Easy and quick homemade hot fudge sauce recipe uses a handful of simple ingredients like cocoa powder, sugar, butter, and milk. Drizzle this old fashioned, thick and chewy hot fudge over an ice cream sundae for the perfect dessert!
Best Hot Fudge Sauce
I have been making this quick homemade hot sauce for years. Actually, now that I think about it, decades. Yikes. 😳
Growing up, my mom didn’t micromanage my sisters and I in the kitchen (probably too exhausted from cleaning up after us). Whenever the fancy struck for a sweet treat (daily), we would be left on our own to make it.
So, if you need verification for how easy this recipe is, evidently a 10 year old can make it. Even better, without supervision!
I’m still devoted to this recipe 30 years later. I love the way the warm, thick hot fudge becomes chewy once it hits the cold vanilla ice cream. In my book, that is how hot fudge should taste, or it’s just chocolate syrup!
What is Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Made Of?
Easy Hot Fudge recipe also doesn’t require special ingredients, like heavy cream, evaporated milk, or speciality baking chocolate. In fact, I bet you have everything you need to make the best hot fudge recipe right in your kitchen!
- Cocoa Powder – Use regular unsweetened baking cocoa or dutch processed cocoa powder.
- Milk – Anything you have in the fridge, even non-dairy milk
- Corn Syrup – The magic ingredient that gives this hot fudge recipe a gooey, thick, slightly chewy texture
- Vanilla extract
Hot Fudge with Cocoa Powder
It’s possible to make a thick hot fudge sauce without chocolate chips! This recipe still has that essential dark chocolate flavor without using semi sweet chocolate chips.
Unsweetened cocoa powder, such as Hershey’s Baking Cocoa, or Dutch processed cocoa powder may be used. Dutched cocoa gives a stronger chocolate flavor with less acidity.
Does Hot Fudge need to be refrigerated?
Store bought hot fudge needs to be refrigerated after opening. Once homemade hot fudge has cooled completely, transfer to an airtight container, like a mason jar. Store in the refrigerator for up to 6 weeks.
How Long Does Hot Fudge Last?
Leftover hot fudge will stay good for 1-2 months in refrigerator. To be honest, I have kept hot fudge a lot longer and still used it. It still tastes fine, but the texture may become slightly grainer the longer it is stored.
Hot fudge sauce may also be frozen. Make sure it has cooled completely then transfer to ziplock freezer bags. Thaw in the refrigerator then reheat on the stove.
Alternatively, transfer the chocolate sauce to a microwave safe bowl and warm in the microwave for 10-15 seconds.
How to Reheat Hot Fudge
When reheating chocolate sauce transfer the serving amount to a small microwave safe bowl and reheat for 10-15 seconds. It doesn’t take long so watch carefully!
It may also be reheated in a saucepan. Warm on low heat, stirring constantly, until warmed and smooth.
How to Make Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe
- In a saucepan over medium heat combine sugar, butter, cocoa powder, corn syrup, and milk. Stir to combine until butter is melted and sauce is smooth.
- Continue stirring and bring to boil. Reduce to a simmer, stirring constantly, for 1 minute.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Cool slightly before serving, stirring occasionally.
What to do with Hot Fudge Sauce
What doesn’t taste better with chocolate?? Add homemade chocolate sauce to amp up any of these glorious desserts!
- Ice cream sundaes (even better, a hot fudge brownie sundae!)
- Cheesecake topping
- Swirl into milk shakes
- Use a dipping sauce for fondue or Dessert Boards
- Parfaits with ice cream or mousse
- Trifles, like this Mint Chocolate Chip Trifle
- Mix into bar cookies, like Hot Fudge Peanut Butter Bars
Adding Peanut Butter
If you are a peanut butter chocolate enthusiast, try Peanut Butter Hot Fudge sauce! Stir in 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter into the chocolate sauce after cooking.
More Desserts for Chocolate Lovers!
- Chocolate Chess Pie with Gluten Free Pie Crust
- Chocolate Whipped Cream
- Ding Dong Cake
- Chocolate Bark
- Buckeye Turtle Brownies
- Chocolate Granola
SAVE THIS Easy Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe TO YOUR PINTEREST BOARD!
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
- ¾ cup sugar
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 6 tablespoons cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon corn syrup
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
optional: 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter for Peanut Butter Hot Fudge Sauce
- In a small saucepan place sugar, butter, cocoa powder, corn syrup, and milk. Heat over medium-low, stirring to combine until butter is melted and sauce is smooth. Continue stirring as mixture comes to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
- Cool slightly before serving. Makes one heaping cup or 9 2 tablespoon servings.
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Storing Homemade Hot FudgeLeftover hot fudge will stay good for 1-2 months in refrigerator in an airtight container, like a lidded jar. Hot fudge sauce may also be frozen. Make sure it has cooled completely then transfer to ziplock freezer bags. Thaw in the refrigerator, then reheat on the stove.
Reheating Hot FudgeWhen reheating chocolate sauce transfer the serving amount to a small microwave safe bowl and reheat for 10-15 seconds. It doesn't take long so watch carefully! It may also be reheated in a saucepan. Warm on low heat, stirring constantly, until warmed and smooth.
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