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Fool-Proof Homemade Fudge takes just 5 minutes to make and only requires a handful of ingredients for perfectly smooth and creamy fudge every time.

cut up homemade fudge with nuts.

The tree is up and decorated, stockings hung, and twinkly lights are on the house, but nothing screams Christmas quite like homemade fudge. Fudge is one of those desserts that you just don’t ever see any other time of year; but between Thanksgiving and New Years, we are all about the fudge. 

Let’s be honest, not all fudge is created equal. We have all experienced some gritty, sub-par fudge in our lives. It’s a very sad thing that we are here to rectify! Fool proof homemade fudge is quick, easy, and completely smooth. We know you’ve been led astray in the past, but trust us, this truly is the best and creamiest fudge ever!

  • Flavor Variations: 

    There are so many flavor variations for fudge, and we love them all! 

    Nut Fudges: stir in 1/2 cup roughly chopped nuts (pecan, walnut, or almond). Consider replacing all or part of the vanilla extract with the corresponding nut extract.

    White Chocolate Fudge: replace semi-sweet chocolate chips with white chocolate chips. 

    Marbled Fudge: make half of the recipe with white chocolate chips and the other half with semi-sweet chocolate chips. Spoon each into prepared pan to dot the bottom then use a butter knife or toothpick to swirl together. 

    Mint Chocolate Fudge: replace vanilla extract with 1 teaspoon peppermint extract.

    Peanut Butter Fudge: requires a slightly different recipe using 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 12 ounces white chocolate chips, and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

  • Where’s the sugar?

    Sugar is what can make fudge gritty, and we definitely don’t want gritty fudge. By using sweetened condensed milk, you don’t need any additional sugar, and there is no grittiness! Win win!

  • Troubleshooting: My fudge didn’t set up!

    This recipe requires only three ingredients so it’s important that you use the correct ingredients and avoid making any substitutions. The main reason why your fudge may not set up is that you may have inadvertently used the wrong ingredients. 

    • SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK: We DO NOT recommend using a low-fat or fat-free sweetened condensed milk. DO NOT use evaporated milk, milk, cream, or half and half. Only use full fat sweetened condensed milk. For a dairy-free alternative, sweetened condensed coconut milk has been reported to work, but results may vary. 

    • CHOCOLATE CHIPS: The flavor of your fudge will only be as good as the quality of the chocolate chips you use. This recipe works best when made using semi-sweet chocolate chips. DO NOT use carob chips, sugar-free chocolate chips, or other chocolate chip alternatives. Sometimes off-brand or cheap chocolate chips are not actually chocolate so be sure to read the label closely. Milk chocolate chips contain a different fat ratio and may cause your fudge to be on the softer side. 
  • Storage Instructions:

    Fudge needs to be stored in an airtight container in the fridge. However, if you want to store it for longer than a month, your best bet is to wrap it in plastic wrap, place in a freezer bag, and freeze. 

someone holding up one piece of homemade fudge.

If you like this recipe, you may be interested in these other delicious holiday dessert recipes:

Watch the video below where Rachel will walk you through every step of this recipe. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, and we’ve always got you covered with our cooking show. You can find the complete collection of recipes on YouTube, Facebook Watch, or our Facebook Page, or right here on our website with their corresponding recipes.

a plate filled with plain fudge.
Fool-Proof Homemade Fudge takes just 5 minutes to make and only requires a handful of ingredients for perfectly smooth and creamy fudge every time.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  • Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large microwave safe bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and vanilla extract.
  • Microwave in 30 second increments until melted, stirring in between.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and spread out with a rubber spatula.
  • Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Remove from pan and cut into small pieces for serving. Store in the fridge.
Notes
For nut fudges, stir in 1/2 cup roughly chopped nuts (pecan, walnut, or almond). Consider replacing all or part of the vanilla extract with the corresponding nut extract.
For white chocolate fudge, replace semi-sweet chocolate chips with white chocolate chips. 
For marbled fudge, make half of the recipe with white chocolate chips and the other half with semi-sweet. Spoon each into prepared pan to dot the bottom then use a butter knife or toothpick to swirl together. 
For mint chocolate fudge, replace vanilla extract with 1 teaspoon mint extract.

Nutrition

Serving: 1small piece | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fudge
a plate filled with plain fudge.
Fool-Proof Homemade Fudge takes just 5 minutes to make and only requires a handful of ingredients for perfectly smooth and creamy fudge every time.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions
  • Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper.
  • In a large microwave safe bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and vanilla extract.
  • Microwave in 30 second increments until melted, stirring in between.
  • Pour into the prepared pan and spread out with a rubber spatula.
  • Refrigerate until set, about 2 hours. Remove from pan and cut into small pieces for serving. Store in the fridge.
Notes
For nut fudges, stir in 1/2 cup roughly chopped nuts (pecan, walnut, or almond). Consider replacing all or part of the vanilla extract with the corresponding nut extract.
For white chocolate fudge, replace semi-sweet chocolate chips with white chocolate chips. 
For marbled fudge, make half of the recipe with white chocolate chips and the other half with semi-sweet. Spoon each into prepared pan to dot the bottom then use a butter knife or toothpick to swirl together. 
For mint chocolate fudge, replace vanilla extract with 1 teaspoon mint extract.

Nutrition

Serving: 1small piece | Calories: 58kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 1mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 5IU | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Fudge
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Regina Fonseca
December 3, 2020 4:10 pm

5 stars
All of her recipes have turned out so good! I really appreciate her easy, straight forward way she represents her skill. Thank you.

Yolanda ortiz
December 9, 2020 12:15 am
Reply to  Regina Fonseca

I agree .I used her pie crust recipe and the crust came out so good

David
January 6, 2021 4:36 pm

Hi my name is David, 75 yrs. young. I live on Vancouver Island. I have an old fashioned fudge recipe. It’s a lot of work. But when I get it right, it’s awesome. And that’s only about 10% of the time. Your recipe was more than awesome, It was unbelievable and so easy. I have quit smoking for over 2 years. Now chocolate is my fix. In moderation. Thanks 🌈

Renee
December 3, 2020 1:56 pm

5 stars
Turned out perfect for a last minute dessert! So easy and delicious I did add tiny flakes of sea salt to the top.

Bobbi
December 8, 2020 3:59 pm

The best fudge recipe I have ever used. ❤❤❤

Sue
December 13, 2020 10:48 pm

5 stars
I made the peanut butter fudge then added a layer of chocolate fudge on top. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup fudge! Delicious! Thanks

Mary
December 15, 2020 12:14 pm

This cannot become grainy if you follow the directions as stated.i wouldn’t add the marshmallow crepe.

Melisa
December 3, 2020 12:24 pm

5 stars
The fudge recipes are great! I have also used these as the base for a fudge icing.

Arlene Gwynn
January 17, 2021 8:50 am

Absolutely delicious. My husband loves fudge but I don’t make the old fashioned kind anymore that must be stirred “forever”…age&arthritis😄. Your recipe has saved the day…wonderful, thanks, as are all your recipes. Blessings!

Jude
January 13, 2021 5:35 pm

5 stars
Amazingly easy and delicious. A wonderful recipe to use for last minute gifts.

Cheryl Bailey
December 23, 2020 1:14 pm

The Best Homemade Recipe for fudge. I added the nuts. Turned out perfect.

Margorie Boys
December 17, 2020 12:30 am

5 stars
We love this fudge. I have one question though. Can this or any fudge be frozen?

December 20, 2020 2:57 pm
Reply to  Margorie Boys

Yes, fudge can be frozen

Beverley Fry
March 30, 2021 5:36 am

I’ve make the fudge once before it’s really tasty

Paula
February 9, 2021 11:06 am

5 stars
love this recipe and made it many times. Its a no fail!! I made it using mint extract, orange extract with orange zest, cranberry and chopped nuts, and each time it was perfect.

Dana
January 28, 2021 11:54 am

5 stars
I haven’t made this yet, but it looks easy and delicous!
Would I be able to use a double boiler to melt the chocolate chips?

Gia
March 5, 2021 4:43 pm
Reply to  Dana

Using a microwave is quick (less than 90 seconds) and easy but if you don’t have one, a double boiler will work well. It may take a bit longer but before I owned a microwave, I always used the double boiler method to make fudge. Yesterday I prepared the basic recipe as written and added walnuts. Today I made the basic recipe but substituted peppermint extract and didn’t add nuts. Both batches are now in the freezer, waiting to be gifted.

Gayle Berntsen
January 14, 2021 7:09 pm

I used white chips and sprinkled huckleberry’s . It didn’t set up . It tasted great but in freezer it was soft.

Gia
March 5, 2021 4:45 pm
Reply to  Gayle Berntsen

Were the huckleberries juicy? Perhaps that’s why the fudge didn’t set up properly.

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