Easy homemade hot fudge sauce comes together in minutes with ingredients you probably have on hand. It is the perfect ice cream topping, but is also great drizzled over other desserts.
This hot fudge sauce only takes just 4 ingredients and a few minutes to make. You can be drizzling it over a bowl of ice cream in ten minutes and you most likely have everything you need to make it in your house already.
We love using it to make ice cream sundaes, but really you could drizzle it over anything your heart desires. No bake peanut butter pie and baked peanut butter pie are two of our favorites.
It’s hard to go wrong with chocolate and peanut butter, but you can use it on almost any sweet treat. Make your hot fudge dreams come true!
The Difference Between Chocolate Syrup and Hot Fudge
I have a confession to make. I don’t like chocolate syrup.
My husband loves the stuff. He puts it in his milk and sometimes in his coffee.
He adds it to his smoothies (nothing says health food like simple syrup and chocolate syrup as regular ingredients in your smoothies!) He likes it on ice cream too.
I just can’t like the stuff. I do, however, LOVE hot fudge.
They are not even close to the same thing. One is watery and blah and the other is rich and smooth and luscious and wonderful. Not that I feel strongly about it or anything.
Realistically the difference is chocolate sauce stays liquid and pourable when it is cold. Hot fudge is thicker and will become almost solid in the refrigerator.
Hot fudge needs to be warm to be drizzled and it get a thick fudgy texture as it cools.
Why This Recipe is Perfect
This is one of those recipes you should just memorize. It is so easy, comes together quickly and is made from pantry staples.
If you have a surprise visitor, you can impress them by whipping up a batch and drizzling it over Ice Cream Recipes. There isn’t much better!
This would also make a great icing drizzled over a bundt cake. It is also tasty licked off fingers, or spoons, or spatulas or the whisk…
But one of our favorite ways to enjoy it is with peanut butter pie. Just look how good that looks!
I made a minor adjustment to make it a sauce instead of an icing. Now it is perfect for drizzling over all the things!
See, easy! It is also forgiving. You should try it!
How do you store homemade hot fudge sauce?
This recipe makes about 2 cups of hot fudge, so you will likely have some left. Store it in an airtight container, I like using small glass jars, in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Warm it up in the microwave or over low heat on the stove before using.
Ice Cream Recipes to Serve With Your Hot Fudge
To continue the theme of peanut butter and chocolate, you can make peanut butter chocolate chip no churn ice cream. It is creamy with a great peanut butter flavor and is perfect with hot fudge.
Hot chocolate ice cream is another treat that is perfect with a little fudge. It uses hot chocolate mix powder in the base, so we recommend adding some mini marshmallows for a super decadent themed treat.
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Hot Fudge Sauce
- ½ cup milk
- ¼ cup cocoa powder
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ½ cup butter
- In a medium sauce pan, whisk together sugar and cocoa to make sure there aren't any lumps.1 cup granulated sugar, ¼ cup cocoa powder
- Add milk and butter. Cook over medium-low heat until the butter melts.½ cup milk, ½ cup butter
- Turn up the heat to medium and continue to cook until it comes to a hard boil.
- Boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
- Remove from heat and allow to cool some before serving.