Perfect for ice cream sundaes, homemade hot fudge sauce is easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought. 

Small jar half full of hot fudge sauce with spoon inserted. In background, red napkin, another spoon, clear glass sundae dish with ice cream and lid of ice cream container.

I’ve declared it Hot Fudge Week here on Rachel Cooks. If you’re not a hot fudge fan, I have two things to say to you:

1) You’re crazy.

2) See you next week. Please come back even though I just called you crazy.

So loosen your jeans and get ready for four, yep, FOUR types of hot fudge: traditional, Black Forest cherry, mocha, and peanut butter

Overhead view of hot fudge sundae, spoon, jar of hot fudge, ice cream container and scoop on a red napkin.

Today I’m starting with a traditional hot fudge. No extra bells or whistles, but let me tell you, tradition is good. Very, very good. You really can’t go wrong with this stuff and it is so incredibly easy to make.

So no excuses, don’t buy that jar of pre-made hot fudge! And don’t be fooled by my Harry and David jar, I swear this stuff is homemade. I just like to recycle jars.

Close up partial view of hot fudge sundae. Spoon and red napkin in background.

About this hot fudge:

You probably have everything you need to make this yummy hot fudge. The ingredients are simple and wholesome.

  • Sugar
  • Cocoa powder
  • Flour
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Pure vanilla extract

That’s all you need!

Ready to begin? Stir together the sugar, cocoa, and flour in a small saucepan. Add the milk and butter, and over medium heat, cook and stir until the mixture comes to a boil. Boil for a few minutes, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.

Can you believe how crazy easy (and economical) it is to make your own hot fudge?! 

Let the hot fudge cool just a bit before you spoon it on ice cream. It thickens up a little as it cools. 

Ready to make your ice cream sundae? I sure am! Get ready with the toppings! I like M&Ms, nuts (try these spiced pecans), crushed Oreos, crunchy oat topping, whipped cream, cherries….


Overhead view of clear glass bowl with ice cream, hot fudge, and M&Ms sprinkled on top.


Close up view of hot fudge on vanilla ice cream.

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Yield: 2 cups
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Perfect for ice cream sundaes, homemade hot fudge sauce is easy to make and tastes so much better than store bought.


  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk (see note)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar, cocoa and flour with a whisk. Stir in milk and butter.
  2. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring continuously, and boil 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla.
  3. Hot fudge thickens a bit more as it cools. Store it in the fridge and warm up how much you want, when you want it, in the microwave. It heats up really fast, so microwave in 10 second increments.


  • You can use non-fat milk or 2% but whole milk is better. Your choice!
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 servings Serving Size: 2 tablespoons
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 80Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 15gFiber: 0gSugar: 13gProtein: 1g sometimes provides nutritional information, but these figures should be considered estimates, as they are not calculated by a registered dietitian. Please consult a medical professional for any specific nutrition, diet, or allergy advice.

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Verdict: I could eat this stuff by the spoonful, and it is great over any kind of ice cream, frozen yogurt, or baked good. Umm…hello brownie hot fudge sundae?!?
Husband’s take: Loves it. This traditional type is his favorite.
Changes I would make: Are you crazy? None.
Difficulty: EASY! Easier than going to the store and buying it.

Overhead view of hot fudge sundae, spoon, ice cream container, on red napkin.