Homemade Chocolate Sauce Recipe {for Ice Cream)

This is the most delicious Hot Chocolate Sauce Recipe – that’s ready in minutes! Perfect for ice cream sundaes and drizzling over desserts. Easy to make ahead and keep for those ice cream emergencies. Come on in and I’ll share my recipe with you…

homemade chocolate sauce for ice cream

Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Yummy, warm, comforting, smooth, and delicious are all words I would use to describe this Chocolate Sauce.

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This recipe was passed along to me by my mom.

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I honestly don’t remember using store-bought fudge sauce – ever!

chocolate sauce recipe for ice cream

After you see how easy this recipe is to make, you’ll understand why.

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How long will homemade chocolate sauce last?

  • homemade chocolate sauce can be stored in an airtight container or jar and in the refrigerator for 2 weeks.
homemade chocolate sauce recipe

Can you reheat the chocolate sauce?

  • To reheat the chocolate sauce pour some in a saucepan and reheat until it is warmed through – for a couple of minutes. You can also microwave it for about 15 seconds.
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How do you make Homemade Chocolate Sauce?

  1. Melt butter in a saucepan
  2. Add sugar, cocoa powder, cornstarch, water, and vanilla
  3. Cook while stirring often over medium-high heat
  4. The Sauce will thicken up while cooking – It should only take a couple of minutes to thicken
  5. Remove from heat
  6. Serve warm over ice cream, with fruit or your favorite desserts

Here’s the printable recipe for this Chocolate Sauce:

Homemade Chocolate Sauce

Delicious homemade chocolate sauce that's ready in minutes to go over ice cream and other desserts
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 146cal
Author: Melissa


  • 2 Tbsp. butter unsalted
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. vanilla
  • 1&1/4 cups water


  • Melt your butter in a saucepan (medium heat)
  • Add everything else
  • Stir with a whisk until smooth -stirring often, while it thickens (for a few minutes)
  • Pour over your favorite ice cream


Nutrition facts are only an estimate 
Suggested Toppings:
  • Nuts
  • whipped topping
  • maraschino cherries
  • crushed Oreos
  • sprinkles
  • M&Ms
*The sauce will not be as thick as fudge would be. It will thicken, but you should be able to easily pour it. The sauce will continue to thicken as it cools
  • Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks


Calories: 146cal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 29mg | Potassium: 58mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg


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