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The Best Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe for Ice Cream

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You’ll never believe how easy this homemade hot fudge sauce recipe is to make from scratch. This particular recipe uses an extra secret ingredient to add another level of flavor and makes it the best hot fudge for ice cream.

Whether it’s an ice cream sundae, a bowl of fruit or a slice of cake, you can guarantee that hot fudge adds that chocolate goodness every great dessert needs. Or am I biased? Either way, this recipe is your solution to all your dessert woes.

With such an amazing addition to your arsenal, how can you not use it on everything! If you want to make your sundae next level, serve it in these no fail chocolate chip cookie cups.

 hot fudge sauce being poured onto ice cream

Hot Fudge Sauce:

My grandpa is a huge fan of hot fudge sundaes. Every weekend he’d take all his grandkids on a trip to the nearby town’s ice cream parlor.

They have the best ice cream in the county!

He’d get his old-fashioned hot fudge sundae and the us kids would share a large banana split. We’d always fight over the maraschino cherry. Those weekly trips were very precious childhood memories for me, and everytime I make this recipe I’m reminded of the good old days with my grandpa.

This hot fudge recipe is simply the right way to enjoy a delicious ice cream sundae. You’ll never need to buy the bottled stuff again. This is a pretty sweet deal! So, get ready to make two batches…no…three. Maybe even 4 batches of these at once. They’re going to disappear fast, so always be prepared to make more.

What is Hot Fudge?

So what exactly is hot fudge? Hot fudge is a creamy chocolate sauce that doesn’t harden when cooled like chocolate usually does. This sauce most likely came to be accidentally. Fudge-making was very popular in the late 19th century in the United States. When it doesn’t cook for long enough, it remains a syrupy consistency, and becomes what’s known as hot fudge instead.

It has a gooey consistency and is delicious served warm on ice cream along with whipped cream and all sorts of toppings. A delicious hot fudge sauce is typically made with semi-sweet chocolate or cocoa powder. It is a treat enjoyed by all ages.

Best Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Hot Fudge Ingredients You Will Need

  • 2 cups of sugar
  • 1 ½ cup of heavy cream
  • 1 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 cup of butter
  • ¼ teaspoon of salt
  • 3 tablespoons of vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon of instant coffee
  • 17 ounce jar of marshmallow fluff

How to Make Hot Fudge

So, how do you get started with this simple confection? Combine the sugar, heavy cream, cocoa powder, butter, salt, vanilla, and instant coffee in a medium pan into a sweet, thick chocolate sauce.

Set the pan over medium heat. Start whisking together the ingredients as the butter melts, until the mix is completely smooth. When the edge of the pan starts to bubble, cook the fudge for another 2 minutes.

Stir the fudge occasionally so it doesn’t burn. Remove the pan from the heat. Stir in the marshmallow fluff until everything is nice and smooth.

Let your fudge cool down slightly before serving. Scoop up some ice cream, dessert is ready!

Hot Fudge Recipe

How Long to Cook Hot Fudge?

How long should you cook your hot fudge? The recipe is simple, so of course it doesn’t take that long to make.

This hot fudge recipe should take you about 7 to 8 minutes. That includes about 5 to 6 minutes for it to start boiling, and then cooking for about 2 additional minutes.

This timeline will give you the perfect hot fudge every time.

I’m thrilled to be able to partner with Mirum and Walmart to be able to pair this hot fudge recipe with some of my favorite ice creams.

Homemade Fudge Sundaes

What to Serve With Homemade Hot Fudge?

What else? A hot fudge ice cream sundae is the most obvious choice. Cold, sweet ice cream, creamy whipped cream, tied together with your freshly cooked hot fudge…with a cherry on top.

What is better than that?

You don’t have to go to the ice cream shop anymore, you’ll have everything you need for the perfect sundae at home.

What flavors are best with hot fudge?

There are several.

Peanut butter, mint, caramel, and bananas are all amazing choices that go oh-so-well with hot chocolate fudge sauce. I also love classics like vanilla, chocolate chip and cookie dough. Try Walmart’s Great Value Ice Cream as it is made with fresh milk and cream.

I love Walmart because I’m able to pull together everything I need for entertaining in one easy stop: from the bakery to the frozen food aisle to decoration ideas and plates and utensils. I was able to pull together ice cream and homemade hot fudge a delicious treat without running myself silly.

For homemade ice cream options, try it with our chunky monkey ice cream, no churn cookie cookie dough ice cream, brownie ice cream or this chocolate coffee ice cream.

Beyond Ice Cream

But ice cream isn’t the only way of using this delightful sauce. If you feel like your baked goods need a something extra, drizzle some of your fudge over. Hot fudge is perfect for this Better Than Sex Cake too.

Whether it’s a freshly-baked cookie, a slice of decadent chocolate cake, or a warm brownie, all of them can do with an extra chocolatey element. You can even drizzle this hot fudge over a homemade ice cream cake – it’s so good.

This hot chocolate fudge sauce also does quite well with any sort of cream pies or cakes as well. It would be fantastic with this chocolate peanut butter dessert lasagna. It’s also great drizzled lightly over these ice cream sundae cupcakes.

For a healthier partner for your hot fudge sauce, cut up your favorite fruits. A thick hot fudge is perfect for dipping and drizzling on over some fresh strawberries or bananas. It turns your quick snack into a dessert just like that.

It’s even great over a grilled pineapple sundae.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Try out this recipe, it’ll definitely change your desserts forever.

I’m not ashamed to say there are times I have eaten this straight from the jar with a spoon. I’m confident once you try it, you’ll understand why.

And you may even do the same thing yourself.

More Recipes You’ll Love with this Hot Fudge:

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

This simple hot fudge recipe takes only 10 minutes and a handful of ingredients to make -- it's the best you'll ever have!
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: best hot fudge sauce, Hot Fudge Recipe, hot fudge sauce
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 48 ounces
Calories: 39kcal


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 7 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.



Calories: 39kcal
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Melodee Fiske

Melodee is a mom of two energetic and independent boys who fuel her need for coffee. She is a foodie who loves creating and photography so has combined her passions to share with the world. When she’s not behind the camera, she’s giving piggy back rides, building car tracks or running to Target…again.


    1. Joanne

      July 5, 2018 at 6:09 pm

      Such a fun idea for the summer months! Did you buy the glass cones at Walmart, too?

    2. Khristine Alba

      Khristine Alba

      December 10, 2018 at 12:16 am

      My kids enjoyed their summer activities with this recipe. It’s so fun and they really love it.

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