Hot Fudge Recipe

This hot fudge recipe is a fantastic homemade chocolate sauce for ice cream. Rich, and chocolatey with a thickness that is oh so decadent! It pairs beautifully with mint chocolate chip ice cream for the ultimate combination of cool mint with rich fudge flavor! Or drizzle it over a piece of my Chocolate Wacky Cake for a to-die-for chocolate dessert sensation!

The best part about this homemade chocolate sauce is the fact that it uses only four ingredients and chances are you probably have these ingredients already sitting in your pantry or fridge.

Mint Chip Ice Cream with a Drizzle of hot fudge

Recipe Pairing Ideas:

a spoon in an ice cream glass taking a bite of mint chip ice cream with hot fudge sauce

The combination of the refreshing mint chip ice cream with the velvety smooth hot fudge sauce is such a classic combination! For an extra touch, add some crushed Oreos on top!

Step#1: Select Quality Chocolate Chips

Not all chocolate chips are created equal! If you want rich, chocolate flavor, the best thing you can do is spend a little extra on the chips. Personally, for this recipe, I like Nestle's Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips.

  • These will give you the best chocolate flavor and subtle sweetness that is not overpowering.
  • I also think these chips provide the best texture too once the chips have melted into the heavy cream.

A spoon in a bowl of semi-sweet chocolate chips

Step#2: Add the Heavy Cream

Next, you'll place the heavy cream in a medium saucepot with the chips on a medium-low flame. It's important to keep whisking while the cream simmers so that that chocolate will melt evenly and not scorch at the bottom. 

chocolate chips and heavy cream melting on a stovetop

Step#3: Add Flavor and Texture

Once the fudge sauce has been created it should look like this. Then you'll add the vanilla extract for deeper flavor and honey for a nice sticky, and syrupy texture. The honey will also add a bit of sweetness too.

A sauce pan of hot fudge simmering

I love a thick hot fudge sauce, but if you want a thinner chocolate sauce, just keep adding more heavy cream until you reach the desired consistency. 

Serving Ideas:

I like to serve this sauce topped over some mint chocolate chip ice cream in tall classic ice cream glasses. It reminds me of the ice cream parlors of my youth and allows for a generous portion! Be sure to serve it with a long ice cream spoon, or ice tea spoon, for reaching the bottom of the glass where the fudge sauce could pool at the bottom!

An Ice Cream Glass filled with Mint Chocolate Chip Ice Cream

Since this is such a thick sauce It works a bit better to drizzle the sauce onto the ice cream with a fork. It will look prettier that way and will allow for equal distribution of your chocolate sauce over the ice cream. 

A hot Fudge Drizzle on Mint Chip Ice Cream

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Chocolate sauce on Mint Chip Ice Cream

Hot Fudge Recipe

Yield: serves 6
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

A wonderful hot fudge recipe for ice cream. This delicious homemade chocolate sauce comes together quickly and easily! Great topped on Mint Chocolate chip Ice Cream.


  • 1 (12 oz) (340g) bag of Semi-Sweet chocolate chips (Nestle Toll House)
  • ⅔ cup (160ml) heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon (15ml) honey
  • 1 teaspoon (5ml) vanilla


  1. In a medium saucepot heat cream with chocolate chips, whisking until chips are melted and sauce is smooth and chocolatey.
  2. Add honey and vanilla and whisk until combined.
  3. Drizzle on top of ice cream with a fork. Pairs beautifully with Mint Chocolate Chip ice cream!


Store in the refrigerator covered up to 5 days or freeze.

To reheat, spoon out individual servings in a bowl and microwave on high for :15 or until liquified.

It's better to just reheat what you plan to serve, as opposed to reheating and refrigerating the same larger portion. Constant refrigerating and reheating of the same portion will affect the texture and also isn't the safest way to go as far as food safety is concerned.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 45Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 2mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 0gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

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  1. Hi Beth love all your recipes .they are so easy to make .I know they will help me up my baking game.