10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge

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You’ll never want store-bought again after making your own Homemade Hot Fudge in under 10 minutes. It’s so easy that it’s dangerous! The hot fudge sauce is thick, rich, dense, fudgy, very intensely chocolaty and not overly sweet. Serve over ice cream, brownies, cakes, cookies, waffles, pancakes, or just find a spoon and dig in.

homemade hot fudge in glass jar with spoon

The BEST Homemade Hot Fudge Recipe

To be totally honest, I don’t love ice cream — it’s hot fudge that I really want. I work around the ice cream just to get to the hot fudge. I’m good with a spoon like that.

A couple weeks ago, a craving came over me for hot fudge. It’s not unusual for me to crave chocolate, but this was a craving specifically for hot fudge. I tried to forget about it, but it wasn’t going away.

So I went into the kitchen, and 10 minutes later was shoveling spoonfuls of warm, rich, deeply chocolaty hot fudge sauce into my mouth.

After making your own homemade hot fudge, a brown squirt bottle of store-bought chocolate syrup will never do. Even some of the gourmet varieties of store-bought hot fudge sauce pale in comparison. They’re either too sweet, too lackluster, or don’t have enough chocolate intensity. And taste notwithstanding, it’s more economical to make your own. And more satisfying and gratifying! 

It’s the Homemade Peanut Butter principle. Once your try homemade, a whole new world opens and you’ll wonder why you haven’t always been doing this. For most things, homemade trumps store-bought, and for peanut butter and hot fudge specifically, it’s truly a night and day comparison.

Some people will really love this over ice cream. I happen to really love this with a spoon at midnight. It’s so fudgy, rich, decadent, and stops my chocolate cravings dead in their tracks.

The batch makes just one 16-ounce jar, which is probably good. Because there’s only ten minutes standing between you and this.

homemade hot fudge in glass jar surrounded by spoons

Hot Fudge Ingredients

For this easy hot fudge recipe, you’ll need: 

  • Heavy cream (I used half-and-half)
  • Light corn syrup
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Unsweetened natural cocoa powder
  • Salt
  • Dark or bittersweet chocolate
  • Unsalted butter
  • Vanilla extract

hot fudge sauce in glass jar

How to Make Hot Fudge Sauce

First bring the cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, optional salt, and half the chopped chocolate to a boil in a heavy saucepan over moderate heat. Stir frequently until the chocolate is melted, then reduce the heat and cook at a low boil for 5 minutes.

Turn off the heat and add the butter, vanilla, and remaining chocolate. Stir until smooth, and then let cool for a few minutes before serving. This hot fudge keeps for a while, and I’ve listed my exact instructions for storing it down below. 

hot fudge in glass jar with spoons

How to Store Hot Fudge Sauce

This homemade hot fudge will keep for a month in the fridge unless you eat it all in the first two days, which is a very real possibility. I have been storing mine on the counter at room temperature for two weeks and it’s fine.

I’m sure someone will ask me about refrigeration for gift-giving. I don’t know, so do what feels right to you. To me, the extensive boiling process renders this okay to store at room temp, but store it how you’re comfortable! 

If you do store it in the refrigerator, it’ll firm up and can be reheated before serving. I recommend scooping some into a small cup and nuking that portion for 15 seconds rather than reheating the whole jar over and over. This will keep the rest of the hot fudge sauce fresh and will prevent it from clumping up from being reheated time and again. 

homemade hot fudge

Tips for the Best Hot Fudge

For the chocolate, I used three ounces from a Trader Joe’s 72% Pound Plus Bar and three ounces of Dark Chocolate Pound Plus Bar (54%). I mixed the two because I didn’t want the hot fudge to get too dark and sultry. I like my hot fudge dark and not too sweet, but didn’t want it bitter.

I used unsweeetened natural cocoa powder, but Dutch-process may be used. I’d also like to try it with Hershey’s Special Dark, but I can’t find it locally in San Diego anymore.

I didn’t sift the cocoa powder, but probably should have because it was pretty lumpy and it took quite a bit of stirring to smooth it. If your cocoa is particularly lumpy, sift. If not, don’t worry about it.

The resulting fudge is just sweet enough while being robustly and intensely chocolaty. It’s full-tilt on the chocolate oomph meter and it’s so very satisfying.

It’s thick, dense, and not runny or thin. If it sets up too thick for your liking after it’s cooled, add a drizzle more corn syrup and stir to thin it out. I’d rather have my hot fudge thick enough that when I turn it upside down on a spoon, it hangs on. Also keep in mind that when you reheat it for future uses, it naturally thins from the heat.

scooping homemade hot fudge out of jar with spoon

Do I Need To Use Corn Syrup?

Yes, you need to use corn syrup for this recipe and this ingredient cannot be omitted or altered. **

I have never experimented using another liquid sweeter such as honey, maple syrup, or agave nectar, nor tested the recipe in any other way other than in which the recipe is written, so I advise following the recipe exactly for best results.

*Since the time I originally posted this recipe in 2013, I have had a reader use honey rather than corn syrup because of a corn allergy, and she said the honey worked fine and the hot fudge set up perfectly. I haven’t tested honey personally in this recipe, but if you’re feeling experimentational you can give it a try.

**I also had a reader in 2022 mention she used sweetened condensed milk rather than corn syrup with great results. I haven’t tried this but am sharing the information.

Hot fudge collage

Recipes to Make with Hot Fudge Sauce:

You’ll never want store-bought again after making your own Homemade Hot Fudge in under 10 minutes. It’s so easy that it’s dangerous! The hot fudge sauce is thick, rich, dense, fudgy, very intensely chocolaty and not overly sweet. Serve over ice cream, brownies, cakes, cookies, waffles, pancakes, or just find a spoon and dig in.

 

You’ll never want store-bought again after making your own Homemade Hot Fudge in under 10 minutes. It’s so easy that it’s dangerous! The hot fudge sauce is thick, rich, dense, fudgy, very intensely chocolaty and not overly sweet. Serve over ice cream, brownies, cakes, cookies, waffles, pancakes, or just find a spoon and dig in!

You’ll never want store-bought again after making your own Homemade Hot Fudge in under 10 minutes. It’s so easy that it’s dangerous! The hot fudge sauce is thick, rich, dense, fudgy, very intensely chocolaty and not overly sweet. Serve over ice cream, brownies, cakes, cookies, waffles, pancakes, or just find a spoon and dig in.

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Yield: 16 ounces

10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge

10-Minute Homemade Hot Fudge

This homemade hot fudge sauce is thick and fudgy, but not overly sweet. Serve over ice cream, brownies, cakes, cookies and more!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup heavy cream (I used half-and-half)
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened natural cocoa powder (I used natural, Dutch-process may be used; if your cocoa is particularly lumpy, sift it)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, optional and to taste
  • 6 ounces dark or bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (I used 3 ounces 54% and 3 ounces 72%)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Bring cream, corn syrup* (See Notes below), brown sugar, cocoa powder, optional salt, and half the chopped chocolate to a boil in a 1 to 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring, until chocolate is melted. Reduce heat and cook at a low boil for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Turn off the heat and add butter, vanilla, remaining chocolate, and stir until smooth. Cool slightly before serving.
  3. Cooled sauce can be stored in a jar with a lid or in airtight container in the refrigerator for many weeks (recipe source says 1 week but I think that’s very conservative). I store mine for up to 1 week at room temperature; do as you’re comfortable with. Reheat sauce before using by placing the desired portion in a microwave-safe bowl and heating for about 10 to 15 seconds, or reheat on the stovetop.

Notes

Recipe adapted from Epicurious

*Since the time I originally posted this recipe in 2013, I had a reader use honey rather than corn syrup because of a corn allergy, and she said the honey worked fine and the hot fudge set up perfectly. I haven't tested honey personally in this recipe, but if you're feeling experimentational you can give it a try.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

16

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 133Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 45mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 1gSugar: 12gProtein: 1g

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Comments

  1. This was really good. I used one of those chocolate oranges, and added a half teaspoon of ancho chili pepper for heat. Sooooo good. 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I’m glad it turned out really well for you and the orange and ancho chile pepper were great twists!

  2. Thanks for an awesome, great tasting hot fudge recipe. Instead of using corn syrup, I used sweetened condensed milk. Worked GREAT!!!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad to hear that sweetened condensed milk worked in place of the corn syrup! I would have never guessed that so I appreciate you mentioning it!

  3. Just made this recipe and am so thrilled that I’ve finally found one that I’m very happy with. I made it with heavy cream, dark brown sugar , dark corn syrup and Hershey’s Special Dark cocoa because that’s what I had on hand and it turned out wonderful. I also used a Lily’s 3oz bar of dark chocolate and 3oz of Lily’s semi-sweet chips. Great recipe, thanks Averie!

    Rating: 5
  4. Hi Averie:I made your hot fudge sauce recipe this afternoon to go with the Hagen Das vanilla ice cream cake chocolate roll for our Christmas dessert. It is delicious, to say the least, and easy! Thank you very much. I am so glad I just found you and look forward to checking out your many recipes.Merry Christmas! Kathy

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad it was delish and hope you enjoy future recipes! Merry Xmas as well!

  5. O.M.G. I am in love. Perfect taste, texture and easy to make…. I will NEVER buy it at the store again.I finished my ice cream. I’m going straight for the jar now.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and I am glad you are in love and will never need to buy store bought again!

  6. Made it. Worked great. This old retired builder has always enjoyed cooking. Now that I am retired I am enjoying the kitchen.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review, glad it worked great, and that you’re enjoying the kitchen in your retirement! Good for you!

  7. Perfect timing. Yesterday, we received a late afternoon invite to a pool party where the hostess prepared homemade vanilla ice ream. I remembered your recipe of the day.The hostess has a corn allergy, so I substituted cinnamon honey for the corn syrup, in equal parts. The recipe was delicious and set up beautifully.Thank you for bailing me out of a pinch!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this recipe was so well timed, wow! I am glad to hear that honey worked in place of the corn syrup. I am going to notate that in the recipe for others actually. Glad it set up beautifully and was a winner with the homemade vanilla ice cream the hostess made!

  8. You have the best recipes ever, thank you for the time you put into making and sharing with us.
    Devoted fan of you
    Charlotte

  9. Hi.  I need to make this today but don’t have corn syrup or glucose syrup.  I only have pure Maple Syrup or regular sugars,  What should I use?  Thanks – love your recipes. 

    1. As I said in the post “You need to use corn syrup for this recipe and this ingredient cannot be omitted or altered.”

      You could experiment on your own but I have no idea how the results will be unless you make it as I wrote it. Good luck!

  10. This hot fudge is so delicious and ridiculously easy to make! I used 60 percent bittersweet chocolate and it turned out perfectly – not too sweet, not too bitter. I plan to serve it over the strawberry buttermilk ice cream I made the other day, that is, if it doesn’t go straight from the jar to my mouth via spoon first.

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad you love it and it’s easy and not too sweet for you nor too bitter!

  11. Loved this! I halved the recipe and used it a fudge layer on top of my Gluten Free Mud Pie, ice cream pie for Father’s Day. 

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this hit the spot on top of your Father’s Day dessert!

  12. Stuck inside because of Corona and bad weather. We had a fun activity with the kids making ice cream and a bag and this easy hot fudge. We made it a little sweeter by adding a bag of milk chocolate chips instead of the recommended dark chocolate, and it turned out really yummy! My kids wanted to eat it by the spoonful (and so did I!).

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad you were able to make these with the kids and take advantage of a day stuck in the house!

  13. Delicious! What is the best route to making this sweeter without ruining the texture? Use milk chocolate instead or just add a bit more sugar?

    Rating: 5
    1. I would use a lighter/sweeter chocolate, you could also try experimenting with a sweetened cocoa powder. If yours was sufficiently thick, you could bump up the amount of corn syrup too but if it was on the thinner or runnier side, then I wouldn’t go the route of adding anything additional in liquid form. Also just adding sugar will also thin it out since sugar turns into a watery syrup when heated so I wouldn’t necessarily turn to that first for fear of thinning out the texture.

  14. You had me at the “10-minute” title!! Plus, everything in the supermarket has hydrogenated oil, which I learned in nursing school NEVER leaves your body. That’s right! It’s found everywhere during autopsies. Enough about that. Your recipe is out of this world. Thanks!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this was out of this world for you!

      And wow about hydrogenated oils never leaving…wow!

  15. This is an incredibly delicious sauce! It has become my go-to chocolate filling for cakes. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

    Rating: 5
  16. This is an absolutely fabulous recipe. I used glucose syrup to replace the corn syrup and the sauce was fabulous. So rich, thick and luscious . Will be my go to recipe for chocolate sauce from now on and there is no sauce on the market that could even compare!

    Rating: 5
    1. Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad it will be your go to recipe from no on! I agree nothing store bought can compare!

  17. It’s 100 degrees here today so didn’t want to turn on the stove top but do want to make peppermint fudge swirl ice cream.  So I made this in the microwave first heating the brown sugar in the 1/2 n 1/2 and whisking it so not grainy.  Then threw everything else in and microwaved in two 30 second bursts whisking after each one.  Don’t know if it will be as good as the stove top version but so far it’s yummy!  It’s now in the fridge cooling down so I can attempt to swirl it in the ice cream when the maker is done.  Thanks!

  18. Wow, this is easy and delicious! Dipping strawberries, pineapple and bananas with this Hot Fudge for Super Bowl Sunday. Licked the pot clean. Yum….

    1. Love that you’re serving this for Superbowl with fruit…sounds so good! Glad it was pot-licking good :)

  19. I have been trying your recipes like CRAZY these past couple of days. I have never liked hot fudge on anything–even by itself–before I tried this. You have made me a believer!