Easy Fudge Recipe

This quick and easy fudge recipe is made with chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk, plus a dash of salt and a little vanilla extract (and throw in some chopped nuts, if you’d like!). There are also directions included for using marshmallows and the microwave.

A stack of chocolate fudge pieces.

You say “fudge” and I immediately smell the salty air that wafts up from the shores of the Atlantic. Although fudge is a traditional gift toted around in tins at Christmas-time, it always reminds me of the beach. A quaint little beach town (or crowded boardwalk, for that matter) wouldn’t be complete without a homemade fudge shop nestled in between the salt water taffy store and the “I forgot sunblock, aloe, and a souvenir” store. You can’t walk within 100 yards of it without being completely immersed in the smell of rich chocolate goodness.

Now, I did not grow up in a fudge-making family. My mom and grandma did not stand over pots of boiling chocolate, stirring until it was juuuuuuust right. They were straight-up cookie makers. So, when it comes to making fudge, I go the quick and easy route every time. This is my go-to fudge recipe when I need to add just a little more variety to my Christmas cookie trays.

Squares of chocolate fudge on parchment paper.

How to Make Easy Homemade Fudge

Seriously, this recipe could not be simpler or more foolproof! It requires just a couple of quick steps and you’ll be done in 15 minutes; here’s what you do:

MY OTHER RECIPES
  • Line a square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Melt chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and salt over low heat in a saucepan. It only takes a few minutes for it all to come together in one melted, smooth mixture.
  • Off heat, stir in the vanilla extract and chopped nuts, if you’re using them.
  • Spread the mixture in the prepared pan in a nice even layer.
  • Chill the fudge for at least 2 hours to ensure it’s firm and has set up completely.

That’s it! You’ll have rich, creamy fudge before you can finish an episode of your favorite show.

Chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a saucepan.

Spreading fudge into a pan.

Fudge Recipe Notes

A few quick tips on making the best chocolate fudge, as well as some variations you can try!

  • To make this fudge in the microwave, combine the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and salt in a medium glass bowl and heat for 3 minutes, stirring halfway through, then proceed with the rest of the recipe as written.
  • To make an even creamier fudge, melt 2 cups of miniature marshmallows along with the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and salt, then proceed with the rest of the recipe as written.
  • Substitute peanut butter chips for the chopped nuts.
  • Looking for a fudge recipe without sweetened condensed milk? I want to try this magical microwave fudge.
  • You can freeze fudge in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

A stack of four pieces of chocolate fudge.

I love, love, love how easy, creamy and perfect this fudge recipe is, BUT I would still love to master an honest-to-goodness traditional fudge recipe. If you have a tried and true family recipe that you’re willing to share, please send it my way! You can share it in the comments below or email it to me.

Whether you’re conjuring up memories of a family vacation to the beach or are in the throes of Christmas baking, I hope you enjoy this fudge recipe with family and friends!

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A piece of fudge with a bite taken out.

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Easy Fudge Recipe

Servings 64 pieces
Prep 10 minutes
Cook 5 minutes
Total 15 minutes
Course:Dessert
Cuisine:American
Author: Michelle

This quick and easy fudge recipe is made with chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Options are included for using marshmallows and the microwave! Perfect for the holidays.

Ingredients:

  • 3
    cups
    semisweet chocolate chips
  • 14
    ounces
    sweetened condensed milk
    (1 can)
  • Pinch
    salt
  • teaspoons
    vanilla extract
  • ½
    cup
    chopped nuts
    (optional)

Directions:

  1. 1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with foil.

  2. 2. Place the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and salt in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth.

  3. 3. Remove from the heat and immediately stir in the vanilla and nuts (if using). Spread evenly in the prepared pan.

  4. 4. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm. Cut into squares and serve, or store in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Recipe Notes:

  • To make this fudge in the microwave, combine the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and salt in a medium glass bowl and heat for 3 minutes, stirring halfway through, then proceed with the rest of the recipe as written.
  • To make an even creamier fudge, melt 2 cups of miniature marshmallows along with the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and salt, then proceed with the rest of the recipe as written.
  • Substitute peanut butter chips for the chopped nuts.
  • Looking for a fudge recipe without sweetened condensed milk? I want to try this magical microwave fudge.
  • You can freeze fudge in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Nutrition:

Calories: 75kcal
Fat: 4g
Saturated fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 2mg
Sodium: 8mg
Potassium: 74mg
Carbohydrates: 7g
Sugar: 6g
Protein: 1g
Vitamin A: 0.4%
Vitamin C: 0.2%
Calcium: 2.4%
Iron: 3.2%

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(Recipe from Eagle Brand)

Update Notes: This recipe was originally published in May 2009. It was updated in December 2018 with a newer recipe, photos, and extensive recipe tips.

Classic Fudge

Servings 25 pieces
Prep 5 minutes
Cook 10 minutes
Total 15 minutes
Course:Snack
Cuisine:American
Author: Michelle

A recipe for classic fudge

Ingredients:

  • 2
    ounces
    bittersweet chocolate
  • 2
    cups
    semisweet chocolate chips
    ((12 ounces))
  • ½
    cup
    sweetened condensed milk
  • teaspoons
    vanilla extract
  • 1
    cup
    chopped walnuts
    (or whatever type of nut you prefer, if any at all)

Directions:

  1. 1. Line an 8-inch baking pan with wax paper.
  2. 2. Place bittersweet chocolate, semisweet chocolate, and sweetened condensed milk in a bowl set over a pan of simmering water, making sure that the water is not boiling and that the bowl is not touching the water.
  3. 3. Stir the mixture occasionally until the chocolate has melted. Stir in the vanilla extract and nuts.
  4. 4. Spread fudge evenly in prepared baking pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm. Cut when cool and firm.
  5. Storing: Fudge generally should not be stored in the refrigerator because it can dry out. It can be stored for up to a week in an airtight container at room temperature. If you wish to store it for longer than a week, fudge can be frozen for up to six months. Wrap in wax paper and place in a freezer bag.

Recipe Notes:

Nutritional values are based on one serving

Nutrition:

Calories: 147kcal
Fat: 9g
Saturated fat: 4g
Cholesterol: 3mg
Sodium: 9mg
Potassium: 137mg
Carbohydrates: 12g
Fiber: 1g
Sugar: 9g
Protein: 2g
Vitamin A: 0.5%
Vitamin C: 0.3%
Calcium: 3.2%
Iron: 6.7%

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