Gift-Worthy Recipes: Salty Hot Fudge

Salty hot fudge recipe

Every December, I am on the lookout for recipes that are good enough, cute enough, or creative enough to give as a gift.

If you love to cook – and give gifts, for that matter – giving homemade gifts is a logical choice.

About The Recipe

I was reading The New York Times the other day, and stumbled upon this recipe for salty hot fudge. I hit the jackpot, because I had been searching for another good recipe to feature in my gift-worthy recipe section. This 0ne didn’t disappoint.

If you’re giving this as a gift, put it in a Mason jar and tie it up with a pretty bow. If you’re feeling ambitious, you could give this with a package of homemade graham crackers. This hot fudge will keep in the refrigerator for up to a month.

How To Use This Salty Hot Fudge

  • On top of ice cream
  • On toast
  • To add flavor to coffee
  • Mixed with hot milk to make hot chocolate
  • As a filling for sandwich cookies

It can also be eaten straight out of the jar. But I probably didn’t have to tell you that.

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Salty Hot Fudge
Yield: 1.5 pints

Salty Hot Fudge

This sauce hardens in the refrigerator. To soften before serving, simply heat it in the microwave for a few seconds.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 11 minutes


  • 1/2 cup salted butter
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2/3 cup white granulated sugar
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 scant teaspoon fine grain sea salt
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  1. Melt butter and chocolate in heavy saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly to avoid burning. Add cocoa, sugar, and 3/4 cup of cream. Increase heat to medium-low. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring constantly until lumps are gone and sauce is smooth. Stir in remaining 1/4 cup of cream and cook for about 1 minute.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in salt and vanilla. Pour sauce into jars and allow to cool, uncovered. Add lids and store in refrigerator for up to 1 month.

9 Responses to “Gift-Worthy Recipes: Salty Hot Fudge”

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    Cheap Recipe Blog » Top 10 Cheap and Fabulous Holiday Gifts — December 10, 2012 @ 1:52 am

    […] I found this delectable recipe in the New York Times. It’s super easy to make and costs less than $5. Pour it over ice cream, mix it with warm milk for a rich hot chocolate, or just eat it shamelessly out of the jar like I do. Get the recipe here. […]

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    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen — December 10, 2012 @ 4:16 pm

    This looks like a gift I’d love to receive. What a great idea!

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    Meredith Larson — December 13, 2012 @ 12:33 am

    That looks incredible! Can’t wait to try it.

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    Carol — December 13, 2012 @ 11:47 pm

    Thanks for the sorely-needed adaptation to this recipe. After finding the recipe in the NYTimes Dining section a couple of weeks ago, I made the hot fudge sauce using the original recipe calling for a whooping 2 teaspoons salt. Although it mellowed to a palatable taste after a couple of days, it was way too salty when first made. Your adaptation makes more sense and I’m going with it the next time that I make it because it’s an excellent sauce.

    • Haley replied: — December 14th, 2012 @ 8:55 pm

      I couldn’t believe the original recipe called for 2 teaspoons! I think I started out with 1/2 and worked my way up to 1 teaspoon. I like salt & chocolate together, but not that much! Haha. Thanks for your comment.

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    Unique Homemade Gifts for the Holidays — December 21, 2012 @ 6:43 pm

    […] Salted Hot Fudge (Cheap Recipe Blog) There’s just no comparing rich, homemade hot fudge! It makes a wonderfully unexpected gift for kids young and old. […]

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    Unique Homemade Gifts for the Holidays | SideTrack — December 23, 2012 @ 8:39 am

    […] Salted Hot Fudge (Cheap Recipe Blog) There’s just no comparing rich, homemade hot fudge! It makes a wonderfully unexpected gift for kids young and old. […]

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    Barb @ A Life in Balance — December 5, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    Wow! 2 Teaspoons of salt in the original recipe, on top of salted butter? That’s pretty salty!

    I’m pinning this to my Handmade Gift board. This would be a great teacher gift.

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