Fudge is an excellent idea as everyone enjoys a sweet treat. It’s quick and easy to make, and a fan favorite. This particular recipe is a delicious combination of sweet and rich: a little bit goes a long way.
Traditional Milk Chocolate Fudge Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5-8 minutes
Set time: approx. 2 hours
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 jar (7 oz.) marshmallow crème
1 1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
1/2 cup chopped pecans, walnuts or pistachios (optional)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Line an 8 x 8 inch pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil
In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine marshmallow crème, sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt
Bring the mixture to a full boil
Once it’s boiling, set timer for 5 minutes and stir constantly
Working quickly, remove mixture from heat and pour in chocolate chips
Stir until they are melted and the mixture is smooth
Fold in nuts and vanilla
Pour into prepared pan and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours or until firm
Cut fudge into small 2-inch pieces and store in an airtight container until ready to serve or give away
EverydayMe Arabia tip: Once you’ve made it once or twice, fudge can be surprisingly versatile. Start with this recipe and try the suggested adaptations when you’re ready for a change. After you get the hang of it, adjust to your own taste and get creative — a platter of two or three types of fudge is one of the best (and easiest) dessert crowd pleasers.
Three Holiday Fudge Variations
Peanut Butter Fudge
Easily make peanut butter fudge by simply substituting peanut butter chips (found next to the chocolate chips in the baking aisle) for the chocolate chips. If a stronger peanut flavor is desired, replace the 1/2 cup of pecans or walnuts with 1/2 cup of roasted peanuts.
Butter Pecan Fudge
Replace the milk chocolate chips with 1 cup butterscotch chips (also found next to the chocolate chips in the baking aisle) and 1/2 cup white chocolate chips. Add 1/2 cup chopped pecans. This butter pecan-style fudge is perfect for the sweet tooth who isn’t keen on chocolate.
Peppermint Bark Fudge
Finally, if you would like to add some color to your fudge platter, try this peppermint bark fudge. To make, replace milk chocolate chips with white chocolate chips. Instead of using vanilla, use 1/2 tsp. of pure peppermint extract. For a festive color, replace the chopped nuts with 1/2 cup crushed peppermints or candy canes.
Fudge Gift Packaging
When giving fudge as a gift, packaging is everything. Cut the fudge into small pieces, place them in cute candy cups (mini cupcake baking cups work well), and then put them in a decorative box or clear cellophane bag wrapped with a bow. These make great gifts for teachers, neighbors, and coworkers or as hostess gifts.
Any way you make it, fudge is a timeless treat that everyone will enjoy — let us know if you have a favorite flavor not mentioned here, below!