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Easy Hot Fudge Sauce

Easy Hot Fudge Sauce

Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

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.

4.0 from 16 reviews
Easy Hot Fudge Sauce
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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.

View Comments (41)
  • 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!

  • 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!!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • This is horrible! Don’t waste your ingredients. I should have known when I noticed the ingredients are the same asa generic recipe for fudge, with easy more butter and less chocolate chips. This does not make fudge sauce people! It makes a mess of buttered, sweet, snot textured, chocolate colored garbage. Nasty!

    • that was the most childish response. you could have simply said it did not work for you…what is wrong with kids these days! no manners!!

  • This was so good. Made it last minute to go with homemade ice cream for hot fudge sundaes. Really easy to make and easy to have ingredients on hand.

  • I just made this fudge sauce. Followed the recipe. It took a total of 5 minutes and camebout absolutely perfect. So anyone who said it was ” horrible” did something wrong. Its delicious, shiny thick and silky.

  • How long will the hot fudge sauce keep in the refrigerator? My family really enjoyed it but next time I am going to try making it dairy free since I can not have dairy.

  • I am a Hot Fudge Sunday Lover and this is by far the best and easy sauce I have come made. I double it up and add a cap of vanilla. It is fast and easy and you need to try it. I am not sure that those how say they can taste the sweet and condensed milk can, the chocolate takes over the flavor. I spent a lot of time making different hot fudge sauce and this is the easiest and best by far.

  • Mine was beautifully silky and delicious while hot, but it got weirdly thick and goopy/chunky when it cooled off some. Reheating it helped some, but it seemed like the butter was trying to separate out. Did I miss something? Should I have just put it directly into the fridge while hot?

  • Dear Sir and/or Madam, Could you , please, tell me what kind of chocolate chips you use in your Hot Fudge Sauce recipe. Thank you very much for your courtesy. Kindest regards, Miss Pamela Lewis

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