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The Best Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

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The Best Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce is ready to pour over ice cream in just 5 minutes and only 3 ingredients! Items you probably already have in your pantry. Creamy, thick, and chocolatey! Perfect to use for so many desserts.

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I am a sucker for a Hot Fudge Sundae. I love the sauce and could eat it with a spoon but with ice cream, it’s just my kind of summer dessert. This really is the best homemade hot fudge sauce I have had in a long time. The best part is that I can make it any time in just 5 minutes.

Admittedly, that could also be a bad thing. But I’m not thinking that way – I don’t need that kind of negativity in my life, just more of this hot fudgy deliciousness.

While hot fudge is perfectly yummy pour over vanilla ice cream, it’s also sinfully good over this cookie jar ice cream, that you can make at home, too. Use this sauce when you make a Grasshopper Poke Cake, too.

hot fudge in jar with bowl of ice cream in background

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Sometimes, I can’t even believe this is a recipe since it’s so easy to make. I mean three ingredients, a saucepan, a whisk, and a jar. That’s it.

The hardest part of this whole process is remembering to buy ice cream to use it on.

Making the thick chocolate sauce tastes so much better than what you can buy in the grocery store. If I may, I suggest you stock up on the ingredients to make this anytime you want.

Heating the sauce up for just a quick 30 seconds thins it slightly so that when you pour it over the ice cream it immediately thickens back up to perfection.

hot fudge syrup in a jar with a spoon

What is the difference between hot fudge and chocolate syrup?

The difference between hot fudge and chocolate syrup is the texture. Chocolate syrup is thinner and uses sugar or corn syrup and water while hot fudge relies on butter and heavy cream (or in this case, sweetened condensed milk).

How long does homemade fudge sauce last?

Store the sauce in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will keep for about two weeks. To reheat, microwave for about 30 seconds.

Can I freeze homemade hot fudge sauce?

Yes, you can freeze hot fudge sauce. Pour it into a sturdy jar and seal it tightly before freezing. Allow it to thaw completely before use.

hot fudge sundae in blue and white bowl

Ingredients

  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • can of sweetened condensed milk
  • unsalted butter
ingredients for hot fudge sauce

How to Make the Best Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Step 1

In a medium saucepan, add the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Melt over medium heat until smooth, creamy and totally combined.

melting chocolate and butter with condensed milk in saucepan

Step 2

Remove from heat and cool slightly before pouring into a jar. Serve over ice cream. Store sauce in refrigerator. To reheat, place jar in microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Stir.

close up of jar filled with hot fudge sauce

Tips, Tricks, and FAQs

  • Store the sauce in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will keep for about two weeks. To reheat, microwave for about 30 seconds.
  • You can freeze hot fudge sauce. Pour it into a sturdy jar and seal it tightly before freezing. Allow it to thaw completely before use.
  • Serve over ice cream, brownies, pancakes, waffles, and more.
  • It’s not recommended to make this hot fudge in the microwave, but you can reheat it in there.
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spoon dipping into jar of hot fudge

The Best Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

The Best Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce is ready to pour over ice cream in just 5 minutes and only 3 ingredients! Perfect to use for so many desserts.
4 from 9 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana chocolate chunk muffins, hot fudge, hot fudge sauce
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 14 ounce can Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, add the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. Melt over medium heat until smooth, creamy and totally combined.
  • Remove from heat and cool slightly before pouring into a jar. Serve over ice cream. Store sauce in refrigerator. To reheat, place jar in microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Stir.

Notes

  • Store the sauce in the refrigerator in an airtight container. It will keep for about two weeks. To reheat, microwave for about 30 seconds.
  • You can freeze hot fudge sauce. Pour it into a sturdy jar and seal it tightly before freezing. Allow it to thaw completely before use.
  • Serve over ice cream, brownies, pancakes, waffles, and more.
  • It’s not recommended to make this hot fudge in the microwave, but you can reheat it in there.

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Blogghetti” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

spoon dipping into jar of hot fudge

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6 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    Our favorite sauce to drizzle on top of icecream! I have all the ingredients and going to make as I started to crave for a bowl of ice cream with fudge sauce reading this post! Yummy and addictive sauce!