Hot Fudge Sauce

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This homemade hot fudge sauce is thick and chocolatey and has the most amazing rich chocolate flavor. We use it for dipping or drizzling over ice cream.

A spoon being lowered into a glass jar filled with hot fudge sauce.
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  1. Hot Fudge Sauce Ingredients
  2. How to Make Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe
  3. So Many Ways to Use Hot Fudge Sauce
  4. Frequently Asked Questions
  5. How To Store and Reheat
  6. Keep the Chocolate Coming
  7. How to Make Hot Fudge Sauce
  8. Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

Hot fudge sauce is a popular dessert that everyone loves! Making it homemade is quick, easy, and over-the-top delicious. Add in the ingredients you know and store them as long as you need. This makes for the perfect topping to any sundae or a spoonful of when needing a chocolate fix. This hot fudge is the perfect dessert sauce!

Make your favorite fudge with chocolate, milk, syrup, and a dash of vanilla. It is perfect combination for a smooth and creamy chocolaty flavor. Reach in your fridge for the best dessert and warm it up in minutes. Store leftovers and you can have this sauce time and time again!

Hot Fudge Sauce Ingredients

Keep these ingredients on hand when you need to make this homemade dessert for any time you are needing hot fudge sundaes. This is the best hot fudge sauce that goes a long way. Simply combine all the ingredients and store them for more delicious choices of desserts over and over again!

  • Sweetened condensed milk – Blend this with the chocolate chips to give an added sweetness and creamy texture.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips – Melt these chocolate chips to make the chocolate sauce.
  • Light corn syrup – Gives a thick texture that is blended perfectly when heated. It also has a beautiful glossy appearance that shines through while the hot fudge is being poured.
  • Vanilla extract – Just a pinch to add a little more flavor.

How to Make Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

Hot fudge sauce is an easy recipe that comes together quickly and easily! In less than four ingredients and five minutes, you can have the best sauce right at home. Enjoy this hot fudge any time you want!

  1. Melt – Combine the first three ingredients in a saucepan. Stirring until well combined and melted.
  2. Heat – Cook over medium heat until the chocolate chips are melted and the sauce thickens.
  3. Stir – Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Serve warm.
A bowl of vanilla ice cream with hot fudge sauce poured over the top.

So Many Ways to Use Hot Fudge Sauce

We have been using this recipe for hot fudge sauce for more than 25 years! It is amazing as a fondue or ice cream topping. I especially love it with strawberries. This recipe is so easy to make and so much better than anything you can buy at the store. The possibilities are endless. Try this yummy sauce on top of all these fun treats! Really, there are so many possibilities.

  • Fruit – Strawberries, bananas, apples, pineapple, pears, cantaloupe, and raspberries.
  • Candy and treats – Marshmallows, Rice Krispie treats, peanut butter balls, and caramel squares.
  • Ice cream – Vanilla ice cream, peppermint ice cream, ice cream cakes, and peanut butter ice cream.
  • Cookies and crackers – Pretzels, oreo cookies, Ritz crackers, and nilla wafers.
  • Cakes and brownies – Angel food cake, strawberry brownies, and brownie sundaes.

“I could put this sauce on everything! It’s the best hot fudge I’ve ever tried!”


Frequently Asked Questions

What is hot fudge sauce made of?

Usually, a traditional hot fudge recipe is made from cream, butter, chocolate, and sugar. The combination is delicious and gives a thick and creamy sauce.

What is the difference between hot fudge and chocolate sauce?

Hot fudge has a thicker texture compared to chocolate sauce. Chocolate sauce is a thinner syrupy substance that doesn’t stick as well to cold ingredients whereas hot fudge will lay smoothly overtop ice cream or other dishes that are served together. The chocolate sauce has more sugar, water, and corn syrup to keep it that thin and runny texture.

Why is hot fudge called hot fudge?

Hot fudge is called this because it is a chocolate sauce that is thick like fudge but creamy because of the heat that keeps it hot or warm.

Thick, rich, hot fudge sauce in a glass jar.

How To Store and Reheat

On the off chance you make too much hot fudge and need to store it, here are a few things to bear in mind. For starters, this is similar to the storage and reheating tips from our two-ingredient Chocolate Fondue. Follow these storing tips to help make this sauce last the longest!

  • Refrigerator – The hot fudge sauce can be kept in the fridge for about the same amount of time as any store-bought jar. Store in an airtight container for about 3 months.
  • Reheating – As for reheating, put in a saucepan on the stove and warm slowly until the fudge mixture thins enough to dip or drizzle. It will still be quite thick.
  • Do not use the microwave – It is best not to reheat this sauce in the microwave. The chocolate will separate and harden quickly.

Keep the Chocolate Coming

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How to Make Hot Fudge Sauce

A spoon being lowered into a glass jar filled with hot fudge sauce

Hot Fudge Sauce

4.84 from 6 votes
This homemade Hot Fudge Sauce is thick and chocolatey and has the most amazing rich chocolate flavor. We use it for dipping or drizzling over ice cream.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10


  • Large Sauce Pan
  • Stove Top


  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 package semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Combine first three ingredients in saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat until chocolate chips are melted and sauce thickens.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  • Serve warm.

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Echo Blickenstaff

Echo lives in Pleasant Grove, Utah with her husband, Todd, who works in advertising, and her four kids: two girls and two boys. She deploys her accounting degree as the blog’s resident problem solver. In her time outside the kitchen, Echo loves to get away from the phones and busy schedules and spend quality time with the family. Anywhere’s great – but getting out into nature in the mountains or on the beach – is the best kind of getaway.

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  1. Could I use this hot fudge sauce to fill thumbprint cookies? Is it thick enough and will it set slightly upon cooling?

    Thanks so much!

    1. Yes you should be able to put them in jars and keep them in the fridge. From what I understand, it isn’t safe to do home canning for hot fudge for long term storage. Hope this helps.