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Ultra buttery and chocolatey this hybrid hot fudge starts off as a caramel sauce, giving it a magical texture that's both molten and chewy.

Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce

This hot fudge has a butter caramel base, giving it a magical texture that's molten when hot and pleasantly chewy where it touches a cold scoop of ice cream. This gives the hot fudge some substance, and yet it melts away into a blissful pool of buttery chocolatey caramel in your mouth.
Course Condiments & Pickles, Dessert
Cuisine American
Level Beginner
Main Ingredient Chocolate
Diet Gluten-Free, Pescatarian, Vegetarian
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 10 servings
Calories 206 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/2 cup evaporated cane sugar (or granulated sugar)
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons cultured unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 120 grams bittersweet chocolate (roughly chopped)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch sea salt (optional)


  1. Add the water and corn-syrup to a heavy bottomed pot and bring to a boil. Dump the sugar into center of the pot in a mound making sure you don't get any sugar on the sides of the pot.
    The first step to making hot fudge is to bring the cornsyrup and water to a boil.
  2. Let this mixture boil until until it reaches 320 degrees F (160 C).
    Caramelizing the sugar before adding the chocolate makes the best hot fudge.
  3. Add the cream a little bit a time, whisking well to incorporate. If you add too much cream at once, it will boil over.
    Add the cream in batches to the caramelized sugar to make a caramel base for our hot fudge.
  4. Whisk in the butter and cocoa powder and then whisk in the chocolate, a little bit at a time. Finish the hot fudge by whisking in the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
    Melt the chocolate into your hot fudge.
Nutrition Facts
Chewy Hot Fudge Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 206 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 7g35%
Cholesterol 28mg9%
Sodium 17mg1%
Potassium 102mg3%
Carbohydrates 24g8%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 310IU6%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 21mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.