Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce couldn’t be easier or more delicious. It’s sure to be your favorite ice cream topping all summer long.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce couldn't be easier or more delicious. Your summer ice cream just got a little more amazing!

When I was a kid, we briefly lived with my great grandmother, Lottie. She was a magnificent woman and an incredible cook. I was quite young – about 5 or so, but I have some pretty vivid memories of the time we spent in her home.

I remember sitting at her dining room table and coloring for hours with the crayons she kept in an old coffee can, and an old fashioned rotary phone that sat on her perfectly organized desk. Her home was immaculate and I remember giggling every time she told me to keep my feet off of her davenport.

She had a drawer devoted to her beloved baking tools, and even went so far as to purchase a set of miniature tools just for me. She’d neatly pull my hair back and keep it out of my face with a babushka, and then put a ball of dough in front of me. We’d sit at the kitchen table for hours, rolling dough and cutting perfect circles with the top of a glass. Then we’d fill, fold, and crimp each of the dough circles to create the most amazing pierogies.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce couldn't be easier or more delicious. So perfect for summer!

On summer evenings, we’d all load up into the car and head to the Old English Parlour, owned by the Lorain Creamery – a local dairy that still offered home milk delivery well into the 1980s! According to my great grandmother and my mom, the Old English Parlour had the absolute best raspberry ripple ice cream. While the Parlour offered a full menu, I don’t think we ever ordered anything but ice cream.

I was always a caramel sundae kind of girl, but I also remember snagging bites of my dad’s Tin Roof Sundaes that were slathered in the most incredible hot fudge sauce. And even though I’ve never been much of a hot fudge kind of girl, my little babe can’t get enough of all things chocolate.

Since it is finally summer here in Ohio, she’s all about ice cream – all of the time. Between overpriced novelties from the ice cream truck and homemade sundaes that that she insists are piled on top of cones instead of bowls, we’re definitely feeding our summer ice cream cravings.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce couldn't be easier or more delicious.  You'll be making this one all summer long!

This weekend we picked up the most adorable mini containers of ice cream from our local market and Elle insisted on topping hers with a little bit of chocolate sauce, spray (Redi Whip), sprinkles and of course, a cherry.

We happened to be fresh out of chocolate sauce, so I decided to dig up this recipe from the archives here on MBA and treat my little babe to Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce and I’m pretty sure there’s not turning back to the store-bought jarred stuff.

Whether you’re out of the jarred stuff, or just craving a rich, chocolatey, homemade treat for your favorite ice cream, this Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce should definitely be on your summer bucket list!

For more delicious summer recipes, be sure to check out this Strawberry S’mores Ice Cream, Frozen Samoa Pie, and No-Bake S’mores Cheesecake. I think you’ll have a hard time picking your new fave recipe!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Yield: about 2 cups

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


  • 2/3 cup 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 teaspoon salt
  • 6 ounces quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. In a medium, heavy saucepan over medium heat, combine cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa, salt, and half of the chocolate. Bring the mixture to a boil. stirring until the chocolate pieces are completely melted.
  2. Reduce heat and cook at a low boil, stirring occasionally, for about five minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and add in butter, vanilla, and remaining chocolate and stirring until smooth. Allow the sauce to cool down before serving.


  • This recipe can be easily adapted to create new flavors. I added in 1/4 teaspoon of peppermint extract which yielded a subtle, smooth, minty flavor. I think orange extract would also be excellent.
  • To store, cool sauce completely and chill in an airtight container within the refrigerator for up to one week.
Recipe from Gourmet, February 2004 via Epicurious

This recipe originally appeared on My Baking Addiction in March 2012. Text and photos have been updated.

87 Responses to “Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce”

  1. Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — March 5, 2012 at 8:28 am

    I LOVE hot fudge sundaes!!


  2. Blog is the New Black — March 5, 2012 at 8:42 am

    Oooooh, how I want this!


  3. Becca@learnasyougocook — March 5, 2012 at 8:49 am

    Phooey now I really want a sundae at 8 in the morning!!


  4. Cookbook Queen — March 5, 2012 at 9:00 am

    Jamie this looks just fabulous!! Recipes like this are nice to have. You know…for when you need emergency sundae’s and stuff (yes, there IS such a think as an emergency sundae).

    Loved hearing about you and your grandma. I’m anxiously awaiting that pierogi recipe!!


  5. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — March 5, 2012 at 9:12 am

    what a fabulous photo! You are amazing!


  6. Tara @ Chip Chip Hooray — March 5, 2012 at 9:19 am

    Oh, YUM. It’s totally normal to crave hot fudge sundaes at 9:30 am, right??


  7. sandyb — March 5, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Oh such a wonderful recipe!! Brings back such luscious memories. My grandma owned the town bakery – we lived in a very small town. People came from everywhere to come to that small but wonderful bakery. I still have some of her cookie cutter sets, etc. my grandpa was a carpenter and he made her the most wonderful cooling racks. I am 57 years old now and I can still smell that bakery after school and remember the wonderful times I had there. Thank you so much for this wonderful memory of your grandmother and for stirring up memories of mine!!!!

    Gotta try the fudge sauce!!!


  8. Maureen — March 5, 2012 at 9:35 am

    I have no ice cream, it’s after midnight and I see this. Cruelty, plain and simple.

    It looks DIVINE!!


  9. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. — March 5, 2012 at 9:39 am

    You SAY this keeps in the fridge for a week – but did it even make it that long in your house? (I kid because I love!)


  10. Rosa — March 5, 2012 at 9:40 am

    That fudge sauce looks divine!

    What great clicks!




  11. Jackie — March 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

    If you are looking for a low fat version that is really incredible: My family loves it
    1/3 cup cocoa (regular or dark) 1 cup boiling water
    1 Cup sugar 1 TBS Butter
    2 TBS flour 1/4 Tsp. salt
    1/2 tsp vanilla extract

    Blend sugar, cocoa, flour and salt. Add 1 cup boiling water and 1 TBS Butter. Heat over medium heat while stirring. Remove from heat when thickened. Stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla.
    stores in fridge for up to a month


  12. Funny, homemade hot fudge sauce reminds me of my grandmother, too. She makes an excellent one, that is pretty similar to yours. This blog is making me hungry! Looks delicious!


  13. Shani — March 5, 2012 at 10:49 am

    Thank you, Jamie ! For the recipe and story – imagine milk still being delivered in the 1980’s …..what I wouldn’t give for that!

    I’ve been looking for a great hot fudge recipe – I think jars of it would make great gifts, and we love it at my house with peppermint stick ice cream, but I think it would be delish with the raspberry ripple ice cream your mom loved.

    And my grandma called the couch a davenport too ! I think the dog was allowed on it but it was preferred that I was not – ha!

    Thanks so much for your dedication to your website. I thoroughly enjoy it!


  14. Chels — March 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

    I was craving hot fudge last night! This is awesome!


  15. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — March 5, 2012 at 11:30 am

    I loved being taken down memory lane. I’m dying over the fudge dripping down the side – amazing!!


  16. Noble Pig - Cathy — March 5, 2012 at 12:57 pm

    Thx for the story about pierogis. I grew doing the same with my grandmother. My mom and I still make them at Holiday time. That hot fudge is also stunning.


  17. Mireia — March 5, 2012 at 1:01 pm

    I’m dying right now, I love fudge!!!


  18. Daisy@Nevertoosweet — March 5, 2012 at 2:13 pm

    I love hot fudge!!! I was just wondering, I’m not sure if we can find corn syrup in Melbourne are there any alternatives? Thanks ;)


  19. Wow, your photo’s look beautiful, I just want to reach in with a HUGE spoon and scoop some fudge. The recipe is fantastic!!!


  20. I love ready family stories. What sweet memories you have of your great-grandmother.

    And, this homemade hot fudge sauce looks AMAZING!


  21. BC — March 5, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    YES to the homemade pierogi idea…Tomorrow would be great. Thanks


  22. Barbara | Creative Culinary — March 5, 2012 at 3:30 pm

    I love how so many of our memories are tied to foods we love and I can really relate to your story. Many favorite childhood memories are connected to Bergen’s Dairy and the once a week walk my dad would take all five of us kids on to get a cone. Let’s just say Butter Brickle and leave it at that. :)

    I’m more of a caramel girl myself too but when I have really good hot fudge I love it too and this sounds amazing. I have one I love that’s from my childhood before that stuff now sold in plastic bottles and called Magic Shell (yuck). My Mom would take me to lunch where she worked and I loved a Gold Brick Sundae; real chocolate and pecans that hardened on vanilla ice cream.

    Now I’m craving one or the other and not a bit of ice cream in the house! Drat.


  23. Urban Wife — March 5, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    Looking forward to your homemade pierogi! In the meantime, this fudge sauce looks amazing. Anything homemade is 100x better!


  24. Renee — March 5, 2012 at 4:48 pm

    Looks luscious. I can’t wait to try it.


  25. Amy Tong — March 5, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Your hot fudge sauce looks finger/spoon-licking good. What a wonderful memories with your Great Grandma. :) Thanks for sharing your story…I look forward to reading you post on the homemade pierogi!


  26. I could bathe in this.


  27. Amber — March 5, 2012 at 6:05 pm

    I could seriously dive right into this sauce. It looks SO decadent.


  28. Becca - Cookie Jar Treats — March 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Oh my goodness! That chocolate sauce is so thick and just wow! I want to take a bath in the sauce, is that weird? I hope not, because it looks just that good.


  29. Elizabeth — March 5, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    I love the look of this dripping on the side!


  30. KMomOh — March 5, 2012 at 7:57 pm

    We used to go to Old English Parlour too. My mom always got the tin roof sundaes. I forgot about that until I read your post. What a great memory. Since we can’t go there anymore I will have to just make your sauce and pretend.


  31. megan @ whatmegansmaking — March 5, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    what a good idea! I’ve made hot fudge sauce before, but you can never have too many recipes for chocolate, right? :)


  32. And immediately after the photo you used your finger to wipe that fudge falling from the cup.. I would! Awesome!


  33. Now I’m going to be dreaming of sundaes and hot fudge sauce…


  34. Cindy — March 6, 2012 at 7:07 am

    Jamie – babuska, davenport – are you sure you weren’t talking about MY grandma? Such a great post. So nostalgiac. Making the kids some of this tonight – wonder if it would rock over mint choc chip?


  35. Tracy — March 6, 2012 at 9:42 am

    This sounds fabulous, and I can’t wait to try it! I’ve always wanted to make hot fudge at home!


  36. I on the other hand would totally forgo the ice cream and be perfectly happy with a few big spoonfuls of this!


  37. Beth — March 6, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    I live in a town in MN where there was a milkman until two years ago. He was the son-in-law of the original milkman who delivered to my house when I was a kid.
    I also prefer to eat the fudge sauce from a spoon since I don’t like I’ve cream.


  38. Amber — March 8, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    the word davenport brought back memories of my grandma. Never heard anyone else use the word.


  39. Tickled Red — March 12, 2012 at 11:17 am

    One word…DROOL!


  40. Suzanne at flourarrangements — March 13, 2012 at 2:25 am

    I love this recipe from probably the best issue of Gourmet magazine ever. When I was pregnant, I ate this same hot fudge sauce every single night. Come to think of it, I ate it two nights ago, too. Your photo of it makes me want to make again right now.


  41. Dirty Martini — June 6, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I actually do own an ice cream parlor. This recipe sounds great, but it give hot fudge a nice aged flavor if you add some vanilla and Swiss miss hot chocolate.


  42. Amy — July 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

    I am making this as a wedding favor for 132 guests. Do you think it will last in the fridge for longer than a week??????


    • Jamie — August 5, 2012 at 5:10 pm

      Unfortunately, I do not know if it will last longer than the specified week. Have a great day.

  43. Amanda — December 4, 2012 at 1:55 pm

    I’ve made this recipe twice and my husband absolutely loves it. The consistency is so thick and gooey, and the dark chocolate flavor is incredible. I’m making jars of it to give away as Christmas gifts this year and I can’t wait to hear how much my family enjoys it! Thank you thank you thank you for this recipe!


  44. Cami Lopez — December 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm

    This is awesome! Thank you for sharing this recipe.Great help!


  45. Lottie — March 23, 2013 at 10:00 pm

    Smiles to you, making this for my kiddos tonight, for our SUNDAE BUFFET! ANd, yes, my name is Lottie, I was named after my Great-grandmother!


  46. Lynn — September 6, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    Wonder how I could make this for a diabetic my Dad loves chocolate in his milk and on ice cream. Does anyone know how I could?


  47. Aurelie higgins — October 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm

    How fun is this. I am from Lorain too. Lived on 33rd st. And have fond memories of cutting through the yards on friday night to the lorain creamery. White house with the cherries was my favorite. Later we too went to Old Engish parlor for hot fudge sundaes. Thanks for the memories and the home made hot fudge recipe. BTW. Found this site by accident looking for homemade christmas gifts. Thanks..1966 grad of LHS!


    • Jamie — October 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by! I love that you’re from Lorain – so close to home.

  48. This looks so rich and delicious. Who wouldn’t love some homemade hot fudge? I featured this on my Handmade Gift Ideas. http://www.throughtheeyesofthemrs.com/2013/11/30-handmade-gift-ideas.html


  49. Polly — January 22, 2014 at 11:39 am

    OMG! Best ever chocolate fudge in the history of mankind!!!!


  50. Desiree — March 29, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    This is glorious! Truly, a lush, lush hot fudge sauce. Best ever. We ate it on icecream of course, but straight out of the jar with a spoon, standing in front of the open fridge door so the kids couldn’t see me, was my favourite way to enjoy it.


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