Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce: Indulge Your Sweet Tooth

This hot fudge sauce is just as ooey gooey wonderful as the topping you remember from your childhood. Made with real ingredients, it’s a healthier option for when you must give in to the chocolate cravings.

Take a few minutes to toast some walnuts to top your sundae — you won’t be sorry!

hot fudge sundae in a tall glass dish

It’s been years since I’ve had a hot fudge sundae. Two? Three? Ten years? It likely came in a waxed cardboard cup from Baskin-Robbins. Inexplicably, the other night I was craving one. Time for some homemade hot fudge sauce!

This homemade hot fudge sauce certainly doesn’t qualify as healthy. Making it homemade means you can indulge without resorting to the store-bought, high fructose corn syrup versions. It’s not hard to make! The flavor is superior to that of the jars you’d get at the store.

spoon full of hot fudge sauce and jar full of hot fudge sauce

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Making hot fudge sauce at home

This recipe makes enough for us to indulge ourselves and still have a full jar left to give away. Or to keep on hand in case of an emotional crisis that absolutely requires chocolate. In which case, feel free to skip the ice cream and enjoy straight from the spoon.

The ingredients required for this homemade hot fudge sauce are simple: Sugar, cocoa powder, butter, cream, vanilla, and cinnamon. No corn syrup. No preservatives. It’ll take you a few minutes to measure out the ingredients and seven more to cook it. Serve it over your favorite ice cream flavor and store what’s left in the fridge for a month or so.

Want to really indulge? Add a dollop of homemade marshmallow fluff or some of these black cherry preserves, too!

hot fudge sunda

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hot fudge sundae in a tall glass dish

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

Yield: 32 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes

This homemade hot fudge sauce certainly doesn't qualify as healthy, but it means you can indulge without resorting to the store-bought, high fructose corn syrup versions.



  1. Combine butter, cocoa, sugar, and cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and boil for 7 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla and cinnamon. Cool slightly, then spoon over ice cream. Store any remaining sauce in the refrigerator.


Optional: for a smoother consistency, blend with an immersion blender after adding the vanilla and cinnamon.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 32 Serving Size: 1 grams
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 160Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 6gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 28mgSodium: 54mgCarbohydrates: 19gSugar: 18g

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Originally published December 2011; this post has been updated.

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10 comments… add one
  • Don Jul 3, 2020 @ 3:19

    Question from a type 2 diabetic. I have bought a bag of stevia designed for sugar substitution in recipes. Was wondering if you have looked into recipes with a Stevia substitution and if you think that might work in this hot fudge sauce recipe. Caving in to my normal chocolate cravings usually ends up in a carb coma for a couple hours while my blood sugar works to get back down. Love your posts. Regards, Don

    • Kris Bordessa Jul 4, 2020 @ 10:24

      Have you tried monk fruit? I’m not sure how that compares to stevia, but I’ve found it to be a pretty excellent substitute for sugar.

  • Alex Mar 31, 2020 @ 10:30

    Maybe we can replace sugar and butter with honey and coconut oil?

    • Kris Bordessa Apr 1, 2020 @ 16:12

      I imagine so!

  • Michelle Mar 24, 2018 @ 21:57

    Amazing recipe!
    And a sweet treat as well.

  • Susan Oct 20, 2014 @ 17:28

    A great and easy recipe! I used a double boiler to be sure not to scorch the sauce. I agree – why not make your own and have control over the quality of the ingredients.

  • sarah henry Dec 21, 2011 @ 14:57

    Hot fudge sauce sounds like a lovely holiday gift.

  • [email protected] Food. Stories. Dec 20, 2011 @ 15:26

    I love that your husband pays attention to HFCS now – as does mine. It’s so heartwarming!

  • Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart Dec 20, 2011 @ 8:36

    That’d be “eve” not even. sigh.

  • Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart Dec 20, 2011 @ 8:36

    I’m still compiling my xmas even menu. I might have to work in some hot fudge sauce.

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