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Rich & Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce

Rich, thick, chewy, chocolatey hot fudge sauce! I have memories of my mom making something very similar, as it cools it actually starts to become “fudge” on the ice cream creating a chewy, chocolatey, hot fudge sundae.

The recipe is inspired from a recipe from my Great Aunt Vi. I keep finding and losing that recipe, but this one is pretty darn close.

If you love hot fudge as much as I do, you may want to try it on these fabulous ice creams! Old Fashioned Chocolate Ice Cream, Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream, Patriotic No Churn Ice Cream.

Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

Rich & Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce

I found this recipe on The Merchant Baker and just tweaked it slightly, it’s the closest thing to my Great Aunt Vi’s.

This sauce is legendary in my family, well for me at least. In fact on our honeymoon, in Banff, Canada, in the middle of November, with sub-zero temps, what was I craving?

Yep, you guessed it an amazing Hot Fudge Sundae. Oh there were ice cream shops around, but none of them had real, true hot fudge; in most cases it was that runny, thin chocolate sauce, it wasn’t even hot for crying out loud! I thought I’d go home without truly enjoying a real, hot fudge sundae.

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Alas, on our last night in Canada, we went to a small steak house in Calgary, when our waiter asked if we would like dessert, my sweet husband of 12 days asked if by chance they had a hot fudge sundae?

Our waiter told us that they didn’t have one on the menu, but the chef had prepared an amazing rich, fudgy sauce for another dessert that evening and they did indeed have vanilla ice cream, would we like to try it? UH YEAH! It was the BEST hot fudge sundae I’ve ever had…in November…in Canada! This is just like that sauce!

HOW TO MAKE Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce

Start by chopping up your chocolate (use a good quality chocolate) into fine pieces, some small chunks is fine. Get all of your other ingredients ready as this will all come together quickly.

Chopped ghirardelli 100% cacao unsweetened chocolate bar and chopped chocolate on cutting board with knife.  |

Get out a small heavy bottomed saucepan, it’s important to use a heavy pan so that you don’t burn your ingredients.

Place your cubed butter, chocolate and corn syrup (I used organic corn syrup).

Adding a small amount of all natural corn syrup in a mini measuring cup to chopped chocolate, butter in a small saucepan. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

Stir constantly over medium-low heat until it’s fully melted and combined.

Pour the cream into the chocolate mixture.

Pouring cream from a turquoise liquid measure cup into melted chocolate in small sauce pan with wooden spoon. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

Pour the sugar into the center of the pot and carefully stir; avoid getting sugar on the sides of the pan, this will minimize sugar crystals sticking to the side of the pan. Stir until sugar is dissolved.

Natural cane sugar in cream and chocolate in small saucepan. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

Once the sugar as dissolved, stop stirring and increase heat to medium. Bring the mixture to a boil. DO NOT STIR.

Hot fudge mixture at a simmer with wooden spoon in sauce pan. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

Allow to boil for 7-8 minutes until thickened.

Big thick, bubbles of hot fudge sauce in saucepan. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla. I love this mini measuring cup!

Pouring in using mini measuring cup pure vanilla extract. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

and salt, please don’t forget your salt.

Adding sea salt to bubbling hot fudge mixture. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

Stir well to combine, it should coat a wood spoon.

Thick hot fudge on back of wooden spoon. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

Serve hot, over ice cream and enjoy the thick, rich, chewy, fudge-y goodness.

Chewy hot fudge being pouring on top of small bowl of vanilla ice cream. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

If not using immediately, cool completely before storing in the refrigerator.

Store in an airtight jar.

Pouring hot fudge into small mason jars for gifting and storage. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

When you are ready to use it, scoop desired amount out and place in microwave safe jar, heating for 20 seconds or until bubbly.

These make wonderful food gifts! Pour into a pretty jar with a label instructing user to refrigerate until ready to use.

Look at how thick and fudgy it is!

Hand holding pot of thick chewy hot fudge in mini mason jar. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

This is amazing stuff, the moment it hits the ice cream it firms up into chocolate chewy fudge-i-ness!

Chewy hot fudge in pitcher with bowl of vanilla ice cream and spoon next to it, on wooden board. Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce |

If you love sauces as much as we do, try these amazing sauces and ice cream toppings; Vanilla Bourbon Caramel Sauce, Creme Anglaise, 29 Ice Cream Toppings (a fabulous collection!).

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Yield: 10 oz

Rich & Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A sublime, rich, chewy hot fudge sauce. Warmed it melts onto your ice cream, cooling into a thick, chewy fudge.


  • 2 oz unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup (I used organic corn syrup)
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar (I used all natural cane sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt


  1. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, melt the butter, chocolate and corn syrup. Stir over medium-low heat until chocolate, butter and corn syrup are combined and smooth.
  2. Add cream, then pour the sugar in the middle of the pan trying to avoid the sides. Stir carefully, trying to keep the sugar from the edges of the pan. Stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Once the sugar is dissolved, give it a final stir and then stop stirring and increase the heat to medium. Bring the mixture to a boil | DO NOT STIR!
  4. Allow to boil for about 7-8 minutes until thick and smooth. Remove from heart and stir in the vanilla and the salt. Serve warm over ice cream. If saving, allow to cool completely before jarring and refrigerating. Rewarm in microwave safe jar in 30 second increments or set in pan of hot (not boiling) water until warmed through.


If it becomes grainy, heat in the microwave adding a small amount of heavy cream; stirring to combine until smooth.
Store in refrigerator for up to a month.

Nutrition Information:


10 oz

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 210Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 53mgCarbohydrates: 26gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 1g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc.

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