Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce (Chocolate Sauce)

A quick and easy homemade hot fudge sauce recipe. This chocolate sauce can be prepared in 15 minutes, it's perfect to serve warm over vanilla ice cream! Recipe includes a how-to video!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword homemade chocolate sauce, hot fudge sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings (2 Tablespoons per serving)
Calories 160kcal
Author Sam Merritt



  • 2/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips 115g
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar 100g
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream 120ml
  • 3 Tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons cocoa powder¹
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter


  • Combine chocolate chips, sugar, heavy cream, corn syrup, cocoa powder, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat.
  • Cook, stirring frequently, until chocolate is melted and sugar is dissolved.
  • Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil, stirring constantly, for 3 minutes. Remove from heat.
  • Add butter and vanilla extract. Stir well. Mixture will be very thin/liquidy, but will thicken and become fudgy as it cools. Allow mixture to cool to desired consistency before serving over ice cream. If cooled completely, fudge will be too thick to pour and you will want to heat in the microwave for several seconds before serving (it is supposed to be “hot” fudge, after all).



¹You can use natural or Dutch processed cocoa powder, I personally prefer the taste of Dutch processed in this recipe
Leftover fudge sauce will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1-2 weeks.


Serving: 1serving (2 Tablespoons) | Calories: 160kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 57mg | Potassium: 77mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 209IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg