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.
Hot Fudge Recipe
No fancy ingredients are needed, either. 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 this dessert sauce to give as hostess or holiday gifts. Wrap a pretty ribbon around the outside and you’re all set.
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.
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.
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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.
How long does hot fudge sauce 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.
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Hot Fudge Recipe + Video
- 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!
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.
Originally published February 2014, updated and republished January 2022
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