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Everyone loves the rich, creamy flavor of hot fudge sauce. It is also easy to make from scratch. Simple ingredients such as butter, cocoa, vanilla, and marshmallow fluff combine as they heat in a saucepan, creating a decadent chocolate sauce that you’ll want to pour over all your desserts!
Try pouring the fudge over chocolate cake or even freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Of course hot fudge is amazing on ice cream! We love this sauce over No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream as well as No Churn Cookie Dough Ice Cream. No ice cream maker required!
INGREDIENTS for Hot Fudge Sauce
You will need:
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup butter, 2 sticks
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
- 17 ounce jar marshmallow fluff
Substitutions and Additions
No Instant Coffee: The instant coffee adds a nice richness and extra flavor to the hot fudge sauce, but if you would rather leave it out, the sauce will still be delicious.
Sweetened Condensed Milk: You’ll find that some hot fudge sauce recipes call for sweetened condensed milk, but in this recipe that ingredient is not necessary as much of the sweetness comes from the granulated sugar. Marshmallow fluff thickens the sauce at the end of the cooking time.
Dark Cocoa: For extra richness, try using dark cocoa powder instead of regular.
How to Make this Hot Fudge Sauce recipe
STEP ONE: Combine all ingredients except for marshmallow fluff in a medium pan.
STEP TWO: Set over medium heat. As butter starts to melt, whisk together ingredients until they are smooth.
STEP THREE: When the fudge starts to bubble along the edges, cook for an additional 2 minutes, stirring every few seconds.
STEP FOUR: Remove from heat and stir in marshmallow fluff until melted and smooth.
STEP FIVE: Let cool slightly before serving.
PRO TIP: Hot fudge sauce is not only great on ice cream, it can really bring a dessert to a whole new level of deliciousness! Try warming slices of chocolate cake, adding a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream, and then topping it all with the hot fudge for a perfect fudge cake. Or place a warm freshly baked chocolate chip cookie on a plate, add a scoop of ice cream, then drizzle the fudge all over for the best chocolate chip cookie dessert you’ve ever had!
IN FRIDGE: Store the hot fudge sauce in an airtight container or a jar with a lid. It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
IN FREEZER: You can freeze the sauce in an airtight freezer-safe food storage container for up to three months.
Make the best homemade hot fudge in your own kitchen and enjoy the decadent flavor that most definitely beats out store-bought or even McDonald’s famous hot fudge sauce. Keep a jar in your refrigerator to heat up whenever you decide you need an ice cream and movie night!
This hot fudge sauce recipe is so quick and easy to whip up whenever you need it. Simply cook the butter, sugar, whipping cream, cocoa, salt, vanilla, and instant coffee together, then stir in creamy marshmallow fluff–in just minutes you’ll be ready to spoon the hot chocolate sauce over ice cream, cake, cookies, or any other treat to make it over-the-top delicious.
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Hot Fudge Sauce
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup butter
- 1/4 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.