Hot Fudge Sauce

December 14, 2014
0 Ratings
  • Makes 1-2 cups
Author Notes

I learned this recipe from my grandparents. There are varying stories about its origin. Some say it came from from my great-grandmother and others the wife of a family friend. Despite its origins being shrouded in the mist of time, is is my go to recipe. At the time my uncle shared it in the parish cookbook, he said that it had been in the family for 60 years. So now we are closing in on the century mark. The longer it cooks the more flavorful and thicker it gets. Serve with your favorite ice cream, preferably home made vanilla. —Sauertea

What You'll Need
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  1. Heat water in the base of a double boiler. It should not come to a boil.
  2. Combine all the ingredients in the top of a double boiler and add the 1 1/12 cups of boiling water. Mix the ingredients until smooth. Make sure the water in the base of the double boiler does not come to a boil.
  3. Whisk occasionally.
  4. It is ok to start early in the day and let it cook most of the day over the double boiler. It will get very thick the longer it sits. The key is not letting the water in the double boiler boil
  5. Serve over your favorite ice cream

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4 Reviews

Sauertea January 6, 2016
Well this is the way the recipe was shared with me and it has not previously caused confusion when shared with others. When using a double boiler there needs to water and when heated the water transfers the heat to the pan above to allow for the transfer of a gentle heat to the pan above. That is why the first instruction calls for hot not boiling water in the double boiler. The 1 1/2 cups of boiling water is included in the ingredients and should be added as directed in instruction number two. Also here is a link on double boilers
Tara C. January 5, 2016
No no no. Do not use this recipe. I do not have a double boiler, but I rigged a bowl over a pot of (not) boiling water & the mixture just would not melt into a sauce no matter what I did it stayed like mud. Finally in a last ditch effort I whisked in some milk & it magically turned into sauce & my hot fudge brownie sundaes were fixed-thank goodness! But don't waste your time with this, it doesn't work right
Sauertea January 6, 2016
Well, sorry it did not work for you. Not sure why, we have been making this for many years and have not had a problem with it melting. I would suggest heating the water in the bottom of the double boiler before you start melting the chocolate et al. Just to be clear the boiling water referenced in the recipe is to be poured over the sugar, chocolate etc and should melt everything. You need to stir until it is all melted. Hope that clarifies
Tara C. January 6, 2016
Well you need to rewrite your recipe because as it's written there is not one reference to adding the water to the chocolate mixture, so to say that "to be clear" is an understatement. I would never assume that the water from the double boiler would be added to the mixture