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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 the best hot fudge sauce that you’ve ever had. You’ll want to pour it over all your desserts!
Try pouring the homemade hot fudge sauce over chocolate cake or even freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Of course, hot fudge is the perfect topping poured over a bowl of ice cream for a decadent hot fudge sundae! We love this sauce over No Churn Vanilla Ice Cream as well as No Churn Cookie Dough Ice Cream. No ice cream maker is required for these great recipes!
HOT FUDGE SAUCE INGREDIENTS
You will need:
- 2 cups granulated sugar
- 1½ cup heavy whipping cream
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup butter (16 tablespoons)
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
- 17-ounce jar marshmallow fluff
PRO TIP: Marshmallow Fluff is a name brand, and if you can’t find that brand, you can pick up a jar of marshmallow creme instead.
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 saucepan pan on the stove top.
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.
PRO TIP: Keep a close eye on your mixture, especially when it starts to bubble as you don’t want it to burn to the bottom of your pan.
STEP FOUR: Remove from heat and stir in marshmallow fluff until melted and smooth.
STEP FIVE: Let cool slightly before serving.
PRO TIP: Your sauce may harden when storing in the fridge. Just warm a bit in the microwave to restore the creamy liquidy texture.
HOW TO SERVE
Ice cream sundaes are the perfect way to use your hot fudge sauce. How about creating a sundae bar with everyone’s favorite ice cream and toppings including chocolate chips, sprinkles, fresh fruit, chopped nuts, whipped cream, caramel sauce, warm hot fudge sauce and a maraschino cherry for the top. What about adding it to a glass of cold milk for a rich and delicious glass of chocolate milk?
Hot fudge sauce is not only great on top of 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 this hot fudge recipe 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 mason jar with a lid. It will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
IN FREEZER: You can freeze this easy hot fudge sauce recipe in an freezer-safe sealed 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. This sauce takes just minutes of your time and you’ll be ready to spoon the hot homemade chocolate sauce over ice cream, cake, cookies, or any other sweet treat to make it over-the-top delicious and you can keep a jar of this simple recipe in your refrigerator to heat up whenever you decide you need an ice cream and movie night!
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This ice cream sauce will last for up to two weeks sealed in an airtight container.
This easy hot fudge sauce recipe will freeze for up to 3 months.
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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 teaspoon salt
- 3 tablespoons vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon 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.