Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

This quick and easy super creamy fudge recipe is made with chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, salt, and vanilla. Prepped in 15 minutes, this is a seriously simple must-have that’s perfect for holiday gifts! 

Piece of chocolate fudge with a bite taken out of it.

Whenever I see a good fudge recipe I think of childhood vacations at the coast, and the tiny little fudge shop we would see on our way to buy sunscreen. The rich chocolate smell was incredible, and though I was raised by bakers, fudge is in a world of its own and can feel intimidating to make at home!

I have no shame in saying that I love to go the quick and easy route when it comes to fudge recipes. A simple base you can add to is key, and this is my go-to when I need to add just a little more variety to holiday treat trays!

Pouring sweetened condensed milk into pan with chocolate chips.

Kitchen tools you’ll need

This list is short and sweet! Just grab a few items and you’re all set…

Stirring chocolate fudge mixture in saucepan.

How to make easy homemade fudge

Seriously, this fudge recipe could not be better for first-timers, or those looking for a fast version of their favorite candy! It requires just a couple of quick steps and you’ll be prepped in 15 minutes; here’s what you do:

  • 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 ready to go by the time dinner is done!

Chocolate fudge mixture in foil-lined pan.

Tips & tricks for making the best chocolate fudge

  • 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? Doable with this magical microwave fudge recipe!
  • Fudge is great for making ahead and gifting, so check out these tips for storing fudge!
  • If your fudge is crumbly, it was overcooked or overmixed. If it isn’t setting, it wasn’t hot enough when it cooked. In both instances, you can try melting it back down and trying again. If it has a distinctive burnt flavor or smell – you will need to start with a new batch.

Fudge smoothed into even layer in pan.

Storing and packaging

  • The fudge can be kept in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks or in the refrigerator for up to 1 month.
  • The fudge can be frozen in an airtight container for up to 6 months. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
  • To package for gifts, place some pieces of fudge in a clear treat bag and tie with a pretty ribbon.

Overhead photo of squares of fudge.

Ready for more fudge recipes?

Stack of three pieces of fudge with walnuts on top.

I would absolutely love it if you made this fudge recipe; if you do, please stop back and leave a rating and let me know how you liked it! ENJOY! 😍

Easy Chocolate 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:

  • Equipment: 8-inch square panSilicone spatula or wooden spoon / Saucepan 
  • 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.
  • Freezing Instructions: You can freeze fudge in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
  • Recipe from Eagle Brand

Nutrition:

Calories: 75kcal
Fat: 4g
Saturated fat: 2g
Cholesterol: 2mg
Sodium: 8mg
Potassium: 74mg
Carbohydrates: 7g
Sugar: 6g
Protein: 1g
Vitamin A: 20%
Vitamin C: 0.2%
Calcium: 24%
Iron: 0.6%

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Photography by Lauren Grant.