Dig in to this luxurious dark chocolate hot fudge sauce that begs for vanilla ice cream and a special celebration (or a Monday that needs improvement)

 Celebrating across the miles

Today is my Daddy’s birthday. And while he’s on one end of the continent, and I’m on the other, I’m definitely going to help him celebrate by having one of his favorite desserts…a hot fudge sundae with a candle in it (although in the interest of fire safety, I’ll blow it out for him instead of waiting around to see if he comes over to do it himself…he is 2600 miles away, after all). Oh sure, I can go out and buy some jarred chocolate fudge topping, but remember it’s me we’re talking about, Miss I-don’t-want-preservatives-in-my-food-thank-you-very-much (or is that Mrs.?). I want a sauce that’s thick and rich dark chocolate, not cloyingly sweet or plastic-y, and that clings to my spoon as it slowly melts the ice cream beneath. In short, I want an over the top dark chocolate hot fudge sauce. It can be done.

Luckily, I have the interweb to turn to, and Smitten Kitchen, one of my favorite food blogs, didn’t let me down. I adapted her recipe for best hot fudge sauce to add that intense dark chocolate punch I wanted, using 72% cacao dark chocolate, Lyle’s Golden Syrup (left from when I made Sticky Toffee Pudding), and dark chocolate cocoa powder. (whoa, that’s a lot of darkness!). This is good stuff, folks.

Off to the stove, pronto!


Lyle's Golden Syrup in the can
Lyle’s Golden Syrup adds the right amount of sweetness without being cloying


dark chocolate hot fudge sauce ingredients
Dark chocolate hot fudge sauce, deconstructed

So Simple

It’s incredible how easy this recipe is to make…you’re mixing and heating up what’s basically hot chocolate, then adding in chopped chocolate and vanilla. Stir, stir, stir, and you have the best hot fudge out there.


Mixing, melting, and stirring the ingredients for dark chocolate hot fudge sauce
Mixing, melting, and stirring the ingredients


pouring dark chocolate hot fudge sauce from saucepan
Hand the spoon over and back away slowly…


dark chocolate hot fudge sauce in a jar with empty saucepan
Two cups of dark chocolate hot fudge yumminess…


dark chocolate fudge sauce sundaes
A sundae to brighten a Monday? Yes, please!

Oh, so good

This sauce is a truly luxurious dark chocolate hot fudge that begs for vanilla ice cream and a special celebration (or even a Monday that needs improvement). Grab the ice cream, or maybe ditch the ice cream and just grab a spoon, and dig in. Me, I’ll be lifting my hot-fudge-and-ice-cream-covered-spoon in salute to the best father there is. Happy Birthday, Daddy!

Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!


Dark Chocolate Hot Fudge

Dig in to this luxurious dark chocolate hot fudge sauce that begs for vanilla ice cream and a special celebration (or a Monday that needs improvement)
Adapted from Smitten Kitchen
Makes 2 cups
Prep Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate, Dark Chocolate, Hot Fudge, Ice Cream, Ice Cream Toppings, Smitten Kitchen
Author: Tammy Spencer, Scotch & Scones

Special Equipment

  • small saucepan


  • 2 Tbsp butter (1 oz, 30g) salted (my favorite is Kerrygold)
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream (6-1/2 oz, 155g)
  • 1/2 cup Lyle’s Golden Syrup (6 oz, 170g) light corn syrup, or honey
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar (1 3/4 oz, 50g) packed
  • 1/4 cup dark chocolate cocoa powder (3/4 oz, 20g) like from King Arthur Flour
  • 6 oz dark chocolate (170g) chopped (60-75% cacao works best)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Combine the butter, cream, sweetener, cocoa, and salt in a small saucepan over medium heat and bring to a simmer. Cook on low, stirring, for 3 to 5 more minutes after everything has melted.
  • Remove from heat and stir in chopped chocolate, stirred until melted. Add the in vanilla and stir it again. It's ready!
  • Serve over ice cream warm, although it thickens more as it begins to cool, so you can also wait for 15 to 20 minutes to serve (if you can wait that long, that is).
  • Pour leftovers into a jar (I like these jars) and refrigerate. Hot fudge sauce keeps chilled in the fridge for a month or two.
  • You can reheat the sauce in the jar using short bursts in the microwave (10-15 seconds on HIGH), stirring each time until warm (don’t overheat it or it will burn). Alternatively, place the jar in a steamer basket over an inch of simmering water. Stir until warmed.


You can substitute 1 cup chocolate chips for the chopped chocolate if you’d like, but I prefer the bars because I know they’ll melt well. You can also use unsalted butter instead of the salted butter, just add 1/4 tsp Kosher salt to your ingredients. Lastly, you can use regular cocoa powder for the dark cocoa powder -- the hot fudge just won’t be quite as intense.
According to Smitten Kitchen, you can combine all the ingredients except the vanilla in the pot at the same time (instead of stirring in the chopped chocolate at the end)…just be careful not to cook the sauce too long and or you'll burn the chocolate.
You can spike the sauce with 2 Tbsp of bourbon or rum...just add the spirit in at the start of cooking to cook off the alcohol, or add at the end for a happy (but not kid-friendly) version. Yum! Other variation ideas from Smitten Kitchen: you can add a few flakes of sea salt, some cinnamon, or instant espresso during the cooking process. Also, try stirring in a couple tablespoons of peanut butter at the end once the chocolate has melted. Get creative!
Did you use this technique?Please share your pictures with the world...mention @scotch_scones and tag #scotchandsconesblog on Instagram, Pinterest, or Twitter. I can't wait to see your creations!


  1. Linda July 13, 2019 at 9:30 am

    If you want to use chocolate chips, Guittard bittersweet chips work very well in recipes like this.

    1. scotchscones July 13, 2019 at 10:55 am

      Very true! Good quality brands do work well.


Leave A Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.