Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Quick and easy Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce using cream, chocolate cocoa powder, butter, and vanilla that makes a rich and smooth hot fudge topping for your favorite desserts.

Quick and easy Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce using cream, chocolate cocoa powder, butter, and vanilla that makes a rich and smooth hot fudge topping for your favorite desserts.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

If you’re anything like me, ice cream is its own mandatory food group. And ice cream toppings? Don’t even get me started.  Sprinkles, cherries, chopped nuts, all the sweet sauces and toppings… It’s all good if you ask me. Especially as we inch closer and closer to toasty summer days filled with sunshine and fun memories, ice cream is about to get its shining moment. And I can’t wait.

If you’ve never made hot fudge sauce, the time has come, friend, especially since this recipe is remarkably satisfying and easy to make. Basically, if you can melt stuff on a stove, you’ll be just fine making this hot fudge sauce. It’s a semi-sweet rendition that isn’t overpowering or too rich. It’s just a classic fudge sauce that goes just great on ice cream (as we’ve covered), angel food cake with berries, cherry pie, or any other dessert that your heart desires.

What is the difference between hot fudge and chocolate sauce?

Chocolate syrup is typically runnier than hot fudge sauce and often have a less “chocolatey” chocolate flavor. Fudge sauce is very thick, especially when it cools to room temperature, due to the cream, sugar, and butter in it. Chocolate syrup, on the other hand, is made with unsweetened cocoa powder, corn syrup, cane sugar, water, or other ingredients that create a thinner and milder profile.

How long does Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce last?

This recipe will last a good amount of time after making it. Store it in an airtight container (mason jars work well) in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks.

How do you reheat hot fudge?

You can reheat hot fudge sauce in the microwave in 10-second intervals, stirring it between microwave periods. But to avoid potential burning, I recommend using a sauce pan over medium-low heat on the stove.

Quick and easy Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce using cream, chocolate cocoa powder, butter, and vanilla that makes a rich and smooth hot fudge topping for your favorite desserts.

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Quick and easy Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce using cream, chocolate cocoa powder, butter, and vanilla that makes a rich and smooth hot fudge topping for your favorite desserts.

Homemade Hot Fudge Recipe


  • Author: Melissa Griffiths - Bless this Mess
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 5 min
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: about 2 cups 1x

Description

Quick and easy Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce using cream, chocolate cocoa powder, butter, and vanilla that makes a rich and smooth hot fudge topping for your favorite desserts.


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Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup dutch-process cocoa
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. In a medium sauce pan, heat the butter over medium heat. When it starts to melt, add the chocolate, and stir continuously until they are both melted and combined.
  2. Add the cream and stir well.
  3. Add the sugar and the cocoa, and stir to combine. Let the mixture cook for about 1 minute or until the sugar dissolved, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from the heat, and add the salt and vanilla. Stir to combine.
  5. Use while still warm.
  6. Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, and reheat on the stove before serving.

Notes

  • This is a phenomenal semi-sweet chocolate hot fudge recipe. If you’d like it to be closer to a milk chocolate flavor, you can use semi-sweet or even milk chocolate in place of the unsweetened baking chocolate.
  • Be sure to keep the stove temperature at medium and lower it if it starts sticking to the bottom of the pan. You don’t want to scorch your chocolate, so keep an on it it and adjust the temperature as needed.
  • This is splendid over ice cream and is also great over angel food cake with berries.
  • Category: dessert
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: American
Nutrition Information: YIELD: 32 SERVING SIZE: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 37 Fat: 2.2g Cholesterol: 3.8mg Sodium: 73.2mg Carbohydrates: 4g Sugars: 3.2g Protein: 3g Vitamin A: 12.1µg Vitamin C: 0mg

Keywords: chocolate, hot fudge, fudge recipe, ice cream, dessert

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I’m Melissa, and I want to help you feed your family wholesome food.

As a hobby farmer and mom of five, I’m all about keeping it simple in the kitchen. I want healthy meals that feed my family well, and then I want to get back to my (messy) life. Let’s work together to find something yummy for your dinner table.