Dessert | May 25, 2019

Homemade Hot Fudge & An Ice Cream Social

A classic, timeless perfect homemade hot fudge – perfectly chocolatey, but not too rich. You will be wrapped around this sauce’s little finger. Top it on your ice cream. Top it on your cheesecake, make banana splits, or bottle it up for gifts.  This four ingredient recipe is the perfect dessert topping.

Homemade hot fudge being spooned from a white bowl.

An Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social

Last weekend we hosted an old fashioned ice cream social – featuring  Tillamook Ice Cream, to celebrate their #summerscoopseries.  All I can say is that it was SO MUCH FUN!  Everyone, and I mean everyone, commented on how delicious the ice cream was.

We served up Old-Fashioned Vanilla, Mudslide , Birthday Cake, Chocolatey Chip Cookie Dough, Mountain Huckleberry, and Mint Chip.

Tillamook = Perfectly Creamy Ice Cream

Tillamook is oh so creamy and is completely delicious on its own.  You absolutely need to try it for yourself and experience just how good this ice cream is.  After one taste, I promise you’ll be converted to Tillamook ice cream.  But…if you want a topping – you gotta go with our homemade chocolate sauce!  Tillamook is available at retailers across SoCal – check out their store locator so you can grab some of your own.

What Do I Need To Make Hot Fudge Sauce?

The best part is (ok maybe eating it is the best part), that this recipe is SO easy. Four simple ingredients!  If you don’t have a dessert planned, or you have last minute guests – the likelihood that you have these ingredients in your pantry are exceptionally good.  You’ll need:

  • sugar
  • cocoa powder
  • butter
  • evaporated milk

Overhead shot of ice cream covered with Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

How Do I Make This Homemade Hot Fudge?

  1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan.
  2. Over medium-high heat, stir constantly until all ingredients have melted together.
  3. Continue to stir until mixture comes to a boil.
  4. Boil for 2 minutes, while constantly stirring.
  5. Remove from heat and continue to stir until cooled slightly.
  6. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

A bowl of ice cream with a spoonful of Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce

Ice Cream Social Details

For out ice cream social, we served up lots and lots of Tillamook Ice Cream – and also served several toppings.  We used:

  • nuts
  • waffle cone pieces
  • natural chocolate sprinkles
  • natural rainbow sprinkles
  • coconut
  • natural gummy bears
  • natural mini marshmallows
  • natural mini peanut butter cups

Topping of choice?  Natural Gummy bears!  They were the first to be devoured.

We also served up our homemade hot fudge, caramel sauce, and strawberry sauce.

How Do I Keep My Ice Cream Cold During Serving?

We placed our Tillamook ice cream in tubs, surrounded by salted ice to help keep the ice cream nicely chilled.  When you salt your ice it makes the freezing temperature lower, allowing your ice cream to stay a bit colder.

How Should I Decorate For An Ice Cream Social?

We kept our decor very “modern nostalgic” – we used mason jars for our toppings, and opted for galvanized metal tubs to hold our ice cream and water bottles.  A galvanized utensil holder was perfect for our wooden spoons and napkins.  We also made a balloon arch – which EVERYONE commented on.  We made it with a kit we purchased on amazon, and used helium to fill the balloons.  It was the perfect photo opp.

And if you know us – you know we couldn’t pass up on an opportunity to showcase a letter board…

Should I Host My Own Ice Cream Social?

Yes!  It was such a fun event for family and friends.  We enjoyed having young and old be able to enjoy ice cream and company.  When you do host your own, you MUST MUST serve Tillamook. Tillamook Ice Cream is Dairy Done Right – they committed to making the most consistent, best tasting, highest quality dairy products made in the most natural way possible – and your guests will not be disappointed!

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Homemade hot fudge being spooned from a white bowl.
Homemade Hot Fudge
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 mins
Total Time
7 mins

Delicious and easy chocolate sauce

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: america
Keyword: Chocolate sauce, fudge sauce, hot fudge
Servings: 15 Servings
Calories: 193 kcal
Author: Desarae
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 Tbs cocoa powder
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  1. In a large pot, over medium-high heat, butter, sugar, cocoa powder, and evaporated milt - stirring constantly.

  2. Bring to a boil. Continue to stir and boil for 2 minutes.

  3. Remove from heat and continue stirring until sauce cools slightly. Sauce will thicken as it cools.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Hot Fudge
Amount Per Serving (2 tbsp)
Calories 193 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 80mg3%
Potassium 93mg3%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 29g32%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 245IU5%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 65mg7%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. I’m confused about step 1 – are you supposed to melt the sugar & cocoa together before adding the butter and milk? I tried doing this while stirring but it started smelling like the chocolate was burning. So then I just added the milk which of course CRYSTALLIZED the sugar/cocoa. I kept stirring though and eventually it all melted together and the sauce turned out great – no burnt flavor at all. would love a little more info about step 1, though, for next time. Maybe I had the heat too high?

    1. I’m glad it turned out despite the confusion on the instructions. I did update the recipe card. I typically melt the the butter and add all the ingredients. I stir the entire time.