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The Making of Hot Fudge Sauce 
Sep. 25, 2009 7:39 pm 
Updated: Oct. 9, 2009 5:11 am
Recently, after seeing a photo of someone who made hot fudge sauce, I thought I would give it a try. I never thought to make this before! I decided to try Sue's Hot Fudge Sauce from this site.
I made the recipe as written and it was good, but after a few bites, I found it tasted very sugary and too sweet. Please keep in mind there is almost nothing out there too sweet for me!
Today, I decided to reheat the fudge sauce and I added an additional 1/2 cup of cocoa powder. I dare say this is now a perfect consistancy and taste for chocolate fudge.
In my photos below you can compare the original batch which is a lighter, more caramel color. It was also a bit more runny, but not bad. In the second photo you will see the fudge is much darker and the color of what you would expect fudge to be. It is also slightly more thick.
I highly recommend this recipe and the addition of 1/2 cup of cocoa powder.
I can't wait to make more as gifts for the upcoming Christmas season. Have you ever gifted hot fudge to someone before? What kind of jars did you use?
What do you like to drizzle hot fudge on?
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Sep. 25, 2009 7:52 pm
Frozen custard drenched in hot fudge sauce...yum! Ooookay, maybe not *drenched*. Great post, it looks delicious and I'll keep that extra cocoa powder in mind if I make this recipe. :)
Sep. 25, 2009 9:04 pm
CoconutGirl, frozen custard is excellent, I love it! Yes, you can see the difference in the photos. I honestly believe you need the extra cocoa powder to have an authentic type chocolate fudge.
Sep. 26, 2009 5:43 am
Sounds like a great recipe and I'm going to try it with the extra cocoa powder in a hot fudge sundae! Yum! Does anybody know if it's better to use "natural" or "dutched cocoa powder" in recipes for fudge sauce? I see both kinds at the store.
Sep. 26, 2009 9:10 am
This is a great idea for gifts, MSC. If you don't mind me asking, is that the jar in the picture you will give as a gift? If so, do you know where I can get some? Also, how long does this sauce keeps in the fridge?
Sep. 26, 2009 9:32 am
After reading reviews, it seems that it may keep for a while in the fridge as long as it is store tightly in a jar or container. The jar in the photos is from The World Market store. The jar in the photo is mine that I use for things like this or when I make a marinade, but when I gift this fudge, I am going to look for more of these jars to put the fudge in. From the various reviews I've read on several fudge recipes, I believe many people use regular glass canning jars.
Sep. 26, 2009 4:22 pm
Your doctored sauce looks much tastier chocolate-wise than the original. This calls for a couple of scoops of McConnell's Turkish Coffee ice cream! Drizzle the hot fudge sauce all over, then add some whipped cream and toasted nuts. YUM! Great gift idea.
Sep. 26, 2009 8:13 pm
Mmmmmmmm.......the toasted nuts and whip cream make an excellent finish to ice cream! Great idea CookieWeasel. :)
Sep. 26, 2009 9:15 pm
What do you think of using Hershey's Dark chocolate powder?
Sep. 26, 2009 11:08 pm
I used the regular cocoa powder and I have read other people tried the dark cocoa powder and it turned out great. I wouldn't hesitate to try it. They sell dark chocolate fudge at the store, so it would be similar.
Sep. 26, 2009 11:09 pm
I think the fudge would be good with brownies and vanilla ice cream!
Sep. 27, 2009 2:11 pm
I love homeade hot fudge sauce. Especially my grandma's recipe! I'm thinking of submitting it, it is soooo good. When I was in high school, I would make it pretty much every Friday night so my family could have hot fudge sundaes. I was so addicted to it! It is so wonderful and simple - vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce. Mmmmm....
Sep. 27, 2009 2:27 pm
I can't believe I've never thought to make hot fudge sauce!! I think I'll be trying this one soon, with the addition of the extra cocoa powder like you suggested. The second pic looks much more appealing! Makes me want some right now :) And what a neat gift idea..Can't believe I've never thought of that either! By the way, I love the jar you put yours in. Too cute!
Sep. 27, 2009 3:02 pm
By the way, my grandma's recipe looks a lot like your "doctored" sauce, the second photo - a deep dark chocolate color.
Sep. 28, 2009 5:41 pm
This is definitely my "go-to" Hot Fudge Sauce recipe even though I like to try others because they are tempting like that ;). I do double the amount of cocoa the recipe calls for as well. I use this on ice cream and cheesecake mainly, but there are times where I use it on brownies or plain cake slices (like pound cake) and you should try this over fried ice cream - OMG! It is heaven on a plate! Okay - one of the most interesting ways I use it - in hot cocoa! I can't remember why I did it but it surely makes it more chocolaty (but not on it's own - I also put caramel sauce in there - it just seems to be a perfect balance of everything like that) Like you, I have a major sweet tooth!
Sep. 28, 2009 6:40 pm
My hot fudge sauce recipe uses bittersweet chocolate bars I'd bought in Spain to make European hot chocolate (basically melted choc. with a sm. amount of milk---espresso size!) DIL and I got such rave reviews that my son eats it out of the freezer with a spoon. It didn't have any cocoa powder at all. Haven't made it for a couple of years but will try to find it. It makes to die for holiday gifts. Hmmm, between the caramel apples and this sauce perhaps I'll include a toothbrush!
Sep. 28, 2009 11:34 pm
Great gift idea, especially for a family: make a jar of fudge sauce and a jar of caramel sauce and box along with appropriate number of sundae or banana split dishes (they're inexpensive at places like Bed, Bath and Beyond), and maybe add an ice cream scoop. I've done this for Christmas, for a donation to an auction, and for thank-yous. The favorite part is always the sauces.
Sep. 29, 2009 6:39 am
I am looking for a chocolate sauce that contains coffee, sweetened condensed milk, and I think chocolate chips and have no luck finding it. Does anyone have a recipe like this?
Sep. 29, 2009 6:40 am
The jar everyone is admiring is easily available at Walmart or online or whatever for about 3 bucks, made by Anchor Hocking. My hubby got me one online and then was disappointed to see pretty much the same thing for way less at Walmart. (That happened with all the Lodge cast iron stuff he bought me one year too--wowza the shipping off the internet only to find that SAME stuff at Walmart!) That sauce looks delish and I saved the recipe earlier this week when someone else was talking about it, I LOVE hot fudge sauce but hate the way you have to reheat the jar and get that crust on it. If I make it myself I can scale it down so I don't have to store it in a crusty, burnt microwave jar, yay.
Sep. 29, 2009 8:32 am
I'm glad my review helped you gals out :). You know Deb, I never thought of using it as fondue. I think you just gave me a great idea to use up some Ritz I have here that is just dying to be eaten. Jarrie - it's interesting you say that, this particular hot fudge sauce (for me anyway) remains a pretty good consistency in the fridge. Not pourable as if it were warm, but definitely not hard either. Just sticky, gooey and can be scooped out of the bottle and reheated for a few seconds in the microwave to get that pouring consistency again. At least that's my experience with it. It's weird, but I can't eat this stuff on it's own and I love chocolate. But Praline Sundae Topping! (also from this site) It's the ultimate caramel sauce and I usually omit the nuts. Btw, I never thought of gifting ice cream toppings - but I love suz's idea all around.
Sep. 29, 2009 1:36 pm
We have more peaches right now than we can use and than we have freezer space for - SO I chopped up some into bite sized pieces, crushed some ginger cookies over them, added some peach schnapps flavoring and drizzled hot fudge criss-cross on top of the concoction making sure to hit a few spots on the inside of the balloon glasses I used. It was delicious and even my husband commented on how pretty it looked!
Sep. 29, 2009 8:06 pm
I find that if I add a tablespoon or so of instant coffee granules, the fudge sauce is richer and less sweet.
Sep. 30, 2009 6:27 am
this sounds great but where is the recipe?
Sep. 30, 2009 12:13 pm
Where is the recipe for the fudge sauce?
Sep. 30, 2009 12:37 pm
How about pineapple,apple,bananas, pound cake, for dipping? Also, we eat brownies with peppermint ice cream and hot fudge sauce! It is awesome! This sounds great and I can't wait to try it. Thanks.
Sep. 30, 2009 2:56 pm
I mentioned in the blog that the recipe is Sue's Hot Fudge Sauce from this site. Here is the link:
Sep. 30, 2009 3:41 pm
Thanks MSC. So often I am asked if there is any chocolate sauce for ice cream. The name brands are not bad but they can get pricy. Generic brands are less expensive but the quality suffers. And...there are so many additives in both! I'll give this one a go.
Oct. 1, 2009 7:53 am
Oh hot fudge! I am so traditional. Of course I like it on ice cream. But now I am going to try it on other things like pound cake, dip fruit in it. Oh there goes the weight. Look out!
Oct. 1, 2009 10:13 am
You are making me hungry! I think the advantages to using canning jars would be that you can put them in a boiling water bath and seal them. I would still recommend keeping them refrigerated. The bottles can be warmed in the microwave, and it would be easier to scoop out the fudge if it isn't hot. If you are giving it as gifts, include another jar of crushed candy canes and large chunks of chopped nuts. Or how about a jar with unsalted, roasted peanuts and mini marshmallows for rocky road sundaes. Or mini graham bears and marshmallows for smores sundaes. Also, since I just returned from Ikea, you might check out their glassware and kitchen storage stuff. Maybe even the local dollar stores. I think the best part of making the hot fudge sauce is the smell that permeates the kitchen. We all underestimate how important those delicious cooking smells are to our childhood. I'm reading Ted Kennedy's biography, and he mentions his family dinners and how it was his job to turn the crank on the ice cream freezer for hours. I bet that ice cream tasted really good after all that time. It's too bad they didn't have your sauce to put on top.
Oct. 1, 2009 10:41 am
My grandmother has a recipe. You use 3 unsweetened baking chocolate squares and a can of sweetened condensed milk. Stir the block of chocolate into the thinned, heated milk one at a time to make a dark hot fudge sauce. It's just like the ones from the jar.
Oct. 1, 2009 12:54 pm
Hi! Am I blind? I don't see the recipe anywhere and the pictures are making me drool! Please help, must try this delicious looking treat!
Oct. 1, 2009 11:30 pm
I can't find the receipe either? Where is it?
Oct. 1, 2009 11:41 pm
Okay, as I mentioned in the blog if you read it, it is called Sue's Hot Fudge Sauce from this site. That means that you type it into the search and you will find it on AllRecipes. I also posted the link in another response here.
Oct. 2, 2009 6:30 am
I gifted HFS last year. I used small decorative jelly jars and just boiled them and the lids and poured in the sauce while it was still hot. All of them sealed w/o a problem and kept fine. I added them with other sauces to ice cream kit baskets.
Oct. 2, 2009 8:52 am
Mamakitty, I never canned anything with jars like that, but I may try to do that this fall sometime. I may have questions about it at a later date. What other sauces did you can?
Oct. 2, 2009 11:40 am
I love making hot fudge shakes! I'm going to try to make some fudge myself. I've never tried before. I can't wait! Thanks for the tip!
Oct. 8, 2009 6:29 pm
Thanks for the organza idea! I did do a fudge sauce and a caramel rum sauce one year for Christmas gifts. Big hit. I canned them in mason jars, with airtight seals. I added a piece of Christmas like fabric on the top of the jar and tied it off with rafia or ribbon. Actually I think I'll add that to my Christmas baskets this year!
Oct. 8, 2009 6:32 pm
In one of my previous blogs, I have photos of pin organza I used for my daughters birthday and a friends baby shower a few weeks later. I am having a Halloween party for my daughter and we are going to use black organza. :)
Oct. 9, 2009 5:11 am
The jars are the exact 2 I have for my oil and vinegar. I also have a third for my homemade salad dressing. They were cheap at Dollar General, Old Tyme Pottery stores.
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