Hot Fudge Sauce

Hot Fudge Sauce: this quick and easy sauce is thick and fudgy and the perfect addition to ice cream as a hot fudge sundae or any dessert.

This sauce is the best hot fudge sauce I’ve ever had.  It’s pretty easy to make and so much better than store bought,  Trust me when I say it’s definitely worth the effort to make it.  We used ours to make ice cream sundaes, but you could use it to elevate any dessert, and add some fudgy goodness just a simple bowl of ice cream.  I love this easy homemade hot fudge sauce and I’m not even a real chocolate lover.

how to make hot fudge sauce

Made With Pantry Ingredients

One of the things we love about this sauce, is that you can make it with just a handful of ingredients from your pantry so you don’t have to run to the grocery store. Don’t worry if you’re out of chocolate, or chocolate chips. This hot fudge recipe uses unsweetened chocolate cocoa powder. I try to keep a tin of evaporated milk in my pantry as well, it lasts for a very long time unopened, and adds a real richness to this fudge sauce.  This recipe has no heavy cream in it, so it’s the kind of think you can whip up pretty easily with simple ingredients. 

hot fudge sauce recipe

What Is The Difference Between Chocolate Sauce And Hot Fudge Sauce?

You might be wondering what the difference between chocolate sauce and hot fudge sauce is. Chocolate sauce is typically thinner, ore like a chocolate syrup. Hot fudge sauce is thick and fudgy. When chocolate sauce cools it remains pourable. Hot fudge sauce is served hot because as it cools it becomes very thick, fudgey and un-pourable. If you’re serving this hot fudge sauce over ice cream, the hot sauce will melt some of your ice cream, and the cold ice cream will make the some of the sauce even more thick and fudgy – making the perfect combo!

The main difference between chocolate sauce and hot fudge sauce is the texture.  If you’re looking for a runnier chocolate sauce recipe that doesn’t thicken up, this isn’t the sauce for you.

easy hot fudge sauce

hot fudge sundae recipe

Yield: 8 Servings

Hot Fudge Sauce

chocolate hot fudge sauce
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 12 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 1/2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 cups white sugar
  • 6 fluid ounces (1/2 can) evaporated milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla 


  1. Add butter, cocoa powder, sugar and evaporated milk to a medium saucepan and stir to combine. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Boil for seven minutes.
  2. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla. Use an immersion blender and blend the sauce in the pan for 2 - 4 minutes. Take care not to splatter the hot sauce and burn yourself. Serve hot. Store any leftovers in the fridge, and reheat in the microwave to serve.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 348Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 187mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 0gSugar: 37gProtein: 7g
how to make hot fudge sauce

easy chocolate sauce

We made our homemade hot fudge sauce recipe and served it with our easy one bowl brownies and ice cream for the perfect ice cream sundaes as part of our Frozen themed dinner and movie night,  It’s perfect as an ice cream topping.  I love it over vanilla ice cream, but the chocolate lover serve it over chocolate ice cream for a double chocolate hit, or make it a sundae with chocolate bar pieces added on top  This homemade fudge sauce would be also be a great addition to your banana split.

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Storing Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Store your leftover sauce in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge.  It’s a delicious recipe for gift giving too in a pretty glass jar.  Who won’t love a jar of hot fudge sauce?  

To serve this delicious treat after storing, the best way to heat it up is in the microwave in a microwave-safe bowl, or heat it up on the stove top in a small saucepan.

This easy recipe really is the perfect topping for your favorite ice cream any favorite dessert you want to add some chocolate flavor to.  With quick and easy hot fudge sauce that’s this good, life really is a party!

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