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Easy Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

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Easy homemade hot fudge sauce comes together in minutes with ingredients you probably have on hand.  It is the perfect ice cream topping, but is also great drizzled over other desserts.

Bowl of peanut butter chocolate chip no churn ice cream topped drizzled with homemade hot fudge sauce.

This hot fudge sauce only takes a handful of minutes to make.  You can be drizzling it over a bowl of ice cream in ten minutes and you most likely have everything you need to make it in your house already. 

We love using it to make sundaes, but really you could drizzle it over anything your heart desires.  Make your hot fudge dreams come true!

I have a confession to make.  I don’t like chocolate syrup.  My husband loves the stuff.  He puts it in his milk and sometimes in his coffee.

He adds it to his smoothies (nothing says health food like simple syrup and chocolate syrup as regular ingredients in your smoothies!)  I do, however, LOVE hot fudge.

They are not even close to the same thing.  One is watery and blah and the other is rich and smooth and luscious and wonderful.  Not that I feel strongly about it or anything.

jar of rich hot fudge sauce

This is one of those recipes you should just memorize.  It is so easy, comes together quickly and is made from pantry staples.

If you have a surprise visitor, you can impress them by whipping up a batch and drizzling it over Ice Cream Recipes.  There isn’t much better!

This would also make a great icing drizzled over a bundt cake.  It is also tasty licked off fingers, or spoons, or spatulas or the whisk…

I am posting it tonight as a tease for what is to come tomorrow.  (I’ll give you a hint, it isn’t ice cream or Bundt cake… or fingers or spoons!)  I can’t wait to show you what we had this with.  

Ok, I can wait a little bit longer.  Come back tomorrow to find out!

slice of baked peanut butter pie with hot fudge on plate with rest of pie behind it.

This recipe started as a fudge frosting recipe that my aunt Marlene taught me.  I made a minor adjustment to make it a little looser.

You should check out her fudge frosting when you have a chance.  It is perfect for spreading over rice krispie treats or brownies.

See, easy!  It is also forgiving.  You should try it!

Did you make this recipe? Please leave a review in the recipe card below!

Yield: 12 Servings

Hot Fudge Sauce

Bowl of peanut butter chocolate chip no churn ice cream topped drizzled with homemade hot fudge sauce.

This hot fudge comes together in minutes with ingredients you probably have on hand.  It is the perfect ice cream topping!

Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 8 minutes


  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter


  1. In a medium sauce pan, whisk together sugar and cocoa to make sure there aren't any lumps.
  2. Add milk and butter. Cook over medium-low heat until it comes to a hard boil.
  3. Boil for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Remove from heat and allow to cool some before serving.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 144Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 21mgSodium: 66mgCarbohydrates: 18gFiber: 0gSugar: 17gProtein: 1g

All nutritional information is estimated and will depend on the exact ingredients you use.

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This hot fudge comes together in minutes with ingredients you probably have on hand.  It is the perfect ice cream topping!

Thanks for sharing!



Thursday 27th of May 2021

Simple and delicious. I added a touch of super fine espresso and salt but only because I used unsalted butter. Thank you for this. No more store bought junk for me.


Thursday 27th of May 2021

Oooh, the espresso sounds amazing! I am glad you liked it.

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies

Monday 20th of April 2020

YUM! I want to make ice cream this weekend, so I'll have to make sure and make this to go with! And... I'm going to run the chocolate syrup in the coffee concept by my husband. Interested to see what he thinks of that!


Friday 24th of April 2020

You'll have to let me know what he says!


Monday 26th of November 2018

Does this have to be refrigerated? I'm planning on making an ice cream baskets for gifts and won't be refrigerated until unwrapped.


Friday 24th of April 2020

Due to the dairy, I'd be worried about leaving it out for too long. I normally store mine in the refrigerator.


Monday 3rd of July 2017

Can I store in the fridge? If so, for how long?


Monday 3rd of July 2017

Yes you can! I made another batch last week knowing I wanted to use some on ice cream then and the rest to drizzle on a fun cake this weekend. It kept perfectly. (Usually it doesn't last that long around here!) It will solidify in the cold though, so just heat it up 15-20 seconds at a time in the microwave stirring between until it is smooth and stirrable again. Enjoy!

Sam Monaco

Wednesday 28th of June 2017

I'm with you, I love hot fudge!! so easy to make Thanks :)


Saturday 1st of July 2017

It is the best!! Thanks, Sam!

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