hot fudge sundae with candy

The Best Hot Fudge Sundae

Homemade sweet treats, ice cream and hot fudge sundaes are easy desserts & great for backyard gatherings.

I needed a quick and easy dessert when Scott’s friend Colin came for dinner. I asked Liz for a suggestion. She dsaid “make my hot fudge sauce, its easy and delicious”.

Now, I have to admit I have been hearing about this infamous hot fudge sauce for nearly a year. She regularly makes it for her mother in-law, Kathy, who has a sweet tooth – she thinks it’s divine. Scott, Davin and my mother also have a sweet tooth, so naturally I was interested in this easy recipe. It was worth it! Scott’s friend Colin raved about it and the sauce was gobbled up like chocolate crack. 

I often talk about my memories of going to Friendly’s for a hot fudge sundae after ice skating lessons. It was a major highlight of skating to go for that treat with my mom. I would dig into that sundae glass and try to bring up that warm and gooey fudge. It was always way below the whipped cream and 3 scoops of ice cream. It never made sense to me that the fudge was below the ice cream and not layered between the scoops and piled on top. That chocolate prize was trapped! That combination of warm, rich chocolate fudge mixing with cold ice cream and melting it slightly as you begin to eat is to die for. I have to admit I am not a big chocolate fan but this fudge sauce makes me a fan.

I made the hot fudge sauce again last weekend when I was invited to Kimberlee’s house for dinner. Kimberlee has 2 kids, Harper and Beckett. We had so much fun making sundaes with candy, hot fudge and Kimberlee’s homemade Banana Nutella ice cream (I promise the recipe is forthcoming). It was divine and a total sugar rush.

Liz’s Hot Fudge Sauce


  • 1 Can sweetened condensed milk 
  • 6 oz Semisweet chocolate chips or chopped baking chocolate
  • 2 Tblsp. butter


  1. Heat sweetened condensed milk and chocolate in a heavy saucepan over medium-low heat until chocolate is melted, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Be careful not to walk away from the stove or it will burn. 
  2. When fully melted and combined remove from heat. 
  3. Add butter and stir until melted, about 5 minutes more
  4. Serve warm, not piping hot. Otherwise allow to cool significantly and transfer to a glass jars or another container that it can easily be reheated in. Note: The hot fudge can be made ahead as I did. Just store on the kitchen counter.
  5. To re-heat, warm in a hot water bath until soft. Do not microwave or it will boil and become hardened.
  6. Make fresh whipped cream. You can also use an alternative of your choice that is diary free
  7. To assemble: Add some warm fudge sauce to the bottoms of sundae dishes, old fashioned glasses or bowls. Top with 1 scoop of ice cream, then more hot fudge, then 1 scoop of ice cream and more fudge, then cover with whipped cream. Top with sprinkles, buts, broken cookies or candy and a cherry if so inclined.

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