Take your traditional hot fudge sundae up a notch with this easy, decadent Irish Cream Hot Fudge Sauce recipe!
We put a flavorful spin on a classic warm weather treat with this easy Irish Cream Hot Fudge Sauce recipe. Adding the rich flavor of Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur gives this hot fudge sauce an indulgent twist that you’ll be craving all summer long!
Making homemade hot fudge sauce couldn’t be easier. I love that this recipe uses real chocolate, cocoa powder AND Irish Cream Liqueur for a triple punch of chocolate flavor. I’m a dark chocolate lover, so bittersweet chocolate is the only way I roll with this recipe, but feel free to swap in semi-sweet chocolate if you’re craving a sweeter sauce. The hardest part of making this hot fudge sauce recipe is waiting for it to be cool enough to eat!
What is the difference between hot fudge sauce and chocolate syrup?
Let’s start with the obvious: hot fudge is thicker than chocolate syrup. The ingredients in hot fudge are often more decadent resulting in a richer, more flavorful sauce. You have to warm up fudge sauce to get it to pour nicely while chocolate syrup pours easily whether warm or cold.
How else can I use Irish Cream Hot Fudge Sauce?
Besides the deliciously obvious choice (ice cream sundaes), I wouldn’t hesitate to pour this decadent sauce over cheesecake, bread pudding or even drizzle it over this vanilla bean panna cotta. It makes a pretty mean milkshake, too.
Well, that depends on if there are any chocolate lovers in your house! I’ve had no problem keeping a batch of this Irish Cream Hot Fudge Sauce in the fridge for up to 4 weeks, so it’s a great make ahead option to have on hand for a DIY sundae bar at your next backyard BBQ.
Up your ice cream sundae game this summer with this homemade Irish Cream Hot Fudge Sauce recipe! Want to see just how easy it is to make this decadent treat? Check out our how-to video below!
Equipment I used to make this homemade hot fudge sauce recipe:
- Love these magnetic measuring cups because I never lose the one I need in my disorganized kitchen drawer!
- A comfortable but sturdy balloon whisk makes quick work of creating a smooth sauce.
- These jam jars make giving this Irish Cream Hot Fudge Sauce a perfect hostess or holiday gift!
You can never have too many ways to use hot fudge sauce!
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- 2/3 cup heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup light corn syrup
- 1/4 cup packed dark brown sugar
- 1/4 cup cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- pinch of salt
- 1 cup bittersweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup Kerrygold Irish Cream Liqueur
- Combine cream through salt in a medium saucepan. Whisk over medium heat until smooth.
- Reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Turn off heat, add chocolate chips and vanilla and stir until smooth.
- Whisk in Irish Cream Liqueur.
This sauce will thicken as it cools so resist the urge to eat it straight out of the pan. Refrigerate any unused sauce and reheat when needed.
Serving Size:1/4 cup
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 328Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 23mgSodium: 60mgCarbohydrates: 35gFiber: 3gSugar: 27gProtein: 4g