Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
This magnificent Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce topping is thick, rich, and decadent. Made with simple, wholesome ingredients, it will beat any jarred version by a mile!
Rich and luscious, this fudge topping turns ordinary vanilla ice cream into a delectable dessert! And it only takes minutes to make, plus it’s so delicious, you’ll want to drink this chocolate sauce!!!
Why You Must Make
- When summer rolls around, ice cream sundaes are an absolute necessity. My family adores desserts, so having some homemade hot fudge sauce on hand makes for an easy after-dinner treat.
- Plus, this hot fudge sauce recipe is so luscious, that you’ll want to eat it with a spoon!!!
- While store-bought chocolate sauces have ingredients you never heard of, this homemade hot fudge is not muddied with any artificial ingredients or additives. It’s just pure chocolate deliciousness!
I chose a recipe from Chocolatier magazine. Thick, glossy, and decadent, it’s a versatile chocolate sauce that’s a marvelous topping for cakes, brownies, and of course, all kinds of ice cream. Just look at the ingredients and you’ll see why! Made with heavy cream, butter, chocolate, sugar, and real vanilla extract, it’s worth a try. Are you convinced?
- Kitchen Staples – Butter, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Salt
- Light Corn Syrup – Karo brand works well
- Unsweetened Chocolate – I use Ghirardelli brand that’s readily available in supermarkets
- Heavy Cream – 36% butterfat
- Vanilla Extract – Make sure the label reads Real Vanilla, not artificially flavored.
How to Make
Step 1: Melt butter in a large saucepan, swirling to coat the sides of the pan. This helps prevent any sugar crystals from attaching to the side of the pan.
Step 2: Add the corn syrup and chocolate, then the sugars, cream, and salt once the chocolate melts. Bring to a boil.
Step 3: Insert the candy thermometer and boil, without stirring until the mixture is thick and reaches 220-224º Fahrenheit. Remove from heat.
Step 4: I like to pour into a large 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup with a spout. Mix in vanilla.
Step 5: Pour into jars or storage containers. Keep chilled but warm it to serve.
Frequently Asked Questions
Hot fudge sauce is a thicker, richer version of chocolate sauce or chocolate syrup. Both are used as ice cream toppings, but hot fudge sauce is definitely more indulgent with cream, butter, chocolate, and/or cocoa powder as ingredients.
Chocolate sauce is obviously thinner and pourable right from the refrigerator. Hot fudge needs to be warmed before using to top ice cream or other desserts.
I have two hot fudge recipes on the blog, one using cocoa powder, and this one using unsweetened chocolate. Both are thick, glossy, and delicious!
This recipe requires a candy thermometer to ensure the boiling liquid gets to the proper temperature (and therefore, proper consistency). It also contains corn syrup, which works some magic by preventing any sugar granules from recrystallizing.
Hot fudge can be stored in the fridge for up to 4 weeks. It should be kept cold, then gently warmed in the microwave or on the stovetop before serving. If you have too much to finish in 4 weeks, it will freeze well. Just make sure to use a freezer-safe container.
Make my 3 ingredient S’mores Dip or make a hot fudge brownie sundae, with a brownie, ice cream, whipped cream, fudge sauce, nuts, and a cherry to top it off! It’s excellent drizzled over angel food or pound cake, especially if a little vanilla ice cream is involved.
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Hot Fudge Sauce
Glossy and decadent hot fudge sauce you can make at home
- 4 tablespoons butter, cut into chunks
- 1/4 cup light corn syrup
- 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 3/4 cup sugar
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat and swirl it around in the pan to coat sides. Add corn syrup and chocolate and stir until chocolate melts. Add sugars, cream and salt and continue to cook over medium till mixture comes to a boil.
- Using a candy thermometer, boil gently for 7 to 9 minutes, without stirring, until sauce is thickened and candy thermometer reaches 220-224º. Remove from heat.
- Pour sauce into a heatproof bowl or 4-cup Pyrex measuring cup. Whisk in vanilla. Set aside to cool for few minutes before serving.
- Sauce keeps for 2 weeks. Cool sauce completely before covering and chilling.
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Serving Size:2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 33mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 23gProtein: 2g
Ah, gelato. Creamy, cold gelato. A scoop of caffé, pignoli, or nocciola was often lunch during our whirlwind tour of Italy. I decided to recreate this summer treat at home. Gelato, even though it seems creamier than ice cream, has less cream and more milk in the custard. Another key is less air in the final product.
I failed miserably as my crema gelato stunk! I didn’t have any trouble slurping down a couple of scoops drenched in homemade hot fudge sauce, but it’s back to the drawing board before posting a recipe. But if you have some vanilla ice cream in your freezer, make a batch of this marvelous ice cream topping and dive right in!
A cup of half pignoli and half stracciatella gelato in Florence.
25 Comments on “Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce”
This is the best hot fudge sauce I’ve ever tried. I can’t eat vanilla ice cream without it anymore!
Hello and thank you for the recipe.
I just wanted to point out a typo in Step 2 of the pre-recipe card instructions. As posted, the “Step 2: Insert the candy thermometer and boil, without stirring until the mixture is thick and reaches 120-124 degrees Fahrenheit. Remove from heat.” should read 220-224. Obviously at 120 degrees the mixture won’t be boiling and that might help readers to look at the recipe card steps, but updating the post might help those who don’t pay too much attention 🙂
Thank you for all you do.
Oh, thanks for catching that, Deywayne!! Yup, definitely a typo!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
My niece would want me to make her about a gallon of this ????
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There is nothing like homemade hot fudge sauce! Yours looks like perfection, Liz. Love that texture. Just put the ingredients for this on my shopping list – weekend sundaes!!
What an incredibly, luscious, glossy fudge sauce! Definitely a keeper for the summer.
Dear Lizzy how are you doing? This looks absolutely delicious and yummy!!
This looks so luscious and delicious. All I need is a spoon! Thank you. 🙂 ~Valentina
Homemade Hot Fudge Sunday Sauce!?! We are checking on flights now! Save us a bowl.
Dear LIz, hot fudge sauce as a topping for fresh vanilla ice cream or brownies is hard to beat. Sounds like a wonderful recipe – I will also go and take a look at the other options on your blog for topping sauces, I am sure they are as wonderful as this one.
Happy weekend, my friend!
Very yummy! I feel like drinking it :-)) We don’t have corn syrup here…what else can you use instead? Maple syrup?
Brown rice syrup might be the best substitute. I think maple syrup could work…but it will also add a maple flavor. xo
I love this recipe! It’s my family’s favorite. We enjoy this every time.
YUM YUM YUM!! top on my list
Well, it looks good enough for me! I wouldn’t mind joining you for some 🙂
It is the season for me to make ice cream and now I have an excuse to make this topping. I am forgetting about any calories. It is just too tempting.
Look perfect and delicious Lizzy!!!
Never have I made fudge sauce, and I’m wondering why. The recipe looks simple, might give it a try soon.
thank you for the recipe.
Liz…..you are killing with all your amazing desserts. Love gelato, and that sauce looks so rich and delish. Thanks for sharing.
Liz, your fudge sauce looks so good and the gelato sounds great too. I have never tried any. Love your blog….
Liz – you are too much with the desserts! I so adore gelato and prefer that to ice cream any day! The fudge sauce recipe sure looks special. Thanks for sharing!