You just need two ingredients and 10 minutes to make this decadent Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce. It’s perfect for serving on top of ice cream!
Ice cream is delicious, but a hot fudge sundae? Even more delicious! The warm/cold combination of hot fudge with ice cream is irresistible.
Add sprinkles and other toppings, and you have yourself a sundae.
This recipe for Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce takes just 10 minutes, and the end result will have you making sundaes on repeat all year long.
It’s also a great topping for Brownie Pie!
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- Make sure that the cream only has bubbles around the edges—do not bring to to full boil. We’re just warming it up enough to melt the chocolate chips.
- The fudge will firm up as it sits. If it’s been sitting for a bit, microwave it for 10–15 seconds to get it to a pourable consistency.
- Use whatever type of chocolate chips that you like: semi-sweet, dark, bittersweet, or milk chocolate.
Ingredients for hot fudge sauce
- You’ll need heavy cream (also called heavy whipping cream or just whipping cream).
- You’ll also need chocolate chips. I used semi-sweet, but you could use dark chocolate chips, bittersweet chips, or even white chocolate chips.
How to make hot fudge sauce
First, warm the cream in a saucepan over medium heat. Take it off the heat as soon as you see bubbles start to come up around the edges of the pan. Any further and the cream will begin to get a film on the top and overheat. We don’t want that.
Pour the cream over the chocolate chips. Let sit for 3 minutes.
Whisk the mixture together, and your hot fudge sauce is done!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yep! You could try dark chocolate chips, bittersweet chocolate chips, or white chocolate chips. Mini chocolate chips would work fine, too.
The sauce will harden slightly as it sits. To make it runnier, heat it in the microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring in between.
Storing homemade hot fudge sauce
Place any leftover hot fudge in a tightly sealed jar, and place in the refrigerator. It will keep there for up to 2 months.
To serve, place a few spoonfuls in another microwave-safe dish, and microwave in 15 second intervals, stirring in between, until warm and runny.
Sundae bar toppings
This is the fun part. Now it’s time to make a hot fudge sundae! Use whatever you have in your pantry, such as:
- Strawberry Crunch topping
- Chocolate chips
- White chocolate chips
- Kettle corn
- Crushed potato chips
- Chopped candy bars
- Chopped nuts
- Crushed/chopped cookies (like Oreos or Thin Mints!)
- Maraschino cherries
- Fresh fruit
- Freeze dried fruit
My favorite topping is Honey Roasted Sliced Almonds from Trader Joe’s. They’re a little sweet, a little salty, and they add the perfect crunch to a hot fudge sundae.
This recipe is perfect for an ice cream sundae party. Set out a variety of ice creams, toppings (see above for ideas), dishes, and spoons, and watch your guests dig in!
Need more ice cream inspiration? Check out this Mississippi Mud Pie. It’s a summer staple for our family!
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
- Place heavy cream in a small saucepan over medium heat. Heat just until the cream starts to bubble slightly at the edges of the pan. Remove from the heat.
- Place the chocolate chips in a heat-safe bowl. Pour the warm cream over the top. Let sit for 3 minutes, then whisk together.