Best-Loved Fudge Recipes

This list of fudge recipes contains everything from classic chocolate fudge to more creative flavors like peanut butter or root beer. Fudge is usually made out of butter, milk, and sugar. That leaves a lot of room for innovative additions, from orange creamsicle to key lime pie. Once you've nailed the basic recipe for this mild-flavored classic treat, you can experiment with your favorite flavors.

Make some and store it, or use it as a gift by wrapping it in colorful paper, bakery boxes, or bags.

  • 01 of 09

    Walnut Fudge

    Old Fashioned Chocolate Nut Fudge
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    For this nutty fudge, you need one pot, one pan, and 45 minutes. Just melt the ingredients, combine well, add the walnut, cool, and enjoy! Although it seems plain in its preparation the final result is rich and complex

    For people with walnut or other tree nut allergies, use the same amount of sunflower seeds or pepitas for an unbelievable, allergy-safe crunch.

  • 02 of 09

    Cappuccino Fudge

    Cappuccino fudge


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    Chocolate and coffee are a match made in heaven! Try this adult-flavored fudge and serve it with an espresso shot for an extra dose of pick-me-up goodness. Although the process has many steps, it's still fairly simple to make. The beautiful swirled pattern that mimics the steamed milk swirls in a cappuccino makes a great impression on a dessert table.

    For a stronger flavor, replace instant coffee for the same amount of dark roast brew, and spice it up with a splash of your favorite liqueur, like Bailey's or bourbon.

  • 03 of 09

    Microwave Fudge

    Microwave Fudge

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    If you have 13 minutes and a microwave-safe dish, this is the dessert for your next dinner party or family night. Try it with different kinds of chocolate, sprinkle with pink or coarse sea salt, or add white chocolate chips before cooling as decoration.

    For a fun look, melt 1/2 cup of white chocolate chips in the microwave with 1 tablespoon of butter. Add organic red food coloring and mix in the fudge with a skewer creating swirls or other patterns.

  • 04 of 09

    White Chocolate Fudge

    White Chocolate Fudge
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    Although white chocolate isn't technically chocolate, it has a beautiful cacao flavor that's mild and very sweet. This treat doesn’t require special equipment or extended beating and it's not too cloyingly sweet. A few ingredients and 30 minutes are all you need.

    Try adding almond extract, vanilla bean, or peppermint extract. To create a decorative pattern, as soon as you put it in the pan to cool, crush salty pretzels on top, colorful M&Ms, or other candy.

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  • 05 of 09

    Ice Cream Fudge

    Ice Cream Fudge

    The Spruce / Eric Kleinberg

    Ice cream fudge calls for only two ingredients: ice cream and chocolate! Yes, you mix the ice cream right into the fudge, and after 40 minutes you have a creamy chilled treat. Choose quality chocolate and ice cream (full fat) for a bold flavor and creamy texture.

    Use any ice cream flavor to make it your own. Add texture with crunchy ice cream, like peanut butter chunks or brownie, or crunchy toppings like pretzels, nuts, seeds, or dried fruit.

  • 06 of 09

    Peanut Butter Fudge

    Peanut Butter Fudge

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    Usually, silky old-style peanut butter fudge requires a long time over the stove stirring, but this quick version takes only 25 minutes, three ingredients, and has a great crunch thanks to the crunchy peanut butter.

    Once you pour the fudge in the pan to cool off, top with 1/2 cup of chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of whole salted roasted peanuts. Try an almond or cashew version with the same amount of almond butter, 1/8 cup of water, and a heaping tablespoon of corn starch.

  • 07 of 09

    Key Lime Pie Fudge

    Key Lime Pie Fudge

    Elizabeth LaBau

    This recipe takes the classic flavors of key lime pie and recreates them in fudge form. Creamy white chocolate fudge, flavored with lime zest and fresh lime juice, sits atop a crunchy graham cracker crumb crust for a refreshing finger food sized dessert.

    Bake the crust for 5 minutes, melt the rest of your ingredients in the microwave, and 35 minutes later you have a pan of goodness ready to chill. Decorate with lime peel curls or drizzle with melted white chocolate for a crispier bite.

  • 08 of 09

    Orange Creamsicle Fudge

    Creamsicle Fudge with Orange Peel
    Debbie Vanni/The Culinary Cellar

    This is a recipe that requires a lot of attention to detail over 45 minutes of cooking, but it isn't really too difficult. The marshmallow fluff speeds up the process.

    The recipe calls for a thermometer to check the candy temperature, so it's key that you have one. Also, have food coloring at hand or keep it natural and use turmeric or annatto to achieve the orange color.

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  • 09 of 09

    Swirled Nutella Fudge

    Swirled Nutella Fudge

    Elizabeth LaBau

    Nutella, white chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, 15 minutes, and a microwave are all that you need to create this decadent treat. Because of Nutella's sugariness, you could substitute the semi-sweet chocolate with dark unsweetened chocolate to make a more mature dessert.

    Personalize the flavor profile by using peanut butter, chocolate almond butter, snickerdoodle, or cookie butter in place of the Nutella.