Homemade Hot Fudge

Homemade Hot Fudge

Our 5-minute hot fudge recipe is a delicious indulgence any day of the week.

By: Elizabeth Stark

Sometimes all it takes to make a simple dessert really stand out is a drizzle of homemade hot fudge! And with its rich, velvety texture, nothing beats the flavour of homemade. Best of all, homemade hot fudge comes together in minutes, meaning you’ll have time to add that extra special touch even on the busiest nights.

Tip: To impart the best chocolate flavour, look for a high cocoa content chocolate. Because chocolate chips are made with fillers to help keep their shape, skip the chips and go with baking chocolate in bar form instead. 

Easy Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Makes: 1/2 litre
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes, plus 20 minutes to cool
Cost: $
Difficulty: Easy

170 mL (6 ounces) chopped bittersweet chocolate, divided
125 mL (1/2 cup) heavy cream
125 mL (1/2 cup) corn syrup
45 mL (3 tbsp) packed brown sugar
30 mL (2 tbsp) unsweetened cocoa powder
Pinch of sea salt
30 mL (2 tbsp) unsalted butter
5 mL (1 tsp) vanilla extract


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  1. Set a heavy bottomed, non-reactive saucepan over medium heat
  2. Add 85 grams (3 ounces) chocolate, the heavy cream, corn syrup and brown sugar — when mixture is melted and smooth, whisk in the cocoa
  3. Remove from heat, and immediately stir in the remaining 85 grams (3 ounces) chocolate and 30 mL (2 tbsp) butter, stirring until smooth
  4. Finally, stir in the vanilla extract
  5. Cool for 20-30 minutes, and then drizzle over your favourite ice cream flavour

  6. Hot fudge can be kept in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week — to reheat, microwave fudge on low for 10-20 seconds

Tip: Get creative and try a chocolaty drizzle on everything from cookies to cupcakes to lattes.

10 Creative Uses for Hot Fudge

  1. Drizzle over cupcakes or cake
  2. Make chocolate-covered cookies by dipping in hot fudge
  3. Use hot fudge to make extra rich chocolate milk
  4. Add a swirl to your favourite coffee drink
  5. Stir 30 mL (2 tbsp) hot fudge and a handful of chopped candy into softened ice cream for a fast homemade treat
  6. Stir crushed peppermints into hot fudge for a minty treat
  7. Stir a drizzle of hot fudge into a bowl of granola or oats
  8. Try a sophisticated take and top hot fudge with a pinch of sea salt
  9. Add several tablespoons to your favourite milkshake flavour
  10. Try a drizzle of hot fudge in your favourite ice cream float recipe

Elizabeth Stark, along with her husband Brian Campbell, writes the blog
Brooklyn Supper — the story of a family eating with the seasons in Virginia and Brooklyn. They believe strongly that good, local food and wholesome meals should be for everyone.

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