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Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce. Homemade hot fudge recipe perfect to top ice cream. Creamy silky smooth chocolate fudge sauce. #hotfudge

Hot Fudge Sauce

Rich chocolate fudge sauce perfect to drizzle on your favorite ice cream or dessert. It is so simple and easy!

The perfect hot fudge sauce. You know the one that tempts you to grab a spoon and eat it straight from the jar. Yep, that one. It has to be thick enough to coat the back of a spoon but not so thick that it won’t glide over ice cream. Basically, this is the ultimate hot fudge sauce recipe. Beware, this is some dangerous chocolate sauce since most people can’t be trusted around it.

You never have to buy storebought chocolate fudge sauce again. It is so quick and easy to make the homemade chocolate sauce that you can say goodbye to the faux artificial chocolate sauce. This is the real deal!

This classic ice cream topping is a staple when making ice cream sundaes. This simple fudge sauce will elevate your ice cream sundaes to another level. You can find my caramel sauce recipe here. If you are looking for homemade ice cream recipes, here are my homemade chocolate ice cream and salted caramel ice cream recipes.

Hot Fudge and Caramel Ice Cream Sundae Recipe.

What ingredients are in homemade chocolate hot fudge sauce?

This chocolate fudge sauce is made with only 5 ingredients — heavy cream, unsweetened cocoa powder, sugar, butter, and vanilla. It is as simple as cooking it in a pan on the stovetop until thickened.

How to make the BEST Hot Fudge Sauce:

The key is to warm up the cream so the sugars and cocoa powder will dissolve and melt. Heat the cream and butter over medium heat.  Once it is heated, reduce the heat to low and add the cocoa powder and sugar. Only add the cocoa powder 1/2 cup at a time and whisk well after each addition, as it helps to keep it from clumping. Cook until slightly thickened and remove from heat. Let it cool for about 30 minutes before adding the vanilla extract.

Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce. Homemade hot fudge recipe perfect to top ice cream. Creamy silky smooth chocolate fudge sauce. #hotfudge

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Hot Fudge Sauce

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
Rich smooth chocolate hot fudge sauce recipe will be an instant classic in your home.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 cups


  • 1 1/2 cups Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 1 3/4 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Heavy Cream
  • 3 Tablespoons Butter *
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • * I use salted butter. If using unsalted butter add a pinch of salt to hot fudge.


  • In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat cream and butter over medium heat. Whisk often to ensure it doesn't burn on the bottom. Once butter is melted, reduce heat to low.
  • Stir in cocoa powder and sugar, 1/2 cup at a time. Whisk well after each addition to prevent clumping. When the mixture is completely smooth, remove from heat. If you desire a thicker fudge, cook while whisking for several minutes longer). Stir in vanilla extract.
  • Transfer the fudge to a glass jar or storage container and let cool to room temperature before covering with a lid (the steam will cause condensation to form). Keep it refrigerated until ready to serve. May microwave it or heat on a stovetop.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Servings: 4 cups
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Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce. Homemade hot fudge recipe perfect to top ice cream. Creamy silky smooth chocolate fudge sauce. #hotfudge

I hope you love this homemade hot fudge sauce, my friends!

Hi, I'm Melissa Stadler!

I am an Award-Winning Recipe Creator. Cover of Food Network Magazine. Two-Time Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist. I am passionate about sharing the best recipes so you have success in the kitchen!

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  1. 5 stars
    This sauce is amazing. I made the sauce already but there won’t be any left for ice cream, I know myself way to well for that.

  2. 5 stars
    This fudge sauce is decadent! I don’t need ice cream. I just want to eat it with a spoon. I keep it in the refrigerator and when I have a craving for chocolate, I get it our and indulge! (Of course it’s also perfect on ice cream!)