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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.
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.
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.
But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!
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
- Small heatproof spatula
Directions overview – scroll to the recipe card for the full set of instructions
- 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. Just warm it up in the microwave or on the stove just till it is pourable.
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!
No real substitution here, but I’m a classic Hershey’s Cocoa Powder kinda gal. Feel free to use your favorite.
If you prefer not to use corn syrup, brown rice syrup works just fine in this recipe.
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.
Ice cream recipes to make a hot fudge sundae
- No-Churn Caramel Toffee Chip Cheesecake Ice Cream has swirls of creamy caramel and bits of toffee and chocolate in sweet and tangy ice cream.
- Graham Cracker Chocolate Chunk No-Churn Ice Cream is a copycat of Bruster’s Graham Central Station that might be better than the original.
- Vanilla Bean Cheesecake No-Churn Ice Cream is simple and indulgent.
- Funky Monkey Peanut Butter Ripple Chip Banana Ice Cream is the ultimate combination of banana, chocolate, and peanut butter.
- Toasted Marshmallow Brownie Batter Chunk No-Churn Ice Cream is loaded with toasty marshmallow and big chunks of chocolate in ice cream that tastes like you are licking the bowl of brownie batter.
- 3 Ingredient Strawberry Ice Cream from Foodie With Family will taste like chocolate covered strawberries when you douse it with this sauce.
- Make it mocha with Espresso Ice Cream from Brown Eyed Baker.
- And sometimes there is nothing better than keeping it simple with 3 Ingredient Vanilla Bean Ice Cream from Rachel Cooks.
Easy Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe
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Easy Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe
- 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.