Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce

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Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce is a classic dessert topping enjoyed for generations. It is a rich, chocolate-based sauce that is thick and indulgent, made with only three ingredients!

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This Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce is easy to make at home and can be customized to your own taste by using different types of chocolate chips. It’s also a great way to avoid artificial ingredients or preservatives that often come with store-bought sauces.

Pair this delicious hot fudge sauce with Marshmallow Ice Cream, Snickers Cake, and Air Fryer Churros

Makes 2 cups

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Why You’ll Love Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce

  • Rich and indulgent flavor
  • Versatile
  • Easy to make
  • Only 3 ingredients!
  • Loved by adults and kids alike

Ingredients Needed

  • Chocolate chips
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Unsalted butter
ingredients to make hot fudge

How to Make Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce

Step 1: Cook Sauce

Add all of the ingredients into a heavy saucepan and constantly stir over medium heat until the chocolate has fully melted into a smooth consistency. 

heating the ingredients in a pan

Step 2: Cool and Serve/Store

Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool slightly before serving, or let it cool completely and store it in the refrigerator for later use. 

wooden spoon with chocolate fudge sauce

Tips & Tricks

  • Adjust the flavor with the type of chocolate chips: Go ahead and use your favorite chocolate chips to yield the taste and sweetness desired. This recipe works well with semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, and milk chocolate chips!
  • Change the thickness of the sauce: If this sauce becomes too thick, thin it out by adding some milk or cream to the mixture. 
  • Don’t heat on high: This hot fudge sauce only needs to be cooked over medium heat. If you cook it over high heat, it could burn. 
  • Use a heavy saucepan: Cooking this sauce in a heavy saucepan helps to distribute heat evenly and prevents the sauce from burning. When using a heavy saucepan, it is not required to use a double boiler, and it can be used directly on the stove. 
  • Stir constantly: Stirring the sauce mixture constantly while it cooks will prevent the sauce from getting too hot and burning. You will also achieve a smooth and glossy consistency. 
jar of homemade hot fudge

Frequently Asked Questions

How Should I Store Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce?

This sauce can be stored in an airtight container with a sealable lid in the fridge for up to 1 month once completely cool. 

How Should I reheat Stored Fudge Sauce?

To reheat leftover hot fudge sauce, place the sauce in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for 30 seconds. Stir the sauce and heat it for an additional 10 seconds or for longer if needed. 

What Is the Difference Between Chocolate Sauce and Fudge Sauce?

One of the main distinctions between hot fudge and chocolate sauce is their texture. Hot fudge is usually thicker and richer, while chocolate sauce tends to be thinner. 

Additionally, chocolate sauce is composed of sugar and water or corn syrup, while hot fudge is made with more substantial ingredients such as condensed milk, cream, and/or butter.

Why Is My Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Grainy?

One common error when making hot fudge sauce is over-cooking or overheating it, resulting in a grainy texture. Rapidly cooling the sauce can also lead to a grainy texture. To avoid this, it is advisable to let the sauce cool to room temperature before placing it in the refrigerator.

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Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce

Old Fashioned Hot Fudge Sauce is a classic dessert topping enjoyed for generations. It is a rich, chocolate-based sauce that is thick and indulgent, made with only three ingredients!
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Course: Condiment, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: old fashioned hot fudge sauce
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 6 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 440kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips semi-sweet or milk chocolate
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup butter salted or unsalted

Instructions

  • Add all of the ingredients into a heavy saucepan and constantly stir over medium heat until the chocolate has fully melted into a smooth consistency.
  • Remove the sauce from the heat and allow it to cool slightly before serving, or let it cool completely and store it in the refrigerator for later use.

Notes

Drizzle on ice cream, use as a dip for desserts like air fryer churros, or any other way you want to eat it! 
 

Nutrition

Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 35mg | Sodium: 141mg | Potassium: 452mg | Sugar: 67g | Vitamin A: 289IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 314mg | Iron: 0.2mg

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