The BEST Hot Fudge Sauce

Others may tell you that they have the best hot fudge sauce, but I’m here to tell you that NOW you can stop searching.  With just four ingredients and ten minutes or less, you can have the fudgiest, richest, creamiest, smoothest, and most chocolate-y hot fudge you’ve ever had.

For reals.

It’s the kind of hot fudge that you really don’t even need ice cream for…just a spoon.

A big one.  It’s to-die-for good.

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This hot fudge sauce takes me back to my childhood, because my mom made it for us, and I love it as much now as I did then.  It’s perfect for serving over  ice cream, or any other decadent dessert that you want to add a WOW factor to.

It’s just so, so good. And the fact that you can make it in ten minutes (usually less) with only four ingredients is the icing on the proverbial cake.  It doesn’t take long at all, and it’s worth taking those few minutes to whip up a batch.

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I love to give it as gifts–it’s not only spectacularly good, it also looks so cute in mason jars and the presentation is adorable! Neighbor gifts at Christmastime, teacher gifts at the beginning of school, or anytime-just-because-we’re-friends gift–they’re all wonderful reasons to make this hot fudge!

I make it a lot just for our little family…pretty much whenever there is vanilla ice cream in the freezer.  It’s so quick to make, that it’s also a perfect last minute dessert if you have company stop by unexpectedly.  It’s just GOOD.

I might even dream about it.

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The BEST Hot Fudge Sauce

TIP:  This recipe doubles really well…I’ve even quintupled the recipe, and it worked famously.  One batch makes 2 half pint jars–I found that to be true even when I made the batch x 5.

The Best Hot Fudge Sauce

The BEST Hot Fudge

Old Salt Farm
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 2 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 7 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine Dessert


  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 cups evaporated milk


  • Over low heat melt butter thoroughly. Add sugar, milk, and cocoa. (You can also add a little vanilla--1 tsp. or so) Whisking briskly, bring to a boil--you can bring the temperature up to low/medium. Boil for 5 minutes, whisking constantly--it will make sure all the little lumps are removed!!. Remove from stove, then serve warm or cold. (It will thicken even more as it cools.)
    Keep refrigerated...will last 1-2 weeks.  
    TIP:  This recipe is great for doubling, tripling...I've been quintupled it! One batch makes 2 half pint jars.  
Keyword easy desserts, hot fudge, hot fudge sauce, ice cream
The BEST Hot Fudge Sauce | 4 Ingredients and 10 Minutes

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  1. 5 stars
    This fudge sauce is amazing! I followed Carmen’s advice using half-and+half and a bit of coconut milk. The only other addition was to add a teaspoon of vanilla because we like the richness of it. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

    1. I love the idea of using coconut milk…yum! And you can never go wrong with a little vanilla! xoxo

  2. 5 stars
    This is SO GOOD!! So easy, family and friends L ❤️ V E it!
    I made a batch today for a neighbor, then decided to make another batch for a friend but had to do half evaporated milk and half heavy cream (I ran out of evaporated milk), and I have to say I like the evaporated milk version better!! Creamier, and better consistency!
    Thanks for the recipe!! It’s a keeper!! 🍨

    1. YAY! That makes me SO happy! It really is the best and yummiest hot fudge ever. So glad you’re sharing it!! xoxo

  3. Oh gosh, such a short shelf life! I guess there won’t be any for gifts, I will have to eat it all myself in the next three days! 😂

    1. LOL!! It could probably last more like 5-6 days, but I always like to be safe when I post recipes. But it has NEVER lasted that long in my house, that’s for sure! I just made a batch last night, and it was literally gone in 10 minutes. They were seriously scraping the pan and bowl, HA!!!

    1. I’ve never tried it, so I can’t give you a definite answer, but if you do, let me know how it works!

  4. 5 stars
    I tried your hot fudge sauce recipe , and I would give it 10 stars if I could. It came out nice and thick and delicious. I’ll never need to look for another recipe for hot fudge sauce again.

    1. Oh my goodness, this makes me so happy!! It really is the best and yummiest recipe, I’m so glad you love it too!

  5. I’ve made about 4 other hot fudge sauce recipes and each of them called for a lot more cocoa than 3 tablespoons. All of them called for a cup or more powered cocoa and two of the recipes called for a whole can of evaporated milk. My question and concern if is this recipe must have a weak chocolate flavor???

    1. Mary, you’ll have to try this recipe!! Everyone that’s made it has loved it. it’s super fudgy and definitely not weak chocolate flavor. It doesn’t make a lot, so I usually double the recipe. I grew up with this recipe, tried others, but never found one I’ve loved as much. Let me know what you think when you make it!!

  6. I’ve made this recipe a few times and love it but never remember what temp to use to bring it to a boil. What temperature do you use after adding the milk and sugar? Medium? Also, is it supposed to be thick after boing for 5 minutes or after it cools? Thank you🙂

    1. Hi, Barbara! You just boil it for 5 minutes, no specific temperature necessary! I keep it around low-medium after adding the milk and sugar. It won’t be really thick after the 5 minutes, it does most of its thickening as it cools. ENJOY!!!!

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