 10.7.2010

Nothing embarrassing about it…this sauce was super easy and very tasty! Not quite as good as a sauce you would stand over the stove and nurse, but for something quick that you can whip up with pantry items, I love it. My husband did too.

Lissylou on 6.28.2010

I always add 1Tsbp of chocolate chips. Yumm!

Katherine on 5.21.2010

Just a quick tip…if it’s becoming too thick/frosting-like on the ice cream, add in a bit more milk than called for. It’s best served quite hot.

Bjdfh on 5.19.2010

We sometimes add a tablespoon of peanut butter to the chocolate sauce. Makes it even yummier.

Katherine on 5.19.2010

It is quite dangerous. I live in a small city in China, where up until 2 weeks ago we couldn’t get decent ice cream. The re-entry of chocolate sauce & ice cream to my diet is oh so good and oh so bad.

7 Reviews

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Spenrath on 6.13.2010

This was exactly what I needed! Thank you. It tasted like true Chocolate Ice Cream topping. It reminded me of pulling up to DQ for my very first Hot Fudge Sunday.
Thank you for sharing.

Tashism on 6.11.2010

Very good. My husband had the guys over for game night so I whipped this up for them. Served it over french vanilla ice cream in waffle bowls! The guys raved over it!

Ctlmom on 6.2.2010

This is a recipe I will use again! Very easy.

Amyjbennett on 6.1.2010

The recipe definitely lived up to its name. I was in the mood for a hot fudge sundae but no fudge and Hershey’s syrup never does it for me for a real sundae. Within just a few minutes I had it whipped up. I love the simple ingredients. I liked that it was thick. My only issue is somehow it didn’t seem sweet enough. I know it’s like pure sugar and that seems impossible but there was just some sort of kick missing. I just used Toll House cocoa powder though so maybe switching that up would make it better. I definitely will make again though!

MissLisa on 5.22.2010

YUM! This was so easy and so delicious! I had all of the ingredients on hand, too. As for the other review on the sauce turning into a more frosting like consistency …. you just aren’t eating your ice cream fast enough.

The Only Hot Fudge Recipe You'll Ever Need

If you ever thought that the best hot fudge you could get at home was the kind that squirts out of a bottle, we'd just like to say welcome. Welcome to the first day of your real ice cream sundae life. We have found a hot fudge recipe for you that's so simple, so good, so chocolatey, you will never resort to the squirt bottle kind again. Today, with this recipe in hand, your desserts (and your life) just got a whole lot sweeter.

While you can make a decent sundae with store-bought hot fudge, it pales in comparison to one that's homemade. Homemade hot fudge, like the recipe we have for you below, is made with real chocolate. And to make that chocolate even richer, cocoa powder is added to the mix. Plus, there's butter. Butter makes everything better.

Equipped with this rich, chocolatey hot fudge sauce you're going to be eating real ice cream sundaes from here on out. That's good news. And we have even better news. You can make a big batch of this chocolate sauce and store it in the fridge. It'll keep for a couple of months, and just needs to be reheated on the stove -- or even more quickly in the microwave -- when the craving should strike. It's as easy as popping the cap off a bottle, but a whole lot more rewarding. Take another look at this hot fudge to really understand what we mean.

See what it does for a sundae? Now, go make this decadently rich hot fudge recipe by Brown Eyed Baker -- it's the only one your sundae will ever need.

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