Alright, doesn’t this look creamy and dreamy? This is a homemade thick hot fudge. It has a thick creamy texture and an amazing chocolate flavor. Served best warm with ice cream and any other goodies the kids (and adults) want to try with it. Perfect summertime sauce to add to your neighborhood block party menu! If someone’s bringing the ice cream, put this hot fudge on your list!
In addition to the hot fudge, offer to bring my monster cookie skillet It will be eaten in less than 10 minutes! Both are great for any type of party!
Ingredients for homemade thick hot fudge
Since I used my homemade hot fudge on my monster cookie skillet, I thought why not share the recipe that has been in my family for quite some time. The ingredient list is not long!
1. Semi-Sweet chocolate chunks: I actually prefer the Private Selection brand. An alternative to semi sweet chips could be milk chocolate.
2. Ghirardelli unsweetened cocoa powder: any powder would work as long as it is unsweetened.
3. Granulated Sugar
4. Light Corn Syrup- I prefer the Karo Syrup Brand.
5. Heavy Whipping Cream
8. Vanilla Extract- or Vanilla Bean paste
9. Unsalted butter
What Can Hot fudge be served with?
Homemade thick hot fudge can be served with just about any dessert. For starters, try my chocolate fudge pudding cake. It will satisfy your chocolate craving!
Other recipes that I have seen hot fudge in or on top are any type of ice cream, brownies, cheesecakes and even a root beer float! A&W eat your heart out! Nevertheless, you can’t go wrong with hot fudge!
Hot Fudge vs. Chocolate sauce
Did you know that there is a difference between hot fudge and chocolate sauce?
The main difference is the texture. Hot fudge is thicker and more rich while chocolate sauce is thinner and more pourable. Chocolate sauce stays sauce in the refrigerator, while hot fudge gets cold and thick… like fudge.
How to make hot fudge
It is a pretty fast and simple recipe. Something that can be made just prior to after dinner dessert!
First, you melt your chocolate in the microwave at 45 second intervals. Be sure to stir in between. Remove from microwave and stir in cocoa powder until smooth. Don’t fret as the mixture will be super thick. Set aside.
Second, in a large saucepan, melt your granulated sugar, light corn syrup, heavy cream, water and salt. Let simmer for 4 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and cubed butter. Mix until melted.
Lastly, add warm butter mixture to chocolate mixture and mix until smooth! Once smooth, serve warm over whatever your little heart desires! I have been known to just eat hot fudge plain! No sin in that one!
Watch video below for step by step directions!
Homemade thick hot fudge
- Large microwavable bowl
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Large saucepan
- mason jars
Homemade thick hot fudge
- 10 oz semi sweet chocolate chunks milk chocolate will work as well
- ½ cup cocoa powder unsweetened
- ½ cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light corn syrup
- ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
- ⅛ tsp salt
- ⅓ cup water
- 1½ tsp vanilla extract vanilla bean paste
- 3 tsp unsalted butter cubed
- In a microwavable bowl, melt the chocolate at 45 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth.
- Remove from microwave and stir in the cocoa powder (sifted) until smooth. Please note the mixture will be thick. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the granulated sugar, light corn syrup, heavy cream, salt and water. Stirring often and bring to a simmer.
- Let it simmer for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in vanilla extract and cubed butter until melted.
- Add to the melted chocolate mixture and stir until smooth. Serve warm over ice cream.
- Store in mason jars in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Reheat on low power in microwave, stirring several times, until smooth.
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