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5-minute Hot Fudge Sauce has just three ingredients and is perfect to use all summer long! This simple recipe tastes like melted fudge and you can reheat leftovers to thin!

hot fudge sauce with spoon dripping

Easy Hot Fudge Recipe

If there is one thing I want all summer long it’s ice cream!! I crave it in summer, probably because it’s so hot here in Sacramento. (Well…let’s be honest. I crave ice cream all the time because it’s so darn good!)

Recently Jordan had some friends over and they wanted ice cream sundaes. We had the ice cream covered but, to my dismay, we were out of chocolate sauce. Now, as a food blogger, I took this as a huge fail: I always have all the sauces on hand. I have chocolate sauce when I make pie and need a drizzle and caramel sauce for when I’m making something gooey. So how in the WORLD was I out of ALL OF THEM at once?! #momfail #bloggerfail

So I did what a good blogger does in these situations: I made my own hot fudge sauce. And, dare I say, it’s BETTER than the kind you buy?

5-minute hot fudge sauce has just 3 ingredients and is perfect for all your ice cream sundaes!

hot fudge sauce on ice cream

What’s the difference between hot fudge and chocolate sauce?

It’s so easy to buy hot fudge and chocolate sauce that making it homemade has to be easy or why bother, right? Well, I got you covered because this hot fudge recipe is the BEST.

Honestly, I’ve always wondered this! The main difference is the texture. Hot fudge is thicker and more rich while chocolate sauce is thinner and more pourable. Chocolate sauce stays sauce in the refrigerator, while hot fudge gets cold and thick…like fudge.

And, let me tell you, my hot fudge sauce recipe tastes like melted fudge! It’s PERFECT to put on top of your favorite O Organics ice cream!

Ice cream cartons stacked with a jar full of chocolate sauce

3 Ingredients Needed

Some recipes are for hot fudge with cocoa powder, but this recipe uses sweetened condensed milk! There are only three total ingredients:

  • Chocolate Chips – use your favorite flavor, but use a good brand! We love Trader Joe’s, Guittard, and Guirradelli.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Butter – unsalted or salted. The butter might seem like an odd ingredient, but it’s necessary. Without it the hot fudge will seize and not act properly, so don’t skip it.
hot fudge sauce in jar

How to make hot fudge

  • Add sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips to a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate chips are melted.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter. Stir until butter is melted.
  • Place hot fudge in a jar. Use while hot.

Storing homemade hot fudge sauce

As much as I’d like to use 2 cups of hot fudge all at once, there’s no way I can do that. The great thing about this recipe is that you can chill and reheat it whenever you need to. Simply store it, covered, in the refrigerator, then microwave or heat in a small saucepan until it’s thin enough to pour. Hot fudge whenever you want it!

hot fudge sauce with spoon dripping

Favorite Recipes using liquid fudge:

hot fudge sauce in jar

5-minute Hot Fudge

4.90 from 302 votes
Easy 5-minute Hot Fudge sauce is the perfect ice cream sundae topping. Just 3 ingredients and you have an easy chocolate sauce recipe!
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 2 cups


  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk 1 can
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • O Organic Ice Cream for serving


  • Add sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips to a saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly, until chocolate chips are melted.
  • Remove from heat and stir in butter. Stir until butter is melted.
  • Place hot fudge in a jar. Use while hot.
  • Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks. To reheat: place jar in microwave and heat in 30 second increments, stirring between each, until melted and smooth.

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • Sometimes I add a teaspoon of vanilla or other extract for flavor. This is optional!
  • Leftovers – store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Heat to thin.

Recipe Nutrition

Calories: 1258kcal | Carbohydrates: 155g | Protein: 21g | Fat: 63g | Saturated Fat: 38g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 263mg | Potassium: 1247mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 141g | Vitamin A: 925IU | Vitamin C: 5.2mg | Calcium: 619mg | Iron: 6.1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Dessert
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on April 29, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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  1. A fresh hot jar of hot fudge in five minutes with just simple ingredients you have on hand. Sounds like a winner to me. I’m so glad I found this recipe. This was the quickest and easiest recipe and was absolutely delicious.

  2. Excellent!!This easy recipe for the Fudge sauce is fast, easy, and delicious!! Will be making this often. Also passing this one along since it’s so easy and good!

  3. So good. The texture reminds me of McDonald’s,in a good way, it gets gooey when cool.

    I didn’t have sweetened condensed milk so I made my own with milk and sugar, didn’t take much longer and it worked perfectly.

    I noticed it was a little gritty (from probably from making my own sweetened milk or the older chocolate chips I used)immersion blender worked great for it. Will use the recipe again

  4. Wow!

    Was glad I had the ingredients on hand. After a nice dinner, I was nostalgic about hot fudge sauce. Looked up this recipe. It’s so easy the stirring is important, delicious and no bad ingredients!

  5. We love this sauce! We have a lot of overnight guests, and I always make a jar of this hot fudge sauce to serve over ice cream. Makes our company feel super special. I always have these ingredients in my cabinet.