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Spicy Hot Fudge Sauce

Photograph by The Naptime Chef

Each season is fun the kitchen, but this time of year it is downright awesome. Between every day meals, this month we squeeze in batches of dough, homemade candy, and little treats to enjoy ourselves or give away to friends. Since I have two little kids I don’t usually have a ton of time to make anything overly involved and intricate. However, I still find time to mix up a few batches of our favorite hot fudge sauce to pack up to gift around the neighborhood and beyond. Here are some of my favorite things about it:

  1. It can be made in large batches and stored in the fridge, or preserved and on a shelf if desired. No need to worry about it going stale or losing texture or flavor.
  2. It appeals to adults and kids alike. Everyone loves getting a jar of hot fudge sauce because the whole family can enjoy it!
  3. The recipe is dead simple. Seriously, it can’t be messed up. And if you don’t want it spicy simply omit the pepper and leave it plain. Or, get adventurous and add a little peppermint or almond extract.

I like to package our fudge sauce in simple jam jars. The regular quilted ones full of hot fudge sauce look like pine cones! It makes for a pretty presentation and you can easily dress up, or dress down, a pretty glass jar. It is up to you if you want to process the jars in a hot water bath to make them shelf stable. Once they are opened, or if you are not processing them, the fudge should be stored in the fridge. And don’t forget to put a little note on telling people to enjoy it over ice cream or cheesecake!

RECIPE: Spicy Hot Fudge Sauce

Yields about 4 cups


  • 2 cups unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons cayenne pepper


  1. In a heatproof bowl set over simmering water, stir together the cocoa, sugars, and salt with a whisk. Add the cream, butter, and pepper.
  2. Continue to stir the mixture while the butter melts and keep stirring until it is smooth and glossy. Boil it for one minute, stirring it constantly so it stays smooth. Remove it from the heat.
  3. Divide the fudge among the glass jars or the heatproof container of your choice. Either process it in a hot water bath or store in the refrigerator until ready to gift or serve.

Recipe via The Naptime Chef

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