The Easiest Foolproof Fudge Recipe — Look no further than this recipe for the EASIEST and most FOOLPROOF fudge that takes less than 3 minutes to make!! Customize it with your favorite add-ins like cranberries and walnuts! Great for gifts and cookie exchanges!!
Easy Fudge Recipe
If you’re a fudge fan but have not had success with other recipes or have been afraid to try making it because it seems complicated, this is the recipe that will put all of that to rest.
This homemade fudge is so incredibly easy and literally comes together in couple of minutes in the microwave with just a handful of key ingredients.
You don’t have to worry about boiling anything, candy thermometers, or it not setting up. I promise you this is the easiest and most foolproof chocolate fudge ever with a rich, luxurious taste.
What’s in This Fudge Recipe?
There is chocolate of course, sweetened condensed milk, and butter. From there, you can customize the fudge with your favorite add-ins.
I added dried cranberries and Fisher Walnut Halves and Pieces to the fudge for flavor and texture. The dried cranberries add chewiness and the walnuts add crunch to the otherwise silky smooth fudge.
Fisher recipe nuts are a wonderful way to add flavor and texture to any dish without adding preservatives or salt. All Fisher recipe nuts are non-GMO Project Verified.
Look for their stand-up resealable bag and enjoy the lovely flavor these high-quality walnuts will add to all your recipes.
I’ve been working with Fisher Nuts for years. Check out this Sweet Potato Casserole with Butter Pecan Topping, Sea Salt Browned Butter Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies, Pumpkin Crumb Coffee Cake, and Salted Caramel Candied Pecan Carmelitas that I’ve made using their pecans.
How to Make Fudge
To make this microwave fudge recipe, simply melt the sweetened condensed milk, butter, and chocolate chips in a large bowl. I cooked my sweetened condensed milk fudge for 2 1/2 minutes in a large, glass, microwave-safe bowl. Because all microwaves vary in their intensity, and all ingredients and bowls vary, microwaving time can vary.
To be safe, I would start checking to see if you can stir the ingredients smooth after 2 minutes, but don’t be surprised if it takes longer. It’s better to heat in shorter bursts and check often than it is to accidentally overcook it because the chocolate could harden and seize up and you’d have to start over.
Once melted, mix in the pecans and cranberries. Turn the chocolate fudge into a greased 8×8-inch pan and let it sit at room temperature until firm.
Here’s a video that shows you exactly how I make the fudge.
Fudge Customization Ideas
There are so many ways to get creative with this fudge, including:
- sprinkling sea salt on the top
- incorporating Fisher Chopped Pecans rather than Fisher Walnut Halves and Pieces
- chopped chocolate cream-filled sandwich cookies
- holiday sprinkles
- chopped candy canes or peppermint bits
- toffee bits
- diced peanut butter cups
I wouldn’t try them all at once (peppermint and peanut butter would be pretty, ummm, interesting together) but if you’re a fudge fanatic, those are some easy variations to try.
Can I Make This on the Stovetop?
Yes, very easily! To make this easy fudge recipe on the stove, all you need to do is melt the butter, sweetened condensed milk, and chocolate chips in a saucepan over low heat. Then, proceed with the rest of the instructions as listed.
How to Store Homemade Fudge
Fudge always makes great hostess gifts and works well in cookie exchanges in decorative bags because it keeps fresh for a long time.
I have stored it at room temp for about a month and in the fridge for even longer, at least two months. You do not need to store it in the fridge and it’s stable at room temp, but if you want it extra-firm or you live in a warmer climate, you may want to store it in the fridge.
As always, use your best judgment, but I am just sharing my personal experiences with storing it.
Tips for Making Homemade Fudge
It’s crucial that you buy sweetened condensed milk and NOT evaporated milk. They’re two totally different products, and evaporated milk would result in very runny fudge.
If adding peppermint extract or crushed peppermint candies to this chocolate fudge recipe, I recommend doing a test batch first to perfect your ratios. Peppermint can easily overpower a dessert, so add a little less than you think you’ll need to be safe.
To slice this fudge neatly, I simply lift the entire batch out of the baking dish (I put aluminum foil underneath) and cut it with a large knife. Easy peasy!
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The Easiest Foolproof Fudge
Look no further than this recipe for the EASIEST and most FOOLPROOF fudge that takes less than 3 minutes to make!! Customize it with your favorite add-ins like cranberries and walnuts!
- 3 cups semi sweet chocolate chips (18 ounces or 1 1/2 bags chocolate chips)
- one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter, diced into pieces
- 1 cup Fisher Walnut Halves and Pieces
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- Line an 8×8-inch pan with foil or parchment for easier cleanup; set aside.
- To a large, microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, butter, and heat on high power to melt, about 2 1/2 minutes but all microwaves vary in intensity. Stop to check and stir after 2 minutes and heat from there in 30-second intervals, if necessary, until the mixture can be stirred smooth.
- Add the walnuts, cranberries, and stir to combine.
- Turn mixture out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula as necessary. Place on the counter to cool and set up fully, about 4 hours. If you are in a hurry, you can place the pan in the fridge to expedite it.
- Slice and serve after fudge has set up.
- Fudge will keep airtight at room temp for up to 1 month or in the fridge for at least 3 months. It is stable at room temp but if you prefer it firmer or live in a warmer climate, I recommend the fridge.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 161Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 21gFiber: 1gSugar: 19gProtein: 2g
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Post is brought to you by Fisher. The recipe, images, text, video, and opinions expressed are my own.
Originally published December 12, 1018 and republished December 18, 2020 with updated text.
I made it this weekend- it really is so easy! I’ve made fudge for years and this was so much easier than standing at the stove cooking it. I topped it with peanut butter and swirled it in. Very tasty! My only problem is I can’t stop eating it now. Thanks for a quick easy delicious recipe!
Thanks for the 5 star review and glad this was so much easier than your other recipe and standing at the stove!
Hello. I was thinking of making fudge to put in the gift bags for our delivery people. I’m curious about the butter in your fudge recipe. I don’t see it as an ingredient in similar recipes, so I’m wondering if it has some secret special purpose the other food bloggers don’t know about. Would you please explain what the butter does in this recipe? Thank you very much.
This is the recipe my grandma used, this is what is is. It’s great, make it as written!
Hi i did everything ss mentioned but my fudge was very flowy and mushy. Why could it be like that
Too much sweetened condensed milk is my likely guess. Even a tiny bit too much in relation to the amount of chocolate used could have the effect.
I made this and took it into work everyone loved it so much they had 2 pieces and husband had 3! :) Ultra quick and easy. Just the way I like treats to be. Thank you.
Thanks for the five star review and glad this was a hit and was ultra quick and easy for you!
Easy, simple & great to give as a gift.
Thanks for the five star review and I agree – easy and perfect for gift giving!
The Easiest Fudge is the BEST !! So easy too. Now I have a request. My favorite is peanut butter.
Is there an easy way to make it into Easiest chocolate/peanut butter Fudge ! Or just
a peanut butter fudge.
Dave Grindel from NY (Cloudy Skies)
Glad you think this easiest fudge is the best too! I haven’t experimented with it how to make a PB version…that will be next year’s pre-holiday project.
Excuse the vintage photography and post style here but here is one version https://www.averiecooks.com/fudge-chocolate-and-holiday-baking/
And here is another https://www.averiecooks.com/peanut-butter-butterscotch-marshmallow-fudge/
I made your foolproof chocolate fudge recipe. I have to say it is the best recipe. I would never use another recipe for fudge. It is not overly sweet like other recipes. I have made fudge using marshmellow in the jar and have found it to be very sweet. I also like the fact that you don’t add any sugar to the recipe. The sweet condensed milk is sweet enough. The only think that I did different was add a teaspoon of vanilla extract. I don’t have a microwave. It came out perfect in a double boiler on top of the stove. I am so happy that you shared this recipe with everyone. It was easy to make and no mess.
Thanks for the five star review and I’m glad to hear you will never use another fudge recipe and that this is the one for you!
I was thinking of incorporating gingerbread spices, cookies, and molasses. I know that the additional liquid might prevent it from firming up properly. Do you think a workaround would be to swap a tablespoon of molasses for a TB of butter? Or the condensed milk?
I would not add anything liquid-ish of any sort; it could negatively effect the results. Maybe not, but my hunch is yes. Dry spices, fine, but nothing liquid is my guess.
Okay, thank you for your reply!
Can you recommend the best way to cut it so it looks as pretty as yours???
Line you pan with foil, lift the whole thing out onto a cutting board, and cut away :)
How much candy cane / toffee bits would you add to this recipe ?
Hard to say, probably 1/2 cup toffee bits. With peppermint, sometimes it can be pretty strong. I’d play it by ear and start slowly or do a test batch first.
hey girl- this is right up my alley! yummy!
Great and have a wonderful holiday season!
Not all of us have a microwave oven. What are the directions using standard stovetop burners?
Heat slowly over low heat until everything comes together and is melted.
I realize it must have seemed like a silly question….. thank you for the clarification.
Fudge is probably my favorite sweet treat. Cranberry walnut sounds like a good combination and what could be easier than 3 ingredients!!
It’s so easy to make! The perfect holiday treat and that’s great to know that fudge is probably your favorite sweet treat!