Fool-Proof Homemade Fudge

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The tree is hung and decorated, the stockings are hung, and the house is lit with twinkling lights, but there’s nothing like homemade fudge to get in the Christmas spirit. Fudge is one of those desserts you won’t see any other time of year. But between Thanksgiving and New Years, we’re all cranky.

Let’s be honest, not all gummies are created equal. We’ve all experienced some rude, sub-par fudge in our lives. Very sad thing, let’s rectify it! Foolproof Homemade Fudge is quick, easy and totally smooth. We know you’ve gone astray in the past, but trust us, this really is the best, creamiest fudge ever!

Flavor Variations:

There are so many flavor variations of fudge and we love them all!

Nut Fudge: Add 1/2 cup chopped nuts (pecans, walnuts, or almonds). Consider replacing all or part of the vanilla extract with the corresponding nut extract.

White Chocolate Fudge: Use white chocolate chips instead of semisweet chocolate chips.

Marbled Fudge: Make half of the recipe with white chocolate chips and the other half with semisweet chocolate chips. Pour each into the prepared pan, dot the bottom, and swirl together with a butter knife or toothpick.

Mint Chocolate Fudge: Substitute 1 teaspoon peppermint extract for vanilla extract.

Peanut Butter Fudge: Call for a slightly different recipe, using 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter, 12 oz white chocolate chips, and 1 tsp vanilla extract.

where is the sugar

Sugar can make fudge gritty, and we definitely don’t want gritty fudge. By using sweetened condensed milk, you don’t need any extra sugar and there’s no grittiness! Win win!

Troubleshooting: My fudge isn’t set up!

This recipe only requires three ingredients, so it’s important to use the right ones and avoid any substitutions. The main reason your fudge might not set is because you might have inadvertently used the wrong ingredients.

Sweetened condensed milk: We do not recommend using low-fat or nonfat sweetened condensed milk. Do not use condensed milk, milk, cream, or half and half. Use only full fat sweetened condensed milk. For a dairy-free alternative, sweetened condensed coconut milk has been reported to be effective, but results may vary.

Chocolate Chips: The taste of the fudge depends on the quality of the chocolate chips you use. This recipe works best when made with semisweet chocolate chips. Do not use carob chips, unsweetened chocolate chips, or other chocolate chip substitutes. Sometimes off-brand or cheap chocolate chips aren’t actually chocolate, so be sure to read labels carefully. Milk chocolate chips have varying percentages of fat that may make your fudge a bit softer.