5-Minute Hot Fudge Sauce (THM S)

You will not believe that you’re only 5 minutes and 6 ingredients away from rich, decadent hot fudge.


I haven’t had hot fudge in years, and I either forgot how good it was or homemade just blows everything else out of the water.

I decided to try an easy method using ingredients I already had on hand: cocoa powder, butter, cream, and sweetener. I simply combined the cocoa powder and sweetener with heavy cream in a small skillet, whisking until the cream became hot (but not bubbling). I then whisked in a stick of cubed salted butter (normally I do unsalted for baking, but this was all I had and it worked perfectly), vanilla extract, and caramel extract. Keep whisking until the sweetener dissolves, and the mixture is nice and smooth.

You may be thinking that the caramel extract is weird, but trust me when I say it makes the sauce. I had the sauce made without it, and thought, “It’s missing something. More cocoa powder? Vanilla?” Kept thinking, and eventually came to caramel extract. It’s a small amount, so it doesn’t taste of caramel, it just adds a nice background flavor and depth.


Don’t skimp on the cocoa powder here, make sure you use something good [because, hello, this is a chocolate recipe]. The brands I’ve tried and really enjoyed are Guittard, Ghiradelli, and Pernigotti.

To store the hot fudge, just cool it and store in a pint mason jar, or any container with a lid. It will harden in the fridge, but that’s to be expected. I played around with reheating it, and the best method I found was to reheat a few tablespoons in a small sauce pan on the stove. You can try it in the microwave, however in my testing it didn’t reheat well in the microwave (my best guess is that it scorches the chocolate, causing the mixture to separate).


This sauce is glorious – it’s thick, rich, gooey, chocolaty. Frankly, it tastes like a liquid brownie and it’s the most fantastic thing in the world. Put it on ice cream, a spoon…cardboard, and it will taste amazing.


Try it over my Fat Bomb Vanilla Bean Ice Cream for an easy, extra special treat!

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5-Minute Hot Fudge Sauce (THM S)

  • Servings: Multiple; Makes about 1 pint
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Credit: Erin Murray, My Fling with Food



  1. Whisk the cocoa, sweetener, and cream in a small sauce pot over medium-low heat until the cream is hot, but not bubbling.
  2. Whisk in the cubed butter and extracts.
  3. Continue whisking over low heat until the sweetener is fully dissolved.
  4. Cool slightly and store in the fridge. Reheat single servings on the stove as needed.

4 thoughts on “5-Minute Hot Fudge Sauce (THM S)

  1. Oh man! I have to tell you that last night my spouse wanted to eat at Cracker Barrel and it is not low carb friendly or sugar free friendly! I usually end up with a salad there, but on the table was a little card showing a double chocolate cake with yummy looking fudge icing. I hate when I crave some of my old comfort foods! Today someone on Facebook shared your Hot Fudge Sauce and I freaked out! I was watching my 4 month old grandson so I had to wait until he went home at five!
    I could hug and kiss you for sharing such an amazing sugar free comfort food recipe! I had made two of my favorite single serve chocolate cakes this morning so I took half of one out and I dumped a super, gooey, huge amount on to my cake and I sank to my knees on my concrete slab because I still don’t have floors after Hurricane Matthew and I licked up all that yummy goodness off that plate with my tongue!
    Thanks so much! It does make a lot! I filled up that pint jar and still had a little bit leftover that I just ate straight out of my skillet!

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