This hot fudge topping for ice cream is easy to make, smooth and rich, and stores well in the refrigerator for several weeks. Once you make this naturally gluten-free hot fudge sauce, you will not want to go back to any bottled chocolate syrup again!
Who can resist thick, smooth, rich chocolate? No one in my house, that’s for sure! I’ve been known to make my fudge icing just to eat with a spoon. But it really isn’t the right consistency for enjoying over ice cream, so I set to work making homemade hot fudge topping for ice cream sundaes. I’ve tried several recipes, and combined bits of a few to get it just right and ready to share with you!
This summer we had a group of friends over and enjoyed a “Build Your Own Sundae Bar”. This homemade hot fudge topping was a huge hit! If you are looking for a way to easily serve dessert to a large group of people, especially a mixed group of gluten-free and “regular” eaters, a Sundae Bar is a fun idea.
Many enjoyed Hot Fudge Brownie Sundaes, some enjoyed Banana Splits, some enjoyed Ice Cream Sundaes, and a few just loved ice cream with fresh berries. It is so easy for everyone to customize their own according to their preferences and allergies. We didn’t have anyone dairy-free at our party, but you could provide dairy-free ice cream as well.
Here’s what we had at our gluten-free Ice Cream Sundae Bar:
- Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (I’m loyal to Breyer’s Natural Vanilla)
- Chewy Gluten-free Brownies
- Bananas – slice just before serving
- Fresh Strawberries & Raspberries
- Hot Fudge topping (recipe below)
- Gluten-free Caramel Sauce
- Homemade whipped cream
- Plain M&Ms
- Sprinkles (verify gluten-free) – I like these colored sprinkles
- mini chocolate chips (I use Enjoy Life mini chips)
- Gluten-free Oreos – broke these up into chunks
- Chopped almonds (we omitted these at the party where a child had a nut allergy, but included them the next night when we did it with just our family)
Of course to have the best hot fudge sundaes, you need to make your own hot fudge! It’s super easy to make!
You just have to gather 6 ingredients to make this homemade hot fudge (the tiny bit of salt isn’t shown here).
Ingredients for this homemade hot fudge:
- Unsweetened chocolate squares
- Evaporated Milk
- Pure Vanilla Extract
Hope this gives you some ideas so you can host your own party! Sundae parties are fun any time of the year, whether it is the middle or winter or on a hot summer night. Enjoy!!
Tip: You can use this hot fudge sauce, once cooled, in this Mississippi Mud Ice Cream Recipe. You can use gluten-free Oreos in it too and it’s so good!
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Hot Fudge Topping Recipe:
- 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
- 4 squares (4 ounces) unsweetened chocolate
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1/8 tsp. salt
- 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
- 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- Place the butter and chocolate squares in a heavy saucepan over low heat. Cook, stirring with a whisk, until they melt. Turn off heat.
- Whisk in the sugar and salt.
- Whisk in the evaporated milk and heat over medium heat. Cook at a gentle simmer, whisking constantly, until the sauce thickens enough to coat a spatula, about 12-15 minutes. I switched to a spatula towards the end.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the vanilla.
- Serve within an hour, or cover and place in refrigerator. Keep refrigerated until ready to use. To serve, reheat on top of the stove over low/medium heat or in the microwave in 20 second increments.
- Makes about 3 cups of hot fudge, which was plenty for 20 servings, at least.
Old photo from when I originally posted this in December 2013 – Yes I’ve been making this for that many years!