This Easy Fudge Recipe is the easiest way to make chocolate fudge. You only need three ingredients; it turns out so smooth and delicious.
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. For the full measurements, scroll to the bottom of the post or click “jump to the recipe” above the first photo.
- 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.
- Combine the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a small sauce pan.
- Place the sauce pan on the stove top over low heat.
- Stir consistently while the chocolate melts.
- After the chocolate has mostly melted, stir in the vanilla extract.
- Continue to stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth and shiny.
- Pour into a prepared 8 x 8 inch pan.
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.
Store your fudge in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Fudge doesn’t need to be refrigerated.
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.
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!
Easy Chocolate Fudge
- 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
- 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.)