Super Easy Chocolate Fudge With Variations

Sweetened condensed milk fudge

The Spruce / Diana Rattray

  • Total: 20 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 5 mins
  • Chill: 2 hrs
  • Servings: 36 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
147 Calories
10g Fat
13g Carbs
3g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 36
Amount per serving
Calories 147
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 6mg 2%
Sodium 17mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 6%
Protein 3g
Calcium 45mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This easy, foolproof chocolate fudge is a snap to make with sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and a little butter. If you use the microwave to heat the mixture, be sure to stir it frequently until the chocolate has melted completely and the mixture is well blended. Using a double boiler (or simply placing a heatproof bowl over a pot of simmering water) helps you better control the melting and keep the mixture smooth.

Instead of carefully cooking a sugar mixture until the perfect temperature and beating the fudge until creamy, this quick recipe lets you combine all of the ingredients at once and add it to the fridge to set up. It's much faster than your average fudge recipe but still results in creamy, rich candy.

Super easy chocolate fudge is one of our most popular fudge recipes, not only because of the great flavor and texture but also because it is incredibly easy to make. Just mix the ingredients together, melt, and spread.

Ingredients

  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips (12 ounces)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips (6 ounces)
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Optional: 1 cup pecans (or walnuts, chopped)

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for easy chocolate fudge
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  2. Lightly grease a 9-inch square pan. Line with a piece of plastic wrap about 18 to 24 inches in length, leaving the ends out to cover the finished fudge. The ends will also serve as "handles" which will help you lift the fudge out of the pan.

    Prep the pan before making fudge.
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  3. In a double boiler or stainless steel bowl over simmering water, combine the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, butter, and vanilla. Stir until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is smooth. Stir in the nuts, if using.

    Chocolate and butter combined.
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  4. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.

    Fudge in the prepared pan.
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  5. Spread gently then cover lightly with the ends of the plastic wrap. Chill in the refrigerator until the fudge is firm.

    Wrap the fudge to set.
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  6. Lift the chilled fudge out of the pan and cut into small squares.

    Easy chocolate fudge.
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  7. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Variations

  • For rocky road fudge, stir in about 1 cup of miniature marshmallows and replace the chopped nuts with 1/2 cup of chopped peanuts.
  • Gently press about 1/2 cup of toffee bits into the top of the fudge just before you put it in the refrigerator.
  • Top the fudge with crushed peppermint sticks or candy canes.
  • Add chopped red and green candied cherries to the fudge in place of or in addition to the chopped nuts.
  • To make chocolate and coconut fudge, spread about 1/2 cup of flaked sweetened coconut out in a single layer in a skillet. Place the skillet over medium heat and cook, stirring and turning constantly, until the coconut is lightly browned. Stir the coconut into the fudge along with the nuts, if using.
  • Replace the walnuts or pecans with 1 cup of lightly toasted pistachios or chopped toasted macadamia nuts.
  • Stir 1 tablespoon of bourbon or rum into the fudge along with the vanilla.
  • Add 1/2 to 1 cup of dried cranberries, raisins, or chopped dried cherries to the fudge along with the nuts.

Is There a Difference Between Condensed Milk and Evaporated Milk?

While sweetened condensed milk and evaporated milk are sold side-by-side on store shelves, they are used very differently and shouldn't be substituted when preparing a recipe. Evaporated milk is canned milk with over half of the water evaporated out. Sweetened condensed milk has sugar added, and is thicker and much, much sweeter. It gives this fudge creaminess and sweetness.

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