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Old Fashioned Homemade Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Thick & decadent chocolate fudge sauce is the perfect homemade topping for ice cream sundaes and desserts. Made with simple ingredients like chocolate chips and evaporated milk, this easy hot fudge sauce can be made in just a few minutes on the stove top. Once you make your own hot fudge sauce, you’ll never want store bought hot fudge sauce again!

Homemade chocolate fudge sauce (hot fudge sauce) in a mason jar with a spoon drizzling the thick mixture into the top.
This homemade hot fudge sauce is creamy & thick.

I remember the first time my mom made this and thinking it was the best hot fudge sauce ever when was a kid. I loved it! (And so do my kids…)

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

This recipe can be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container until ready to use.

This easy recipe is a decadant creamy texture that is a slightly thicker texture than most store bought chocolate fudge sauces. It’s just perfect when warmed slightly. It’s a favorite topping for a bowl of ice cream or can also be used in dessert recipes that call for hot fudge or chocolate sauce.

Rather than using cocoa powder and heavy cream, this easy recipe uses the simple ingredients of chocolate chips and evaporated milk.

Since it is now just the two of us empty nesters at home, we found that we could just scoop out a couple tablespoons, microwave it (in a microwave safe container) for 10 seconds, and it was a perfect topping for our evening bowl of frozen yogurt. It’s so yummy, and we found we didn’t need to warm up the whole jar every time!

Ingredients

(A printable recipe card is provided at the bottom of this post for your convenience.)

  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, but you could use milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips if you prefer.)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cup evaporated milk, warmed (I warmed it in the microwave until warm but not boiling)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Ingredients for homemade chocolate fudge sauce

Step by Step Instructions for Homemade Hot Fudge sauce

  1. In a small heavy saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and butter together until smooth, stirring constantly.
  2. Add warmed evaporated milk and powdered sugar to the melted chocolate mixture.
  1. Stir the mixture constantly until it comes to a boil. Boil on medium-low heat 8 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk in a figure 8 pattern to prevent sticking.
  2. Once the 8 minutes are up, remove the saucepan from the burner and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Tips & Tricks

  • I watched on a cooking show that stirring in a figure 8 pattern while something is boiling helps prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan. I did that with this recipe and it worked great!
  • Store leftovers of this thick chocolate sauce in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Soften just the amount you need each time in the microwave in a microwave safe container.

Storing Homemade Chocolate Fudge Sauce

Pour the hot fudge sauce in a covered container and store it in the fridge until ready to use. A mason jar works wonderful for this. Spoon out the amount you’d like to use and heat it up slightly in the microwave to soften it to pouring consistency.

Homemade chocolate fudge sauce in a jar with a spoon in it

Ways to use this Hot Fudge Sauce

I think this yummy sauce makes the best ice cream sundae. Just pour it over a bowl of vanilla ice cream.

You can finish it off like the ice cream shops do and add whipped cream and top with a maraschino cherry.

You could also use this sauce on ice cream alongside strawberry sauce and caramel sauce. The flavors work together very well!

You could also use it to make a lovely brownie sundae dessert by adding a scoop of ice cream to a chocolate brownie and drizzling hot fudge sauce over it all.

Equipment

For this recipe, I just used my favorite saucepan, whisk, and a microwavable glass measuring cup.

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Homemade hot fudge sauce in a mason jar.
Chocolate Fudge Sauce (Hot Fudge Sauce)

Chocolate Fudge Sauce (Hot Fudge Sauce)

Yield: 25
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

Thick & decadent chocolate fudge sauce is the perfect homemade topping for ice cream and desserts. Made with chocolate chips & evaporated milk, plus a few other ingredients, it can be made in just a few minutes on the stovetop.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup chocolate chips (I used semi-sweet)
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 1/3 cup evaporated milk, warmed (I warmed it in the microwave until warm but not boiling)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. In a medium sized saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and butter together until smooth, stirring constantly.
  2. Add warmed evaporated milk and powdered sugar to the melted chocolate mixture.
  3. Stir the mixture constantly until it comes to a boil. Boil for 8 minutes, stirring constantly with a whisk in a figure 8 pattern to prevent sticking.
  4. Once the 8 minutes are up, remove the saucepan from the burner and stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 124Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 46mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 14gProtein: 1g

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One Comment

  1. Oh my YUM, Rita! This looks so unbelievably delicious! If I hadn’t eaten all the chocolate chips in my house, I would be making this right now.

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