Easy Homemade Chocolate Fudge Sauce

This homemade chocolate fudge sauce recipe get its fudge-y flavour from cocoa powder and is made either in the microwave or on the stove top.

homemade hot fudge sauce dripping down ice cream cone

Homemade chocolate fudge sauce takes ice cream, brownies, or your favourite spoon to a whole new level of deliciousness.

Warm and gooey.

The best possible way chocolate can behave.

This homemade chocolate sauce has been made so often, and is so very loved, that I’m shocked it has not yet made an appearance.

How to make Cocoa Hot Fudge Sauce
vanilla ice cream with chocolate hot fudge on a bowl, being scooped

My homemade chocolate sauce recipe is made in the microwave. But you could make it on the stove if you prefer.

Either way, watch it closely and stir often.

Stirring the cocoa, cream and sugar

Unless you enjoy scraping chocolate from all your kitchen crevasses.

Because boiling cream + sugar = sticky volcano.

Keep on stirring the Chocolate Hot Fudge mixture

How To Make Chocolate Sauce with Cocoa Powder

To make chocolate with sauce with cocoa powder, you simply mix sugar, cocoa powder and heavy cream, and stir and heat until combined. Butter is then added for richness, along with a dash of vanilla and pinch of salt to bring the fudge-y flavour together.

Many hot fudge recipes call for melted chocolate and corn syrup.

I find the cocoa powder-based version has a thicker texture and better flavour.

Cook the Chocolate Hot Fudge in a microwave

As it cools, it becomes almost chewy. And you don’t have to worry about tempering chocolate or having it seize. Easy peasy.

Also, you wanna talk about making a killer ice cream cake? Just spread a layer of softened ice cream in the bottom of a springform pan. Freeze. Make cocoa hot fudge sauce, cool slightly, and spread on frozen ice cream layer. Top with crushed chocolate wafers and another layer of softened ice cream, in a complementing flavour. Freeze again.

Or just pour it all over chocolate and bananas.

chocolate hot fudge being poured on vanilla ice cream
Hot fudge sauce on two ice cream cones.

Cocoa Hot Fudge Sauce

Prep Time 0 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 8
Keyword Chocolate Fudge Sauce, Cocoa Hot Fudge Sauce


  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup cocoa
  • ½ cup heavy cream or milk
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • pinch of salt


  • In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine sugar, cocoa and cream. Cook on high 2-3 minutes, until sugar dissolves and mixture boils.
  • Stir in butter and cook on high 2-4 minutes more, watching closely and stirring every 30 seconds or so, until mixture thickens. Stir in vanilla and a pinch of salt.



Calories: 156kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 1gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.3gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 64mgPotassium: 32mgFiber: 0.1gSugar: 24gVitamin A: 242IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 29mgIron: 0.4mg
Keyword Chocolate Fudge Sauce, Cocoa Hot Fudge Sauce

Last Updated on May 23, 2023 by Jennifer Pallian BSc, RD

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8 months ago

5 stars
I made this with Dutch processed cocoa powder and it’s the best hot fudge sauce I’ve ever had! It tastes like brownie batter and it beautifully dark. I’ve been trying to make more things at home I’d ordinarily buy to get rid of unnecessary and unhealthy ingredients. I’ll absolutely keep this recipe and use it from now on!

1 year ago

5 stars
This hotfudge sauce is so easy and really good!

Deborah J Klem
Deborah J Klem
1 year ago

4 stars
I’m currently out of town. But I’m trying to find a recipe for hot fudge sauce like I make at home. After reviewing several recipes, this seems to be the closest. I plan to double check when i get home, because an ice-cream parlor here in town said they threw theirs away last week because it was too grainy. I have to chuckle, because their specialty is fudge!

1 year ago

5 stars
Just what I need since Can’t find or afford my dark chocolate.

Katerina | Once a Foodie
Katerina | Once a Foodie
3 years ago

Mmmm, this looks so delicious, Jennifer! My husband would love it on his ice cream sundae. Thanks for sharing!

5 years ago

THIS hot fudge sauce is a snap to put together, and when warm creates a super sensual experience!! I prefer it all by itself via spoon (or whatever!!). Ooo-la-la!! I have found my favorite. Thank you.

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