Recipe for Hot Fudge!

hot fudge sauce

You want some hot fudge? Do you have 15 minutes? You can make your own at home–you probably have all the ingredients in your pantry right now!

This recipe is adapted from one I found on All Recipes called Sue’s Hot Fudge Sauce. It’s an easy way to make hot fudge that uses cocoa powder instead of baking chocolate. I have modified the recipe a little from the original because it was so super sweet – I added a little salt to balance the sweetness and some more cocoa powder. Be sure to use a big enough pot – you don’t want to get burned or have a mess from boiling over the pot. I’d also recommend using an immersion blender in the pot instead of transferring the hot sauce to a standard blender. Much safer and less clean-up!

Have I convinced you that you can make your own hot fudge at home? If you try is share your results in the comments section. Enjoy!


1 cup (2 sticks) of butter

1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 cups white sugar

1 (12 ounce) can of evaporated milk

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract


Combine all ingredients except vanilla extract in a large pot. Cook on medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Whisk continuously as it boils, for 7-8 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Blend in the pot with an immersion blender (stick blender) or transfer to a standard blender and blend for 4 minutes.


  • Serve hot over vanilla ice cream! or make brownie sundaes!
  • Yield is approximately 4 cups.
  • Refrigerate unused portion. Leftovers may be grainy, but will smooth out when heated and stirred.
  • Reheat in small batches in the microwave.
  • Can be used as a chocolate fondue with fresh fruit, pound cake and pretzels.
hot fudge

Bring it up to a boil and be careful! Mine almost boiled over as you can see. I had to keep whisking to prevent a huge mess. Bigger pot next time!


hot fudge sauce

Using an immersion blender to smooth it out. If you don’t have a blender, or don’t want the hassle, it will probably be fine without blending. Just makes it extra smooth and nice!

hot fudge sauce

And the payoff! So delicious over vanilla ice cream. It would also make a great chocolate fondue dipping sauce!


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