A homemade hot fudge sauce recipe in 5 minutes with 5 ingredients? Yes, please!
A mixture of cream, butter, brown sugar and chocolate chips come together in minutes to create a rich decadent fudge sauce.
Dress up sundaes, brownies, cakes, and even smoothies with this uber-easy, super creamy, chocolatey fudge sauce!
Our Favorite Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe
- Made with 5 simple ingredients, this recipe for hot fudge comes out rich and smooth with a delicious dark chocolate fudgy flavor!
- It’s super easy to make, heat, melt, and stir.
- Best of all, this hot fudge sauce recipe is really fast, it takes just 5 minutes.
Ingredients and Variations
Chocolate chips – You can use dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips in this recipe, or a mixture of both. We prefer them over cocoa powder for their velvety texture and rich chocolate flavor.
Avoid using candy “melts” as they don’t have a great flavor in this chocolate sauce.
Dairy – Half-and-half or light cream provides a rich flavor compared to evaporated milk. It gives this chocolate fudge sauce the perfect consistency.
Brown sugar – This adds sweetness and balances out the semi-sweet chocolate.
Vanilla – You can switch out the vanilla extract for other extracts such as hazelnut, rum, almond, or banana to change the flavor.
How to Make Hot Fudge
- Heat cream and brown sugar as per the recipe below.
- Add chocolate chips and let the mixture rest without stirring for about 2-3 minutes.
- Whisk until the sauce is smooth and stir in vanilla.
This hot fudge sauce recipe is great served warm or room temperature over ice cream or even cake.
How to Use Hot Fudge
- Spoon it over ice cream sundaes for hot fudge sundaes.
- Spoon it over a banana split with other ice cream toppings.
- Drizzle over Belgian waffles, or angel food cake.
- Scoop some into your favorite milkshake, or a cup of homemade hot chocolate.
- Use it as a filling in your favorite ice cream cakes.
Storing Hot Fudge Sauce
- Keep hot fudge sauce in a Mason jar or other container with a tight-fitting lid in the fridge for up to 10 days.
- Reheat hot fudge sauce on low power in the microwave or place the jar in a saucepan with water on the stove on medium heat.
- And, yes, it can be frozen! Be sure it’s cooled and in a tightly sealed container. Thaw in a saucepan on medium heat and whisk in a little milk to thin it out.
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Hot Fudge Sauce
- 1 ½ cups half and half cream or light cream
- ¾ cup brown sugar packed
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a medium saucepan, combine half and half and brown sugar over medium heat until until brown sugar has dissolved and tiny bubbles start to form on the edges.
- Stir in the butter until melted, and turn off the heat.
- Add the chocolate chips and do not stir. Let sit for 2 to 3 minutes.
- Whisk chocolate chips until smooth, stir in vanilla, and serve warm or cool.
- Store hot fudge sauce for up to 10 days in the refrigerator in a Mason jar or other lidded container.
- To reheat hot fudge sauce, use low power in the microwave, or place the jar in a saucepan with simmering water on the stovetop.
- Fudge sauce can be frozen. Thaw on medium heat on the stovetop, or on low heat in the microwave. Add a little milk to thin it if necessary.
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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