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This all-time favorite hot fudge sauce recipe is a family favorite for pouring on your sweet treats. All you need is 4 ingredients!

We love to serve this hot fudge sauce recipe on Vanilla Ice Cream, Funnel Cakes, and even fruit! It’s irresistible in every sense of the word and you’ll find yourself trying not to eat it straight from the jar!

Hot fudge sauce recipe stored in a glass jar.

Homemade Chocolate Sauce

I am SOOO excited to share this next sauce with you guys today!

Let’s just say that it’s one the hubby begs me to make because he’ll eat it straight from the jar ALL BY ITSELF (no joke!!)

This hot fudge sauce recipe is a simple but delicious recipe that is good on ANY dessert. We use it on ice cream sundaes and especially on funnel cakes. Spoon the mixture and drizzle on croissants, brownies, ice cream cakes, waffles, pancakes, or any favorite desserts. It takes minutes to put together and is seriously the best topping you’ll ever make!

I also love that this makes a simple and inexpensive gift idea. Just put it in a cute mason jar with a ribbon around the top, and I promise the recipient will love you forever.

Powder sugar, evaporated milk, butter, and chocolate chips on a wooden counter.

How to Make Hot Fudge

Homemade hot fudge sauce is ready in minutes and only requires 4 ingredients!

COOK. Combine all sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and cook 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Enjoy on just about anything!!

Chocolate sauce boiling in a pot on the stove.

Recipe Tips

If you give this hot fudge sauce as a gift be sure to specify that it needs to be refrigerated, especially when it is stored in a glass jar.

Thicken sauce. If you follow the instructions correctly the chocolate fudge sauce should not turn out runny and it thickens up as it cools down.

To make it even thicker even after it has cooled then try adding a little more powdered sugar to it. You will need to reheat it as you add it in. 

Thinner sauce. If you find that your sauce is too thick for your liking then heat it up and add a little more evaporated milk or butter to the sauce. 

Serve with Ice Cream, Homemade Brownies, Funnel Cakes, Fruit and more!

Storing Tips

Make ahead of time. Because this sauce stores so well it can easily be made ahead of time. Store it in an airtight container or jar and place it in the fridge. Rewarm slowly before serving.

STORE. Pour the easy hot fudge sauce into a glass jar or airtight container and seal it with a lid in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.

To reheat. Use the microwave or stovetop to warm up the sauce. Just be careful that you do not overheat and burn it.

FREEZE this best hot fudge sauce for later. To freeze, pour the sauce into a jar or a freezer-safe container. Let it cool completely. This may take a few hours, you can put it in the fridge to make it cool faster. Then seal the jar or container with a lid and freeze for 6-12 months. 

Our favorite hot fudge sauce recipe oozing from a mason jar.

Recipe FAQ

Can I bottle homemade hot fudge sauce to store it on the shelf?

I don’t recommend canning your fudge sauce. If you are wanting to store it for later, it is best stored frozen.

Do I have to heat up the hot fudge sauce every time I use it?

This sauce can be served hot or cold. It can be reheated on the stove or in the microwave just be sure to heat it slowly so it doesn’t burn. Also, you can reheat it as many times as you’d like, it shouldn’t change the texture or taste of the sauce.

How is chocolate fudge sauce different from chocolate sauce?

Chocolate sauce is thinner and typically uses sugar, water, and corn syrup whereas fudge sauce is much thicker and uses heavier cream and butter.

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Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

By: Lil’ Luna
This all-time favorite hot fudge sauce recipe is a family favorite for pouring on your sweet treats. All you need is 4 ingredients!
Servings: 16 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 8 minutes
Total: 13 minutes


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
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  • Combine all sauce ingredients in a saucepan. Bring to boil and cook 8 minutes, stirring constantly. Enjoy on just about anything!!



Calories: 186kcal, Carbohydrates: 21g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 6g, Cholesterol: 21mg, Sodium: 74mg, Potassium: 112mg, Sugar: 19g, Vitamin A: 230IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 62mg, Iron: 0.6mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Karen S. says:

    Can you use milk or dark chocolate in place of semi sweet chips????

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Yes you could!

  2. Joan Rehfeldt says:

    I just love your recipes and so excited to make your fudge sauce. I was wondering if you might have took recipe for canning chocolate/hot fudge sauce. I would love to make some for Christmas gifts that friends can store in their food storage. Thank you

  3. Sarah Tuckett says:

    5 stars
    I have made homemade hot fudge sauce for years but this is the best one as well as the easiest! I have this recipe memorized and it is a staple in my fridge. The flavor is over the top! You will just want to grab a spoon and dive in!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Oh I love that! It makes me so happy to hear!!

  4. Mike says:

    How much does this make? 16 servings, but what size?

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      About 2 Tbsp

  5. tom says:

    how would this be with a butter substitute such as cant believe its not butter , i have made it the way it is written and was great but i am looking to reduce the saturated fat thanks tom

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      You could certainly try it! I haven’t ever made it with anything but butter, but if you do, you’ll have to let us know how it turns out.

  6. Judith P Whitson says:

    5 stars
    Okay, desserts for Memorial Day are lined-up! For the healthier eaters, we will do fruit kabobs-pretty and tasty. For the “majority” of us, this beautiful and mouth-watering hot fudge sauce, strawberry sauce and caramel sauce-YES! You guessed it-“Make Your Own” Sundaes! We may do dessert first this year!!

    1. Lil'Luna Team says:

      Ooh I like the idea of that! 😉