Easy Fudge

12.13.2018

Fudge is a holiday staple and this recipe for it is so straightforward and foolproof! It only requires 5 ingredients (you could even omit the salt and nuts and make that 3) and everyone loves it! It’s deliciously rich and chocolaty and it’s perfect for gifting. Who doesn’t love fudge?

Stack of fudge on a plate.

The Easiest Fudge Recipe Ever!

If candy making isn’t your thing then this is most definitely the recipe for you, anybody can make this simple fudge!

It can be made on the stovetop or in the microwave. I’ve tried both several times and my personal preference is the actually the microwave because there’s less stirring and attending to it and it’s faster. But either method will work great based on what you prefer.

Once you try it it’s a recipe you’ll have on repeat ever year when the holidays roll around! Give it as gifts but just be sure to save a small stash for yourself.

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Ingredients You’ll Need for Fudge

Here’s the 5 basic ingredients you’ll need:

  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
  • Walnuts or pecans (optional)

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How to Make Fudge on the Stovetop

  • In a medium saucepan stir together chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and salt.
  • Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until chocolate chips have melted.
  • Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer.
  • Chill until set, about 2 hours. Lift from pan using parchment then cut into squares.

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How to Make Fudge in the Microwave

  • In a medium microwave safe bowl stir together chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and salt.
  • Heat in microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring well between intervals, until melted and smooth (it should take about 5 – 6 cooking periods).
  • Stir in vanilla and nuts. Spread into prepared dish and chill until set, about 2 hours. Cut into squares.

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Tips for This Recipe

  • Don’t use low fat or fat free sweetened condensed milk or it could throw of the consistency and it won’t be as rich.
  • You can also use a blend of semi-sweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate for fudge with a more mild milk chocolate flavor.
  • Can I freeze it? Fudge freezes, well wrap in foil and store in an airtight container in freezer.

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More Easy Christmas Treats You’ll Love

  • Microwave Caramels
  • Microwave Peanut Brittle
  • Chewy Sweet Holiday Chex Mix
  • Candied Pecans
  • No Bake Cookies
  • Turtle Pretzels

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Easy Fudge (Microwave or Stovetop)

5 from 5 votes

Fudge is a holiday staple and this recipe for it is so straightforward and foolproof! It only requires 5 ingredients (you could even omit the salt and nuts and make that 3) and everyone loves it! It's deliciously rich and chocolaty and it's perfect for gifting. Who doesn't love fudge??

Servings: 30
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups (18 oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips*
  • 1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Instructions

  1. Butter and line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper (leaving a 1-inch overhand on all sides), butter parchment.

Stovetop Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan stir together chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and salt. 

  2. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until chocolate chips have melted.

  3. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and nuts. Pour into prepared baking dish and spread into an even layer.

  4. Chill until set, about 2 hours. Lift from pan using parchment then cut into squares.

Microwave Instructions

  1. In a medium microwave safe bowl stir together chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and salt.

  2. Heat in microwave on 50% power in 30 second increments, stirring well between intervals, until melted and smooth (it should take about 5 - 6 cooking periods).

  3. Stir in vanilla and nuts. Spread into prepared dish and chill until set, about 2 hours. Cut into squares.

Recipe Notes

  • *For the milk chocolate version use 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips and 1 cup milk chocolate chips.
  • Recipe adapted from Eagle

 

Nutrition Facts
Easy Fudge (Microwave or Stovetop)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 167 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 5mg2%
Sodium 19mg1%
Potassium 162mg5%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 13g14%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 45IU1%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 52mg5%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fudge Recipe
Calories: 167 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

20 comments

  • Lori Leighton: Super easy & lots of compliments! December 23, 2018 at 12:34pm Reply

  • Judy: Very good fudge! Adding a dash of salt helps keep the fudge from being too rich I made the milk chocolate version with the chopped walnuts.
    . I feel the slightly bitter walnuts balance the chocolate well. Next time I make it I will try to smooth out the tops like your photo. Also have made some of your Christmas cookie recipes and were also delicious. Thanks for the recipes! December 23, 2018 at 8:35am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked this fudge and my cookie recipes Judy! Thanks for your review! December 23, 2018 at 10:17am Reply

  • Ariana: Can you add in other items rather than the walnuts? December 19, 2018 at 9:12am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes another type of nut, dried fruit or marshmallows. December 19, 2018 at 9:33am Reply

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