Hot Fudge Sauce {Christmas Neighbor Gift Idea}

Here is the second recipe from my “Christmas Gifts from the Kitchen” series. Hot fudge sauce! I found these cute little glass jars at Tai Pan Trading, and just knew I had to use them for Christmas neighbor gifts this year. Although I must admit, I am saving several for myself because I just love them. 🙂

You can also use little canning jars, or any other glass jars you can find. They could be filled with homemade jam, buttermilk syrup, caramel sauce, candy, or even body scrub. The possibilities are endless!

Whip up a batch of this hot fudge, add the cute printable tags, and you have a perfect Christmas neighbor gift!
I have tried many recipes for homemade hot fudge sauce over the years, but this one remains my favorite. Not only is it the one I grew up with (thanks for the recipe mom!), it also tastes amazing. But the thing that sets it apart from the others I’ve tried is that it stores really well. All the other recipes I’ve made have turned grainy when they are stored in the fridge. They melt fine of course, but this one just stays smooth and creamy. So if you get a hankering for a spoonful, you don’t have to heat it up first. Much easier to sneak without your kids catching you. 😉Recipe for homemade hot fudge sauce- includes free printable gift tags!

Homemade Hot Fudge Sauce Recipe

1 1/2 cups sugar
6 Tbsp cocoa
dash of salt
1 (12oz) can evaporated milk
1/4 cup butter
2 tsp vanilla
Combine sugar, cocoa, and salt in a large saucepan. Slowly stir in the evaporated milk. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Cook and stir for 5-6 minutes, or until thickened. Remove from heat and stir in butter and vanilla. Stir till butter melts. Cool slightly before pouring into glass jars. Serve warm, and store leftovers in the refrigerator. It heats up nicely in the microwave.
-Makes about 2 cups, I was able to fill 4 of my jars.
Note: When I am making this just for my family, I cut the recipe in half and only boil it for 3-4 minutes. (Half a can of evaporated milk is about 3/4 cup.)

I made up some cute tags to go with the hot fudge, so I am including the free printables for you. There are three pages. Page one is the hot fudge lables, page two is the “Merry Christmas” tags, page three is the “To/From” tags. Just click on the link below to download and print the page or pages you need.

Free Printable Hot Fudge Christmas Gift Tags

Here’s a sample of what they look like: Hot Fudge Labels printable-tags-hot-fudge-recipeMerry Christmas Tags free-printable-christmas-gift-tagsTo/From Christmas Gift Tags free-printable-gift-tags-hot-fudge-recipe



  1. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Kara,
    Found your blog by accident, by clicking a link on someone else’s site. I find some of my favorite sites this way 🙂 Most of my family live in different states. I know you said store in fridge, but does that mean after opening? Guess I am asking could I ship this sauce out or would I have to do the whole canning process to do it? Don’t want to mess with canning, so if that’s the case will only make it for people I can hand deliver it too 🙂 Also what is the max time this can remain out of fridge at room temp? Great blog you had me when you said “If I can do it anyone can do it” my favorite saying that comes out of mouth.

    • You have to store it in the refrigerator, so I wouldn’t recommend shipping it. My kids have sometimes left ours out on the counter for a few hours, and it’s still fine. But I wouldn’t give it to other people if it had been left out. 🙂

  2. Joan Parkinson says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your printables! You saved the day for me! I appreciate people that share their talents! Kudos to you. Your hot fudge recipe is very similar to mine. Mine was my mothers too. They only difference is my recipe calls for 2 cups of sugar. My recipe does suggest you bring it to a boil and boil 10-15 minutes stirring almost the whole time. It has to be a fast boil and it will thicken nicely!! A great neighbor gift!

  3. Hi Kara. Thanks for a great recipe. I’ve prepared the ice cream and it’s nicely tucked away in my freeZer.
    I’ve made the fudge sauce. It’s delicious. I found that no matter how long I allowed it to boil, it never thickened.
    I added a tsp of cornstarch flour and it thickened quite nicely. Not to thick, slightly thicker.

  4. Trying to use your cute stickers for the hot fudge I made with your recipe, but they don’t line up with the labels I bought (even though mine are 3×4 on a page too), how to fix that or what sticker labels did you use to print your circle hot fudge labels?

    • Amy, I just printed mine on cardstock and cut them out. I’ve never been smart enough to figure out how to use the pre-cut labels! 😉

    • Pretty good except it didn’t thicken like I thought it would…I put some aside and added cornstarch and it was better…AND I didn’t add the whole can of evaporated milk as I had used it some the night before. It went well however with my chocolate chip pancake mix with a little whipped cream…no calories that is until you eat it. 🙂

  5. I bought a bunch of those jars at Tai pan also and was wondering what to do with them! Now I know what my neighbor gifts will be this year. Thanks for the printables!

  6. mmm! great idea. I’ve never made my own hot fudge before

  7. Hi Kara, I just made this today. I’m wondering how thick yours turns out? Mine thickened up a bit, but definitely not like traditional hot fudge. Maybe I didn’t boil it long enough? Tasted great, though. Thanks!

    • Stephanie,
      I don’t make mine quite as thick as traditional hot fudge, but the longer you cook it, the more it thickens. However, when it is really thick, it does have more of a tendency to turn sugary when stored. Heats up just fine though. 🙂

  8. What a lovely idea. I am visiting you via Somewhat Simple. I look forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas. Happy Holidays. Anu


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