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Easy and quick four ingredient fudge recipe.
If you thought fudge was difficult to make, this simple recipe will prove you wrong!
It only take four basic ingredients and then you can customize the flavors however you want. A friend shared this fudge recipe with me recently and I couldn’t believe how easy it was!
This is such a delicious and quick treat to make at the holidays, it will be a staple in our house from now on. It’s perfect for neighbors or co-worker gifts.
I’m sharing four versions of this effortless fudge recipe with both milk chocolate and dark chocolate.
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Each batch only takes a few minutes to make!
One bag of milk or dark chocolate chips
One 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
One tsp vanilla extract
Pinch or so of sea salt
Optional additions or toppings:
Nuts, caramel, peppermint, marshmallows, etc.
Start with a microwave safe bowl and add the bag of chocolate chips.
Microwave them at 30 second increments, stirring after each one:
At this consistency, it’s almost ready! I microwaved three times at 30 seconds and then about 20 seconds for the last time.
It will be easy to stir and completely melted…just don’t warm it too many times!
Add your salt and vanilla extract:
I added the condensed milk last, because it starts to thicken up quickly once it’s mixed:
The original recipe called for 14 ounces of chocolate chips and the 14 ounce milk can. Because I could only find 11 ounce of chips, I didn’t add ALL of the condensed milk.
I’m sure the fudge would be fine with all of it, but I wanted to keep those two ingredients equal.
If you want traditional fudge, you’re done with the ingredients at this point!
I added a small amount of the toppings to the mix on some of the batches.
I mixed in some chopped nuts in this simple nut version. You can see how much the mixture thickens up at the end:
And then your fudge is ready!
I spread the fudge mixture into the containers as well as I could — mine were not perfect. 🙂
Then I sprinkled the toppings on while it was still wet:
I crushed some candy canes in a plastic bag to break them up for another topping:
Press your toppings into the top of the fudge just a bit to ensure they stay put!
Your pan can be just about anything — these are just going in the fridge so they don’t have to be oven safe.
I used small shallow metal pans for some and glass containers for others. You can use a loaf pan as well.
Lining your pan with parchment paper will make the removal at the end much easier!
When your fudge is in the pan, chill it in the fridge for at least two hours before serving.
I did two dark chocolate versions of this fudge — one with nuts and one with caramel and extra sea salt:
And two with milk chocolate chips — one with peppermint and one with peanut butter (and nuts on top!):
I’ve never made fudge in my life so I wasn’t sure how these would turn out.
They were ALL absolutely delicious! I was kind of impressed…with myself. 😂
Our favorites were the peppermint fudge and the peanut butter:
But all were SO GOOD!
I added a bit too much caramel to that version, so they didn’t set up quite as well. They were very sticky and not as firm.
But still delicious!
If you want firmer fudge, don’t add too much additional liquid to the mixture.
After I finished up these delicious treats, I cleaned up so I could share our Christmas kitchen with you!
I’m just adding the photos here for you to enjoy — if you have questions about anything please feel free to ask in the comments below!:
Have you tried this super easy fudge recipe? What’s your favorite addition? This recipe would be fun to experiment with!
I hope you have a wonderful and safe holiday week — all the best to you!!