Easy Hot Fudge Recipe

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So velvety smooth and rich, this easy homemade Hot Fudge Sauce recipe has only four ingredients and it’s ready in about five minutes. It’s so simple to make a batch of gluten free chocolate goodness to pour over your favorite ice cream, dip fruit, or just eat with a spoon. And leftovers can be warmed in the microwave the next time you crave a hot fudge sundae.

Originally published June 12, 2018.

Homemade Hot Fudge Recipe

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On special occasions, in our house we love to celebrate with Make Your Own Sundaes! Or sometimes even an Ice Cream Cake Sundae Party

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 ice cream!

And no matter what the celebration, the one thing we always have on our sundae bar is this 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


You only need four ingredients to make this easy chocolate sauce.

  • 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.
  • Cocoa powder: 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 or chopped chocolate: 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.
bowls of corn syrup, chocolate chips, and cocoa powder and a pitcher of heavy cream on a marble tabletop

How to Make Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

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. Bring it to a boil then reduce heat to low.

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.

Stir in the chocolate chips till everything is melty, smooth, and velvety chocolate goodness. Serve your hot fudge sauce right away or store it in the refrigerator in a jar for up to a week.

How long will homemade hot fudge last?

If you transfer your hot fudge sauce to a jar and seal it tightly, you can keep it for at least one to two weeks. When you are ready to use it, you can warm it in the microwave, checking it and giving it a stir every 15 to 30 seconds. Or you can gently warm it in a sauce man over low heat until it is warm and pourable.

A blue spoon submerged in a jar of hot fudge sauce surrounded by rainbow sprinkles


Besides being able to use milk or almond milk, or whatever you have in the fridge, you can also swap the heavy cream for Irish cream (or Irish cream coffee creamer) and make Five Minute Bailey’s Fudge Sauce.

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!

What to make with hot fudge sauce

In no time at all, a batch of this homemade hot fudge sauce can be ready for enjoying a big sundae, but there is much more you can do with it too!

Desserts made with fudge sauce
easy hot fudge sauce ready to pour on ice cream

Things You’ll Need

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  • 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 – to measure the ingredients.
  • Whisk – makes it smooth.
  • Small heatproof spatula – to stir in that chocolate.
5 from 6 votes

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 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 10 minutes


  • 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.


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  1. Karen

    How can I make the fudge sauce without heavy cream. Can I use almond milk? Do you have any other suggestions?
    Thank you.

  2. 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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