Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

  • This Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce is rich, smooth, and decadent! It’s so easy to make and is the perfect topping for so many desserts! You will never need to buy the store bought stuff again!

    A jar of homemade hot fudge sauce.

    Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

    Have you ever made your own hot fudge sauce? Well, if you haven’t you’re in for a treat. It is super easy to make and so much better than the store bought stuff.

    Plus, you can pronounce everything that’s in it, lol!!

    I always have a jar of this sitting in the back of my fridge ready to top ice cream or drizzle over desserts. It would be really good over this No-Churn Peppermint Cookie Ice Cream, Brownie Ice Cream Cake, or make a hot fudge sundae with a homemade brownie.

    A spoon pulled straight up from a jar of homemade hot fudge sauce letting it drizzle back into the jar.

    Ingredients for Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

    • Chocolate chips– I use bittersweet chocolate chips to make the sauce extra rich and indulgent. But feel free to use milk chocolate or semi-sweet.
    • Evaporated milk– again makes it extra rich. I haven’t tried this recipe with anything other than evaporated milk. You can use low-fat evaporated milk if you wish.
    • Sugar– I use 1/2 cup so it’s not too sweet and lets the chocolate flavor really shine.
    • Vanilla
    • Butter– keeps the sauce from seizing, so yes, it’s a very important ingredient!
    • Pinch of salt– salt is actually a very important ingredient in baking and helps bring out flavor so don’t skip it.
    A jar of hot fudge sauce with a spoon in it and a drip of sauce going down the side of the jar.

    How to make Hot Fudge Sauce

    1. Combine the milk, chocolate chips, and sugar in a saucepan. Melt over medium to medium-low heat stirring constantly.
    2. Once it comes to a simmer remove from heat and stir in the butter, vanilla, and salt.

    That’s all it takes! I told you it was easy!

    Hot Fudge Sauce poured over ice cream and topped with chopped peanuts.

    Just a few notes about this hot fudge sauce.

    • You can store it in the refrigerator for 3 weeks. Honestly, you can store it much longer. I have had a jar in the refrigerator for 6 weeks once with no problems.
    • This makes great gifts to give to neighbors and friends. You could even create a gift basket and include: Salted Caramel Sauce, sprinkles, cherries, different candy bars for them to chop and add to ice cream, chopped nuts, Chocolate Chip Cookies, bowls, ice cream cones, and an ice cream scoop.

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    A spoon pulled straight up from a jar of homemade hot fudge sauce letting it drizzle back into the jar.
    Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
    Prep Time
    2 mins
    Cook Time
    8 mins
    Total Time
    10 mins
     

    This Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce is rich, smooth, and decadent! It's so easy to make and is the perfect topping for so many desserts! You will never need to buy the store bought stuff again!

    Course: Dessert, Sauce
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: hot fudge sauce
    Servings: 24
    Calories: 115 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 1 (12oz) (354ml) can evaporated milk (not sweetened condensed)
    • 2 cups (360g) bittersweet chocolate chips
    • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • pinch of salt
    Instructions
    1. In a medium saucepan combine the milk, chocolate chips, and sugar. Cook over medium to medium-low heat stirring constantly. Once it comes to a simmer, remove from heat.

    2. Stir in butter, vanilla, and salt. Allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. It will thicken as it cools.

    3. Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks. (I have stored it for 6 weeks with no issues). Reheat in the microwave in 30-second intervals until warm.

    Recipe Notes
    1. This recipe makes about 3 cups of sauce.
    2. Nutrition Facts: Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate. Nutrition not calculated with toppings. 
    Nutrition Facts
    Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
    Amount Per Serving (2 tablespoons)
    Calories 115 Calories from Fat 63
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 7g11%
    Saturated Fat 6g38%
    Cholesterol 3mg1%
    Sodium 21mg1%
    Potassium 125mg4%
    Carbohydrates 11g4%
    Fiber 1g4%
    Sugar 7g8%
    Protein 2g4%
    Vitamin A 29IU1%
    Vitamin C 1mg1%
    Calcium 60mg6%
    Iron 1mg6%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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