Easy Hot Fudge Sauce

Three ingredients and a few minutes will give you a wonderful hot fudge sauce to serve over your favorite ice cream.
By Sherron Watson

Hot Fudge Sauce

This is the easiest recipe for hot fudge sauce that I have ever made. My sister in law, introduced this to our family 20+ years ago and we have used it for more social events than we can count.

We call it A CUP, A CAN and A CUBE.

For those that don’t remember the term, CUBE, that is now our current STICK of butter. This chocolate is best served by the spoonfuls with very little of anything else. Okay that is just how I eat the hot fudge sauce. I also love it served warm of raspberry sherbet, stirred in a glass of milk or as a fondue for some of my favorite fruits and poundcake.

It’s a real treat and something that makes a wonderful gift for neighbors and friends.

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Three ingredients and a few minutes will give you a wonderful hot fudge sauce to serve over your favorite ice cream.
Recipe Type: Dessert
Serves: 10
  • 1 cube (stick, ½ cup) of butter, soft
  • 1 cup (182 g) of chocolate chips
  • 1 can (396g)(14 oz)of Sweetened Condensed Milk
  1. In a medium sauce pan on medium heat, melt the butter.
  2. Stir in the chocolate chips.
  3. Add the Sweetened Condensed Milk.
  4. Stir well to combine. The butter will take a minute to incorporate into the sauce. It will be smooth and silky.
  5. Store any leftovers in the refrigerator.

Sherron Watson

Sherron Watson

Sherron Watson is a writer and photographer. Her passion for food started at a young age while working with her family in their restaurant business. A career in photography gave her the experience she needed to start capturing images of her favorite dishes. This led to the creation of her blog: simply-gourmet.com. She is currently a food writer for Capital Style Magazine in Annapolis, MD.

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Originally Published: December 13, 2013

34 Responses to Easy Hot Fudge Sauce

  1. Nisa Homey

    Nisa Homey Reply

    November 28, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    Love this super quick fudge..bookmarked!

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  3. J Reply

    June 9, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Yummy and super easy

  4. Kasey Coff Reply

    June 24, 2013 at 10:54 am

    oh – em – GOODNESS! How did I not know about this years ago? Truly dee-lish! Easy to make and so easy to remember – thanx for posting it!

  5. susan Reply

    July 1, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    How long will it keep if I do not open it after jarring? I need to make some for a wedding ice cream bar in October. Thank you!!

  6. Bhavini Reply

    July 10, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Thank you for the recipe. If i put the sauce in an ice cream as a swirl will it freeze or be soft when stored in a freezer.

  7. Jessica Reply

    August 9, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Have you tried making this with other types of chips? Like butterscotch?

  8. McKenna Reply

    March 22, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    Did you use salted or unsalted butter?

  9. Sherron Watson

    Simply Gourmet Reply

    March 24, 2014 at 11:20 am

    I used unsalted butter McKenna.

  10. urvashi singh Reply

    June 1, 2014 at 10:56 am

    it is a really great recipe….so easy to make…thanks!!! :)

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  12. janmaus Reply

    June 19, 2014 at 9:26 am

    I had forgotten this easy version of hot fudge sauce, and made a batch last night minutes after coming across your site. It does benefit from 1/2 tsp vanilla added after it’s off the heat. It seems like cheating for something so good to be so easy.

  13. 2716PinkPoppy Reply

    July 3, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    Yummy~Yummy~ This is excellent. I used salted butter and added the tsp. of vanilla. 5 star. Thanks ;)

  14. Mary Reply

    July 16, 2014 at 7:56 am

    This was delicious! served over vanilla ice cream with chopped roasted almonds. Thanks for a very easy recipe and the ‘cup, can, cube’ way to remember it.

  15. Nancy Reply

    August 1, 2014 at 8:35 am

    I over cooked it it burned really fast so be careful

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  17. Kristin Reply

    August 31, 2014 at 12:02 am

    Can you use cocoa powder instead of chocolate chips??

  18. Carmen Reply

    September 15, 2014 at 1:20 am

    Tonight I had a craving for a hot fudge sundae but didn’t want to go to the store for the fudge sauce. I knew I had about 1 cup of chocolate chips in the cupboard and wondered if there was some quick and easy way to make a fudge sauce using the chips. First recipe I came to on the internet was this one, and I would say no more than 15 or 20 minutes later my husband and I were enjoying delicious hot fudge sundaes. It really was that quick and easy, plus I have a full pint jar left over for the next time I have a sweet tooth.

    It helped, of course, that I had the three ingredients on hand. I don’t usually keep sweetened condensed milk on hand except at Christmas time. When things work out like that I figure they were meant to be. I will sleep well tonight and work off the calories tomorrow.

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  21. Izzy Reply

    November 27, 2014 at 10:52 am

    Simply Wonderful!!

  22. Kathy S Reply

    November 30, 2014 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Sherron! I don’t think there’s an easier Hot Fudge Sauce available compared to this one! Question… How long can this be stored in the fridge? I’d like to make several jars for Christmas gifts but didn’t know how far in advance I could prepare them. Thanks in advance!

  23. Lindsey Reply

    January 21, 2015 at 7:54 pm

    Great, quick recipe. I wasn’t sure it turned out at first because the butter didn’t seem to incorporate, but fear not, this sauce is amazing!

  24. christy Reply

    February 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

    how long does this hot fudge last for after making?

  25. Lisa Reply

    April 24, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Horrible, had to throw away.

    • Scott Reply

      July 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm

      How bad could it be? Its hot Fudge!!

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  27. April Reply

    May 25, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    Wonderful! I have made many times. What could be easier.

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  29. Cathy Reply

    July 14, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    This is awesome! I made it for gifts and people actually asked for more!! Excellent Christmas gift for office, teachers, and neighbors. It tends to be a bit pricey, so I will begin early in the year stockpiling condensed milk and chocolate when I see it on sale. By the time I got to the end of 48 jars I truly had it down to an art. I just hope I remember for this Christmas. Lol.

  30. Anonymous Reply

    July 18, 2015 at 1:32 am

    Very gross. Absolutely terrible.

  31. Mary Kay Reply

    July 19, 2015 at 8:18 am

    Do you use semi-sweet chocolate chips, or milk chocolate? Thanks.

  32. Anonymous Reply

    July 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm

    Mine turned out very thick and became firm upon contact with ice cream. Did I do something wrong

  33. Georgette Wilson Reply

    August 2, 2015 at 6:17 pm

    How long will this product last in a mason jar for gifts? How much does this recipe make?

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