The best hot fudge sauce recipe only takes 5 minutes to make and turns out thick, gooey, and delicious. You’ll want to spoon this easy homemade hot fudge sauce over every dessert you make.
When you think of hot fudge the next word to follow is likely sundae. If you are a fan of McDonald’s hot fudge sauce on their sundaes, you’re going to enjoy this recipe even more.
There is no doubt that hot fudge is the perfect accompaniment to a bowl of ice cream, probably topped with whipped cream and a cherry. But don’t let ice cream be the only reason for making this chocolate sauce.
Drizzle your real simple hot fudge sauce recipe over cake, pie, pancakes, milkshakes, and even fruit. It's easy to make thick and fudgy hot fudge sauce at home and have it turn out perfectly every time.
Hot Fudge Sauce Ingredients
- Heavy cream
- Cocoa powder
- Instant coffee
- Marshmallow fluff
Made with simple ingredients, like sugar cream, and cocoa powder, this decadent sauce tastes like melted fudge. The difference between hot fudge and chocolate sauce is that hot fudge stays thicker and richer, while the chocolate sauce is thinner.
While many hot fudge sauce recipes call for sweetened condensed milk, this recipe uses a combination of granulated sugar and marshmallow fluff, among other ingredients, to sweeten and thicken the sauce. No matter how many times you rewarm your sauce and chill it again it remains rich and delectable.
The instant coffee in the recipe adds extra flavor and richness to the sauce, but it can be omitted if you prefer and will still taste delicious. Other flavors you can add to your sauce include some cinnamon or a pinch of sea salt.
How to Make Hot Fudge Sauce
FIRST STEP: Combine all ingredients except for marshmallow fluff in a medium pan.
SECOND STEP: Set over medium heat. As the butter starts to melt, whisk together ingredients until they are smooth.
THIRD STEP: When the fudge starts to bubble along the edges, cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring every few seconds.
FOURTH STEP: Remove from heat and stir in marshmallow fluff until melted and smooth.
FIFTH STEP: Let cool slightly before serving.
If you're a fan of dark chocolate you can substitute dark cocoa powder instead of regular cocoa powder.
For an adult version, you can add a little rum or bourbon to your sauce at the end.
Make hot fudge sauce up to 3 weeks ahead of time and store it in an airtight container in your fridge. Heat slowly in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds and being careful not to let it get too hot.
Storing this Recipe
IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftover hot fudge sauce in the refrigerator in an airtight container or a jar with a lid, for up to one month. Reheat slowly in the microwave, stirring every 30 seconds and being careful not to let it get too hot.
IN THE FREEZER: Allow hot fudge to cool completely and then store in an airtight container or a freezer-safe jar for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.
Hot Fudge Sauce
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup butter
- ¼ tsp salt
- 3 tbsp vanilla extract
- 1 tbsp instant coffee
- 17 ounce jar marshmallow fluff
- Combine all ingredients except for marshmallow fluff in a medium pan.
- Set over medium heat. As butter starts to melt, whisk together ingredients until they are smooth.
- When the fudge starts to bubble along the edges, cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring every few seconds.
- Remove from heat and stir in marshmallow fluff until melted and smooth.
- Let cool slightly before serving.