Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce

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You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making this Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce recipe. You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in 10 minutes or less.

Hot Fudge Sauce with Cocoa – Perfect Ice Cream Topping

Growing up, our Grandma’s Homemade Ice Cream and this from scratch Hot Fudge Sauce went together like peas and carrots.  I guess I never appreciated this delicious sauce until recently.

I had a hankering for this from scratch hot fudge sauce, and it was ready in less than 10 minutes. And, it might as well be called a copycat hot fudge sauce because it tastes just like the jars that you buy at the grocery store.

My Grandma was a genius in the kitchen.  Her generation didn’t have access to all the convenience products that we do, so they just made their own.

This stuff is HOT, HOT, HOT right when it comes off the stove-top.  Don’t stick that spoon or whisk directly in your mouth or you’ll be sorry.  I know it’s tempting, but take it from me.  I learned this lesson from experience.

You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 

How do you make hot fudge sauce from scratch?

It’s simple! Combine water, sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla, cornstarch and butter in a saucepan. Bring to a rolling boil while whisking until it’s thickened.  Let cool, and store in a jar in the refrigerator.

How long does homemade fudge sauce last?

If stored properly in an airtight container in the refrigerator, homemade hot fudge sauce will last approximately 2 weeks. Be sure to never double dip into the hot fudge sauce, or the the sauce will become watery and break down in consistency.

What can I do with leftover hot fudge sauce?

Other than the obvious way to use hot fudge sauce (over ice cream), there’s countless other ways to use it up.  Add it as a layer in trifle recipes, add a spoonful into your morning coffee, make homemade hot cocoa by adding to warmed milk, or add it to your brownie mix for some extra pizazz.

You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 

From Scratch Hot Fudge Sauce Ingredients:

Water

Sugar

Cocoa Powder

Cornstarch

Vanilla Extract

Butter

You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 

Our Grandma’s Favorite Recipes

Try some more of Grandma’s favorite recipes:

Sour Cream Coffee Cake

Pumpkin Chiffon Pie

Rhubarb Pie

Caramel Corn

Apple Crisp

Three Layer Chocolate Bars

You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 

How to Make Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce:

Instructions:

  1. In a saucepan, bring water, sugar, cocoa powder, corn starch, vanilla, and butter to a boil.
  2. Stir constantly, cooking until thickened.
  3. Serve over ice cream, or just eat off the spoon (when cooled).
  4. To store, let cool completely. Pour into a mason jar. Seal and store in the refrigerator.

For the full instructions for hot fudge sauce with cocoa powder, scroll to the bottom of this post. 

You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 

Notes About Homemade Hot Fudge Recipe:

  • This thick hot fudge recipe is a copycat of the jarred type that you get at the grocery store.
  • Grandma’s hot fudge sauce uses cocoa powder for a deep, rich chocolate flavor.
  • Corn starch is the thickening agent, and you may get clumps if you don’t whisk constantly. Feel free to push the sauce through a sieve for a smoother texture.
  • Let the homemade hot fudge sauce cool completely, seal and store in the refrigerator.
  • To rewarm old fashioned hot fudge sauce, remove lid, and warm in 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between intervals until it’s at your desired temperature.
  • Serve drizzled over ice cream or try adding a scoop to your morning coffee to create a mocha.

You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 

 

Homemade Edible Christmas Gifts

Hot Fudge Sauce from scratch is the perfect homemade Christmas gift. Pour the cooled hot fudge sauce into a clean mason jar, add a pretty ribbon, and it’s ready to be gifted to friends and family. Be sure to include a label with the date of preparation and how to properly store in the refrigerator.

Homemade edible Christmas gifts is one of my favorite parts of the holidays.  Be sure to check out some of our favorite recipes that make perfect gifts.

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Grandma’s Caramel Corn

You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 
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Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce

You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: copycat hot fudge sauce, homemade hot fudge sauce, hot fudge sauce, hot fudge sauce from scratch, hot fudge sauce with cocoa powder, thick hot fudge sauce, vintage hot fudge sauce
Servings: 1 pint
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 Tablespoons corn starch
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Add all ingredients to a small saucepan.
    You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 
  • Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly until the mixture boils and thickens.
    You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 
  • Serve over ice cream. Cool, cover and store in the refrigerator.
    You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 

Notes

  • This thick hot fudge recipe is a copycat of the jarred type that you get at the grocery store.
  • Grandma's hot fudge sauce uses cocoa powder for a deep, rich chocolate flavor.
  • Corn starch is the thickening agent, and you may get clumps if you don't whisk constantly. Feel free to push the sauce through a sieve for a smoother texture. 
  • Let the homemade hot fudge sauce cool completely, seal and store in the refrigerator.
  • To rewarm old fashioned hot fudge sauce, remove the metal lid, and warm in 30 second intervals in the microwave, stirring in between intervals until it's at your desired temperature.
  • Serve drizzled over ice cream or try adding a scoop to your morning coffee to create a mocha. Try Grandma's Ice Cream recipe. 

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You may never purchase another jar of the store-brand after making Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce.  You can have this thick, rich sauce drizzled over your ice cream in ten minutes or less. 

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14 Comments

  1. I made this and it’s is delicious! I’m hoping to make it for Christmas presents but I have a baby due at the end of November and I want to make it in advance. How long would it last in a jar in the fridge?
    Also, can it be made without but for a dairy free option?

    1. So, we’ve never had any leftover for more than a couple of weeks so we’re not sure. It could turn a bit runny, I think. Might try a batch now and see? You should be able to use margarine or another dairy-free butter substitute!

    2. I found this while browsing on Pinterest. Was wanting to make my own hot fudge sauce instead of paying $3-$4 or more for a small jar. I was delighted to see I had everything in my pantry for the recipe! It didn’t take long to make, and it’s DELICIOUS, much better than the store bought stuff. Thank you for such a great recipe! 😁

  2. It was perfect! Much more flavorful than store bought!! Have you tried doubling the recipe? I’m making it for a bazaar and want to donate 4 6oz jars. Do you think it would change the flavor or consistency?

    1. We’ve doubled it before and it’s turned out just fine. We wouldn’t make anything bigger than a double batch though!

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