The Best (& Easiest) Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

I have a major sweet tooth, so I’m always ready for a delicious dessert! So, when I came across a hot fudge sauce recipe that was so easy, and yet so delicious, I knew I had a keeper!

Hot fudge sauce can sound intimidating to make, but you will be pleasantly surprised by how quickly this comes together!  And I have a secret, I actually make mine in the microwave most of the time!!

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Hot Fudge Sauce: A Party Must Have

Hot fudge sauce is a staple in my house, because you can use it to dress up any dessert! Boxed brownies? drizzle on hot fudge & chopped nuts! Store-bought cookies? Serve with ice cream (here’s a GREAT recipe) & hot fudge! Fresh fruit? Dip in hot fudge sauce! Simple boxed cake? add hot fudge, nuts, whipped cream, & a cherry on top!

Hot fudge is the perfect compliment to almost any dessert that you will be serving!  And you can make it ahead & just pull it out of the fridge & warm it before your gathering!

The Perfect Hot Fudge Recipe

Growing up all I knew was Hershey’s syrup.  Now, I love chocolate, but the chocolate syrup is TOO SWEET! And even store-bought hot fudge sauce is a step up, but still isn’t great. But this hot fudge recipe is perfect because it is rich, and not overly sweet (that’s how I like it!).  However, if you prefer it a little sweeter, you can always add more sugar while your sauce is still hot.

The original recipe (from The Cafe Sucre Farine) calls for 1/4 cup of sugar, but since most desserts are usually pretty sweet on their own, I don’t think it needs any more sugar.

I also use dark chocolate chips. You can use semi-sweet or bittersweet if you prefer. The original recipe calls for “good quality” chocolate cut into small pieces.  In my area, it’s difficult to come by anything more than Toll House, so that is what I use most of the time, and the sauce comes out perfectly!

A Note on Scorching (aka burning) Chocolate

If you have ever heated chocolate directly in a pan, you may have had an experience with scorching chocolate.  This can be heartbreaking!  One minute you are on your way to smooth, velvety bliss, the next you have a thick, lumpy mess!

The great thing about this recipe is that the chocolate will actually melt due to the hot cream that it’s sitting in, so it doesn’t scorch!  (In my experience, semi-sweet, dark chocolate & bittersweet chocolate does not scorch as easily as milk & white chocolate).

If you have ever made chocolate ganache (sounds super fancy, but is really just chocolate & heavy cream), you may know that you heat the cream until almost boiling. Next, pour your cream over the chocolate in a bowl and then place a lid or plate over it for about 5 minutes.

What happens next is almost miraculous! Once you remove the plate, you will begin to whisk the chocolate together with the cream. At first, your heart might sink because it appears that the chocolate will not incorporate well, and then suddenly, the chocolate ganache becomes smooth, velvety & PERFECT!

You can use the same method to make this hot fudge sauce recipe if you want, or you can put the cream & chocolate in the microwave in 30-second increments! Either way, you’ll come out with this beautiful, rich, delicious sauce that you might just want to drink!!!

This recipe is so quick & easy (& pretty much foolproof) that sometimes I just throw a few chocolate chips, a little half & half &  butter in the microwave for a quick, single-serving treat! (Shhhh! Don’t tell anybody, I might have to share!).

Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

Course: Dessert


  • 1 cup dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup half & half
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 dash salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar optional if you want your sauce a little sweeter


  • Place cream, chocolate chips, butter in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 30 seconds & stir. If the chocolate is not melted thru, place back in the microwave for 15-30 seconds. Stir with a whisk until smooth & velvety, add salt & vanilla & mix until well incorporated.

I hope this hot fudge sauce recipe becomes one of your family favorites too!  Leave a comment below & let me know if you tried it and what you think about it!




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