5-minute Hot Fudge Sauce

4.82 from 22 votes

5-minute Hot Fudge Sauce has just three ingredients and is perfect to use all summer long! This simple recipe tastes like melted fudge. You’ll want to use this easy hot fudge sauce over your O Organics© Ice Cream all summer long!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Albertsons Companies. The opinions and text are all mine.


hot fudge sauce with spoon dripping

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 (I always have O Organics ice cream pints in our freezer) 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

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.

The difference between hot fudge and chocolate sauce is…

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!

o organics ice cream

You can find O Organics ice cream in the Sacramento area exclusively at Safeway, but you can find them at any of the Albertsons Companies family of stores (including Albertsons, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Shaw’s, Star Market, United Supermarkets and Carrs/Safeway).

There are tons of O Organics products throughout the store, but don’t forget to check the ice cream aisle! They have all your favorites: Vanilla, Butter Pecan, Moose Tracks, Mint Chip and more! Plus, they also have Fruit Bars too (which I would love to dip in this hot fudge, BTW).

Ice cream cartons stacked with a jar full of chocolate sauce

O Organics ice cream products are USDA certified organic and feature premium ingredients. This ice cream is great for kids, adults and, well, anyone that loves ice cream!

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hot fudge sauce in jar

What could be better with ice cream than hot fudge? Not much! Hot fudge is mandatory now that I know how to make it in less than 5 minutes.

What are the ingredients in 5-minute hot fudge?

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

  1. Sweetened Condensed Milk
  2. Chocolate Chips
  3. Butter

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.

o organics ice cream

Hot fudge sauce on caramel sea salt ice cream…swoon. Top it with a few sprinkles of sea salt and wowza, you’ve got yourself the best ice cream sundae!

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!

The BEST Hot Fudge Sauce is this 3 ingredient 5-minute hot fudge, perfect for ice cream sundaes!

hot fudge sauce with spoon dripping

I have so many favorite flavors of O Organics ice cream that I can’t choose. I like it plain but now that I’ve had it with easy thick hot fudge sauce there’s not much of a comparison. Don’t forget to grab your $1 off here!

Other places to use hot fudge:

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5-minute Hot Fudge

Easy 5-minute Hot Fudge sauce is the perfect ice cream sundae topping. Just 3 ingredients and you have an easy chocolate sauce recipe!
4.82 from 22 votes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Yield 2 cups
Serving Size jar


  • 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.

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Nutrition Information

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
Keyword chocolate, ice cream, sauce

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  1. I made this for a party… re-heated it a few nights later for another party and STILL had some left to freeze ( I quadrupled the recipe!). It was super easy to make, which is why I tried it. Store-bought fudge has so much crap in it and I just couldn’t bring myself to buy it. This has like 4 ingredients and is SO EASY. I actually don’t like sweets that much, but this is gooey and delicious. Everyone LOVED IT at both parties-kids AND adults. I made it with organic ingredients and DARK bittersweet chocolate chips. Drool-worthy. I never take dessert to potlucks, but this will be my go-to from now on!

  2. 10/10. So easy and simple. Need to stir the ENTIRE time, got a good arm workout but went away for a minute and burned my saucepan. That one is on me though!

  3. Tried this recipe over many others I came by. Because of the simplicity.
    I used a 300ml can of sweetened condensed milk not quite 14oz and I think that’s why it taste more like the chocolate chips I used and not so much “fudge”
    It is chewy I like that and the kids like that.

    Think I will try a different recipe next time however. No fault too the OP I think it’s a good sauce just not quite what I was craving.