A decadent chocolate fudge recipe made with only 4-ingredients with unlimited variations to make it all your own! Creamy rich fudge that is perfect for holiday parties or gifts for family and friends!
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Fudge is something that reminds me of fall. There isn’t a fall fair that you can go to that doesn’t have a booth giving away fudge samples that make it nearly impossible to resist bringing some home. The creamy smooth texture and the rich chocolatey taste makes my mouth just water thinking about it.
So when I heard about Chocotoberfest I knew exactly what I was going to make as my first recipe… Chocolate fudge of course!
The best part is this is one of the easiest recipes to put together. Made with just sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips melted together with a sprinkle of salt and a touch of vanilla to create a thick and velvety chocolate blanket you pour into a square pan to cool. Waiting for it to cool is the hardest part of this recipe.
Want to make it fancy? Here are some variations to test out
Chocolate Fudge Recipe Variations
Adding a little pizzaz is incredibly easy. Try adding the following ingredients to your recipe
- ¾ cup chopped walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans or pistachios
- Candied fruit like cherries, apricots or cranberries
- 1 cup Marshmallows and ½ cup peanuts for a rocky road inspired recipe
- Crushed peppermint candies, Skor bits or coconut to the top and gently press into the top of the warm fudge before cooling in the prepared pan
- 1 tbsp of rum, bourbon or Frangelico to the fudge and stir in at the same time you add the vanilla
Tips and Tricks for Making Perfect Chocolate Fudge
- Line your baking pan with parchment paper prior to pouring the fudge into the pan to cool. This will make it easy to just lift the cooled fudge out of the pan to cut.
- If adding nuts or coconut to the fudge for decoration make sure you add these loose ingredients before the fudge has cooled and gently press them into the top or else they will just roll off the top
- Make sure you are using sweetened condensed milk and not evaporated milk. It is true some chocolate fudge recipes call for evaporated milk but since this recipe only has two ingredients it is the sweetened condensed milk that adds the sweetness but more importantly is the thickening agent in this recipe.
- The dash of salt makes all the difference so don’t leave it out. You can it won’t ruin the recipe but salt releases aroma molecules and as they say, we taste with our noses. Adding salt helps to bring out more of that chocolate flavour… drools! Here is more info about why salt and chocolate are friends.
Chocolate fudge is a great addition to any cookie platter or wrap it up as a gift for friends, family, teachers or your mail delivery person. So easy to make and I have never met a person who doesn’t like chocolate fudge.
Need more chocolate in your life? Here are some other great chocolate recipes on The Delicious Spoon to try!
Chocolate Fudge Recipe
4-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Recipe
- heat resistant bowl
- 8X8 square baking dish
- 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 14 oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/8 tsp salt
- 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts optional
- Line 8" or 9" square baking dish with parchment paper
- Add about 2 or 3 inches of water to the bottom of a medium saucepan then place the heat resistant bowl over top just above the water. Ensure that edges of bowl are tight up against the saucepan because you do not want any water to splash into the bowl. Water will cause the chocolate to seize. Bring water to a simmer over medium-low heat.
- Add 3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate, and the 14 oz can of sweetened condensed milk. Mix until chocolate is melted, smooth and combined with the condensed milk.
- Add a pinch of salt and 1 1/2 tsp of vanilla and mix well.
- Remove from heat at pour into prepared baking dish. Press down gently till fudge is even and pushed into every edge of the pan. Cover with plastic wrap in cool in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
- When cooled lift the parchment paper with fudge out of the baking dish and peel away the parchment paper. Cut into squares and serve. Store covered in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. Fudge becomes softer at room temperature.
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For the step-by-step version of this recipe, check out the How To Make 4-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge Story.