Classic ooey, gooey 5-minute fudge sauce perfect for drizzling over ice cream, brownies, or pancakes and waffles.
Hey, friends. Over the last couple years, I’ve added a few quick and easy single-serving dessert sauces to the site:
And I have another one for you today: Hot Fudge Sauce (for one).
And it’s SO GOOD.
The best part is, if you have cocoa powder in your cupboard, you can probably make some fudge sauce right now because this recipe uses just five ingredients: sugar, cocoa powder, butter, milk, and optional vanilla.
- Butter: Salted or unsalted butter will work in this recipe. If using unsalted butter, just add a pinch of salt.
- Cocoa powder: Both Dutch-process and natural cocoa powder (the kind you’re more likely to find in large grocery stores) can be used. Dutch-process cocoa will give you a darker-colored sauce with a more robust chocolate flavor, while natural cocoa powder yields a lighter-colored sauce with a bright, slightly acidic tang to it. I used natural cocoa powder for the sauce you see in the photos.
How to Make Fudge Sauce
- On the stove, melt butter in a small saucepan, and whisk in milk followed by cocoa powder and sugar.
- Then just whisk continuously until the mixture thickens into a sauce.
- Stir in vanilla and let the sauce sit at room temperature to thicken further while you scoop your ice cream or plate your brownies, and then drizzle away.
Totally easy, right?
What to Make With Fudge Sauce
- Blend fudge sauce with vanilla ice cream and milk for The Best Chocolate Milkshake you’ll ever taste
- Drizzle it over the top of Frozen Hot Chocolate, Hot Chocolate, or a Homemade Mocha or Iced Mocha
- Add a scoop of ice cream to One Giant Chocolate Chip Cookie and top with hot fudge sauce and sprinkles
- Make breakfast dessert by pouring fudge sauce over Chocolate Chip Waffles and whipped cream
Can I make a larger batch of fudge sauce?
Absolutely. This recipe doubles or triples with no changes except you will need to extend the cooking time for sauce to thicken. To change the recipe yield, hover over the serving size in the recipe card below or click if you’re on mobile, and slide the slider.
Can I make this sauce ahead of time?
Yes! If you make a larger batch and want leftovers or just want to make your sauce in advance, you can store the prepared sauce in the fridge in an airtight container for 3 to 4 days.
It will become solid as it cools, but will return to its smooth, pourable state with 10 to 20 seconds in the microwave and a couple good stirs.
Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe for One
- 2 tablespoons (25g) granulated sugar
- 1 heaping tablespoon (8g) cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon (14g) salted butter *
- 2 tablespoons milk any percentage
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a small bowl, combine sugar and cocoa powder. Stir together and set aside.
- In a small saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in milk followed by the sugar and cocoa powder mixture. Whisk continuously, beating out any lumps as they form, until mixture begins to thicken and bubble 2-3 minutes.
- Remove from heat and continue whisking for about 30 seconds to cool the sauce slightly before whisking in the vanilla. Allow to sit and thicken for 2 to 3 minutes. Serve over ice cream, brownies, or pancakes and enjoy!
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