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Easy Fudge Recipe

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posted: 12/16/21

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This Easy 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

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: You can use either milk chocolate or semi-sweet, it is just a matter of preference. While this works with all brands of chocolate, you might want to get a higher end chocolate for the best quality and taste.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: Not only do I think that Eagle Brand works best here, I will go so far as to say that if you use another brand it won’t work out as well. If you do deviate from Eagle, I suggest another name brand like Carnation. I do not recommend using store brand sweetened condensed milk.
  • Vanilla Extract: Pure vanilla extract adds a perfect layer of flavor here. This is another ingredient that I wouldn’t skimp on.

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. Place the sauce pan on the stove top over low heat.
  2. Stir consistently while the chocolate melts. After the chocolate has mostly melted, stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Continue to stir until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is smooth and shiny.
  4. Pour into a prepared 8 x 8 inch pan. Let the fudge set at room temperature (covered) for at least four hours.
  5. Cut the fudge into 36 equal pieces. You can see my video for an easy way to divide it into equal pieces or read below.
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.

  • If you use a rounded baking pan, cut off just enough of the edge so that the fudge no longer has a rounded edge. Doing this will give every piece of fudge a nice flat bottom. 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. (The video in the post demonstrates this perfectly.)

How to Store Fudge

Store your fudge in an airtight container for up to two weeks. Fudge doesn’t need to be refrigerated. If you need to make it more than two weeks in advance, follow my instructions below for how to freeze it after making.

Freezing this Easy Fudge Recipe

This fudge recipe freezes really well. In fact, I have a batch or a variation of this recipe in my freezer all the time.

  • Place the batch of cut fudge into a one gallon freezer bag in a flat layer.
  • An entire recipe will fit in a one gallon bag perfectly if place in this way and the fudge will not stick together before freezing.
  • Store in the freezer for up to three months. If you use a vacuum sealer, the fudge can last for 6 months to a year in the freezer.
  • When you are ready to eat it or gift it, let it thaw on your counter 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

FAQ

Does fudge need to be refrigerated?

No, it does not. In fact, I think fudge tastes best when it is stored at room temperature.

Can you freeze fudge?

Absolutely! Freeze it in a single layer in an airtight container for up to three months.

How long does fudge last?

Fudge lasts for 2 weeks when stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

Can you make this fudge recipe in the microwave?

You can! Just make sure to heat the chocolate with the sweetened condensed milk on half power for short intervals (like 30 seconds) and stir way more than you think you need to before putting it back in the microwave.

Can you add nuts or dried fruit to this chocolate fudge recipe?

Absolutely. Stir in about 1/2 a cup of your favorite chopped nuts and you don’t need to change anything else about the recipe.

Can you add alcohol to this fudge recipe?

Yes! We have several types of boozy fudge listed (and linked) in the section below. The recipe does need to be changed to accommodate the extra liquid, so make sure you check out the recipes listed below for the adjusted formula.

How do you make vegan fudge?

You can replace the sweetened condensed milk in this recipe with Sweetened Condensed Coconut Milk and use vegan chocolate chips.

a very up close picture of a piece of chocolate fudge

Easy Fudge Made Boozy

This fudge is very easy to add liquor to with just a few tweaks. You can use really any liquor, the sky is the limit. The key is to reduce the amount of sweetened condensed milk, and stir the whole can before measuring out 1 cup.

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, leave me a comment in the space below the recipe card and let me know what you think.

a four level high pyramid of chocolate fudge
4.90 from 241 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) see note 1
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk (see note 2)
  • 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 – if it doesn't pour well because of the thickness, don't stress, you're still on the right track. 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.)

Notes

  1. You will see the best results with higher end chocolate like Godiva and Ghirardelli, but this absolutely can be made with Nestle baking morsels.
  2. This recipe works best with Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk. I’ve tried this with other brands, and always get the best results with Eagle. Not all sweetened condensed milk is created equal. Additionally, double check that you are buying sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk
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. Marie says

    I made this last night, followed the instructions the letter, but it did not set. So disappointed!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m really sorry to hear that, without me being there it’s hard to know what went wrong. The number one reason this doesn’t set for people is if they mistakenly grab evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk. It’s such an easy mistake to make.

  2. Patty says

    3 stars
    Not the best recipe, but it is quick and simple. It didn’t come out bad, but I’ve had much better fudge. Three stars.

  3. Tracy V. says

    This is not fudge!! 😐 It just tastes like a big hard brick of chocolate chips, not smooth creamy fudge!! And yes, I used the Eagle brand sweetened condensed milk and better quality chips. If you want fudge you have to make it the long way with butter, sugar and marshmallow cream.

    • Lisa Longley says

      We will have to agree to disagree. Not only do we love this recipe, but whenever we gift it to people they love it.

  4. Shel says

    5 stars
    Fantastic and easy and fast!!! I’ve made this twice and it’s great!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy you liked it!

  5. Rebeca says

    5 stars
    I’m just about as inexperienced in the kitchen as one can be and this simple fudge recipe turned out perfect. Thank you for the clear simple instructions. Quick and easy. I made the fudge to give out on Xmas but after I hit send on this I’m gonna make a 2nd batch for myself.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear that you enjoyed it!

  6. Debbie says

    5 stars
    It was so good… so easy and I am so thankful to have found your page!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that you liked it!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you liked it!

  7. Paula says

    5 stars
    My son wanted to make fudge as gifts, and this was the perfect recipe. He used Gheridelli and Eagle Brand as suggested
    Added walnuts to one using semi sweet, plain semi and a milk chocolate. We then made a semi-sweet base and let harden in fridge topped it using white chocolate with peppermint extract and crushed candy cane. Everyone loved them all

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear this was a hit!

  8. Susan B says

    5 stars
    Simplejoy, you have a new fan! Your recipe bailed me out this christmas when one recipe for brownies failed and the shop where I normally buy a couple of fudge loving friends/family fudge for Christmas! I had Carnation Brand milk and Nestle semi-sweet choco chips and the fudge turned out great. Looking forward to next year with your recommended upscaled ingredients – even better! Thank you for sharing your recipes.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so happy to hear this! Thank you for taking the time to come back and tell me!

  9. Carys says

    I just discovered this site when my brother-in-law shared your fudge recipe with me. The recipe and its variations are awesome and easy and revived my love of baking. I started to explore other recipes (roasted root veggies, Bailey’s brownies – yum!), and I signed up for your 10 easy dinner recipes, which I can’t wait to try. I’m currently homeless and living in a transitional housing shelter, which provides me with a housing voucher. I’m looking for just the right apartment or little house – I always look at the kitchen first! I can’t wait to have my own kitchen again; I love to cook and bake and thoughts of making your recipes will help me manifest my dream of my own home. Thank you your entertaining personal comments that come with each recipe, and thank you for inspiring me! Here’s to a bright future for all of us in 2024 :-)

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad you are enjoying them! Wishing you nothing but the best in 2024.

  10. Betty says

    5 stars
    Easy recipe to follow. No problem with it setting up. I did 3 batches.
    One- regular fudge with a peanut butter glaze
    Two- Used butterscotch chips in place of the chocolate.
    Three- Made dark chocolate with crunched candy canes in the mix.
    My work christmas party folks loved all of it.
    My grandson really loved the one with the peanut butter glaze.

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad that you liked it! What fun variations!

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