Fudge

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Chocolate Fudge – classic rich and creamy chocolate fudge that is easy to make and will disappear in no time!

When I was growing up we had a few holiday traditions and foods we made every year no matter what. And this fudge was one of them. Every Christmas Eve we would make this fudge, and it was seriously my all time favorite.

It is still a tradition today with my own family, as well as Reese’s Fudge because we are also big peanut butter fans!

fudge in a wrapper

 

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • There is no baking involved with fudge, you just mix everything together on the stovetop and boil until it is done. Easy and fast!
  • This is great to make ahead and freeze. It also makes great gifts, so if you don’t need a whole pan, arrange in cute bags and give to friends and neighbors.
  • Every day, easy to find ingredients. Aside from the marshmallow fluff, I keep the rest of the ingredients on hand in my panty all the time. So it is easy to make last minute.

What You’ll Need

  • Butter
  • Sugar
  • Evaporated Milk
  • Marshmallow Fluff
  • Chocolate Chips
  • Vanilla Extract
fudge in a wrapper

What Kind Of Chocolate To Use For Fudge

Given that chocolate is pretty much all you taste here, you want to use a good quality chocolate. There is enough sugar in the recipe, that a semi-sweet chocolate will give you a sweet fudge. You can use dark chocolate if you don’t want it too sweet. But avoid milk chocolate, as that will be way too sweet given the amount of sugar already in the recipe.

I like to use either Ghirardelli or Guittard chocolate chips when I make fudge. You want the best quality chocolate for your budget to make the best fudge.

How To Make Chocolate Fudge

  1. In a heavy duty stock pot or dutch oven mix together the sugar, butter and evaporated milk.
  2. Heat over medium heat until a rolling boil, making sure to stir constantly.
  3. Once at a rolling boil, boil for about 3 minutes, until 234º F.
  4. Remove from the pan from the heat. Add the chocolate chips and marshmallow cream, mix until well combined.
  5. Stir in the vanilla extract until well blended and pour into a prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
  6. Let set until it hardens, approximately 90 minutes.
fudge in a wrapper

How Do I Know When Fudge Is Done

There are a couple of ways to know. It does take about 3 minutes, but depending on the brand of butter you used, the water content, how high the heat is etc. It can vary a little, so you want to be sure it sets up properly.

Thermometer – you can test the temperature and be sure it reaches 234º F. This is the stage for candy where it will set up and be firm, but still soft and decadent to bite into.

Soft Ball Test – to do this you need to have a very cold bowl of water next to the stove. Around 2 1/2 minutes, drop some of the sugar mixture into the water. Use your hands to form into a soft ball. As soon as it can just hold its shape it is done and you can remove from the heat. Repeat the test with fresh cold water each time until you get to the soft ball.

Storage

You can store fudge in an airtight container for up to a week before it starts to dry out. It also freezes very well. Just store in an airtight container, I like to slice first, for up to 3 months. Remove and let thaw on the counter to serve.

close up slices of chocolate fudge

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4.80 from 5 votes

Fudge

By Erin
Chocolate Fudge – classic rich and creamy chocolate fudge that is easy to make and will disappear in no time!
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Total: 15 minutes
Servings: 48

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Butter or grease a 9×13 inch pan. Set aside.
  • In a heavy duty stock pot or dutch oven, mix the sugar, butter and evaporated milk. Heat over medium heat until a rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  • Once to a rolling boil, continue stirring and let it boil for about 3 minutes, until it reaches 234º F.
  • Remove from the heat. Add the chocolate chips and marshmallow cream, mix until well combined.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract.
  • Pour into prepared pan and spread into an even layer.
  • Let set until it hardens, approximately 90 minutes.

Notes

To test when fudge is done, have a very cold bowl of water next to the stove. Around 2 1/2 minutes, drop some of the sugar mixture into the water. Use your hands to form into a soft ball. As soon as it can just hold its shape it is done and you can remove from the heat.
Slightly adapted from Kraft Fantasy Fudge

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 134kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 38mg | Sugar: 19g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Erin
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Course: Dessert Recipes
Cuisine: American
Servings: 48
Calories: 134
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55 Comments

  1. What a fun tradition! I’ve actually never made fudge before (I know, I’m so bad) but that really needs to change – I think I’ll have to tackle this in the new year! 🙂

  2. Your fudge looks so……. creamy and delicious! My mom always made fudge but it’s one thing I don’t do – I’m thinking that might need to change! 🙂

  3. I am inspired to make fudge again. I had to failed attempts this year and gave up but after seeing so much fudge on blogs this holiday season I want to give it a try again.

  4. Christmas is not the same to me without fudge. I actually do eat it for breakfast on Christmas morning. Nice to see it is a part of your holiday traditions too.

  5. Homemade fudge is simply the best! My sister brings it every year for Christmas – love traditions!! I wish I had a piece right now. 🙂