For all you cherry lovers, this Black Forest hot fudge will be your new favorite! Chocolate and cherry is a winning combination, especially in homemade hot fudge!

Closeup of three black cherries, with stems attached, on a bright blue background.

It’s Hot Fudge Week here on Rachel Cooks, and I’m not getting any skinnier. You? If the answer is yes, I don’t want to hear it.

If you missed the other days, here they are: Traditional Hot Fudge, Peanut Butter Hot Fudge,  and Mocha Hot Fudge.

Black Forest hot fudge combines the original hot fudge recipe with sweet, juicy, delicious black cherries that are available this time of year. If you like Black Forest desserts, try Black Forest dump cake (so easy!) or a chocolate cherry smoothie. This Black Forest cake by Liv for Cake looks fantabulous, too.

Why “Black Forest”?

The Black Forest, while it is an actual forest, is also known as a culinary area in Germany, famous for its ham, cherry brandy, and chocolate cake. A Black Forest cake includes the special ingredient of cherries soaked in cherry schnapps, along with chocolate and cream. 

Overhead view of jar containing Black Forest hot fudge. In the background is a sharp knife, cutting board, and one cherry cut in half.

About this cherry hot fudge:

The ingredients in this easy hot fudge sauce are simple and wholesome:

  • Sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Pure vanilla extract
  • Pitted black sweet cherries

Truly, the only difficult part of this recipe is pitting the cherries. If you happen to have a cherry pitter, bravo! The process will be much easier. 

To make the sauce, simply mix the sugar, cocoa, and flour in a small saucepan. Add the rest of the ingredients, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture boils and thickens. That’s it? Isn’t it easy to make your own hot fudge? 

Serve over homemade vanilla bean ice cream or even better, double chocolate ice cream.

 

Overhead view of jar containing Black Forest hot fudge. In the background is a sharp knife, cutting board, and one cherry cut in half.

Black Forest Hot Fudge

Yield: 3 cups
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes

For all you cherry lovers, this Black Forest hot fudge will be your new favorite! Chocolate and cherry is a winning combination, especially in homemade hot fudge!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup roughly chopped black cherries, pits removed

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and flour with a whisk. Add milk, butter, and vanilla, and cherries.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring continuously, and boil 2-3 minutes or until thickened.
  3. This thickens a bit more as it cools, but you can store it in the fridge and warm up how much you want, when you want it.

Notes

  • You can use non-fat milk or 2% but whole milk is better. Your choice!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 9 servings Serving Size: 4 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 152Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 15mgCarbohydrates: 29gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 2g

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Overhead view of cutting board, with arrangement of jar containing sauce, a knife, and assorted cherries.

Verdict: Delicious! Especially with some additional fresh cherries on top. Good stuff.
Husband’s take: I wouldn’t know. He loves all things traditional, and this isn’t so much traditional. More for me.
Changes I would make: None!
Difficulty: Super easy. Especially if you have a cherry pitter. If not, expect some red-stained fingers and messiness involved in the cherry pitting process.