Desserts/ Recipe

Hot Fudge Sauce

June 19, 2020

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Homemade hot fudge sauce made with just a few simple ingredients. Whip up a batch of this quick sauce and then reheat whenever you’re ready to add to a scoop of ice cream or a hot fudge sundae.

Hot fudge sauce dripping on top of vanilla ice cream topped with colored sprinkles and a cherry.

Every once in awhile we need to truly indulge ourselves. And what’s more indulgent than a hot fudge sauce poured over a bowl of ice cream? This sauce is rich and turns thick as soon as it hits the ice cream giving it a perfect consistency.

This chocolate sauce takes about 10 minutes to make. But the very best part is after its made, you cover and store in the refrigerator. When you’re ready for a chocolate indulgence, you just pull out of the fridge and pop into the microwave oven for 30 seconds and you have hot fudge sauce!

Chocolate sauce being poured over scoops of vanilla ice cream.

How long will this sauce last?

Hot fudge sauce will last for up to a month stored covered in the refrigerator. I like to store it in two small canning jars and pull out just one jar at a time. 

How do I reheat the sauce?

There are two main ways to heat the sauce:

  1. Place sauce in the microwave for 20-30 seconds until the hot fudge sauce is liquidy and hot.
  2. Scoop out sauce and place in a pot. Heat over low heat until heated through.

Chocolate chips, butter, cream and cocoa powder displayed on a gray board.

To make hot fudge sauce

A complete list of the ingredients and instructions are also listed at the bottom of this post in the recipe card.

  1. Place cream, corn syrup, cocoa powder and water in a sauce pan. 
  2. Whisk until smooth
  3. Add chocolate chips
  4. Turn on medium heat, stirring often until mixture begins to bowl and chocolate chips are melted- about 5 minutes. 
  5. Turn heat to low and continue cooking, stirring often. Cook until mixture reaches 215 degrees – about another 5 minutes. 
    A pot filled with cream and cocoa powder.
    Chocolate chips in a pot with a chocolate sauce.
    Hot fudge sauce bubbling in a pot.
  6. Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. Stir until smooth.

What if I don’t have a thermometer?

You can still easily make this sauce even without a thermometer.

  • Once your sauce comes to a boil, turn heat to low. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes. Watch the bubbles while the sauce boils. Initially the bubbles will be small and almost foamy.  As it nears 5 minutes, the bubbles will become bigger and the foam will disappear.
  • Test your sauce with an ice cube. Place an ice cube in a bowl. Drizzle a small amount of sauce directly on the ice cube. Let sauce sit for a few seconds and test with your fingers. The sauce should have some consistency and hold together, but not be hard. If the sauce is still liquidy after it cools on the ice cube, keep cooking it.  Chocolate sauce poured on top of an ice cube.

Don’t overcook your sauce

It’s hard to tell if your sauce is overcooked until it has cooled. Unfortunately if it has been cooked for too long the hot fudge will be very, very hard and too tough to eat. I may have made a batch or two that look beautiful until it was poured over ice cream. It became rock hard. The taste was still cook, but it was more like a fudge lollipop than a sauce!

A white bowl with scoops of ice cream topped with hot fudge, sprinkles and a cherry.

Serve this delicious chocolate sauce over homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream, raspberry swirl ice cream, peach ice cream or drizzle over a brownie sundae made with homemade brownies!

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Hot fudge sauce dripping on top of vanilla ice cream topped with colored sprinkles and a cherry.

Hot Fudge Sauce

Kathy
Quick to make hot fudge sauce that can be stored in the refrigerator and reheated every time you need a bit of hot fudge to drizzle over your ice cream.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 2 cups
Calories 178 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder (unsweetened)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (semi sweet)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Place corn syrup, cream, cocoa powder and water in a sauce pot. Whisk together until smooth.
  • Add chocolate chips and place on medium heat.
  • Heat until boiling, stirring often (approximately 5 minutes)
  • Turn heat to low. Continue stirring for about 5 more minutes until mixture reaches 215 degrees.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla.
  • Use right away, or pour into a heat proof container and let cool. Once cool, cover and refrigerate.
  • Each time you are ready to use, remove from refrigerator, remove cover and microwave for 30 seconds or until hot. Scoop out desired amount and place remaining hot fudge back in refrigerator.

Notes

If you don't have a thermometer you can use this method:
  • Once your sauce comes to a boil, turn heat to low. Continue cooking for about 5 minutes. Watch the bubbles while the sauce boils. Initially the bubbles will be small and almost foamy.  As it nears 5 minutes, the bubbles will become bigger and the foam will disappear.
  • Test your sauce with an ice cube. Place an ice cube in a bowl. Drizzle a small amount of sauce directly on the ice cube. Let sauce sit for a few seconds and test with your fingers. The sauce should have some consistency and hold together, but not be hard. If the sauce is still liquidy after it cools on the ice cube, keep cooking it. 

Nutrition

Serving: 2TablespoonsCalories: 178kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 1gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 44mgPotassium: 29mgFiber: 1gSugar: 23gVitamin A: 255IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 25mgIron: 1mg
Keyword hot chocolate sauce, hot fudge, hot fudge sauce
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Fred G
    July 2, 2020 at 10:57 am

    5 stars
    Great taste. Much, much better than store stuff. The problem is that it goes so fast, since its so good,

    • Reply
      Kathy
      July 2, 2020 at 11:39 am

      Thanks! Luckily this is easy enough to make so you can make it again and again!

  • Reply
    David @ Spiced
    June 22, 2020 at 6:32 am

    5 stars
    Well talk about that for timing! Laura and I were just discussing the merits of ice cream topped with hot fudge sauce this past weekend. I’ve made lots of sauces before, but I don’t think fudge sauce for ice cream has made the list…yet. It’s time to fix that. After all, it’s hotter than Hades here right now, and a good bowl of ice cream sounds amazing!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 22, 2020 at 7:35 am

      Yep – hot fudge is the perfect topping for ice cream and this is the perfect season for eating ice cream!

  • Reply
    Suzi
    June 21, 2020 at 11:32 am

    Looks amazing! Since we don’t go out for ice cream right now, I think we’ll have to make this for our at-home Sundae stash!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 21, 2020 at 2:33 pm

      A perfect way to enjoy ice cream goodies at home!

  • Reply
    Alex
    June 19, 2020 at 4:16 pm

    5 stars
    I definitely could eat this by itself – so delicious! A hot fudge sauce is one of life’s greatest pleasures I think!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 20, 2020 at 11:12 am

      Oh Yes! It’s the simple things 🙂

  • Reply
    Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
    June 19, 2020 at 7:37 am

    5 stars
    Perfect for all the summer ice cream my husband Tom will be consuming Kathy! I think I’ll need to make him some for Father’s Day!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 19, 2020 at 3:01 pm

      There’s just something about summertime and ice cream! This would make a great gift for Father’s Day!

  • Reply
    Dawn - Girl Heart Food
    June 19, 2020 at 6:20 am

    5 stars
    With ice-cream season in full swing this hot fudge sauce is perfect!! Though, I’d be pretty tempted to enjoy as is with a spoon 😉 Have a great weekend, Kathy!

    • Reply
      Kathy
      June 19, 2020 at 3:02 pm

      Who said you needed ice cream? A spoon is totally fine 🙂

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