Skip to Content

Hot Fudge Recipe

Skip the store bought jar – in just 15 minutes, you can have your own homemade Hot Fudge Recipe anytime the craving strikes! This sauce is fudgy without being overly sweet and is so rich, thick, and indulgent, you’ll want to put it on everything. Serve it over a big bowl of your favorite ice cream, dip fruit in it for an after dinner dessert, or even use it on baked goods like brownies or cakes. The options are limitless!

Hot fudge sauce on a spoon.

Hot Fudge Sauce

Is there anything better than a big bowl of ice cream drowning in warm, gooey, Hot Fudge? How about if that Hot Fudge is made from scratch? Never buy store bought again after making this incredibly easy and utterly decadent Hot Fudge recipe.

All you need are a few pantry baking staples, a sauce pan, a hot stove, and a jar to store it in. Rich, creamy, smooth, so chocolatey (without being too sweet), you’ll want to eat this all on its own! We won’t judge you if you just dig in with a spoon.

However, if you are looking for serving suggestions this sauce is incredible with just about any flavor of ice cream (we’ve yet to find a bad combination), makes a wonderful dip for fruit, and is also amazing drizzled over brownies, waffles, pancakes, cookies, etc. You won’t be able to get enough!

How to Make Hot Fudge

  1. Add the milk, sugar, and salt to a medium saucepan over medium heat. Stir until it begins to simmer. Careful not to let the milk burn.
  2. Mix in the unsweetened cocoa powder until well incorporated and stir until smooth. Then add in the butter and vanilla until fully melted and incorporated.
  3. Finally, mix in the baker’s chocolate. Continue simmering and stirring until well combined and the chocolate has fully melted.
  4. Serve hot over ice cream, with fruit, or drizzled over baked goods. Enjoy!
Collage showing how to make hot fudge.

Hot Fudge Recipe Tips and Variations:

  • Be sure to use unsweetened cocoa powder and chocolate. The sugar used makes the fudge plenty sweet. 
  • For an extra thick and creamy variation, try using half and half instead of milk.
  • Sift your cocoa powder for a smoother fudge sauce. This makes it easier when incorporating it into the mixture and your sauce won’t end up lumpy.
  • This sauce is very chocolatey but not overly sweet. If you do want a sweeter fudge sauce, swap the unsweetened cocoa powder for one with added sugar. You can also swap the unsweetened chocolate for milk chocolate. We don’t recommend doing both as the fudge may end up too sweet but ultimately it’s up to your tastes. 
  • Chopped peanuts and maraschino cherries combined with the hot fudge sauce make for the perfect sundae! Try mixing in a little melted, salted caramel as well.
Chocolate fudge sauce in a jar.


Storage: This Hot Fudge Sauce can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 1 week.

Reheating: Reheat in the microwave in 15 second increments, stirring each time to prevent burning.

Like This Recipe?

We’d love it if you would leave a 5 Star ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ rating below and follow us on Facebook and Pinterest!

Yield: About 1 ½ Cups

Hot Fudge Recipe

Small jar filled with hot fudge.

This hot fudge recipe is fudgy without being overly sweet and is so rich, thick, and indulgent, you’ll want to put it on everything.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes


  • ½ cup whole milk
  • ½ cup granulated sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 ounces unsweetened baker’s chocolate, chopped


  1. Add the milk, sugar and salt to a medium saucepan over medium heat, and stir until it begins to simmer.
  2. Mix in the cocoa powder until well incorporated and smooth. Then, stir in the butter and vanilla until fully melted.
  3. Finally, mix in the baker’s chocolate well combined.
  4. Serve hot over ice cream or as a dip with fruit.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 1 ounce of hot fudge. Actual calories will vary.

*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

*Photos courtesy of Karla Rae Photography.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 ounce

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 129Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 14gFiber: 1gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

*The calories are an estimate and are based on the ingredients and serving size listed. The calories can vary depending on the brand of product purchased.

Don't forget to follow us on Pinterest!

Share this recipe by clicking the Pinterest button below!

Skip to Recipe