Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

This recipe is coming down the generations through my husband side. My grandmother in law is where the recipe originated for me (not sure where she got it) and it is my mother in law’s claim to fame now. The truth is that usually my hubby makes it when we have it, but maybe I better step it up and be the one to make it so that the tradition of women married into the family making this wonderful hot fudge recipe can live on! This stuff is AMAZING!

Amazing Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe by Crazy Little Projects

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe:

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Homemade Hot Fudge Recipe
  • Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe:
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 2 C sugar
  • 3 (1 oz.) squares of unsweetened chocolate (or sub. 9 T of cocoa and 3 T of veg. oil stirred together)
  • 1 stick butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Melt the chocolate in a large, heavy pan on low heat.
  2. Stir in the sugar and the milk.
  3. Cook over medium heat stirring constantly for about 20 minutes. It will start to boil around the 7-8 minute mark.
  4. Keep cooking until it is the thickness you want (remembering that it will be thicker when it hits the cold ice cream).
  5. Add vanilla and stick of butter/margarine.
  6. Serve over ice cream. Or, do what my husband does and eat it by the spoonful.
  7. It freezes well too so you can just it later.


We LOVE to have hot fudge sundae parties with neighbors and friends and serve this hot fudge with a variety of toppings to go with it. We like to top it with nuts, sprinkles, toffee pieces, cookies pieces, marshmallows, whipped cream, etc.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

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  1. says

    Yum! I’ve never tried to make hot fudge before. I’ve got all of these ingredients just sat at home – I’m so going to give this a try!

  2. says

    I have never made my own hot fudge before. The ice cream sundae looks so good. This would make a really good gift as well. Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you at the next party!

  3. says

    I did make this as gifts for teachers and it is super yummy. I have just been putting it in canning jars and saying to refridgerate after opening, but since it has milk ingredients I am wondering if I should have said to keep refridgerated and heat before serving? I am going to do that with the rest to play it safe.

  4. Crystal Branco says

    When you say “stick of butter”, do you mean 125g or 500 g.

    Thanks so much! I can’t wait to try this

  5. Reena says

    Hello, I am going to make these for my son’s preschool teachers! How many oz is the evaporated milk can? I think they come in 5 or 12 oz? And how big are the canning jars that you use? I wanted to make sure I buy the right size of everything! Thanks!!

  6. Candias Chalker says

    Thanks so much for sharing this recipe with us. Passed down recipes, which are tried and true are the absolute best!!

  7. says

    This looks delicious! My think my husband will like this even more than the kiddos! Love the bowl too – I have the same one! :)

  8. Jessica says

    Thank you so much for sharing! I just made this and I am in love!! I had to use the cocoa and oil, but it turned out amazing! I will never buy hot fudge sauce again!!

  9. bEVERLEY cOP says

    Can you please give the butter quantity as when you a living in another country 1 stick does not mean anything

  10. Rachel Key says

    Just made this and it’s yum. It made 2 jam jars (2 x 415g – which is about 2 x 15oz). The butter amount is 175g/6oz roughly.

  11. Regina says

    My mom used to make this sauce when my family made homemade ice cream years ago. I googled some of the ingredients hoping to find a recipe – and here it was! The exact same sauce! Thank you for posting it. I just put all of the ingredients together at the same time, used the cocoa, but omitted the oil because I didn’t remember my mom using that. It came out great and my little daughter loves it just like I do!

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