Hot Fudge Sauce

Hot Fudge Sauce

Chocolate and cocoa combined with heavy cream and butter makes the best hot fudge sauce. Ready in less than 15 minutes. Be still my heart!

Hot Fudge Sauce

Hot Fudge Sauce may seem like a summer food. However you are wrong. The act of pouring something hot and fudgy over ice cream, in perhaps the depths of winter, makes this a winter food. Because it’s hot. That is my logic and I’m sticking to it!

There is not much I enjoy more than a sundae with hot fudge sauce. It is without apology that I offer this to many dinner guests for dessert. Truly I’ve served amazing things to my guests for dessert, but nothing makes their eyes light up like a hot fudge sundae. So set out the toppings and let them make magic!

This chocolatey, rich hot fudge sauce with deep chocolate undertones and a touch of salt, is totally amazing. I must admit to dipping my spoon into it as it sits in the refrigerator luring me in.

Hot or not, this sauce is divine. This hot fudge sauce makes a great hostess gift and whenever I make it I always set aside a small jar for those “need a gift, just in case” occasions. Really it beats a bottle of wine. Or flowers. Really, it does.


To me vanilla or coffee ice cream just doesn’t taste as good, unless drenched in this hot fudge sauce. Zoe would probably prefer it over peppermint. I do think I could agree with her on this!

My mother prefers butter pecan and Manservant will eat it with anything. You know I don’t actually know what Alex Odie San China Boy likes, but my guess is he would do chocolate ice cream with hot fudge.

And there you have it. The ice cream chronicles of our family. And they are all with hot fudge.

Trust me on this. This hot fudge sauce is a genuine winner. It’s simple to make and ready in less than 15 minutes. No corn syrup required.

It makes a perfect gift and gifting season is upon us. Perfect on any ice cream, I have no worries that this hot fudge sauce will become a classic. It will be something that is asked for again and again. It will become a family request. Yes. It is that good!


Some of my faves to serve this decadent sauce on:

Chocolate Oreo Ice Cream

No Churn Oreo Ice Cream

Maple Salted Macadamia Ice Cream

Salted Macadamia Nut Ice Cream

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

Cream Cheese Pound Cake

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Hot Fudge Sauce

Hot Fudge Sauce

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 Minutes
  • Total Time: 15 Minutes
  • Yield: About 3 pints 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


Chocolate and cocoa combined with heavy cream and butter makes the best hot fudge sauce. And it’s ready in less than 15 minutes.



1 c salted butter at room temperature

4 oz unsweetened chocolate, roughly chopped

1 c Dutch processed cocoa

1 1/3 c sugar

2 c heavy cream

1 t salt

1 T vanilla


In a heavy saucepan over low heat, melt butter and chocolate, stirring fairly often so chocolate doesn’t burn.

Add the cocoa, sugar, and 1 1/2 c cream. Turn heat to medium low and stir constantly until lumps are gone and sauce is just heated, about 2-3 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/2 cream and mix until smooth and thick, about 1 more minute.

Remove from heat and stir in salt and vanilla. Pour into small jars and let cool. Then cover. Keeps in the refrigerator for 6-8 weeks.

Keywords: hot fudge sauce, sauce, chocolate, chocolate sauce, fudge, dessert sauce

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  • Liz
    October 26, 2018 at 3:14 am

    Yes, please! There is no season for hot fudge!!

  • sippitysup
    October 25, 2018 at 8:28 pm

    Hot Fudge Sunday! Too bad it’s only Thursday… GREG

  • heather (delicious not gorgeous)
    October 20, 2018 at 9:00 pm

    this looks so decadent! i know what i need for the ice cream in my freezer right now (;

  • kesha
    October 20, 2018 at 8:45 pm

    This fudge sauce looks so thick and yummy! I love to sandwich vanilla wafers with peanut butter and dip them in fudge sauce! So delicious!

  • angiesrecipes
    October 20, 2018 at 9:11 am

    The sauce looks amazing and I bet it’s addictive!

  • Jeff the Chef
    October 20, 2018 at 5:06 am

    Wow, that’s a lot of cocoa – I bet this is fantastic.

  • Healthy World Cuisine
    October 19, 2018 at 12:26 pm

    This hot fudge sauce is going to be dangerous. If it only takes 15 minutes and we have all the ingredients… oh my! Feeling naughty already!

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    October 18, 2018 at 7:45 pm

    Re in 15 minutes? This is dangerous stuff! I can make it any time I’m craving chocolate. Serve this on ice cream? Heck, I’ll eat it by the spoonful! 🙂

  • Juliana
    October 18, 2018 at 3:06 pm

    Oh Abbe, this fudge sauce looks awesome, so yummy and so tempting…I feel like swiping my finger on the computer screen to taste the sauce. Thanks for sharing the recipe…I hope you are having a wonderful week!