Bailey’s Hot Fudge Sauce

Bailey's Hot Fudge Sauce |

Hello, my name is Meghan and I am… a chocoholic.

Hi Meghan!

Some of you may already be aware of my chocolate addiction, particularly if you follow me on Pinterest because I have a whole board dedicated to it, for goodness sake. A piece of chocolate a day makes me a sane woman, that’s all I can say (there was a little rhyme there, huh? I’m a poet and I didn’t even know it! You can stop rolling your eyes at me now…). 

Bailey's Hot Fudge Sauce |

Chocolate is so dreamy (oh let’s just say – it’s SEXY) when it’s spilling off a spoon like this isn’t it? Excuse me while I pick my jaw up off the floor…

Bailey's Hot Fudge Sauce |

Hot fudge sauce is one of the rare chocolate indulgences I give into. Usually it’s a piece of chocolate or a small brownie that ties me over. But when I really want chocolate, like reallllllllly want it, I go for a hot fudge smothered sundae.

This hot fudge sauce is even more sinful with dark chocolate and Bailey’s Irish Cream. The best way to describe it is a glorious combination of chocolate and booze, which will have you swooning. GAH it’s sooooooo good!

Bailey's Hot Fudge Sauce |

The consistency is what wins me over with this sauce, even more so than the flavor. It’s thick, rich, and once it’s poured onto ice cream it starts to thicken even more. It’s the happy medium between Hershey’s chocolate syrup and that magic shell stuff that only tasted good if you got the Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup flavor (remember that?!).

Bailey's Hot Fudge Sauce |

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Bailey's Hot Fudge Sauce

Bailey's Hot Fudge Sauce

Yield: 1 cup of hot fudge sauce
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Hot fudge sauce has never tasted as good as this dark chocolate and Bailey's homemade sauce!


  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 7 oz dark chocolate chips
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp Bailey’s Irish Cream


  1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring heavy cream, corn syrup, brown sugar, cocoa powder, salt and half of the dark chocolate chips to a boil. Reduce the mixture to a simmer and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  2. Remove from heat and add the rest of the chocolate, butter, vanilla extract and Bailey’s Irish Cream. Stir together until the mixture is smooth. Let cool for approximately 20 to 30 minutes to thicken.
  3. Store in an airtight container. To reheat, warm in the microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute.

9 Responses to “Bailey’s Hot Fudge Sauce”

  1. Thalia @ butter and brioche — January 10, 2015 at 10:12 pm (#)

    Oh my god.. my chocolate cravings have so kicked in after seeing this post. And that gif.. WOW. I love baileys and I love chocolate, so this recipe is an instant winner for me!

    • Meghan B. — January 12, 2015 at 6:19 pm (#)

      Thank you Thalia! 🙂

  2. Queen of Spices — January 11, 2015 at 11:01 pm (#)

    yum yum yum!

  3. Sandy — November 26, 2017 at 1:06 pm (#)

    If this was made to give as gift, how long does it last? Should it be kept in refrigerator?

    • Meghan B. — November 27, 2017 at 8:32 am (#)

      It lasts up to 1 to 2 months in the refrigerator! You definitely want to keep it chilled. Thanks!

  4. Stewart — November 28, 2017 at 4:30 pm (#)

    Will it solidify when cooled? Sounds amazing!

    • Meghan B. — November 28, 2017 at 5:31 pm (#)

      It will thicken up a bit once it’s cooled in the refrigerator (similar to hot fudge sauce you buy in stores)! It won’t be solid though, it’ll just be thick. Simply warm it up in a microwave safe bowl before serving it!

  5. Stewart — December 5, 2017 at 3:55 am (#)

    Hi it’s me again. I made the sauce and it’s phenomenal! I couldn’t get hold of corn syrup so I substituted with caster sugar dissolved in hot water according to Google’s recommendation and as I used a different Irish cream which was not as potent as baileys so I added more into the mix to my taste. Highly recommend this to anyone 👌😃

    • Meghan B. — December 5, 2017 at 9:34 am (#)

      Oh yay that is so fantastic to hear!! I am so glad you enjoyed it 🙂

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