You don't need a thermometer to make amazing fudge. These easy fudge recipes are made using just a few ingredients and have a smooth and creamy texture and a delicious flavor that rivals any old fashioned fudge.
If you are tired of standing over a pot of boiling sugar trying to make fudge only to have it never set up or to become grainy and gritty after it does set up, you will love these easy fudge recipes.
Easy fudge takes minutes to make using just a few ingredients, tastes great, has a smooth and creamy texture, and is never gritty or dry.
I love making easy fudge and I've shared over 40 fun and easy fudge recipes including Fudge Christmas Trees, Fudge Rocks, and Fudge Topped Pink Fuzzy Slipper Cookies, here on Hungry Happenings.
Back in 2018, I teamed up with my friend, fellow food blogger, cookie decorator, and fun food creator, Meaghan Mountford, of The Decorated Cookie to create a recipe website dedicated to easy fudge recipes.
To date, we've shared over 70 recipes at HowToMakeEasyFudge.com.
We've had so many of our readers ask for a printed cookbook of our recipes and we are happy to announce that our book is now available!
How To Make Easy Fudge BOOK
You can find all of our easy fudge recipes on our website, but if you prefer an easy to read ad-free version of the recipes, you can purchase our new book, How To Make Easy Fudge.
- The full-color 71-page book is available in paperback from Amazon for $14.99 here - How To Make Easy Fudge Book.
- If you prefer, you can also purchase an e-book directly from me for $9.99 via EJunkie here - How To Make Easy Fudge EBook.
The book features 60 delicious fudge recipes from HowToMakeEasyFudge along with tips for making, storing, and decorating your fudge.
As I mentioned, all of the simple fudge recipes that are in our book along with video and step-by-step tutorials are available on our HowToMakeEasyFudge website too. Including some of these basic fudge recipes.
- Chocolate fudge recipe
- Vanilla fudge
- Nutella fudge recipe
- White chocolate fudge
- Milk chocolate fudge
To make easy fudge you start with dark, milk, or white chocolate then blend it with thick and sticky ingredients like sweetened condensed milk, frosting, Nutella, jam, fruit curd, nut butter, and more.
Some of our recipes are made using just two ingredients but you'd never know it because the flavor is outstanding and the texture is velvety smooth.
sweetened condensed milk fudge
- To make sweetened condensed milk fudge you simply combine dark, milk, or white chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk.
- Then melt them in the microwave or on the stove-top (in a double boiler - a heat-safe bowl resting over a saucepan of simmering water).
- Then you pour the fudge into an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan lined with non-stick foil or lightly-greased parchment.
- Chill for 2 to 4 hours until well set or allow the fudge to cool at room temperature for about 8 hours.
- Cut into squares and serve.
- That's it!
All of our recipes use this same basic premise, but we got creative using other ingredients instead of sweetened condensed milk. Plus we've added lots of yummy mix-ins to create these delicious fudge flavors:
- chocolate pretzel fudge
- cookies and cream fudge
- rocky road fudge
- chocolate-covered strawberry fudge
- marshmallow fudge recipe
- Reese's fudge
more fudge basics
For more tips and tricks on how to make easy fudge, check out our fudge FAQ page. There you'll find answers to questions:
How do I freeze fudge?
Why is my fudge too soft?
Why is my fudge too dry or grainy?
How do I prepare the pan for fudge?
What type of chocolate do I use?
Flavored White Chocolate Fudge
Can you believe you can make caramel fudge or maple fudge using just two ingredients? Yes, it's true! You start with white chocolate then add maple syrup or caramel sauce. It's so easy!
The pumpkin fudge and walnut fudge use a few more ingredients but they are really simple to make too.
Peanut Butter Fudge Varieties
If you have ever used my peanut butter fudge recipe to make plain fudge or a Peanut Butter Fudge Starfish, adorable Peanut Fudge Filled Chocolate Easter Bunnies, or Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Fudge Hearts, then you'll know that peanut butter, white chocolate, peanut butter chips, and a pinch of salt make incredibly delicious fudge.
I used that same recipe to make some of these:
Unconventional Fudge Flavors
Some of these fudge varieties are made using ingredients like cashew butter, cookie butter spread, or even cookie dough, while others are made using butterscotch and caramel chips. We've found so many ways to make really delicious fudge using just a few ingredients.
I think you'll be surprised when you try these fudge varieties.
- Butterbeer fudge
- cookie dough fudge
- butterscotch fudge
- chocolate coconut fudge
- s' mores fudge
- Velveeta fudge
- Biscoff fudge
- chocolate cashew butter fudge
- salted caramel fudge
- mint chocolate chip (not pictured)
Can you believe you can use jam or fruit-flavored ice cream toppings to make fudge? Or, how about fruit-flavored curd? I know you will really love the fresh fruit flavors.
Check out these fruity flavors.
- mango fudge
- chocolate raspberry fudge
- key lime fudge
- lemon fudge
- strawberry fudge
- orange creamsicle fudge
- maraschino cherry fudge
- pineapple fudge (not pictured)
For grown-ups only, try these boozy fudges!
Fudge doesn't have to look ordinary. You can brighten it up by adding coloring and sprinkles and you can even decorate it to look like bears, unicorns, and more.
- mermaid fudge
- rainbow fudge
- Cookie Monster fudge
- fudge bears
- fudge unicorns
- red, white, and blue swirled fudge
- red, white, and blue swirled fudge
- cotton candy fudge
- cake batter fudge
- pool party fudge
Christmas is the most popular time of year to make and give fudge and we've created some delicious and festive recipes.
Some of the holiday fudge recipes are published here on Hungry Happenings while others are on our How To Make Easy Fudge site.
- fudge reindeer
- fudge Christmas trees
- fudge peanut blossoms
- white chocolate fudge snowflakes
- dark chocolate peppermint fudge
- fudge snowmen
- Christmas Story fudge
- Grinch Fudge
- red velvet fudge
- Christmas fudge with sprinkles
- peppermint bark fudge
- eggnog fudge
It's so much fun to create fudge for other holidays too, like Halloween.
- white chocolate brains filled with peanut butter fudge and jelly
- Nutella fudge witch hats
- chocolate-coated peanut butter fudge black cat pops
- chocolate peanut butter fudge cauldron lollipops
- cookies and cream fudge tombstones
- emoji ghost fudge
- Jack Skellington fudge
- zombie fudge
Valentine's Day Fudge
- poop emoji fudge
- conversation heart fudge
- fudge hearts
- cherry cola fudge
- milk chocolate caramel fudge bears
- "you rock" fudge
- chocolate peanut butter fudge bears
- strawberry frosting fudge
- buckeye bears
- Valentine's Day sugar stamp fudge
- emoji fudge with heart eyes
- chocolate-dipped peanut butter fudge hearts
Easter Fudge Recipes
- sugar-free fudge bunnies
- hatching chick fudge
- chocolate caramel fudge bunnies
- chocolate Easter Bunnies filled with fudge
- Reese's fudge Easter bunnies
- chocolate ganache covered peanut butter fudge bunnies
- orange fudge carrots
Other Holiday Fudge
- fudge shamrocks
- chocolate caramel fudge turkeys
- milk chocolate fudge turkeys (recipe coming to HowToMakeEasyFudge.com soon)
- fudge footballs
- fudge football jerseys
- fudge basketballs
- fudge apples
- red, white, and blue sprinkle fudge stars
- red, white, and blue fudge stars
- fudge serenity stones
I hope you found some delicious fudge recipes that you'd like to try on this list. Enjoy!
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Hi Beth. I have a question and I'm hoping that you can help me. I have made both peanut butter and chocolate fudge (fantasy fudge made with marshmallow fluff) for almost 20 years. I use semi sweet chocolate (56% cacao) in the chocolate fudge. Someone had given me a bunch of sweet chocolate baking bars (46% cacao). Is there any way I can incorporate this into the fudge? Maybe some ratio of the sweet choc and unsweetened choc? Or the sweet and semi sweet? I'm afraid to alter the amount of actual sugar used in the recipe, as I'm unsure if it will affect my end result. My recipe has a large yield, I use 24oz chocolate per batch of fudge. I sure do wish you can help! I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks, joann
I have successfully used dark chocolate that has a lower cocoa content when making fudge. The chocolate I use has a 51% cocoa content and it makes delicious fudge. It really comes down to a matter of flavor. The sugar content in the chocolate should not affect your recipe in a negative way being the difference between 46% and 56% is not significant enough to change the recipe significantly.
You certainly can add some unsweetened chocolate to the 46% cocoa content chocolate if you want a deeper chocolate flavor. If using 24 ounces of chocolate in your recipe, I'd suggest using 22 ounces of the 46% chocolate and 2 ounces of the unsweetened chocolate. This should give you a similar flavor to what you are used to.
I hope this helps. Good luck with your recipe!
Thank you so much for the advice. I was all over the web looking for some guidance, and couldn't quite find what I was looking for lol. Only how to substitute one chocolate for another in baking. I hated to waste materials to just make it for fear it would get thrown away! Figured I would reach out to you, with your expertise I was hoping you could help me out. Thank you so much for taking the time to respond and help. It's greatly appreciated!! Have a happy and safe holiday season. Thanks again!