Monday, February 28, 2022

Hot Fudge Recipe + Video

This hot fudge recipe makes the richest, creamiest chocolate dessert topping you’ve ever tried! Have a batch ready to serve in only 10 minutes. 

With double the chocolate flavor as other recipes, this version is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

No fancy ingredients are needed. Make this hot fudge recipe with simple ingredients you may already have on hand!

Even better, you can package up jars of this dessert sauce to give as hostess or holiday gifts. Wrap a pretty ribbon around the outside and you’re all set.

Looking for more delicious homemade toppings? Try my caramel sauce or strawberry syrup! There’s even a version of crispy Magic Shell that can be made with a variety of flavors.

Hot Fudge Recipe pouring into a jar

Hot Fudge Recipe - Tips and Tricks

  • Whisk constantly. This keeps the consistency silky smooth and prevents any scalding along the bottom of the pot.
  • Make it dairy free! Use your favorite allergen-free chocolate chips and vegan baking sticks. Then, swap the heavy cream for a plant-based alternative or full fat canned coconut milk.
  • Change the flavor. The vanilla extract adds warmth to this homemade hot fudge, but you could easily substitute peppermint, almond, cherry, or orange for a tasty twist.
  • Need a large batch? Easily multiply the recipe to make as much as you need. I still recommend storing it in smaller jars to limit the exposure to air as you use it.
homemade hot fudge sauce ingredients

Video: Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

To see us make this from start to finish, watch the video at the top of this post.

Serving Suggestions

Use this hot fudge recipe for more than just an ice cream topping! Drizzle this decadent sauce over cookies, brownies, cheesecake, and more. 

You can also whip up cookies and creme affogato for a touch of fancy or layer it into a delicious poke cake or peanut butter tiramisu.

homemade hot fudge with cream chocolate and butter

Kitchen Tools You Will Need
  • Medium Saucepan - Heats evenly and is easy to clean too.
  • Whisk - Keeps your sauce lump-free and silky smooth. I’ve had this set for over 10 years, and it’s still as good as the day I bought it!
  • Mason Jar - I absolutely love these and use them for storing, prepping, drinking glasses, and especially canning.
homemade hot fudge boiling

FAQ - Common Recipe Questions

What’s the best chocolate for homemade hot fudge sauce?

I love the flavor of milk chocolate chips, and they melt down smoothly without any fuss. If you prefer something a little less sweet, dark or semi sweet chips work just as well in this hot fudge recipe.

You could also purchase high quality bars and chop them into smaller chunks before melting. Be sure it’s something you enjoy eating by itself! Baker’s chocolate will be too bitter.

Can I leave out the corn syrup?

I wouldn’t recommend it. Not only does it prevent the sugar from crystallizing in the refrigerator, but it also creates that beautiful glossy sheen.

However, you could substitute honey or agave to accomplish the same effect.

How long does homemade hot fudge last?

This will keep for about 2 weeks in the refrigerator when stored in a jar or airtight container. Enjoy it cold or warm it back up in the microwave before serving.

homemade hot fudge sauce over ice cream


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Hot Fudge Recipe pouring in a jar wide photo

Yield: 2 cups
Author: Donna Elick
Hot Fudge Recipe

Hot Fudge Recipe

This hot fudge recipe makes the richest, creamiest chocolate dessert topping you’ve ever tried! Have a batch ready to serve in only 10 minutes.
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 5 MinTotal time: 10 Min


  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 8 ounces milk chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Add all ingredients (except vanilla) to a medium pot over medium heat. Whisk to combine. Bring to a low boil (bubble) until hot fudge thickens enough to look like fudge, whisking constantly. About 5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat, add vanilla. Whisk to combine. Allow to cool and transfer to a resealable glass jar or serve right away. Keep refrigerated and reheat as necessary.
  3. Enjoy!
  1. You can use dark or semi sweet chocolate in this recipe. Chips or bars (chopped) work fine. Fudge will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.

Hot Fudge Recipe closeup

Originally published February 2014, updated and republished January 2022

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  1. Not sure if it went through so am commenting again, is this recipes missing something? It says double chocolate but only lists milk chocolate chips should it have cocoa in it?

    1. Actually it is doubly chocolaty, compared to other hot fudge recipes. Good catch though. Enjoy and let us know how it goes.


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