Nutella Espresso Hot Fudge Sauce


It seems like you guys really like easy, lazy, not a lot work recipes. Can’t blame you though – when you work full time, the last thing you want to do is spend a lot of time in the kitchen (as much as I enjoy it, my housework slacks as a result). Then you have those nights where it’s 9 pm and you want dessert. Too late (and probably too hot) to bake anything. Usually I throw a bunch of marshmallows and chocolate chips into a ramekin and broil until toasty, but other nights I want ice cream. Why stop there? If you can melt chocolate, you can make hot fudge sauce in minutes. But wait, don’t stop there! Add Nutella and espresso powder for an elegant and silky Nutella Espresso Hot Fudge Sauce.

Because I’m not good at staying ahead of the game, I was looking for a quick recipe to share today. You can’t make and photograph ice cream in the same day unless you start early in the morning. I am not a morning person; therefore, I photograph ice cream the next day. You can make hot fudge sauce in minutes, but I didn’t want plain ol’ hot fudge sauce. I wanted to amp it up and make you ask for more. I thought about chili powder, but I knew Jen mentioned chili powder in an idea. Chocolate peanut butter fudge sauce? I already had two peanut butter recipes this week. Then it hit me – Nutella! I wanted to add another flavor element, so I chose espresso powder because coffee brings out a deeper flavor in the chocolate.

What is Nutella? It is a chocolate hazelnut spread with the same smooth, creamy texture as peanut butter. Pretty much if you can use peanut butter, you can use Nutella. See the chocolate ice cream in my pictures? That’s not chocolate ice cream – that’s Nutella ice cream. I used my No-Cook Egg-Free Peanut Butter Cup Ice Cream and subbed Nutella for the peanut butter. Nutella Espresso Hot Fudge Sauce on top of Nutella Ice Cream – I almost died when I took a bite.

If you don’t have instant espresso powder, you can either make some espresso or coffee (use 1/4 cup cream + 2 Tbsp coffee), use instant coffee, or leave it out altogether. I highly recommend buying espresso powder because it has a bolder flavor than instant coffee and you’ll find yourself using it a lot – in cakes, in cookies, in ice cream, anything and everything with chocolate. You can make a regular cup of espresso like you would with instant coffee. It sure beats setting up your coffee maker and making a pot, just so you can have a tablespoon or two. Espresso powder can be found in the coffee aisle and in specialty Italian groceries. Since espresso is such a bold flavor, make sure you add enough for your taste. I love espresso, so I added 3 teaspoons; however, I know some non-coffee drinkers who wouldn’t have liked it that strong. And when in doubt, you can leave it out.

Here’s me pouring on the hot fudge sauce. I can’t take pictures and pour at the same time, so the overflowing over the rim was seriously an accident. This is a great example of why you should use a tripod. I forgot to lock exposure though, so the lighting varies a little between pictures.

Be sure to say hi to Jen and Jennie as they continue celebrating #icecreamweek with me! Two more days to go!

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Nutella Espresso Hot Fudge Sauce
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1/4 cup bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped into pieces
1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp heavy whipping cream (or 1/4 cup cream + 2 Tbsp coffee if not using espresso powder)
3 Tbsp Nutella
1-3 tsp espresso powder, to taste
Few drops of vanilla extract


  1. In a small saucepan, melt the chocolate and cream until smooth. Remove from the heat. Whisk in the Nutella, espresso powder, and vanilla. Serve immediately. If storing in the refrigerator, warm it up before using.

Source: Adapted from My Kids Eat Squid

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  1. And….Nutella for the win!! Oh my what a great ice cream topping. I like the overflowing over the rim photo, makes it real.

  2. Shhhh, the overflowing fudge sauce was done on purpose to emphasize the ooey-gooey richness.

  3. NUTELLA!!!! and ESPRESSO!!! these are a few of my favorite things (can you hear the music playing?) I first starting using it about 2 years ago and was so happy to see that you can get a two-pack at Costco :-)

  4. Dear ice cream twin,

    We must stop meeting like this.

    Love, Jen

  5. You made a tiny mess. Can I lick that up for you? I mean, I’ll just take a taste. haha
    That looks so good Carla! OMG! Nutella is my favorite, then you added espresso – seriously? I can’t even imagine what that tastes like but I am betting it is rich, and creamy and chocolatey and delicious and I want some. GREAT post!

  6. Want that.

  7. ooh another easy one :) Yumm ! Love Nutella and the expresso nutella combo sounds heavenly ! Am pinning this and makeing it when the craving hits !

  8. Ice cream week has been the best week so far this year, hands down! Thank you for this luscious recipe – Nutella is one of humanity’s greatest creations in my opinion!

  9. I never would have thought to combine espresso with Nutella. Mostly because of the hazelnut flavor in Nutella which sometimes irritates me – don’t get me wrong, I love Nutella, but sometimes the hazelnut gets in the way when using the spread in combo with other flavors. But then, hazelnut cream is a very common adder for coffee, so why not with espresso powder? Very cool…

  10. Nutella ice cream topped with nutella fudge! I’m on my way over. This frozen treat looks amazing! I hate that #icecreamweek is almost over. Boo!!!

  11. Okay this is brilliant. I can’t even explain how cool I think this is.

  12. Whoa! That looks ridiculously good!!

  13. Golly Gosh this looks AWESOME. *scrolling up to finish drooling*

  14. Oh Carla, Oh Carla, why do you do this to me. I want that like RIGHT NOW! All of these ice cream posts are making me want to break out the ice cream making this weekend!!!

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