Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce for Christmas

By Rachel Paxton

If you are looking for an easy, inexpensive gift to give to
family and friends, you can’t go wrong with homemade hot fudge
sauce. Seriously, who doesn’t like hot fudge!? I am making 12
jars of fudge sauce this year, to make sure I have something on
hand to give to anyone I need an inexpensive gift for.

You may already have everything you need on hand to make a couple
of jars of hot fudge sauce. I figured that even if you have to go
out and buy canning jars to put the hot fudge in, you are looking
at less than $2 a jar for this delicious, homemade treat. One
container of baking cocoa makes approximately two batches of
fudge sauce.

Hot fudge sauce is not just for ice cream…it can be put in
chocolate milk, hot chocolate, even coffee!

Here is what you will need:

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

2 cups white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup baking cocoa
4 tablespoons flour
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 1/2 cups water
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla


In a sauce pan, stir together white sugar, brown sugar, baking
cocoa, flour, and salt. Add margarine and water, stirring well.
Slowly bring to a boil, and continue boiling for approximately 10
minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove the pan from heat and stir
in the vanilla. The hot fudge sauce will thicken as it cools.

After it has cooled, pour the fudge sauce into pint sized canning
jars, and decorate as desired.

This recipe is very forgiving. I accidentally put in 3 cups of
white sugar and the sauce turned out very thin. I added another 2
tablespoons of flour and cooked it for another 10 minutes, and
the sauce still thickened and turned out great.

This recipe makes enough for approximately 1 1/2 pint jars, so if
you double the recipe, you will have enough for 3 pint jars.

This hot fudge sauce makes a very attractive gift. You can tie a
ribbon around the jar lid, or add a scrap of fabric under the jar
ring for decoration. Give the jar by itself or as part of a gift
basket containing other items for ice cream sundaes. After your
friends taste this hot fudge sauce they will never buy it from
the store again!

Note: These jars need to be stored in the refrigerator, so make
sure to mention this to the person you are giving the gift to.

Rachel Paxton is a freelance writer and mom of five. For more recipes, gardening, organizing tips, home decorating, holiday hints and more, visit Creative Homemaking.