EASY Hot Fudge Sauce

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    EASY Hot Fudge Sauce – Only 5 ingredients and 10 minutes to make! Super rich, smooth and decadent. This homemade hot fudge tastes amazing on ice cream, cakes, pies…you name it!

    If you’ve never made your own homemade hot fudge…you have to give it a try! It’s seriously so much better than the jarred stuff and tastes amazing. Ditch the store-bought toppings and try making your own caramel sauce, whipped cream, frosting and icing.

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    Homemade hot fudge

    This hot fudge sauce is SO easy to make and only takes 5 simple ingredients! It’s super rich, smooth and decadent. And so much better than the jarred stuff.

    This recipe is more of a thick chocolate sauce (and way better than chocolate syrup). It tastes amazing on all types of desserts, like ice cream, cakes or pies. Sometimes I even eat a spoonful too…I mean, how can you resist?!

    The best part about this homemade hot fudge is that you can whip it up in less than 10 minutes! So simple to make and really great to have on hand. I like to keep a jar in my fridge at all times, because you just never know when you’ll need it.

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    What is the difference between hot fudge and chocolate syrup?

    Although the two are often interchanged, there actually is a difference between hot fudge and chocolate syrup. Hot fudge has a thicker consistency and is typically made of cream, sugar, chocolate, butter and vanilla. It is rich and decadent in taste. Chocolate syrup is typically made with corn syrup (or sugar), unsweetened cocoa powder, water, salt and vanilla. It has a thinner consistency and spreads a little easier.

    If you’d like your hot fudge to have a slightly thinner consistency (more of a chocolate sauce), remove the chocolate mixture from the heat immediately after it’s melted and let cool.

    What are the ingredients in hot fudge?

    This recipe takes just 5 simple ingredients to whip up. Check them out below.

    • Chocolate chips (semi-sweet)
    • Sugar (granulated)
    • Evaporated milk
    • Butter (salted)
    • Vanilla extract

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    How to make hot fudge

    Scroll down for the printable hot fudge recipe.

    1. Add all ingredients (except vanilla) to a medium sauce pan and cook over medium-heat until melted, about 6 to 7 minutes.
    2. Bring to light boil, stirring constantly. Once lightly boiling, remove from heat immediately. Then stir in vanilla.
    3. Let cool for 5-10 minutes. It will thicken as it cools.

    What is the best way to store hot fudge?

    Make sure to store the homemade hot fudge in the refrigerator in an airtight container. I like to store it in a glass mason jar. The fudge will last up to 1 month in the fridge. To reheat the hot fudge, place in microwave and cook in 30 second intervals until warmed throughout.

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    Favorite ways to use hot fudge

    There are so many ways to use this hot fudge sauce! Top off your banana split or try serving over ice cream. I also love to use it when making homemade cakes, like chocolate soufflés or slow cooker chocolate cake. Around the holidays, we always drizzle it over a warm cup of delicious hot chocolate, too!

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    Hot Fudge Recipe

    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: hot fudge
    Prep Time: 1 minute
    Cook Time: 9 minutes
    Total Time: 10 minutes
    Servings: 24
    Calories: 139
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    EASY Hot Fudge Sauce - Only 5 ingredients and 10 minutes to make! Super rich, smooth and decadent. This homemade hot fudge tastes amazing on ice cream, cakes, pies...you name it! 


    • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 12 ounce can evaporated milk
    • 2 Tablespoons salted butter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


    • Combine the chocolate, sugar, milk and butter in a medium sauce pan. Cook over medium-heat until melted (about 6-7 minutes). 
    • Bring to a light boil, stirring constantly. Once it has come to a light boil, immediately remove from heat. Then stir in vanilla. Allow to cool for 5 to 10 minutes. It will thicken as it cools. 
    • Store in the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Reheat in microwave in 30-second intervals until warm. 


    Makes about 3 cups. Serving size is 2 Tablespoons. 


    Calories: 139kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 24mg | Potassium: 127mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 1mg

    Around Christmas time, I love serving this hot fudge over peppermint ice cream with candy canes on top. SO delicious!

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