Easy Fudge Recipe

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posted: 12/15/19

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This Fudge Recipe is the easiest way to make chocolate fudge. You only need three ingredients; it turns out so smooth and delicious.

a four level high pyramid of chocolate fudge

I have been working away in my kitchen, whipping up treats while listening to Christmas music for weeks now! It is my happy space this time of year.

(How lucky am I to have a job where I get to live in my happy space?!)

And as we get near the end of this parade of goodies – treats that are fun to make, and perfect to give – I needed to include an easy chocolate fudge recipe.

I have been making spins on this Easy Fudge Recipe for years! It is one of my favorite recipes to twist up because the possibilities are endless. With just three ingredients there is a lot you can do with this.

But the foundation fudge recipe is just as delicious.

Make this fudge anytime you need a quick treat to set out at a party or to gift. Your friends and family will thank you!

INGREDIENTS FOR EASY FUDGE

That’s right, you only need three ingredients to make this fudge recipe. It’s like the cheater’s fudge, and I’m all about it.

  • chocolate chips (milk chocolate or semi-sweet chocolate)
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • vanilla extract

HOW TO MAKE FUDGE

While a lot of my fudge recipes are made using the microwave, I encourage you to make this on the stovetop. Because of how few ingredients there are, you want the low and even heat of the stove top.

  1. Combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a small sauce pan.
  2. Place the sauce pan on the stove top over low heat.
  3. Stir consistently while the chocolate melts.
  4. After the chocolate has mostly melted, stir in the vanilla extract.
  5. Continue to stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth and shiny.
  6. Pour into a prepared 8 x 8 inch pan.
a four level high pyramid of easy fudge on a small white cake stand against a gray background

CUTTING FUDGE

After your fudge has completely set (this usually takes about four hours on the counter top), remove it from the foil and cut it into squares.

I often will trim off the edges if I’m using a baking dish with rounded side. This results in every piece of fudge having a flat bottom, which is great for my Type A Personality.

Or you can using a baking dish with straight sides like this one.

Cut the remaining block of fudge into four equal squares. Then cut each of the smaller squares into 9 pieces by cutting it into thirds one way, turning it and cutting it into thirds again.

This will result in 36 equal pieces of fudge.

Or just cut the whole block into strips one way and then the other way. No judgement.

STORING

Store your fudge in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Fudge doesn’t need to be refrigerated.

FREEZING

You can easily freeze fudge. I like to lay a ziplock bag flat on my counter. Then I carefully place the fudge in it in flat rows. I can get an entire batch of fudge in a one gallon bag easily like this.

Place it flat in your freezer until frozen solid. Store in your freezer for up to three months.

When ready to eat or gift, allow it to thaw on your countertop for an hour or two.

a pile of fudge in a small teal colored dish on a cutting board with chocolate chips in the background

EASY FUDGE MADE BOOZY

If you have been following along for any length of time, you know that I excel at turning fudge into boozy fudge. Ah, the skills to have.

Here are the different versions we have so far:

VARIATIONS ON THIS EASY FUDGE RECIPE

Of course if you want to make fudge the kids can enjoy too, here are some other ways I’ve spun this fudge.

If you make any of these easy fudge recipes, drop me a comment and let me know what you think!

a very up close picture of a piece of chocolate fudge
a four level high pyramid of chocolate fudge
4.1 from 10 votes

Easy Chocolate Fudge

Serves: 36 pieces
(tap # to scale)
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 5 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
This Fudge Recipe is the easiest way to make chocolate fudge. You only need three ingredients; it turns out so smooth and delicious.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups chocolate chips either semi-sweet or milk chocolate (18.6 ounces)
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk double check that you are buying sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions

  • Line an 8 inch by 8 inch baking dish with aluminim foil or two pieces of parchment paper overlapping to make an X.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk.
  • Place the pan over medium low heat. Stir consistently until the chocolate is partially melted. Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Continue stiring until the chocolate is fully melted and the mixture is smooth and starts to turn shiny.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan. It will be very thick. Once it is all in the pan, you can gently shake the pan back and forth to help it settle. You can also use a rubber spatula to spread it.
  • Allow the fudge to completely set. This can be done on the countertop and will take about four hours.
  • Remove the fudge from the pan and take off the aluminum foil. Trim off the rounded edges from the pan. Cut the fudge in half one way and then the other to make four equal squares. Cut each small square into 9 equal pieces by cutting into thirds one way and then the other. This will result in 36 equal pieces of fudge.
  • Enjoy right away or store in an airtight container for up to two weeks. (See the post for instructions on freezing.)
Serving: 1piece Calories: 155kcal (8%) Carbohydrates: 21g (7%) Protein: 3g (6%) Fat: 7g (11%) Saturated Fat: 4g (25%) Cholesterol: 5mg (2%) Sodium: 19mg (1%) Potassium: 55mg (2%) Fiber: 1g (4%) Sugar: 3g (3%) Vitamin A: 1IU Vitamin C: 1mg (1%) Calcium: 4mg Iron: 8mg (44%)
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
a four level high pyramid of chocolate fudge

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  1. Barb nelson says

    I made the rum Chata fudge but it never set. I don’t know what I did wrong. Any idea

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry it didn’t work for you Barb! I have a section in that post about it not setting, but what I always ask people to check is whether they used Evaporated Milk or Sweetened Condensed Milk. It won’t set with Evaporated Milk, but unfortunately it is sold right next to what you need (Sweetened Condensed Milk) and in the same size container. Is that possible? It’s such an easy mistake to make.

  2. DebS says

    5 stars
    This sounds great & so easy for someone with so little time ! I plant to give this a try !!

  3. Francine Ann Haldi says

    5 stars
    I have made this easy no-fault receipt many times over the years very easy. Thanks for reminding me.

  4. Wendy says

    How much a d when do you add alcohol?

    • Lisa Longley says

      There is no alcohol in this version, but there is a list of fudge towards the bottom of the post (above the recipe card) and all of them have alcohol.

  5. USALAS4 says

    5 stars
    We made the Rum Chata fudge and it was a big hit. Set up nicely the first day and was more firm the next. Great flavor!

    • Lisa Longley says

      So glad you liked it!

  6. Julie says

    5 stars
    A very easy & simple recipe for delicious fudge! Thank you!

    • Lisa Longley says

      You’re welcome!

  7. sue says

    I made the fudge last night but added some dried fruit soaked in merlot wine- strained the fruit before adding to mixture. It has been in fridge for 18hours, when I went to cut it, it was gooy not firm. What was the reason please? Thank you Sue

    • Lisa Longley says

      It was the wine soaked fruit, Sue. It sounded like an amazing delicious idea, but it added too much liquid to the mixture. You would need more chocolate to balance that out. Sorry this didn’t work for you!

  8. Annette says

    Can you add any type of nuts?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yup! Nuts are a great thing to add!

  9. Tara says

    5 stars
    So easy and delicious! Really appreciate your tips and your humor! Merry Christmas!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that you liked it!

  10. Kathie Leonard says

    can you add mini marshmellows? If so, how much?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Yes! I would try adding 1/2 a cup.

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