Easy Fudge

I tried making fudge once and it didn’t work out so well. That was many years ago. I swore off making it since then even though I love it so much. I’m not sure what went wrong. I wasn’t as much of a baker back then. But given that I’m blogging now and fudge is a staple in many homes this time of year, I figured it needed to be done. I searched high and low, asked friends and fellow bloggers what their favorite recipes are. I had many to choose from but ended up on one that I’d bookmarked a while back.

It’s simple, I was honestly skeptical because of how simple it was. It calls for five ingredients, two of which are chocolate plus any add in items you might want. No butter, no sugar and not even a dollop of fluff. If you can melt chocolate, you can make this. I worried that it wouldn’t taste fudgey enough, maybe it wouldn’t set or maybe it’d end up being too hard. Those are perfectly normal things to worry about when it comes to chocolate. You don’t want rock hard fudge and you certainly don’t want it to be floppy. Neither is acceptable.

Thankfully this turned out wonderful. The perfect fudgey taste, not too soft and not too hard. Though of course if you leave it out of the fridge too long it will soften up substantially leaving you with lickable fingers, but I’m not complaining. I decided to switch things up a bit with this and make some fun shapes with mini cutters instead of the traditional square pieces. Very fun to make and the kids can even get involved with this. The shapes make them even more giftable – bonus! Who doesn’t like receiving yummy and pretty treats?

Easy Fudge

Ingredients:

2C semi-sweet chocolate
1C milk chocolate
1 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 tsp fine sea salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Directions:

Prepare a square baking pan with foil or parchment paper. I opted for parchment paper because it gives a smoother finish, though can be more troublesome to get in the pan just right. Set aside.

In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate with sweetened condensed milk and salt over medium low heat. I started out at the lowest setting and eventually ended up on 2. That's me being impatient. Stir constantly getting to the bottom of the pan and edges. Scrape as you stir. Do not walk away, you do not want to chance any chocolate burning to the pan.

When the mixture is completely smooth, remove from heat. Add vanilla and stir well until fully combined. Pour into prepared pan. Chill for at least 2-3 hours.
Remove from pan and cut into squares using a sharpe knife. Alternately, as I did, you can use mini cutters for fun shapes. Store in an airtight container in the fridge. Store any filled gift boxes in the fridge until it is time to travel or give them to the recipient.

Recipe source: My Baking Addiction


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13 Responses to “Easy Fudge”

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    natalie (the sweets life) — December 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    yum! I just made some similar fudge (rocky road) with sweetened condensed milk and it turned out great! yours looks so smooth and perfect!

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    bunkycooks — December 11, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Fudge is so easy to make and really is a great gift for the holidays! I love the festive shapes. :)

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    Tiffany @ Conor & Bella — December 11, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    I like the shapes! When I get around to making fudge, I plan on cutting them into gingerbread shapes.

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    Sara — December 11, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    I agree. The shapes are awesome. What a wonderful way to add personality to fudge. I love mine with pecans. Hmmm.

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    Jan @ Family Bites — December 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I adore the shapes. How fun are those!

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    fooddreamer — December 13, 2010 at 1:01 am

    I think the shapes are inspired. They really make it so much fun! The fudge recipe does seem nice and easy to throw together.

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    Barbara Bakes — December 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    We make fudge ever year, but I’ve never done the cute shapes. Great idea!

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    Lynn — December 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I love the shapes! What a darling gift idea!

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    BENJAMIN — December 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Hi Rachel, what a lovely site. However I am eyeing your box – where did you find that box – I love baking for my friends but cant seem to find a suitable pretty box and hate giving away my air tight containers…

    • Rachel — December 3rd, 2013 @ 2:48 pm

      You should be able to find standard white boxes like that at any craft store.

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    Megan Alyse — December 17, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    My first time making fudge….well, lets just say, it was more soup than fudge. But i’m glad I found this recipe! I’m gonna have to give it a try.

    • Rachel — December 17th, 2014 @ 8:11 pm

      Enjoy!! :)

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