Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Day 3 of the Virtual Ice Cream Social and today I bring to you a homemade ice cream topping. Key for any ice cream party! I bring you… homemade hot fudge sauce! Yep, I went there, again. Hot fudge has always been one of those indulgence that I don’t get often enough; maybe once or twice a year. That is until I started making my own.

homemade hot fudge sauce

I remember as a kid going out for ice cream once a month, and if I didn’t get a soft serve ice cream cone dipped in rainbow sprinkles or hard chocolate shell I got a decadent ice cream sunday. Vanilla ice cream, thick whipped cream, a maraschino cherry on top , oh and don’t forget the hot fudge sauce. That’s what I really wanted–forget all the other components to the sundae–I just wanted the hot fudge!

homemade hot fudge sauce

It is self satisfying once again to know that I can make my own ice cream toppings. I’ve mastered homemade whipped cream, and make a pretty mean caramel sauce, but now I think I’ve taken my obsession with ice cream to a whole new level with this homemade hot fudge sauce.

Do you make your own ice cream toppings?

Adapted from Epicurious via Gourmet, February 2004

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 2 cups


  • 2/3 cups heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 6 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. In a large pot, add: heavy cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and 3oz of the chocolate. Bring to a boil over medium heat, continuously stirring until chocolate is melted. Reduce heat to low and cook at a low boil, for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Remove the pot from the heat and add the butter, vanilla extract, and remaining 3 ounces of chocolate. Stir until smooth--cool sauce and serve.


*Store sauce in an airtight container for up to 1 week in the refrigerator.

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  1. You know I love me some sprinkles… I wonder how difficult they would be to make! this hot fudge looks great and sounds so simple to make.

    • ha Samantha–that sounds way too difficult! lol. I’ll leave sprinkles to the manufacturers!

  2. This pics are amazing and right now I would like to stick a spoon in there and eat it all.

    • Thanks Danielle. It took everything I had in me to not lick the spoon that was sitting in the jar!

  3. A perfect match for homemade ice cream, this is wonderful!

  4. Oh wow, hot fudge has power over me…look at that…swoon.

  5. Oh yum! Homemade hot fudge sauce is the best, especially with homemade ice cream!

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