Easy Fudge Recipe

My extra Easy Fudge Recipe is creamy, soft, rich, and utterly delicious. Everything homemade fudge should be! I use two kinds of chocolate for the perfect fudgy flavor and melt-in-your-mouth texture.

Melt-In-Your-Mouth Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Homemade fudge is synonymous with the holidays in my house. It’s one of those simple, special treats that I only seem to make once the Christmas lights are up! Yet every time this chocolate fudge is literally melting in my mouth come Christmastime, I wonder how I always wait all year to make it.

This old-fashioned fudge recipe is ultra-rich, creamy, and chocolatey. With the added bonus of being SO easy to make. No candy thermometer, secret ingredients, or elaborate techniques (or holidays!) are required in the making of this fudge. It’s pure decadence that’s rich, soft, and flawless every time!

What You’ll Need

The thing I love most about this homemade chocolate candy is that it stays soft, thanks to a few simple ingredients, listed below. Of course, there’s the balance of sweet milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate to really amp up the chocolate factor! Here is what you’ll need, and be sure to check the recipe card for the full amounts:

  • Butter: Give your butter a chance to sit out at room temperature for a while before you start. You can use salted or unsalted butter. If you do use salted butter, you may want to consider leaving out the salt that comes later in the recipe (to avoid overly salty fudge!).
  • Milk Chocolate: I like to use Hershey’s or Dove milk chocolate and chop it up into manageable pieces.
  • Semisweet Chocolate: Either chopped chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips. I recommend using nice quality chocolate here, like Guittard or Ghirardelli.
  • Marshmallow: Use either marshmallow creme or marshmallow fluff. The marshmallow in this recipe helps to keep the sugar from crystallizing, for fudge that’s totally smooth and not grainy.
  • Sugar
  • Evaporated Milk: You’ll need one can, for thickening up the fudge and adding creaminess. Make sure you’re using unsweetened evaporated milk, not to be confused with sweetened condensed milk!
  • Pinch of Salt
Chocolate Chips and chopped chocolate in a bowl

How to Make Flawless Homemade Fudge

There are a few simple techniques to this old-fashioned fudge. It’s by far the quickest and easiest fudge recipe I’ve ever made! Before you start on the fudge itself, get out a 9×13-inch pan. Line it with parchment paper, then spritz the whole thing with nonstick spray. 

Prepare the Chocolate: First, combine the butter with both types of chocolate as well as the marshmallow. Give this a good mix with a wooden spoon. 

Heat the Sugar Mixture: Separately, in a saucepan, we’re going to bring together sugar, evaporated milk, and a touch of salt. Heat this until the mixture boils, and keep it boiling for a few minutes. Remember to stir!

Combine: Take the milk mixture off of the heat. Go ahead and slowly stir in the chocolate mixture from earlier. The texture should be silky smooth when you pour it into your prepared pan. 

Set: Cover the pan with the fudge tightly and let it cool. It will need to be set completely before you can cut the fudge to serve it. This will take several hours (or even overnight) at room temperature. If you’re pressed for time, or simply cannot bear the thought of waiting so long (relatable), placing the fudge in the fridge will speed up the setting process!

Tips for Success

Here are some added tips for fail-proof fudge:

  • Use a Wooden Spoon: Yep, that’s right. Make sure you’re using a wooden spoon when making fudge! Along with wood being safe for stirring at high temperatures, another reason comes down to a bit of candy-making science. The short explanation is that metal spoons conduct heat, and heat in weird places = uneven cooking. And uneven cooking = sugar that doesn’t dissolve properly. So stick with wooden spoons, or otherwise a silicone spoon or spatula that can withstand high heat.
  • Use Real Butter: When butter is concerned, this fudge recipe calls for the real deal. Butter alternatives like margarine won’t set correctly.
Chocolate fudge squares stacked in a bowl.

Variation Ideas

No matter the occasion, there are tons of ways you can make this fudge unique! Here are a few variation ideas to try:

  • Dark Chocolate: For an even richer, bolder chocolate flavor, swap out half of the semisweet chocolate in this recipe for dark chocolate instead.
  • Caramel: Stir chunks of salted caramel or toffee bits into your fudge, or sprinkle them over top (try the homemade toffee from my Butter Crunch Cookies recipe!). You can also drizzle this fudge with Homemade Caramel Sauce for easy chocolate caramel fudge.
  • Malted Milk: For an even creamier fudge texture, bring malted milk powder into the mix to make Malted Milk Fudge. Topped with malted milk balls, obviously!
  • Nuts: Chopped pecans and walnuts are a great way to bring a bit of crunch to a fudge recipe. I’ll often go with walnuts over pecans, as I prefer the softer texture. But you do you! Other good options are macadamias, hazelnuts, peanuts, and pistachios.
  • Peppermint: Add in drops of peppermint extract for mint chocolate fudge! You can also play around with other flavorings like orange extract, cinnamon, rum, and maple.
  • Candy: Once it’s chopped up, most candy will work in this recipe! Try it with Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups (hello, chocolate peanut butter fudge!), Snickers, Peppermint Patties, or M&M’S.
  • Edible Cookie Dough: In case you missed it, Cookie Dough Fudge is a thing. And it’s awesome. Try adding Edible Cookie Dough into this recipe – it’s made egg-free and with heat-treated flour so that it’s totally safe to eat!
  • Oreos: Chop up Oreo cookies to add in for easy Oreo Fudge! Of course, you could always go all out with Cookies and Cream Fudge. Or try this recipe with other cookie varieties like Nutter Butters and Chips Ahoy.

An important thing to note when choosing mix-ins for your fudge is to pay attention to the water content of some add-ins. For best results, avoid ingredients that add moisture or liquid to the fudge (ie. fresh fruit).

If you’re craving even more fudge ideas (minus the chocolate), check out my recipes for Dulce de Leche Swirled Vanilla Fudge and Candy Cane Fudge!

Chocolate fudge squares stacked in a bowl.

Storage Instructions

This chocolate fudge can be stored at room temperature for up to 2 weeks, or in the fridge for up to a month! Just make sure to keep it airtight so that it doesn’t dry out.

Does Fudge Freeze Well?

If you’re wondering whether or not homemade fudge can be frozen, the answer is yes! It will keep for up to a month when stored tightly wrapped in cling wrap or otherwise airtight in the freezer.

I often don’t recommend freezing sweets/baked goods like fudge for longer than 30 days. Mostly as this guarantees the best freshness. However, if your family members are anything like mine, this chocolate fudge never sticks around for long!

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Chocolate fudge squares stacked in a bowl.

Easy Fudge Recipe

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 48 pieces 1x
  • Category: Candy
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Dessert

Description

This might be the BEST chocolate fudge you’ll ever make! This Easy Fudge Recipe is rich, creamy, and melt-in-your-mouth delicious. Everything homemade fudge should be!


Ingredients

Scale
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature and cubed
  • 16 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 24 ounces semi sweet chocolate (chips or chopped)
  • 7 ounces Marshmallow Creme (or Fluff)
  • 4 1/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 (12- ounce) can evaporated milk
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Line a  9×13 pan with parchment paper. Coat lightly with nonstick spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the butter, milk chocolate, semi-sweet chocolate, and marshmallow cream mixing as well as you can with a wooden spoon. Set aside.
  3. In a large saucepan over medium heat stir together the granulated sugar, evaporated milk, and pinch of salt. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil, and boil for 4 minutes, stirring very frequently.
  4. Remove the mixture from the heat and slowly add to the chocolate mixture stirring until smooth.
  5. Pour the chocolate into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  6. Cover the pan tightly and allow the fudge to set up completely before cutting into squares. At room temperature it will take several hours or overnight for the fudge to set up. Alternately you can place the pan in the refrigerator to set up more quickly.

Notes

Store airtight at room temperature for up to 14 days.

Store airtight in the refrigerator or freezer for up to 30 days.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 piece
  • Calories: 232
  • Sugar: 33.4 g
  • Sodium: 19.4 mg
  • Fat: 9.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 37.3 g
  • Protein: 2.3 g
  • Cholesterol: 7.4 mg

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9 comments on “Easy Fudge Recipe”

  1. When boiling sugar and evaporated milk the milk curdled. What did I do wrong. I’m going to try again because I’m convinced this recipe is worth it. Thank you

  2. Could you use a stand mixer with paddle attachment to incorporate the non-heated ingredients and to pour the heated ingredients into to mix all together before pouring into the 9×13 pan?

  3. This looks great! I want to send some treats to my sister in law who is obsessed with Nutella. Would it be possible to make a Nutella fudge based on this recipe? Replace something with it? Or maybe just swirl some in?

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