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Perfect Hot Fudge Sauce

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Who doesn’t love a rich, thick and decadent chocolate sauce? I am sharing my foolproof, perfect hot fudge sauce.

Last week I was cleaning out my kitchen pantry. I try to do this once a quarter to not only clean, but to also identify items that are close to their expiration date. This way I am not being wasteful and I can get creative with how to use these pantry items. On this particular clean-out, I had a couple of cans of sweetened condensed milk. I used one can in my no-churn vanilla ice cream recipe. The other can was used for this perfect hot fudge sauce.

Vanilla ice cream just cries out for some hot fudge sauce and I am happy to accommodate! Previously I have shared my mom’s easy chocolate sauce recipe. It has different ingredients with similar results.

This recipe uses semi-sweet chocolate chips. Other recipes call for cocoa powder or dark chocolate. Chocolate chips are more readily available and they were in my pantry.

Yield: 2 cups

Perfect Hot Fudge Sauce

Perfect Hot Fudge Sauce

Made with just 3 ingredients and ready in a few minutes, this Perfect Hot Fudge Sauce is the best dessert topping. This chocolatey, decadent treat can be drizzled on your favorite ice cream, cake or fruit.

Cook Time 5 minutes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 - 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk


  1. Combine all ingredients in a nonstick 2 quart saucepan.
  2. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until butter and chips are melted and sauce is smooth.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Pour into jar or other airtight container.
  5. Cool and store in fridge. Store in fridge 2-3 weeks.
  6. When ready to use, simply reheat over low heat.


Do not over-cook as the sauce will be thick and lumpy.


Look at how thick and silky this hot fudge sauce is. I like storing it in these pretty French lidded jars.

My favorite way of serving perfect hot fudge sauce is over vanilla ice cream. It is also delicious drizzled over cake or fresh fruit. Or licked right from the spoon. LOL

Enjoy every single bite!

You can easily reheat the sauce over low heat.

I hope that you have been inspired to make this recipe. Let me know how it goes!

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