Chocolate fans will go crazy over this easy Hot fudge recipe. You only need 3 ingredients to make homemade hot fudge and it so decadent. Enjoy it with ice cream, fruit, pretzels and more. 

Hot fudge sauce in a mason jar with a spoon on a charcuterie board with fresh fruit and pretzels.
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Homemade Hot Fudge Recipe

I’m not sure what could be better than hot fudge. It is definitely my favorite! Once I found out this amazing homemade hot fudge could be made with 3 ingredients, I knew it was a winner.

The flavor is so rich and creamy and much better than anything I have ever purchased at the store. You have to try it.

I love knowing exactly what is in it and you won’t find any crazy or hard to pronounce ingredients.

Just 3 simple items to make this. No corn syrup, heavy cream or cocoa powder is needed to make this sauce.

What’s the Difference between Hot Fudge and Chocolate Sauce?

The main difference between Hot Fudge and Chocolate Sauce is the texture. Hot Fudge is thicker and more rich in flavor. Chocolate Sauce is thinner and is easy to pour.

When you place both Chocolate Sauce and Hot Fudge in the refrigerator, chocolate sauce stays thin but Hot Fudge gets thicker. When you are ready to serve Hot Fudge, we heat it up when ready to pour. Chocolate Sauce goes from the refrigerator and then poured on your ice cream.

Hot chocolate sundae in a bowl

How do you make Hot Fudge from Scratch?

It is seriously so easy that once you make it, you will wonder why you haven’t been doing this for years. With just 3 ingredients, it comes together very easily.

Add the 3 ingredients to a sauce pan over medium heat. As the chocolate begins to melt, continue to stir until chocolate all the ingredients are combined.

Pour Hot Fudge Sauce in a container to store or to top your favorite dessert.

Ingredients needed - chocolate chips, condensed milk, butter

Ingredients for The Best Hot Fudge Recipe:

  • Chocolate Chips – Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips, Dark, Milk
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk or evaporated milk
  • Unsalted Butter

How to Make Hot Fudge Sauce:

  • Add Ingredients to Pan – In a heavy saucepan, add all ingredients and stir.
Combining the ingredients in a sauce pan
  • Heat until all ingredients are melted and combined – Heat oven medium heat stirring constantly until chocolate is melted and the sauce is smooth. Reduce the heat once melted.
Melting Chocolate sauce in a pan
  • Serve and Enjoy – Remove from heat, stir and let cool slightly. 
  • Store in a Jar – Add to jar or container with lid. We like to use a small mason jar
Hot fudge sauce in a jar with a serving on a spoon

How to use Hot Fudge Sauce?

As you can see there are so many ways to use this homemade hot fudge sauce. It really is the best and so easy.

How long does Homemade Hot Fudge last?

It will keep up to 1 month in an airtight container in the fridge.  We prefer to use a simple mason jar. You probably already have several in your cabinet.

If not, you can order one of these pint size mason jars and keep it in the fridge. I like this set because it comes with different sizes and labels. 

Hot fudge sauce in a mason jar with a spoon on a charcuterie board with fresh fruit and pretzels.

Tips for the Best Hot Fudge:

  • Chocolate Variation – Change the chocolate to what you prefer. Milk chocolate chips and dark chocolate chips are some of our favorites.
  • Charcuterie Board – Add this hot fudge topping and make a charcuterie board. Fruit, pretzel and marshmallows are all great to dip in this homemade sauce.
  • Thicken Sauce – To thicken the sauce, you may need to leave the sauce on the heat a little longer. As the sauce cools, it will thicken.
  • Vanilla – If you prefer, you can stir in vanilla extract for added flavor.
A jar of hot fudge sauce

How to Store Hot Fudge Sauce:

Serve immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 1 month. To reheat, cook for 30 seconds in a microwave safe bowl. Stir and heat for an additional 10 seconds or longer if necessary.

Try The Best Hot Fudge Recipe:

You are going to love this. It is so easy and takes just minutes. Skip the store bought hot fudge sauce and make this instead.

It is so amazing.  Plus, you can feel good knowing exactly what is in the hot fudge sauce. No hidden ingredients and it tastes so much better than anything you can buy.

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Hot Fudge Sauce

4.58 from 14 votes
Chocolate fans will go crazy over this easy Hot fudge recipe. You only need 3 ingredients to make homemade hot fudge and it so decadent.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 10 (makes 2 cups)
Cuisine American
Course Dessert
Calories 213

Ingredients

  • ½ cup chocolate chips semi-sweet, dark, milk, whatever you like best
  • 1 can 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter

Instructions

  • In a heavy saucepan, add all ingredients and stir
  • Heat oven medium heat stirring constantly until chocolate is melted and the sauce is smooth
  • Remove from heat, stir and let cool slightly
  • Add to jar or container with lid
  • Serve immediately or store in refrigerator for up to 1 month
  • To reheat, cook for 30 seconds in a microwave safe bowl. Stir and heat for an additional 10 seconds or longer if necessary.

Nutrition Facts

Calories 213kcal, Carbohydrates 28g, Protein 4g, Fat 10g, Saturated Fat 6g, Cholesterol 27mg, Sodium 57mg, Potassium 147mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 27g, Vitamin A 268IU, Vitamin C 1mg, Calcium 125mg, Iron 1mg

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