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Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

Thick, creamy, and easy Hot Fudge Sauce made with just a few ingredients in 10 minutes. Perfect to top ice cream and brownies, or stir into your milk.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Sweets
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 ounces
Calories: 166kcal


  • ½ cup sugar
  • Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 5 tsp cornstarch
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter, cut into small cubes


Stovetop Directions:

  • In a medium saucepan whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and sea salt until no lumps remain.
  • Add water and whisk until combined.
  • Bring mixture to a low boil over medium heat stirring constantly for about 1 minute, until the sauce starts to thicken.
  • Remove from heat and add vanilla extract and butter. Whisk until smooth and butter is completely melted.
  • Pour sauce into a heat-proof jar and let cool. If not using right away, let cool completely and store tightly sealed in refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  • To reheat, place the amount needed in the microwave for about 20 seconds.

Microwave Directions:

  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, whisk together sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, and salt. Stir in water and whisk until smooth.
  • Microwave for 1 minute, stir, and microwave 1 more minute.
  • Add the butter pieces. Cook for an additional 45-seconds.
  • Remove from microwave and stir until butter is melted and blended. Stir in vanilla extract.


Calories: 166kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 585mg | Potassium: 51mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 175IU | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 1mg