Chocolate Fudge – The easiest fudge recipe ever! Made with just 3 simple ingredients, this fudge recipe is so tasty and simple to make.
Being a Michigander, fudge is in my blood. I have so many memories of being in Mackinac and getting fudge from local shops that seemed to have every flavor under the sun. While going to a fudge shop is always fun, sometimes I don’t have 4 hours free to go up to one so I have to settle for making it at home! Now homemade fudge can really give the stuff in shops a run for it’s money because it’s just that good and SO easy to make!
There are basically two schools of thought behind homemade fudge – sweetened condensed milk or cooking the sugar, cream, and butter. I am of the group who prefers sweetened condensed milk because it makes making fudge fool-proof and super easy. I burnt my sugar the one time I tried the other method and it just wasn’t worth it.
Another important part of this recipe is that you refrigerate the fudge until it is fully set. If you look back at my red velvet fudge post, you can see the lines where each piece of fudge was cut aren’t quite as smooth and crisp as my chocolate fudge. That’s because that one wasn’t 100% set because I was impatient. Don’t be impatient! It will just look a whole lot nicer if you just wait about 3 hours until the fudge sets before digging into it.
Common Questions About Making Chocolate Fudge
How do you make homemade fudge?
Making homemade fudge is super easy. All you have to do is combine a can of sweetened condensed milk, 3 cups chocolate chips, and 2 tablespoons butter in a pan, cooking until everything has melted together.
Do I have to use sweetened condensed milk?
No, many fudge recipes call for a mixture of sugar and cream but I found that I burned the sugar too easily and that the fudge turned out much more consistent with sweetened condensed milk.
Can I decorate chocolate fudge?
Of course! While I didn’t in the fudge pictured, you could totally drizzle white chocolate, chocolate, peanut butter, etc or top it with festive sprinkles.
What kind of chocolate chips can I use?
I used semi-sweet chocolate chips but you could always substitute those in for white chocolate or even a dark chocolate if you prefer that.
What other types of fudge can I make?
There are so many fudge options! Some of my favorites include –
How long will fudge last?
About 3 months in the freezer.
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- 3 cups chocolate chips
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 ounces)
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Line a 8x8" pan with aluminum foil and set aside.
- In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine all ingredients. Stir continuously until chocolate chips are fully melted.
- Remove from heat and transfer to the lined pan and spread it evenly.
- Refrigerate for 3+ hours or until fudge is completely firm.
- Remove fudge from pan and slice into pieces before serving.