Easy Fudge

Quick and easy homemade fudge. A fun seasonal treat that is perfect for gifting!

Quick and easy homemade fudge recipe from @bakedbyrachel. A seasonal treat perfect for gifting!

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

Quick and easy homemade fudge. A fun seasonal treat that is perfect for gifting!
Total Time3 hours
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate
Servings: 9 plus


  • 2 C semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1 C milk chocolate
  • 1 14 oz sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  • Prepare an 8x8 baking pan with parchment paper, leaving overhang on two sides. 
  • In a medium saucepan, melt chocolate with sweetened condensed milk and salt over medium low heat. 
  • 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.Carefully remove from pan, cutting into squares using a sharpe knife. Alternately, use mini cookie cutters for fun shapes. Store any food safe gift boxes or storage boxes in the fridge until ready to serve or gift.
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15 Responses to “Easy Fudge”

  1. #
    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!

  2. #
    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.

  4. #
    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.

  5. #
    Jan @ Family Bites — December 12, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    I adore the shapes. How fun are those!

  6. #
    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.

  7. #
    Barbara Bakes — December 13, 2010 at 9:26 pm

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

  8. #
    Lynn — December 15, 2010 at 10:50 am

    I love the shapes! What a darling gift idea!

  9. #
    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…

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      Rachel — December 3, 2013 at 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.

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      Rachel — December 17, 2014 at 8:11 pm

      Enjoy!! :)

  11. #
    Joyce — November 29, 2015 at 10:29 am

    What do you mean, when you say 1 cup of milk chocolate?
    Is it meted chipits or a chocolate drink?

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      Rachel — November 30, 2015 at 7:39 am

      Milk chocolate, as in actual chocolate. Definitely do not use the drink.


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