recipe for hot fudge sauce

Given that I’m headed to Mexico in three weeks and am completely gripped by the horror of January vanity, I can’t believe I’m writing about hot fudge sauce. But you and I both know that birthdays aren’t birthdays without a sugar-drip hooked into your veins, and so for my mom’s celebration I selflessly sacrificed the scale for the fudge.

Thin fudge. Sweet fudge. Thick fudge. Whipped Fudge. I’ve been up to my eyeballs researching hot fudge sauce recipes and all of their variations but really, great fudge is born from simplicity. And though I don’t think it was invented by Grecian models, it’s certainly not the worst thing you can do for yourself.

I will say — haughtily, proudly, enthusiastically — that I prefer hot fudge sauce made with unsweetened chocolate. And I also like it to incorporate a subtle hint of booze. This version happens to be heavy-bodied (no pun intended) and rich — and it even stands on its own if you’re into licking the mixing bowl.

There. Just like that. And yes, there was even a cherry on top. But you don’t set something like this out in front of people and expect a lot of time for pictures. When the angry mob demands their Hot Fudge Sundae, you just blink wildly and hand them a spoon.


Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

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4 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
3 tablespoons butter
6 tablespoons corn syrup
2/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 tablespoon rum or vanilla extract
Kosher salt, to taste


Combine chocolate and butter in a mixing bowl over boiling water. Stir until completely melted and add in the boiling water, sugar, corn syrup and salt. Bring to a boil and remove from heat. When cooled, add in the rum or vanilla extract. You can serve warm or reserve and reheat in the microwave for 15 – 30 seconds.

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GoMariaGo January 12, 2011 at 1:32 pm

@Epiventures that looks sinfully good. Have fun in Mexico!


Epiventures January 12, 2011 at 1:55 pm

@GoMariaGo thank you, it really is but totally worth it :)


Steph M January 12, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Court – I’m a sucker for hot fudge (got it bad, I tell you). It’s truly my very favorite thing – plain vanilla, hot fudge. Outside of the fact that is reminds me of my childhood days (eating sundaes at the DQ with my dad), it’s simply the most perfect invention. Can’t wait to try yours!


Courtney January 13, 2011 at 2:53 pm

Yes, so nostalgic, isn’t it? I bet DQ didn’t put rum in their fudge. So take that DQ.


Kristy January 13, 2011 at 5:38 am

Ohh lalala- hot fudge has my <3 on even days and caramel has it on odd days :-)


Courtney January 13, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Kristy, always good to have a schedule worked out for these things!


Emily October 5, 2011 at 6:02 pm

I’ve never made hot fudge before, but by the time this started boiling an hr had gone by and it was the consistency of taffy. I dislike taffy, so i threw oatmeal in it and it made delicious no bake cookies. I’m not sure what went wrong, but I’m not a fan of this recipe.


Courtney January 31, 2012 at 3:29 pm

Sorry to hear that, not quite sure why it took an hour for the mixture to boil?


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