You only need 5 ingredients to make this super Easy Chocolate Fudge recipe. This classic holiday candy is always a favorite!
Chocolate Fudge is a fabulous treat to make for gifting during the holidays. Our recipe makes 32 pieces and costs about $9.86 to make or just $0.31 per piece.
Easy Chocolate Fudge
This fudge recipe is one of our favorites because it only needs FIVE ingredients to make it and takes only TEN minutes to make it. Plus, there is no need for a candy thermometer with this recipe!
Every year we love making trays of Christmas cookies and treats. We start our morning off by making this easy fudge recipe, and while it’s chilling, we make the other confections.
Our fudge recipe is creamy, full of rich chocolate flavor that melts in your mouth with a little crunch to it. It will remind you of your favorite old-fashioned fudge without spending big bucks on getting it.
While fudge is a staple during the holidays, we love to make it year-round as an easy, no-bake treat that the kids can help us make.
What are the ingredients for fudge?
Our recipe calls for just five ingredients. We use chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, salt, and walnuts.
Can I use evaporated milk instead of condensed milk for easy chocolate fudge?
Unfortunately, you cannot use evaporated milk instead of condensed milk in fudge. You can substitute evaporated milk for regular milk in many instances, but it will not give the same rich, creamy taste that you get from the sweetened condensed milk.
Can you melt fudge?
Fudge will not melt in the same way that a candy bar will melt. This is because fudge is cooked candy. Cooked candies do not actually melt until they reach about 125 degrees. So it may melt if you live in Arizona, like Beth and Jess! Ha Ha! However, it can soften if it is left in the sun or a warm place.
How much will this Easy Fudge recipe cost to make:
RECIPE COST: $9.86
PRICE PER PIECE: $0.31
- 4 cups chocolate chips – $3.99
- 2 cans sweetened condensed milk – $3.96
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract – $0.34
- 1/2 teaspoon salt – $0.01
- 1 cup walnuts – $1.56
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How to make this Easy Chocolate Fudge recipe:
STEPS ONE, TWO, AND THREE: First, prep the pan. Then melt the chocolate chips in a large saucepan. Next, remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the salt and vanilla.
STEPS FOUR, FIVE, AND SIX: Stir in chopped walnuts. Spread the fudge evenly into the prepared pan and chill until set. Finally, remove the fudge from the pan, cut into squares, and serve.
The Easy Chocolate Fudge Flavor and Recipe Variations:
Feel free to use any extracts that you’d like. Some of our favorites are orange, almond, and peppermint.
Instead of walnuts, you can use pecans, peanuts, cashews, or pistachios.
This recipe makes a thicker fudge; you can cut the recipe in half if you would like.
How long is it good for:
Store: We like to store the finished easy chocolate fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 7 days. You can store the fudge in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, but we find that it gets a little dried out in the refrigerator.
Freeze: Place fudge in an airtight container and freeze for up to 3 months.
How to get the kids involved with this recipe:
Ages 2-3: Have your little one measure out the chocolate chips. This is a great time to practice counting!
Ages 4-5: Let your child mix in the vanilla, salt, and nuts after melting the chocolate.
Ages 6-8: Your child can assist in measuring out the ingredients for the recipe. They can also help stir the chocolate while it is melting.
Ages 9-11: Supervise them while they prepare the entire recipe. Remember to have them read it twice before beginning the recipe.
Ages 12+: Let them prepare the entire recipe, unsupervised, while you do the happy dance in the corner!
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Easy Chocolate Fudge
- 8-inch pan
- large saucepan
- measuring cups
- Wooden spoon
- Measuring spoons
- 4 cups chocolate chips semi-sweet or bittersweet
- 28 ounces sweetened condensed milk (2, 14-ounce cans)
- 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 cup walnuts chopped
- Line an 8-inch pan with parchment paper, leaving an overhang on all sides.
- Add chocolate chips and milk to a large, heavy saucepan over low heat. Stir constantly until the chips are almost completely melted.
- Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir until the chocolate mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in salt, vanilla, and chopped nuts.
SPREAD AND CHILL:
- Spread the fudge in an even layer into the prepared pan.
- Chill for 2-3 hours or until set.
- Lift the fudge from the pan using the parchment paper overhang.
- Cut the fudge into 32 squares.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container.
- This recipe makes a thicker fudge; you can cut the recipe in half if you would like.