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Rum Chata Fudge Recipe

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posted: 12/08/19

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Rum Chata Fudge is such an easy fudge recipe that is perfect for all your favorite grown ups. Creamy and full of delicious cinnamon flavor, this fast treat will be a favorite!

a pile of white rum Chata fudge on a wood board, with cinnamon sticks next to it, two tall shot glasses full of rum Chata in the background and a bottle of rum Chata in the distance

Every year around this time I give you a boozy fudge recipe. And every year, you guys go NUTS for it. Like crazy bananas. In 2016, I gave you Baileys Fudge, in 2017 I gave you Jack Daniels Fudge, and in 2018 I gave you Fireball Fudge.

Crazy Bananas.

But I get it guys. Because what is better than an easy fudge recipe? An easy fudge recipe with booze in it.

How Do You Make Easy Fudge?

I have a ton of easy fudge recipes and they come together with two simple ingredients melted together:

  • chocolate chips
  • sweetened condensed milk

If you are being generous, you can add some vanilla. If you are looking for one such recipe, try my Peanut Butter Fudge.

How do you Make Easy Fudge with Alcohol?

To add alcohol to any fudge recipe, you need to cut out some of sweetened condensed milk and add more chocolate chips to account for the added liquid.

So we add an extra 1/2 cup chocolate chips and cut the sweetened condensed milk to 1 cup or 8 liquid ounces.

two tall shot glasses on a wood board with fudge next to them and rum Chata being poured into one

What does Rum Chata Taste Like?

Rum Chata was the easy next choice for a boozy fudge. Rum Chata tastes like cinnamon sugar creamy goodness. A little like what the milk at the end of a bowl of Cinnamon Toast Crunch tastes like.

It is perfect for fudge!

A Note On Sweetened Condensed Milk

If your Rum Chata Fudge did not set, you need to come back and read this section.

First, we are using one cup of sweetened condensed milk, which is 8 liquid ounces. (We are talking liquid ounces, not weight.)

I’ve had people tell me this is an “unhelpful” tip because 8 ounces is the same as what is in the can. Guys, this isn’t true. The can has 14 liquid ounces. You need to measure it out.

Another reason your fudge could have not set is because you bought evaporated milk, and not sweetened condensed milk. They are right next to each other in the store. It’s an honest mistake. But one that will ruin this recipe. BUY SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK.

a pile of white chocolate fudge with two shot glasses full of rum Chata in the background topped with whipped cream

How Much Rum Chata to Use

I’ve made fudge with alcohol using different amounts. This time I went all in with 1/2 a cup. It worked! It resulted in a full on Rum Chata flavor that can’t be beat.

This fudge sets up perfectly and has a delicious creamy texture to it.

Update: Others have not had as good of results as me with 1/2 cup Rum Chata. I suspect that this has to do with variations in brands of white chocolate chips and Sweetened Condensed Milk. To play it safe, I have changed the amount of Rum Chata used to 1/4 cup.

four stacks of rum Chata fudge, two pieces tall, the front one with a bite missing

Other Easy Fudge Recipes

As mentioned, I have a million other fudge recipes you can try.

If you make this amazing Rum Chata Fudge recipe or any of my other fudges, let me know how it goes for you!

a pile of white rum Chata fudge on a wood board, with cinnamon sticks next to it, two tall shot glasses full of rum Chata in the background and a bottle of rum Chata in the distance
4.39 from 18 votes

Rum Chata Fudge

Serves: 36 pieces
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Prep: 10 minutes
Rum Chata Fudge is such an easy fudge recipe that is perfect for all your favorite grown ups. Creamy and full of delicious cinnamon flavor, this fast treat will be a favorite!

Ingredients

  • 3.5 cups white chocolate chips (21 ounces)
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk 8 liquid ounces (see note 2)
  • 1/4 cup Rum Chata please see note 1
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

  • Line an 8 by 8 inch square baking dish with aluminum foil and set aside.
  • In a large microwave safe bowl, combine the white chocolate chips and the sweetened condensed milk. Cook at half power for one minute. Stir very well. Continue cooking in 30 second intervals, stirring well between each one, until smooth. Be careful not to overcook. (You will likely only need 2 minutes total – at most.)
  • Add in the Rum Chata and whisk until smooth. It will be chunky at first, but will smooth out as you whisk swiftly.
  • Whisk in the vanilla extract and cinnamon.
  • Pour into the prepared pan. Allow to cool compltely and set for at least four hours. This recipe is easier to cut if you let it chill in the refrigerator.
  • To cut, remove aluminum foil from hardened fudge. Trim off the edges. Cut in half, then in half again to have four equal squares. Cut each quarter into thirds, one way and then the other. Each quarter will give you 9 pieces, for a total of 36 squares.
  • Store in an air tight container at room temperature for up to 2 weeks.

Notes

  1. I have had good results with this fudge using 1/2 cup of Rum Chata and I know others have as well. Given that many people have had difficulty with it setting at that amount, I’m changing it to 1/4 cup. I want this recipe to work great for everyone.
  2. Please make sure you purchase sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk. I have had the best luck with Eagle brand (all brands are not all created equal). After you open the can, stir it really well before you measure out 1 cup.
Serving: 1piece Calories: 154kcal (8%) Carbohydrates: 21g (7%) Protein: 1g (2%) Fat: 7g (11%) Saturated Fat: 6g (38%) Cholesterol: 3mg (1%) Sodium: 26mg (1%) Potassium: 30mg (1%) Sugar: 6g (7%) Vitamin A: 1IU Calcium: 2mg
Author: Lisa Longley
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
a pile of white rum Chata fudge on a wood board, with cinnamon sticks next to it, two tall shot glasses full of rum Chata in the background and a bottle of rum Chata in the distance

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  1. Laurie S says

    I doubled the recipe and followed it to a “T” and it didn’t set. Do you not recommend doubling it?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry Laurie, I haven’t tried doubling it, though I wouldn’t think that would cause a problem with it not setting. I have had good results with this recipe but you aren’t alone in having trouble with it setting. I just updated the recipe changing the amount of Rum Chata so that no one else struggles with it. Again, I’m so sorry that it didn’t work for you.

  2. Maria Risa says

    I have Peppermint Rumchata, can I make chocolate fudge using chocolate chips and the peppermint rumchata instead?

    • Lisa Longley says

      Absolutely, that sounds AMAZING!

  3. Lulu says

    I tried making the fudge with rum chata and it was to soft to cut or remove from tin foil. I was so sad to toss it. And ideas why mine didn’t turn out?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry Lulu! That’s so frustrating. I would ask that you double check that you bought sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk. Then the only other thing is the proportions of the ingredients. If those are off, that would result in it not setting.

      • Deb says

        My rumchatta fudge didn’t set at all so soft. Never set I even put it in the freezer and it didn’t set either. I used sweetened condensed milk and sad that it didn’t harden like fudge.

        • Lisa Longley says

          I’m really sorry Deb. I’ve had good results with this recipe, but I know how frustrating it can be to put time and energy into a recipe and not have it work. I have changed the amount of Rum Chata in the recipe so that no one else struggles with it not setting.

  4. Krista says

    the recipe tastes great but mine as well did not set well and I checked back and did follow the recipe to the letter. may have to do some adjusting so it is not so soft . Had in the fridge for hours and ended up putting it in the freezer but may try rolling into balls

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m really sorry that this didn’t work for you, Krista. I have had good results with this recipe but I know how frustrating it can be to have a recipe not work. I have changed the amount of Rum Chata in the recipe so that others don’t experience it not setting.

  5. Sabrina Griffin says

    What can I use instead of cinnamon?

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m sorry, Sabrina, I don’t have a great alternative. You could try just leaving it out, though I really love what it rings to this recipe.

  6. Nancy says

    I followed this recipe exactly as written. Weighed out 21 oz of white chocolate, used only 8 oz of the sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup of Chata, etc. Left in refrigerator overnight. Came out vey sticky, impossible to cut. I’ll try rolling in balls and coat with coconut as another reviewer tried. This recipe didn’t work for me. Very Disappointed!!

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so sorry to hear this, Nancy. I have had good results using 1/2 cup Rum Chata, but you aren’t alone in your frustrations so I changed the recipe to 1/4 cup.

  7. Aunt B says

    4 stars
    I love the simplicity, minimal ingredients, and flavors of your fudge recipes. I learned from some of your other fudge recipes that more than 1/4 cup of alcohol leads to a very soft fudge or it doesn’t set. 1/4 cup of alcohol -sets, 1/3 cup- very soft, 1/2 cup-doesn’t set but able to roll into balls and dipped for truffles. And yes, chips are weighed out and sweetened condensed milk is measured. The simplicity and minimal ingredients has inspired me to create some of my own combinations. Salted Caramel kahlua fudge using milk chocolate chips and topped with chopped pecans is excellent.

  8. Chris English says

    4 stars
    I have to say this tastes amazing. However, mine, like others on here, did not set. I used sweetened condensed milk and measured it out to 1 cup, which actually took the whole can. I struggled to cut the fudge into bars but put those in the freezer to see if they will harden so I can cut squares. Given someone else’s attempt to freeze to harden the fudge and not working out. I may also roll into balls and perhaps roll again in flaked coconut, mini chocolate chips, etc.

  9. Dianne says

    4 stars
    Hi Lisa. I was unsuccessful with 1/3 cup of rum. However excellent results second time when reducing rum content to 1/4 cup. Fudge set no problem.Flavor is awesome. Great recipe.

  10. Carey says

    1 star
    This didn’t work for me. I made it exactly how its written and it’s too soft. Tastes good but it’s too soft

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