Tuesday, August 2, 2011

THE Best Hot Fudge Sauce

I’m an ice cream girl. That’s no secret. I say it over and over again. It’s my weakness. My addiction. My kryptonite. I. can’t. help. myself. Okay, okay, you get the point.

So this may be TMI, but in high school around “that time” I NEEDED chocolate. I mean I HAD to have it.  But not just ANY chocolate would do… it would have to be a hot fudge sundae from The Cheescake Factory. Best dessert ever. I know, I know, your “supposed” to order cheesecake when you go there, but let’s face it – I AM AN ICE CREAM GIRL! I’d take that hot fudge sundae over ANYTHING on their dessert menu. It’s the best ever. Their hot fudge sauce is out. of. this. world. Best I’d EVER had… until now 🙂

It shouldn’t surprise you when I tell you where this recipe comes from. When it comes to all things ice cream, you all can be 100% certain of my go-to-guy… yes, yes, I’m going to mention him yet AGAIN: David Lebovitz!

His hot fudge sauce is JUST as good (dare i say it… if not BETTER). Yep I said it. I no longer have to pay 8 or 9 dollars for one ice cream sundae. I can make a whole bunch of them now with this delicious recipe! And believe me, I have. hah

Some Ice-Cream Recipes I’ve done thus far:

When it comes to hot fudge sundaes, I’m sort of a purist. Vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, a sprinkle of chopped nuts, and a cherry to top it all off.  David has an incredible vanilla ice cream recipe that I used as the base of my cookie dough ice cream.

However, if your not up to making your own ice cream (and I will admit I didn’t make my own this time), I HIGHLY recommend Blue Bell. It’s the only store-bought I’ll buy (yes, I’m officially an ice cream snob now haha). Blue Bell Vanilla ice cream topped with this hot fudge? Holy Smokes. Best thing I’ve ever put into my mouth!


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THE Best Hot Fudge Sauce

Yield: 2 cups

You can substitute regular cocoa powder for the dutch press, and also light brown sugar instead of the dark. Use what you have!


3/4 cup (180 ml) heavy cream
1/4 cup (60 g) packed dark brown sugar
1/4 cup (25 g) unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
1/2 cup (125 ml) light corn syrup
6 ounces (170 g) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped
1-2 tablespoons (15 g) salted butter, cut into small pieces
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


In a saucepan over medium heat, bring the cream, brown sugar, cocoa powder and corn syrup to a boil. Boil, stirring frequently, for 30 seconds.

Remove from heat and add the chopped chocolate and butter. Stirring until melted and smooth. Lastly, stir in the vanilla extract. Serve warm.

Storage: This sauce can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. Rewarm it gently in a microwave or by stirring in a saucepan over very low heat.

Source: Adapted very minimally from David Lebovitz's "The Perfect Scoop"

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9 Responses to “THE Best Hot Fudge Sauce”

  1. 1

    Curt — August 2, 2011 @ 1:39 pm

    Wow, that sounds incredibly sweet and delicious! I like ice cream, but I wouldn’t say I was bonkers over it.

    Now when it comes to hot fudge, and all things chocolate; definitely bonkers!

    Great recipe.

  2. 2

    Tina@flourtrader — August 2, 2011 @ 1:47 pm

    Your picture really has me craving a hot fudge sundae right
    now! David Lebovitz is a great resource for anything sweet,
    thanks for sharing this delicious indulgence.

  3. 3

    Kelly — August 2, 2011 @ 1:52 pm

    Yummy this looks so incredibly delicious! Love your photos! 🙂

  4. 4

    Bev Weidner — August 2, 2011 @ 1:54 pm

    UM, yes. YES. and yes. I’m on my way.

  5. 5

    alex — August 2, 2011 @ 3:52 pm

    nothing beats hot fudge! I”ve never made it..I better just go for it!

  6. 6

    Laura @ SweetSavoryPlanet — August 2, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    I always say I am going to make fudge sauce and never get around to it. This recipe looks awesome.

  7. 7

    Kim Bee — August 7, 2011 @ 2:01 am

    Wipes drool from her chin.

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    Andrea — June 9, 2014 @ 12:34 pm

    My name is Andrea & I am an ice cream addict In the best way! I am so happy this recipe is available – I feel the same way about Cheesecake Factory’s hit fudge. Can’t wait to try it – thank you!

    • Tina replied: — June 13th, 2014 @ 8:57 am

      Oh, it’s SO good! You will love it 🙂

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