Grandma Val's Hot Fudge Sauce: caramel like ribbons of deep, rich, chocolatey fudge for the ultimate ice cream indulgence!

Grandma Val's Hot Fudge Sauce

Grandma Val's Hot Fudge Sauce is seriously fudgy hot fudge sauce that firms up ever so slightly when poured over ice cream to form caramel-like ribbons of chocolatey goodness. Oh yes. It does.

 Adapted gently from The Houghton College Community Cookbook submitted by Janet Spegen.

Servings 20
Calories 175 kcal
Author Rebecca Lindamood


  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 ounces unsweetened chocolate
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  1. Melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate together in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir the corn syrup and boiling water together in a heat-proof measuring cup then add to the pan with the sugar.

  3. Increase heat to medium and stir mixture until it reaches boiling.
  4. Boil without stirring for 8 minutes. Really. Do not stir that stuff.
  5. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and salt. It will bubble up violently, so be careful.
  6. Let rest for 5 minutes before pouring into a heat-proof container with a tight fitting lid. (A canning jar works perfectly for this situation.) Be certain the container you use is small enough to fit into the microwave for reheating purposes.
  7. Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator.

To Reheat:

  1. Remove lid from the jar and microwave for about 30 seconds.
  2. Stir.
  3. Heat in additional 10 second bursts until the hot fudge flows freely when poured.
Nutrition Facts
Grandma Val's Hot Fudge Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 175 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 9mg3%
Sodium 8mg0%
Potassium 70mg2%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 26g29%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 105IU2%
Calcium 11mg1%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.