Friday, August 28, 2009

Hot Fudge Sauce

This is my mom's recipe for hot fudge sauce which I have been the happy eater of for many years. And now that I cook, I am the happy cooker of it. It is SO simple and SO delicious. I bring it into work a couple times a year for birthday celebrations and it gets rave reviews every time.

You probably have all the ingredients to make it, and it only takes a few minutes! What more could you ask for in a pot of chocolatey goodness?

In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and salt.

Add the boiling water.

Cook, stirring constantly, over medium heat and let it boil until it reaches your desired amount of thickness.

Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter. DO NOT omit the vanilla. The sauce will be virtually tasteless without it. That sounds contradictory since it's hot FUDGE sauce, not hot VANILLA sauce, but believe me, it's true.

Let cool slightly and serve over pound cake, angel food cake, ice cream, cream puffs, or eat with a spoon right from the pan. You can store this in the refrigerator for several days and reheat in the microwave. Just add a bit of water if it gets to thick before reheating and whisk well.

Need more chocolate? Check out Chocolate Fridays and Save Room for Dessert Wednesdays!

There are also more great recipes at Friday Feasts, Family Recipe Friday, Foodie Friday, Food on Friday, and Favorite Ingredient Fridays!

Hot Fudge Sauce

1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. cornstarch
1 Tbsp. cocoa
pinch salt
1/2 cup boiling water
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. butter

Combine sugar, cornstarch, cocoa and salt in a small saucepan. Add the boiling water and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil until the sauce has reached your desired level of thickness. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla and butter. Stir to combine. Let cool slightly. Serve over cake, ice cream, cream puffs, etc. Serves 8.


  1. yummy! I've been looking for a hot fudge sauce recipe. thanks!

  2. I love vanilla ice cream with chocolate sauce and have been looking for something besides the Heshey's syrup :) It may be dangerous for me to try this! I'll be back to visit!

  3. Oh that sounds YUMMY!

  4. Oh yum!! That is easy and I do have the ingredients!

  5. Hot fudge! Now you've given me an idea for tomorrow--a surprise pre-birthday hot fudge sundae for my little boy!

  6. Sounds great! I think it's similar to the one my mom used to make when I was a kid...oh man. I am craving a hot fudge sundae SO bad now!

  7. Yummy!!! I love chocolate sauce!

  8. Yummy! These are basic sweet pantry staples, and an easy recipe, too. Thank you, Sara, for this great contribution to Save Room for Desserts Wednesday.


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