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Homemade hot fudge sauce in a small bowl garnished with a pinch of flaky sea salt.

Hot Fudge Recipe


This is the BEST 10-minute hot fudge recipe for a thick, rich, decadent dessert topping. Spoon it over ice cream, brownies, waffles and more! It’s the ultimate chocolate sauce.


Units Scale
  • 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips (a high-quality brand like Guittard)
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch of salt (optional)


  1. Add the chocolate chips, granulated sugar, sweetened condensed milk, heavy cream, and a pinch of salt (optional) to a small saucepan set over medium heat.
  2. Stirring often, cook the fudge until the chocolate has melted (about 3 minutes). Stirring constantly, cook until the hot fudge sauce begins to boil and thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon (about 7 minutes). Remove the pan from heat. Stir in the vanilla extract. 
  3. Transfer hot fudge to a heat-safe bowl with a spoon for serving. Store any leftover fudge in an airtight container (like a mason jar with lid) and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.


WHY SALT IN HOT FUDGE? Salt is a natural flavor enhancer that balances the flavor of chocolate. It accentuates sweetness while tamping down bitterness.

HOW TO STORE HOT FUDGE SAUCE: Transfer room temperature hot fudge to an airtight container (like a mason jar with lid) and refrigerate up to 2 weeks.

  • Prep Time: 0 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Category: Desserts
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

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