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Decadent Hot Fudge Sauce

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Now, really, I just don’t know how to sing the excellencies of this concoction, this Decadent Hot Fudge Sauce,  highly enough.

Decadent Hot Fudge Sauce: the best chocolate sauce I have ever had.

 Fittingly, this Decadent Hot Fudge Sauce is seen here topping the best Ice Cream I have ever had in my life: Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Boozy Cherries. 

The Best Ice Cream Topping in the Entire World

All I can say is: share this Decadent Hot Fudge Sauce with someone you love. Because it COULD turn out to be *your* Love Potion #9. It makes MY knees go weak!

On the other hand, it could affect you in the opposite direction. In the (slightly altered for this occasion) words of our friend Steve, “When it comes to hot fudge sauce, ‘What friends? I have no friends.’ ” 

It’s that good. Good enough to make you *never* want to share it.

Oh, for a thousand tongues with which to taste this lovely hot fudge sauce….

Decadent Hot Fudge Sauce: the best chocolate sauce I have ever had.

Joy to the World: Decadent Hot Fudge Sauce Has Come.

I got the recipe from my yellow Gourmet cookbook, and I didn’t change it one iota. But you can also find it on

Please: pin this on Pinterest, so you’ll always know right where it is when you’re ready to use it.

How to Make This Hot Fudge Sauce the Very Best It Can Be:

The quality of the ingredients you use really does matter! This is supposed to be a very deep, dark, intense hot fudge sauce. I use Bittersweet Ghirardelli bars, which are 60% cacao. 

I recommend dark brown sugar rather than light brown sugar, because it’s a deeper flavor note, and that’s what you’re going for, here. The flavor is so deep in this sauce that there’s an umami note to it.

I recommend you serve this atop my Goat Cheese Ice Cream with Boozy Cherries, which is the best ice cream I’ve ever had, in my life.

Prepare to faint with delight.

I have been known to serve this as dessert on Christmas Day. It’s that spectacularly good, and easy. If you’re serving it with guests, let one of your guests be your chocolate bar chopper, while you do other things. They feel involved, and good about being a contributor to making something this EXTRAORDINARILY DELICIOUS!

Yield: 8 servings

Decadent Hot Fudge Sauce

This Decadent Hot Fudge Sauce is the best topping I have ever put on ice cream in my entire life. It is swoonworthy.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened Hershey's special dark cocoa powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 6 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate (not unsweetened), finely chopped (that's 1 1/2 4 oz. bars)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Bring cream, corn syrup, sugar, cocoa, salt, and half of chocolate to a boil in a 1 to 1 1/2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, stirring, until chocolate is melted.
  2. Reduce heat and cook at a low boil, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes, then remove from heat.
  3. Add butter, vanilla, and remaining chocolate and stir until smooth. Cool sauce to warm before serving.


Sauce can be made 1 week ahead and cooled completely, then chilled in an airtight container or jar. Reheat before using.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 361Total Fat: 24gSaturated Fat: 15gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 116mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 4gSugar: 28gProtein: 4g

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Saturday 13th of April 2019

I've got a batch cooling right now!

Karen (KayKay)

Tuesday 10th of February 2009

Looks delicious! I can't wait to give this one a try. I've got the peri-menopausal chocolate cravings once again.

Missus Wookie

Tuesday 10th of February 2009


My trousers got tighter just from me reading that recipe.

Maybe I should make a batch to check if it would happen in real life. Thankfully my sweetie loves dark chocolate so will help me out :)

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