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Hot Fudge Sauce


Hot Fudge Sauce
Processing: refrigeration
Storage: 2 months+

Drizzle this delicious hot fudge sauce over ice cream sundaes, cakes or cupcakes and the best way to serve is to stir a tablespoon into a glass of milk that makes the "yummiest chocolate milk ever" according to my oldest daughter :) Our favourite flavours are with peppermint schnapps or cherry liqueur for the adults, and the brown sugar cinnamon flavour for the kids.

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  • 3 cups water
  • 6 cups white sugar
  • 2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons golden syrup (or light corn syrup)
  • 3 cups good quality cocoa


Servings 6
Adapted from


Step 1

Pre-heat jars
For each batch, you'll want to pre-heat your half pint or pint jars by covering in boiling water and boiling for 10 minutes.

Combine everything (except the cocoa)
In a large pot (it expands a LOT while cooking) whisk together the water, sugar, vanilla extract, kosher salt and syrup. Bring to a boil and add the sifted cocoa. Whisk to combine.

Simmer and reduce
Bring to a boil then turn down to almost a simmer, stir occasionally for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce has reduced a little and thickened to a consistency like thick honey.

Ladle sauce into jars
You'll definitely need a funnel with this recipe, it can get very messy! Ladle hot sauce into hot jars, to a 1/4 inch (0.5cm) headspace. Remove any bubbles, adding extra sauce if required.

Prepare jars
As the rims of the jars get sticky, wipe with a clean, damp cloth then wipe dry with a second cloth or paper towel. Add seals to centre of jars and tighten rings to fingertip-tight.

Store jars of hot fudge sauce in the refrigerator.

Variations: add a little coffee, chilli flakes, or use brown sugar and add a sprinkle of ground cinnamon, perhaps? Adults only version: try a nip of liqueur ie cherry liqueur, cointreau, frangelico, baileys, kahlua, tia maria, raspberry liqueur, butterscotch or peppermint schnapps, whiskey, etc.

Gift ideas: give a jar of hot fudge sauce with a cookbook; alongside some fresh strawberries; some waffles/maple syrup perhaps; or with a jar of ready-to-bake cookies/brownies? Wrap jars with some nice ribbon and a pretty teaspoon, too. How about a gift basket with ice cream cones, waffles, assorted sprinkles/candy and a jar of homemade chocolate sauce, sounds pretty yummy! :(^_^):

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