How to make Hot Fudge and Caramel Sauce – Ice Cream Toppings and Great Holiday Gifts


I’m Ashlee Marie, and today we’re going to make hot fudge sauce and caramel sauce. Now I use both of these in all sorts of desserts. They are a great base, and during the holidays they make great gifts for neighbors. Let’s get started. These sauces are amazing, and they couldn’t be easier to make. Let’s start with the hot fudge sauce. You have butter and some corn syrup, some white sugar, some cocoa, and a little bit of salt. Finally, some evaporated milk. Now you just want to bring this up to a boil. In my family, we actually call this Grandpa’s hot fudge. And it’s not because Grandpa is such a great chef and he invented this amazing hot fudge. The recipe is actually Grandma’s but Grandpa really loved it and would request it all the time. And any time Grandpa falls in love with a recipe and requests it a lot, my grandma teaches him how to make it so that he can be in charge of it. So that’s how it’s turned into Grandpa’s hot fudge, Grandpa’s meatloaf, Grandpa’s bread. Now that it’s boiling we’re going to turn on the timer and let it boil for 2-1/2 minutes. So you can see it’s gotten much thicker, and it’s time to take it off the heat. Now we’re going to add our vanilla. Now this sauce is done. You can enjoy it now or put it in the fridge and reheat it when you need it. Or, put it in jars and hand it out to your neighbors. It’s a wonderful holiday gift. Now this caramel sauce is just as easy as the hot fudge. We are going to start with some butter again and some corn syrup again, and then two different kinds of sugar. We have a brown sugar and regular granulated sugar. Now we’re just going to stir this and bring it to a boil. It will take about five minutes. Now it’s at this beautiful rolling boil, we’re going to let it boil for one minute and then take it off the heat. We’re going to let it cool for five minutes. And now add whipping cream, stirring the whole time. Both of these batches make about 2-1/2 cups of sauce, which is perfect for a family size. One of the great things about this recipe is you can double it, triple it, quadruple it or more, and it’s just as easy to make. It doesn’t get any harder as it gets bigger. In fact, during the holidays I usually make like 10 to 15 times a single batch, my big, big, huge pot. I put them in little 8-ounce jars. I also created some printables that fit right inside the jar so that they tell people what they are, and they’re festive. And I give these to my neighbors. They make a great gift. They are a really cute pair. Everybody always loves them. They store in the refrigerator great. They re-heat beautifully, so they’re a wonderful gift. Now I get to eat it. We make a lot of ice-cream sundaes at my house as you probably can guess. Now I personally am in the camp, but I like both the caramel and the hot fudge. But half my kids are chocolate only, and half my kids are caramel only. They’re crazy. While I have one, they have both. So good. What sweet treats do you like to make your neighbors around this time of year? Just leave me a comment down below letting me know, or rotate between about three different things. These two things in jars is one year. Another year I’ll do my homemade buttery caramels all wrapped up. And then another year I’ll just do a tray of a bunch of miscellaneous treats, like just a little bit of each. So, I don’t know. I don’t want my neighbors to get bored with me. Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this. I hope you give them a try. Thanks for watching.

28 thoughts on “How to make Hot Fudge and Caramel Sauce – Ice Cream Toppings and Great Holiday Gifts

  1. Oh yummmmm! I personally would be team both too with a side of Pb and Marshmallow sauce πŸ˜πŸ˜‚πŸ˜„πŸ’œπŸ’–πŸ’™

  2. I'd love to be your neighbor ☺️…I needed a hot fudge recipe for tonight and I've tried your recipes before so I know it'll be great!…I love how you put brown sugar in your caramel sauces, it gives it such a more rounded flavor…I made your caramel cinnamon bun variation a while back and it was amazing…I have been busy with the holiday season so I'm trying to catch up on watching your videos I missed…I think I'm gonna be hungry soon lol πŸ™‚

  3. It's good that you put how much of the ingredients you used in the description because with some people they don't say the amount or put it in the description. I also you are right with having both caramel and chocolate, it's too good!

  4. Hi Ashlee, I've just subscribed so feel a bit cheeky, but do you have a link to the labels you used in the video please?

  5. Dear Respected Madam, i have a ice cream shop therefore i need to make 3 liter weekly basis both hot fudge and caramel sauce toppings. Could you give measures of ingredients so that taste doesn't vary. Thanks and smile please. Muhammad Khan.

  6. Going to have turtle sundaes tonight for our New Years celebration and I came back for the caramel sauce recipe…I remembered that I got your hot fudge recipe last year and it was great πŸ‘…Hope you and your family are having a Happy New Years Eve! πŸŽ‰πŸ™‚

  7. I see some people use evaporated milk and some people use heavy cream, what's the difference? And which one works better?

  8. Hello. Thanks for sharing. Quick question: I noticed the hot fudge looks a little runny. I usually prefer thick hot fudge. Was it a little runny because it was still hot off the stove? If I'm looking for a thicker sauce should I make a different recipe or would you still suggest the one in this video? Thanks again for sharing!
    -Brandon

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