Best Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe + Video

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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. Make your own hot fudge sundae at home! 

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With double the chocolate flavor as other versions, this thick hot fudge recipe is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

What I love about this homemade hot fudge sauce recipe is that it’s such an easy recipe to do.

All you have to do is follow the steps on the recipe card, and you’ll be loving every bite. It also doesn’t have the artificial flavor that you get from the store bought kind.

No way – this is the real deal! It’s safe to say that this might be my favorite way to enjoy a jar of hot fudge, poured over the bowl of ice cream. 

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Hot Fudge Recipe

No fancy ingredients are needed — you can make this hot fudge sauce recipe with simple ingredients you may already have on hand!

Even better, you can package up jars of homemade hot fudge 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 dessert topping

There’s even a version of crispy Magic Shell that can be made with a variety of flavors.

melting chocolate chips and butter in cream for hot fudge

Tips for the Best Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

  • 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 this thick hot fudge 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.
cooking homemade hot fudge sauce

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 crème affogato for a touch of fancy, or layer homemade hot fudge sauce into a delicious poke cake or peanut butter tiramisu.

If you want to really go all out, set up an ice cream party where you let everyone make their ice cream sundaes.

Have a mason jar full of this easy hot fudge recipe, and don’t forget to have other jars full of fun toppings. 

You then pair it with your favorite ice cream and let everyone create their very own taste! 

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 Jars – I absolutely love these and use them for storing, prepping, drinking glasses, and especially canning.

Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe FAQ

What’s the best chocolate for a hot fudge recipe? 

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.

What does this chocolate sauce pair well with? 

This is literally the best hot fudge sauce recipe because it pairs with all your favorite desserts. You can add it as a topping to an ice cream cake or keep it as a delicious ice cream sauce. This easy hot fudge sauce recipe even pairs well with fresh fruit! 

Drizzle this on a slice of pound cake to add some flavor, pour it on top of brownie sundaes and a bowl of vanilla ice cream, or dip your next batch of chocolate chip cookies into it. 

Can I use dark chocolate chips for this chocolate fudge sauce?

You can. You can use any type of chocolate chips, from semi-sweet chocolate chips to dark chocolate chips, for this delicious dish. Just know that if you use a variety or change the recipe, it will change the flavor of the chocolate syrup as well. 

Using a bittersweet chocolate will cut down on some of the sweetness and richness, but some people might actually prefer that better. The best way to find the flavor that you like the best and to know the main difference between the choices is to make a few batches and try the options. 

How long does hot fudge sauce last?

Homemade hot fudge sauce 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.

pouring homemade hot fudge over ice cream in a bowl

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Best Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe + Video

Donna Elick
This hot fudge recipe makes the richest, creamiest chocolate dessert sauce you’ve ever tried! You can make a batch in only 10 minutes!!
5 stars from 3 reviews
Tried this recipe?Please comment and review!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Course Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine American
Method Stovetop
Servings 16 (2 cups total)


  • 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


  • Add all ingredients (except vanilla) to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Whisk to combine.
    Bring mixture to a low boil (bubble) and whisk constantly until hot fudge thickens, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, add vanilla, and whisk to combine. Allow hot fudge sauce to cool, then transfer to a resealable glass jar or serve right away.
  • Keep refrigerated and reheat as necessary. Enjoy!


Donna’s Notes

You can use dark or semi sweet chocolate in this recipe. Chips or bars (chopped) work fine.
Hot fudge sauce will keep in the fridge for about 2 weeks.


Serving: 2 tablespoons | Calories: 157cal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 11mg | Sugar: 13g | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1mg

All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.

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Originally published February 2014, updated and republished February 2024

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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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