I love fudge. Love, love, love it. But I never have very good luck making it.
Here is the easiest, fastest, most fool-proof fudge you’ve ever had. It’s thick, creamy and rich. Make it to share, though. If you make this recipe just to make it, you’re going to be so mad at me when you end up eating the whole pan!
And it’s made in the microwave! It takes less than five minutes to prep and can set in as little as two hours. No more standing over the stovetop checking the thermometer and watching the timer, hoping your Christmas candy gets to the right temperature.
How to Make Fudge
In a glass bowl, place the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter. The butter will melt better if it’s cut into a few pieces. Microwave for thirty seconds and stir. If there are still chunks, microwave for another 30 seconds and stir again. It’s better to let the chocolate melt slowly from the heat of the bowl and the other melted chocolate than to microwave it to death. It’ll turn hard and tacky if you microwave it too much. If your chocolate chips are frozen, it’ll take a little longer for them to melt.
Once everything is melted and gooey, add the vanilla and salt.
At this point your fudge may or may not look smooth and creamy. Like this:
The first time I made this recipe, it was grainy looking, almost like thin oatmeal. I was so disappointed because I really wanted the recipe to work! But when it was all set and hardened, it was delicious, creamy and smooth. So, if it’s thick and hard to stir, THAT’S OK!
Line an 8×8 baking dish with tin foil or parchment paper. Spray with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the fudge mixture into the dish and smooth out evenly.
Scoop out the extra from the bowl with a spoon. Share with people you love.
Let it set in the fridge for at least two hours. When the fudge is firm, pull the whole thing out of the baking dish and peel off the parchment paper or tinfoil.
Cut into squares. I use a big butcher knife.
Serve with a pat on the back for a job well done.
- 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 14-oz can condensed milk
- 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) butter, cut into pieces
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- In a glass bowl, add chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter. Microwave for 30 seconds and stir. Repeat until mixture is all melted and gooey. Add vanilla and salt and mix well.
- Pour into a foil lined, sprayed 8x8 baking dish. Let it set in the fridge for at least 2 hours. Cut into squares and serve.
Variations of this recipe are endless. Sprinkle nuts or flavored marshmallows on top before it settles. Add some peanut butter chips or toffee bits. Stir in some mint extract or crunch up some peppermint to sprinkle on top. Make it yours, my friend.
What’s your favorite holiday treat?