Easy Fudge Sauce Recipe

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This Easy Hot Fudge recipe has only four ingredients and it’s ready in about five minutes. Velvety smooth and rich, it’s dangerously simple to whip up this homemade chocolate sauce to pour over your favorite ice cream, dip fruit, or just eat with a spoon. Gluten free, and leftovers can be warmed in the microwave the next time you crave a hot fudge sundae.

Easy Hot Fudge Recipe image with text and the chocolate sauce dripping into a small glass jar

Originally published June 12, 2018.

I am typically one who celebrates and gets excited about my kids achieving new milestones and learning new things. I am decidedly not in the “stop growing” or “make time stop” or “they grow too fast” camp.

One of the ways we celebrate is with Make Your Own Sundaes!

New Year’s Eve starts with making our own pizza and ends with putting out bowls of toppings to pile on top of our scoops of ice cream.

Do my kids want cake for their birthday? Nope, they beg for sundaes.

Finished another school year? We celebrate with a sundae party!

Well, other than the year my little one graduated preschool and was going to start Kindergarten. That year I might say I drowned my sorrows in ice cream.

But whether we are happy or sad, one thing remains constant – Hot Fudge Sauce.

Thick, rich, velvety, and oh so chocolaty, this homemade hot fudge recipe will satisfy the most intense chocolate cravings. I promise you’ll never go back to the stuff from a jar. Not when you can whip this up in just about five minutes with only four ingredients that you likely already have in your pantry.

Heck, the one thing you might not have, the heavy cream, can be substituted with any number of other things and it’s still just as delicious.

Your sundaes never had it so good. So let’s talk about it.

A spoonful of Easy Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

How to Make Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

In no time at all, a batch of this homemade hot fudge sauce can be ready for comforting yourself with a big sundae or celebrating with an Ice Cream Cake Sundae Party. Or let it cool a bit and use it as the middle layer of a homemade ice cream cake.

Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
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Easy Hot Fudge Recipe Ingredients are Heavy Cream, Corn Syrup, Cocoa Powder, and Chocolate Chips

You only need four ingredients to make this easy chocolate sauce. And if you are missing any, then keep reading for my suggestions for substitutions.

  • Heavy cream
  • Cocoa powder
  • Corn syrup
  • Chocolate chips or chopped chocolate


  • Small pot – since this doesn’t make a huge amount of fudge sauce, I like to use a 1 quart saucepan so that is doesn’t boil and burn too quickly.
  • Measuring cups and spoons
  • Whisk
  • Small heatproof spatula

Directions overview – scroll to the recipe card for the full set of instructions

  1. Whisk the cream, cocoa, and syrup together. Make sure you whisk your heavy cream, cocoa powder, and corn or brown rice syrup together before you put it on the heat so that everything gets evenly incorporated before it starts to bubble.
Whisking Together Hot Fudge Ingredients in a small saucepan
  1. Bring it to a boil then reduce heat to low.
Bring hot fudge to a boil in a pot
  1. Boil for several minutes till it gets thick, then remove it from the heat. Once it is boiling, you’ll only need to let it boil for 3-5 minutes or so until it starts to thicken. You’ll want the consistency just a bit thinner than how you want your fudge sauce to be at the end because it will thicken when you add the chocolate.
Fudge Sauce Boiling in a small saucepan
  1. Stir in the chocolate chips till everything is melty, smooth, and velvety chocolate goodness.
Stirring chocolate chips into boiling hot fudge mixture to melt them
  1. Serve your hot fudge sauce right away, or store it in the refrigerator in a jar for up to a week. Just warm it up in the microwave or on the stove just till it is pourable.
A blue spoon submerged in a jar of hot fudge sauce surrounded by rainbow sprinkles

Ingredient substitutions

Heavy Cream

If you don’t have heavy cream, I have made it using milk or even almondmilk. It doesn’t turn out quite as thick, but it is still smooth and delicious.

You can also swap the heavy cream for Irish cream (or Irish cream coffee creamer) and make Five Minute Bailey’s Fudge Sauce. Just sayin’.

And really, any flavor of coffee creamer will work, whether you want to add more vanilla flavor, a hint of hazelnut, or even pumpkin spice!

Cocoa powder

No real substitution here, but I’m a classic Hershey’s Cocoa Powder kinda gal. Feel free to use your favorite.

Corn syrup

If you prefer not to use corn syrup, brown rice syrup works just fine in this recipe.

Chocolate chips

I usually use chocolate chips because I typically always have a big bag on hand. And it’s quicker to grab a scoop of chips than chop up a bar if I want to make this quick. But either works fine.

easy hot fudge sauce ready to pour on ice cream

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5 from 1 vote

Easy Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

This easy Hot Fudge Sauce recipe is made with only four ingredients in about five minutes. With its rich chocolate flavor, you’ll want to pour this homemade hot fudge over ice cream, strawberries, and more.
Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 5 mins
Total: 10 mins
Servings: 16


  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup corn syrup or brown rice syrup
  • 2 oz. semisweet chocolate, chopped, or about 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Whisk together the heavy cream, cocoa powder, and brown rice or corn syrup in a small pot until smooth.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, then reduce heat to low and simmer for about 3-5 minutes, until thickened slightly.
  • Remove from the heat and add the chocolate. Stir until smooth.
  • Cool slightly and use immediately, or store in the refrigerator. It will be thick once chilled, so you’l need to warm it in the microwave or on the stove.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe
Amount Per Serving (2 Tablespoons)
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 10mg3%
Sodium 6mg0%
Potassium 46mg1%
Carbohydrates 6g2%
Sugar 5g6%
Vitamin A 110IU2%
Calcium 9mg1%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  1. Stephanie

    I have been searching for an old recipe and I have found several but not the one I have. My irritation here is that every one of the recipe blogs have way too much “chatter” and too much scrolling to find the recipe. I am commenting here because I am frustrated. What happened to just recipes and a photo or two? Too much scrolling wastes times.

    1. I’m sorry that you feel that scrolling for a couple seconds in order to get your free recipe takes too much of your time. I’m glad that you had the opportunity to air your frustrations with all blogs here on my blog. There are actually a number of reasons for the length of our content, some of which is to provide additional useful information about the recipe and ingredients. In my case, I have started focusing on making sure my recipes are all gluten free, so I am adding a section to explain whether it is gluten free and what would need to be changed to make it gluten free. The other is that this is a blog, not a recipe website, so yes, many bloggers like to use their blogs to express themselves creatively in multiple formats, including writing. If you are interested in neither of those things, you’ll notice on my website, just below the recipe title, I have a button to click that will bring straight to the recipe in a fraction of a second. I hope that saves you time.

    1. Brianne Cupcakes & Kale Chips

      Thanks, Rebecca! I mean, what’s not to love about thick chocolate sauce on your dessert? 😉

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