30-Second, 3-Ingredient, Microwave Hot Fudge

30 Second, 3-Ingredient, Microwaveable Hot Fudge {Katie at the Kitchen Door}

A while back I tweeted that I had come up with a foolproof method for making a single serving of hot fudge in 30 seconds in the microwave. I got an immediate response  (“share now!” “I wanna know how to do this, but then also I don’t…”) so I promised that I would write a blog post about it. I’ve double checked the recipe a few times since then – quality assurance, you know, nothing to do with the fact that hot fudge is delicious – and I feel comfortable handing it over to you all now.

You should know that I’m a very picky hot fudge eater. My ideal recipe is the Ben & Jerry’s one – but that takes a good hour and a half to make, which is typically way too long to wait given the intensity of my hot fudge cravings. It also makes 2 cups of sauce, which is a problem in and of itself due to my lack of age-appropriate self-control. So I started experimenting with the microwave. Chocolate chips by themselves are obviously not ideal – too easy to burn, and they freeze again as soon as they come into contact with the ice cream. Chocolate chips and cream didn’t quite have the richness or consistency that I’m looking for. But chocolate chips, butter, and cream? Perfect – a thick, fudgey sauce that is liquidy when hot, and viscous at room temperature, but doesn’t freeze solid on the ice cream. (P.S. It’s even better with cinnamon butter, as I found out when I had a lot of leftover cinnamon butter from making monkey bread.)

30 Second, 3-Ingredient, Microwaveable Hot Fudge {Katie at the Kitchen Door}

Please, I beg you, use this recipe responsibly. We all love a big bowl of ice cream with thick and gooey hot fudge every once in a while, but I don’t want to feel responsible for anyone’s 30-pound weight gain that will decidedly occur if you make this every night. I’m trusting you.

30-Second Microwave Hot Fudge

Serves 2.

  • 1 TBS butter
  • 3 TBS chocolate chips
  • 1 TBS heavy cream

Place butter on bottom of small microwaveable dish. Top with the chocolate chips. Microwave on high for 10 seconds, then remove, and stir until texture is even. Add heavy cream and stir. Microwave on high for another 10 seconds, then remove and stir until smooth. Serve immediately.

30 Second, 3-Ingredient, Microwaveable Hot Fudge {Katie at the Kitchen Door}

23 thoughts on “30-Second, 3-Ingredient, Microwave Hot Fudge

  1. Cannot wait to try this. Sometimes a girl needs some hot fudge and ice cream. thanks so much.

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  3. Made it with a little less butter and used half and half – it came out great! Wonderful for hot fudge sundaes made with Blue Bunny All Natural Vanilla Ice Cream – no additives, stabilizers, etc. (I do not work for them!) – available at WalMart in the Chicago area. We will make this sauce again!

  4. Seriously…I’ve been trying out many different microwave hot fudge recipes looking for the one I made with my mom growing up but that we lost the recipe to. This one is not it, BUT it is now my new favorite! It’s better than all the others we’ve tried that were more complex, took more time, and have too many ingredients. This one is simple, fast, and yummy! Thank you for sharing! You just made me a very happy lady :-)

  5. This was delicious. In my microwave though, I had to heat a bit longer to melt the chocolate chips so all was smooth. Love that it’s SO easy and is ready to eat when the craving hits.

    • Do you mean creamer? If yes, I don’t think creamer would work. Half and half or light cream would make an OK substitute, but you need something thick and with fat in it to help soften the chocolate chips.

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  7. Thank you Katie for sharing this clever little hot fudge recipe – especially for people like me who want hot fudge NOW! Last night I woke up craving mint chip ice cream & hot fudge but could not find anything resembling heavy cream anywhere in my house, frowny. I looked at my ice cream and had a eureka moment and substituted 1 tbs of mint chip ice cream (melted to room temp first) used instead of heavy cream, popped it back in the micro for 10 secs, stirred it up and …ZING…minty hot fudge was born!

    • My guess is that it will have a slightly thinner consistency but will work in a pinch! Definitely worth a try.

  8. I have made this several times using melted ice cream in place of the heavy cream and it turned out wonderful!

  9. I used French Vanilla coffee creamer instead of the cream and microwaved the chips 2x for 10 seconds, stirring in between…came out smooth and excellent! Love the small batch recipe!

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