Hot Fudge Sauce

Hot fudge sauce on vanilla bean ice cream

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

Prep: 2 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 12 mins
Servings: 28 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
116 Calories
2g Fat
23g Carbs
1g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 28
Amount per serving
Calories 116
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 87mg 4%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 1g
Calcium 33mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This hot fudge sauce makes a fantastic hot fudge sundae. Add brownies topped with vanilla ice cream and you've got a delicious brownie sundae.

This sauce comes up thick and rich. If you let it cool and it gets too thick, warm it in the microwave or whisk in a little water.

This makes a big batch of chocolate sauce about 3 1/2 to 4 cups, but you can freeze it for later. Put it in 1/2 to 1 cup containers, freeze it, then heat it when you need it.


  • 1 1/2 cups sugar (granulated)
  • 1/2 cup sugar (brown, packed)
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 1/4 cup flour (all-purpose)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can/14 ounces milk (evaporated)
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Steps to Make It

  1. Combine sugar, cocoa, flour, and salt in ​a saucepan.

  2. Add milk, water, and butter.

  3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until boiling. Continue cooking at a gentle boil, stirring, for 5 minutes longer.

  4. Remove the chocolate sauce from heat, cool slightly, then stir in vanilla.

  5. Serve warm or cool. It will thicken more on cooling, so add more water or reheat in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stovetop.