Dairy-Free Hot Fudge Sauce


This recipe for dairy-free hot fudge sauce was originally shared with us ten years ago (yes, 10!) by Blue Diamond Growers, the makers of Almond Breeze. In looking through our archives, I noticed that this “must have” recipe needed a little TLC. So I asked Leah to test it out, tweak as needed, and photograph it. I think she did a beautiful job, don’t you?

Dairy-free Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe - easy, sweet, triple chocolate, versatile and vegan!

I was worried that the original dairy-free hot fudge sauce recipe was too sweet. Leah agreed that it looked a little sugary, so she swapped unsweetened chocolate almond milk for the original. She also used brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup, because it tends to be a smidgen less sweet.

Leah said, “It turned out really good! Still very sweet, but tasty. The consistency never got very thick, I’m not sure if that’s because of the changes I made or if that’s how it’s supposed to be. It definitely thickened up more after it sat in the fridge overnight though.”

Dairy-free Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe - easy, sweet, triple chocolate, versatile and vegan!

I’m not sure if the brown rice syrup would affect the thickness or not, but it’s very possible that cutting down the sugars via the almond milk beverage reduced the thickening abilities just a touch. If you do want a thicker dairy-free hot fudge sauce, you can reduce the almond milk beverage by 1/4 cup. If it ends up too thick for your liking, just whisk in a little more liquid, as needed.

Leah loved this dairy-free hot fudge sauce with strawberries, but I’m pretty sure it would be great on dairy-free ice cream sundaes and drizzled into shakes, too. It would even make a great fondue, with banana slices, pretzels, and dairy-free cookies or cake chunks for dipping.

Dairy-free Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe - easy, sweet, triple chocolate, versatile and vegan!

Special Diet Notes: Dairy-Free Hot Fudge Sauce

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, gluten-free, peanut-free, optionally soy-free, vegan, and vegetarian.

For nut-free, dairy-free hot fudge sauce, you can swap in the “safe” chocolate milk beverage of your choice. The original recipe actually called for regular chocolate milk beverage, but we preferred unsweetened to cut the sugars and sweetness down a bit.

Dairy-Free Hot Fudge Sauce
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Serves: 2½ cups
  1. Whisk the sugar, cocoa, water, and salt together in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  2. Remove from the heat, and whisk in the almond milk beverage, syrup, and half of the chocolate.
  3. Return the pan to the stove over medium heat and stir frequently until the chocolate becomes thick, sticky and reaches 225ºF on a candy thermometer, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in remaining chocolate and vanilla extract.
Dairy-free Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe - easy, sweet, triple chocolate, versatile and vegan!

About Author

Alisa is the founder of GoDairyFree.org, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.


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