Chocolate lovers, this one's for you! Top your favorite ice cream dessert with this amazing Homemade Chocolate Sauce. It takes only one pan and less than 10 minutes to make, and the best part is it can be served warm or cold - it is delicious either way!
I have been a life-long lover of chocolate fudge sauce and have been experimenting over the years to create the ideal chocolate sauce recipe. It needed to be easy, delicious, and fool-proof. This recipe is the culmination of all my hard work. I promise, this is the BEST chocolate fudge sauce recipe you'll find! Do yourself (and your ice cream!) a favor by mixing up a batch of this hot fudge.
This chocolate sauce is so rich and chocolatey and adds instant visual and flavor appeal to any ice cream dessert, including hot fudge sundaes, banana splits, and the classic brownie with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. One great quality about this chocolate sauce is that it can be served warm as hot fudge, or if you don't want your chocolate sauce melting your ice cream, it can also be served cold. It is smooth and drizzles perfectly served either way.
If you're really in the mood for chocolate, check out my Rocky Road Fudge Deliciousness and Double Chocolate Peppermint Cookies. Or, if you like to drink your chocolate, try this Homemade Hot Chocolate Recipe.
About Homemade Chocolate Sauce
- Uses Only One Pan
- Ready in Less Than 10 Minutes
- Make with Staple Ingredients
- Smooth and Drizzly
- Serve Warm or Cold
- The Perfect Hot Fudge Sauce!
Tools You Will Need
This recipe just uses a few of my favorite tools:
- Medium Saucepan
- Rubber Spatula
- Measuring cups and spoons
Ingredients for Homemade Chocolate Sauce
This Homemade Chocolate Sauce uses a handful of staple pantry ingredients. Grab everything you'll need and get started!
You'll need these ingredients to make Hot Fudge:
- Powdered sugar - Gives this chocolate sauce its smooth, drizzly texture. Using regular granulated sugar will make it grainy - not what we're going for!
- Evaporated milk - Won't curdle like regular milk at boiling temperatures.
- Salted butter - If you use unsalted, just add a pinch of salt along with the cocoa powder.
- Unsweetened cocoa powder - Maybe the most important staple ingredient of all, because who doesn't love chocolate?!
- Pure vanilla extract - Quality ingredients make all the difference! Real vanilla tastes so much better than imitation!
- Semi-sweet chocolate chips - Trust me on this, use semi-sweet. Milk chocolate will make your hot fudge too sweet.
How to Make Chocolate Fudge Sauce
The full printable recipe is below.
This recipe can be made in a few simple steps:
- Whisk together powdered sugar and cocoa powder in medium saucepan. Add butter and evaporated milk and bring to boil over medium heat, continuing to stir until all ingredients are well mixed and not lumpy.
- Turn down heat until sauce reaches a light boil but isn't burning. Lightly boil for 7 minutes, stirring constantly with rubber a spatula. Make sure to scrape bottom and sides of pan so sauce doesn't burn.
- Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted. Mix in vanilla. Enjoy!
Tips and Tricks
- Yes, boil lightly for the full 7 minutes. This will make sure the sugar is dissolved and all of the ingredients are blended together
- Use quality and fresh ingredients
- Store in an airtight container for up to two weeks
- Reheat on the stove over low heat or in the microwave just until warm. If you're reheating a single serving, it is best to scoop out the amount you want and microwave that in a separate bowl. Microwaving the whole container too many times can change the consistency of the chocolate sauce.
Quickly mix up this easy, fudgy chocolate sauce to top your favorite ice cream dessert!
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 12 oz. can evaporated milk
- ½ cup salted butter (1 stick)
- 1½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾ cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
In a medium saucepan, whisk together powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Add butter and evaporated milk and bring to a boil over medium heat, continuing to stir and whisk until all ingredients are incorporated (and not lumpy).
Turn down the heat so that it is still lightly boiling, but not burning. Boil for 7 minutes, stirring constantly with a rubber spatula. Be sure to continue to scrape the bottom so it doesn't burn.
Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until smooth. Mix in vanilla.
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