Homemade hot fudge is a delicious addition to ice creams, cakes, brownies, and more. Serve it up with a spoon or simply gift it away for the holidays. This real simple hot fudge sauce recipe is one everyone can enjoy!
This thick hot fudge recipe worked out perfectly because it also happened around the holiday season and it meant that I could create several homemade gifts for family and friends! Even without the blender, this sauce turns out great, but you wouldn’t believe how much smoother this hot fudge with cocoa powder turns out after a little spin in there!
What is Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce?
Have you ever eaten a hot fudge sundae or chocolate sauce drizzled over your brownies a la mode? This is a hot fudge recipe with evaporated milk, making it thick, creamy, and a nice warm addition to icy cold desserts. With only 6 ingredients and a few minutes of time, you can have the perfect homemade chocolate sauce for your favorite recipes and goodies!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
While we all love chocolate, here are a few reasons to specifically love this chocolate recipe:
- It makes the perfect gift. Small mason jars filled with hot fudge make for a perfect homemade Christmas gift. Just decorate the jars and add some tags and you’re good to go.
- It tastes better than storebought. I’m sure this can be said about anything that’s homemade, but this fudge sauce really does taste incredible.
- Minimal ingredients. We only need a few ingredients to pull this recipe together and there’s a good chance most if not all of them are already in your pantry.
Hot Fudge Sauce Ingredients
Butter: We need 1/2 cup (one stick) of unsalted butter for a rich flavor and to add shine to the finished sauce recipe.
Sugar: With 2 cups of white granulated sugar, we know this sauce will be good and sweet.
Cocoa Powder: We need 1/2 cup of baking cocoa powder to make this sauce nice and chocolatey.
Evaporated Milk: We need 1 12ounce sized can of evaporated milk to make the sauce creamy and rich.
Salt: A nice flavor enhancer to bring out the other flavors and make them taste more incredible is 3/4 teaspoons of salt.
Vanilla: We need 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract to make the sauce taste even better. I prefer the high quality vanillas, but use what you have on hand.
How to Make Homemade Hot Fudge
In a medium sized saucepan on the stover combine your butter, sugar, cocoa, and evaporated milk. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and then let the mixture maintain a rolling boil for about 7-8 minutes. Stir frequently.
Remove the pot from the heat and add in the vanilla extract.
The sauce will be thin, but it will thicken as it cools. Let cool for a few minutes.
Pour the sauce into a blender and let it blend for 2-3 minutes.
Pour the sauce into jars or a serving contain and use.
Serve over ice cream or just eat it straight from the jar with a spoon!
How to Package into Homemade Gifts
Divide and pour the sauce into six 4 ounce sized mason jars with fitted lids and rims. Top with bows and ribbons and include a little tag or note with care instructions for your friends and family.
Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce
- 1/2 cup butter
- 2 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 can (12-ounce) evaporated milk
- 3/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa, evaporated milk, and salt in a medium saucepan.
- Over medium heat, bring the mixture to a boil.
- Reduce heat to medium-low to maintain a low rolling boil for about 7-8 minutes, stirring quite frequently.
- Remove the mixture from heat and add the vanilla.
- The sauce will still seem pretty runny right now, but it will thicken. Let cool for just a few minutes before putting into the blender.
- Blend for 2-3 minutes.
How long is homemade hot fudge sauce good for?
If kept in a covered container in the fridge, you can expect this sauce to keep good for up to two weeks, giving you plenty of chances to use it up! Yum! Just warm it up in a bowl of hot water or microwave for 10-20 seconds until it’s a good pourable consistency.
Can you freeze homemade hot fudge sauce?
You can freeze it! Just make sure to use freezer-friendly containers. Thaw it overnight in the fridge and warm it up, adding in a little more milk or cream (if needed) to help thin down the consistency before use.
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- Cherry Chocolate Scones
- Death By Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Chip Banana Cake
- Double Chocolate Banana Bread
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- Mint Chocolate Chip Cream Pie
- Chocolate Caramel Peanut Butter Bars
Homemade Hot Fudge is a fun recipe that makes every dessert taste better. Who wouldn’t love some warm and thick hot fudge over vanilla ice cream or brownies? Serve it up to friends and family or dish it out in jars for gifts, everyone can enjoy this simple homemade recipe.