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Hot Fudge Sauce, Simply Homemade

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My Easy Home­made Hot Fudge Sauce takes about ten min­utes to pre­pare, from start to fin­ish. Once you expe­ri­ence the deep, rich, fudgy fla­vor, you won’t both­er buy­ing jarred sauce any more. It’s thick and creamy, and turns an every­day dessert into some­thing spectacular!

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Okay, let’s make some Hot Fudge!


Ingredients You Need to Make Homemade Fudge Sauce

Six com­mon pantry ingre­di­ents are all that’s required for this recipe: milk choco­late chips, a bar of unsweet­ened choco­late, evap­o­rat­ed milk, sug­ar, vanil­la and butter.

Pro Tip: If you get in a pinch and don’t have a bar of unsweet­ened choco­late in the pantry, did you know there’s a sim­ple sub­sti­tute you can use? For every ounce of bak­ing choco­late that is called for, sub in 3 Table­spoons of cocoa pow­der and 1 Table­spoon of melt­ed but­ter. So, for exam­ple, in this recipe you would sub­sti­tute 16 Table­spoons (1 cup) of cocoa and 5 1/3 Table­spoons of melt­ed but­ter for the bar of unsweet­ened chocolate.)

fudge sauce ingredients in saucepan

How to Make Homemade Fudge Sauce

Place all the ingre­di­ents, except but­ter, into a *3‑quart saucepan. Stir and melt them over medi­um heat, just until the mix­ture comes to a boil. You don’t need a full rolling boil. Heat it until bub­bles begin to break the sur­face of the choco­late and you can see it is vis­i­bly thicker. 

finished hot fudge sauce

Remove the home­made fudge sauce from the heat and stir in the but­ter, whisk­ing until it’s com­plete­ly melt­ed and incor­po­rat­ed. ( The sauce will thick­en even more as it cools.) It’s tru­ly that simple. 

hot fudge sauce

Serve it over ice cream, cheese­cake or any of your favorite desserts. I promise you won’t be wish­ing for sauce from the store, any time soon. 


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hot fudge sauce

Easy Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

  • Author: Glen­da Embree
  • Total Time: 10 min­utes
  • Yield: 4 cups 1x


This is a beau­ti­ful­ly thick and rich fudge sauce that’s not too sweet.  Six sim­ple ingre­di­ents and 10 min­utes is all you need to enjoy this deli­cious treat!


  • 1 (12 oz) bag milk choco­late chips
  • 1 (5.3 oz) bar unsweet­ened Divine Choco­late (100% cocoa)
  • 1 (12 oz) can evap­o­rat­ed milk
  • 1 cup Impe­r­i­al Sugar
  • 1 Table­spoon vanilla
  • 2 Table­spoons butter


  1. Place all ingre­di­ents, except but­ter, into a saucepan.
  2. Melt over medi­um heat and stir just until mix­ture comes to a boil.  You don’t want a full rolling boil.  Heat it just until the bub­bling begins.
  3. Remove from the heat and whisk in the but­ter, stir­ring until it is com­plete­ly melted.
  4. Serve over ice cream or any of your favorite desserts.
  5. Store in a cov­ered con­tain­er in the refrig­er­a­tor for up to one week.
  • Prep Time: 2 min­utes
  • Cook Time: 8 min­utes
  • Cat­e­go­ry: Desserts, Sauces
  • Cui­sine: Amer­i­can

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