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Grandma Val's Hot Fudge Sauce: caramel like ribbons of deep, rich, chocolatey fudge for the ultimate ice cream indulgence!
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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 175kcal
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


  • Melt the butter and unsweetened chocolate together in a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir the corn syrup and boiling water together in a heat-proof measuring cup then add to the pan with the sugar.
  • Increase heat to medium and stir mixture until it reaches boiling.
  • Boil without stirring for 8 minutes. Really. Do not stir that stuff.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and salt. It will bubble up violently, so be careful.
  • 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.
  • Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator.

To Reheat:

  • Remove lid from the jar and microwave for about 30 seconds.
  • Stir.
  • Heat in additional 10 second bursts until the hot fudge flows freely when poured.


Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 9mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 70mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 105IU | Calcium: 11mg | Iron: 1.5mg