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Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce

Enjoy this homemade Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce as a dessert drizzled over ice cream, cakes, cheesecakes or for dipping fresh fruit.
easy Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Easy Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

This sauce is fudgy, rich and velvety smooth. If you search for hot fudge sauce recipes likely tens of thousands of recipes come up.  It provides a clear insight into the love of chocolate sauce all around the globe. Dark chocolate has more antioxidants than green tea and just as many as blueberries. The minerals in chocolate also help to increase brain power and function and help reduce the symptoms of stress.  In my mind that transforms it into health food.  That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.

how to make Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce

How to Make the Best Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce

  • Ingredients you’ll need: Butter, corn syrup, brown sugar, heavy cream, cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, semi sweet chocolate chips, vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
  • Kitchen tools you’ll need: One heavy bottomed 2 or 3 quart saucepan, measuring cups and spoons, a heat safe spatula or spoon for stirring.
  • You can use a heavy bottomed saucepan to make hot fudge, it doesn’t have to be a double boiler like when you’re melting chocolate for a ganache. It’s important not to walk away though, and stir it constantly to prevent the chocolate from scorching and sticking to the bottom.
  • When making this fudge sauce, it’s important that you don’t  allow the mixture to boil while the chocolate is melting. Think of gently melting the chocolate with the cream, for the best result.
  • To clean the pan after making, fill it with hot water and let it sit for a few minutes to soften any remnants of chocolate left behind on the pot.
  • Optional mix-ins you may enjoy experimenting with are;  Espresso, cinnamon, peppermint, rum or orange liquors or extracts.
  • Please note: The cocoa butter in the chocolate  sauce will solidify in the refrigerator. To use, simply reheat in small amounts in the microwave in 20 second increments and stir until smooth. Repeat the process depending on how much fudge sauce you need.
  • This sauce is delicious on ice cream, as a fondue with fruit, or drizzled over pound cake.  
  • Once made, you can use it immediately or store tightly sealed in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. I like to keep it in a mason jar but any airtight container will work.

Dark Chocolate Fudge Sauce

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Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce in a mason jar

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Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge Sauce

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time12 minutes
Total Time20 minutes
Course: Dessert, Sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: dark-chocolate-fudge-sauce, hot-fudge-recipe
Servings: 3 cups
Calories: 1200kcal
Author: Melissa Sperka


  • 2 Tbsp salted butter
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 Tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 12 oz package dark chocolate chips i.e. Hershey's Special Dark
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla
  • pinch salt


  • In a heavy saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add corn syrup and brown sugar.
  • Simmer for 2 minutes until all of the sugar crystals have completely dissolved.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low then add the heavy cream. Simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly, until everything has come together.
  • Don't allow the mixture to boil. At this point, the sauce will turn a light caramel color.
  • Add the cocoa powder first, stir until dissolved, then add all of the chocolate.
  • Simmer on medium-low heat until the chocolate is completely melted. Stir often so the chocolate won't stick to the bottom of the saucepan. Around 6-8 minutes. Continue this process until the chocolate sauce is completely smooth.
  • Once melted, remove the sauce from the heat, and add the 1/2 tsp of pure vanilla and a pinch of salt. Stir well.
  • Use immediately drizzled over ice cream, with fruit as a fondue or drizzled over cake.
  • Store leftovers tightly sealed in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. (The cocoa butter in the chocolate sauce will solidify in the refrigerator. To use, simply reheat in small amounts in the microwave in 20 second increments and stir until smooth.)


Optional mix-ins: espresso, cinnamon, peppermint/rum/orange flavorings or liquors.


Serving: 1cup | Calories: 1200kcal | Carbohydrates: 99g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 90g | Saturated Fat: 55g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 241mg | Sodium: 174mg | Potassium: 515mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 84g | Vitamin A: 2596IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 168mg | Iron: 4mg
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