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Easiest Hot Fudge Sauce

Your ice cream sundae is begging to be drizzled with is delicious, rich hot fudge sauce. Made with just four ingredients, it’s easy to make and uses pantry staples.

  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 2 cups 1x


Units Scale
  • 8 tablespoons salted butter
  • 6 heaping Tbsp. cocoa powder OR 4 ounces chopped unsweetened baking chocolate
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup milk, if needed, to thin sauce


  1. In a medium saucepan set over medium heat, melt butter. Once the foaming subsides, remove from the heat and add the cocoa powder or chopped unsweetened chocolate. Stir with a whisk or wooden spoon until smooth. It should smell fantastic.
  2. Place back on the burner. With the heat on low, add the sweetened condensed milk all at once and cook for 1-2 minutes, stirring or whisking continuously. If the sauce thickens too much, whisk in a milk a little at a time. Remove from heat and transfer to a heat-safe jar.
  3. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks.


For a sweeter sauce, use less cocoa powder or baking chocolate, or use semi-sweet baking chocolate.
To change up the flavor, add a pure extract such as vanilla, peppermint, orange, raspberry, almond, coffee, coconut, etc. Or stir in a spoonful of peanut butter, a little strong-brewed coffee, chopped nuts, or even a little liqueur. Add after the final step before transferring to jar.

  • Author: Lindsey Johnson
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 5 mins
  • Category: dessert, sauce
  • Cuisine: American