Quick and Easy Homemade Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Valentine’s Day is coming soon!!  Do you need a quick and easy chocolate gift?  Four-ingredient microwave fudge is the perfect recipe for you.  And there is a dairy-free version if you are avoiding dairy. – click here.

chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and an 8 cup glass measuring cup on a counter

I have made this fudge for more than 30 years. However, in the last few years I have had trouble with it seizing up – even though I was careful to be sure no water was in the bowl.

I finally solved this problem with the addition of a little butter or dairy-free margarine.  WooHoo!  My fudge recipe works again!

Variations

Add chopped pecans, walnuts or any other nut.

My family likes 12 ounces (2 cups) semisweet and 6 ounces (1 cup) milk chocolate for a slightly less intense flavor.

For rocky road fudge, I often use entirely semisweet chocolate chips and add 2 cups of marshmallows and about 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts.   Watch out – this one is hard to stop eating!

Tips

Are you ready for the hardest part of this recipe? Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.

I use King Arthur parchment – my favorite parchment paper.  Cut a half-sheet the width of an 8×8 pan, but leave it long so that it sticks up over the edges.  These will be your handles to pull the fudge out of the pan.  Then place the narrower piece of parchment  (left over) in the pan at 90 degrees to the first.

See picture below when the fudge is ready to go in the refrigerator for a photo.  It is hard to photograph the empty lined pan as the parchment will not stay put until the fudge is added.

In the corners and on two sides of the pan, there will be some pan exposed.  I spray this with cooking spray to be sure the fudge releases easily.

After the pan is ready, get out the vanilla and any other mix-ins you want to add such as walnuts or pecans.  They will need to be ready because as soon as the chocolate mixture is melted you will want to pour it into the pan.  

 

Put the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter into a large glass bowl or measuring cup. Any glass bowl will do, but I prefer to use an 8-cup glass measuring cup so that I can hold onto the handle.

chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk & small butter cubes in an 8 cup glass measuring cup

Microwave the ingredients for about 1 1/2 minutes on 50% power.  Since microwaves differ so widely in power, the exact time may vary.  Be careful not to scorch the chocolate.  Better to go slowly than ruin your fudge!!

Stir after 1 1/2 minutes and microwave again. As you stir, the chocolate will continue to melt. You may need to put it in the microwave for additional time if chunks of chocolate remain after stirring thoroughly.

When the chocolate is melted, quickly stir in the vanilla extract and any add-ins.

Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.  Scrape the bowl with a spatula, then use it to smooth the top of the fudge.  Cool it in the refrigerator for several hours.

fudge with pecans ready to refrigerate

When the fudge is ready to be cut, pull firmly on the parchment handles.

Place the fudge on a cutting board and use a bench knife or cook’s knife to cut it into pieces.  Store tightly wrapped at room temperature or freeze.  The refrigerator dries out fudge, so it is not recommended for storage after the initial cooling period.

For more nutrition tidbits on chocolate listen to The Sensitive Kitchen podcast, episode 015.

For the dairy-free version of this fudge, click here.

chocolate fudge with pecans in pan with parchment

4 Ingredient Fudge

An easy, quick creamy fudge recipe, full of chocolate flavor!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 64
Calories 70 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips. *
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Prepare the pan: Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper. Leave an overhand on two opposing sides. Spray the other sides with cooking spray or grease with butter.
  • Place the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter in a microwaveable bowl.
    chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk & small butter cubes in an 8 cup glass measuring cup
  • Prepare any add - in such as nuts, marshmallows, dried cherries, etc.
    Chopping pecans on cutting board with a cooks knife
  • Microwave the ingredients for about 1 1/2 minutes on 50% power.  Since microwaves differ so widely in power, the exact time may vary.  Be careful not to scorch the chocolate.  Better to go slowly than ruin your fudge!!
    Stirring Chocolate chips, sweetened condensed. milk & butter after heating
  • Stir after 1 1/2 minutes and microwave again. As you stir, the chocolate will continue to melt. You may need to put it in the microwave for additional time if chunks of chocolate remain after stirring thoroughly.
  • When the chocolate is melted, quickly stir in the vanilla extract and any add-ins.
  • Pour the mixture into the prepared pan.  Scrape the bowl with a spatula, then use it to smooth the top of the fudge.  
  • Cool it in the refrigerator for several hours or overnight.
  • When the fudge is ready to be cut, pull firmly on the parchment handles to remove it from the pan.
  • Place the fudge on a cutting board and use a bench knife or cook's knife to cut it into pieces.  Store tightly wrapped at room temperature or freeze.

Notes

  • * I often like to use 12 ounces semisweet and 6 ounces milk chocolate.
Variations:
1. Stir in 1 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts or any other nut.
2. Rocky Road: Use all semi-sweet chocolate chips.  Add 2 cups mini marshmallows and 1/2 cup chopped walnuts.
3. Add 1/2 cup dried cherries and 1/2 cup pecans.

Nutrition

Calories: 70kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 13mgPotassium: 70mgFiber: 1gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 37IUVitamin C: 1mgVitamin D: 1µgVitamin E: 1mgVitamin K: 1µgCalcium: 25mgFolate: 1µgIron: 1mgZinc: 1mg
Keyword gluten-free
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