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Best Chocolate Fudge

Chocolate fudge is one of the tastiest homemade candy snacks. Get a failproof recipe that makes the best Homemade Chocolate Fudge full of rich, smooth and decadent vibes.

Nothing says the holidays are here like festive chocolate desserts. We love Chocolate covered pretzels, Peppermint Bark and Chocolate Peanut Clusters. All these no bake desserts are perfect for homemade gifts too.

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Easy Chocolate Fudge

When it comes to dessert, there’s nothing like a chocolate fudge recipe. This easy one is for cooking novices and is guaranteed to be a hit! All you need is five basic baking ingredients to make this.

I am including three different methods of making this gourmet fudge. It is super easy and doesn’t need fancy equipment or a candy thermometer.

Mastering the art of making velvety smooth fudge is actually super easy. There’s nothing like the smell and taste of fresh chocolate fudge. You will love this no bake dessert.

A hand holding a piece of soft sink in tooth fudge.

Holiday Fudge

Fudge is a holiday staple in our kitchen. Smoothly melted chocolate and condensed milk are well combined to make this heavenly decadent sweet treat.

I often make a big batch of this Chocolate Fudge. Pack it in cute festive colorful containers. It makes a wonderful gift that everyone loves !

Use it as a hostess gift. For holiday gifts to teachers, co-workers and neighbors. Treat your family and friends.

A holiday box full of chocolate fudge prepared for gifting.

Variations

There are endless ways to customize this recipe. I show you the basic recipe and you add your favorite mix-ins or toppings to put your personality to it. Win win !

  • You can add a variety of dry fruits like figs, raisins, dates, apricots or berries.
  • Different nuts like peanuts, almonds, cashews or pecans.
  • Various seeds including sesame seeds, sunflower or pumpkin seeds.
  • Sweet chocolate liquor, rum or bourbon, vanilla extract, caramel sauce, mocha, strawberry or cherry flavors.
  • Seasonal and colorful garnishes like sprinkles, Peppermint candy, M&M’s and more.
  • You can also use unsweetened condensed milk and maple syrup or brown sugar for a rich sweet taste.

Pieces of decadent chocolate fudge stacked on each other.

Ingredients

Exact measurements are listed in the recipe card below. Here’s a brief overview of what I used to make this recipe.

Chocolate Chips:  I used semi-sweet chocolate chips. You can use just white or dark chocolate chips or combination of any of the three. Chocolate barks also work however do not use candy melts.

Sweetened Condensed Milk: Store brought can of  14-ounce sweetened condensed milk. If you prefer bitter dark chocolate taste, use unsweetened condensed milk and add maple syrup or brown sugar. 

Coconut Oil or Butter:  Helps create a smoother fudge consistency. It also gives nice glossy glaze.

Espresso Powder: for a deep rich chocolate taste. This is a surprise ingredient that accentuates the earthy flavors. Don’t skip it.

Sea Salt – 1/4 teaspoon for flavor enhancer. You can also use 1/4 teaspoon sea salt crystals for a salty crunch.

Ingredients used in making this decadent chocolate fudge dessert.

Pro Tips for best results

  • Use a glass or metal baking dish lined with parchment paper or foil and leave some overhang. This will make it much easier to lift the fudge out and easier to clean up.
  • While the fudge ingredients are cooking, the mixture is hot and gets heavy. To ensure smooth consistency, scrape the bottom and the sides and stir continuously.
  • The mixture should  be soft and smooth and glossy and without any lumps.
  • You can mix in your favorite ingredients within the fudge or as a topping.

How to Make Fudge in the Instant Pot

Pour 2 cups of water in the instant pot liner. Put a small trivet in it. Press the SAUTE mode to turn on that function.

Combine the chocolate chips, coconut oil, espresso powder, condensed milk and salt in a stainless steel or glass bowl that can fit in the Instant Pot.

Place the bowl on the trivet to make it work as a double boiler. Mix with a spatula until all the chocolate chips have melted. Cancel SAUTE. Lift the bowl from the Instant Pot.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Using a silicon or wooden spatula, spread the top into an even layer.

Put it in the refrigerator and let it chill until set. ( about 2 hours)

Remove from the dish by lifting the parchment paper. Put it on the cutting board.  Cut into squares or your desired shape. Garnish with optional toppings. Enjoy !

Process step collage showing how to make Instant Pot Fudge Dessert.

How to Make Fudge on the Stovetop:

In a medium saucepan stir together chocolate chips, coconut oil, sweetened condensed milk, espresso powder and salt.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until chocolate chips have completely melted and become smooth.

Remove from heat. Pour into the prepared baking dish. Using a silicon or wooden spatula, spread the top into an even layer.

Put it in the refrigerator and let it chill until set. ( about 2 hours)

Remove from the dish by lifting the parchment paper. Put it on the cutting board. Cut into squares or your desired shape. Garnish with optional toppings. Enjoy !

Chocolate Fudge dusted with cocoa powder.

How to Make Fudge in the Microwave:

In a microwave safe bowl mix chocolate chips, coconut oil, sweetened condensed milk, espresso powder and salt.

Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well between intervals, until melted and smooth. It will take about 6-8 intervals and 5 minutes of microwaving time.

Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Using a silicon or wooden spatula, spread the top into an even layer.

Put it in the refrigerator and let it chill until set. ( about 2 hours)

Remove from the dish by lifting the parchment paper. Put it on the cutting board. Cut into squares or your desired shape. Garnish with optional toppings. Enjoy !

A bowl full of swirls of condensed milk and melted chocolate for making fudge.

How to Store Homemade Fudge?

Homemade fudge can be prepared ahead and used for later date. It will keep well for a week at room temperature. Make sure to keep it away from direct sunlight and other heat sources.

You can store it in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator.

You can also freeze it for up to six months. Wrap it well in foil and store in an airtight container to avoid freezer burns. Make sure to thaw it well either on the counter or in the refrigerator before eating.

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Fudge with green and red holiday sprinkles.

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Chocolate Fudge dusted with cocoa powder.

Best Chocolate Fudge

Yield: 18 pieces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 2 hours 1 minute
Total Time: 2 hours 16 minutes

Instant Pot Chocolate fudge is smooth, delicious, and easy to make. This foolproof fudge recipe is the ultimate classic holiday dessert. It's a family favorite!

Instructions

How to Make Fudge in Instant Pot

  1. Pour 2 cups of water in the instant pot liner. Put a small trivet in it. Press the SAUTE mode to turn on that function.
  2. Combine the chocolate chips, coconut oil, espresso powder, condensed milk and salt in a stainless steel or glass bowl that can fit in the Instant Pot. Place the bowl on the trivet to make it work as a double boiler.
  3. Mix with a spatula until all the chocolate chips have melted. Cancel SAUTE. Lift the bowl from the Instant Pot. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish.
  4. Using a silicon or wooden spatula, spread the top into an even layer. Put it in the refrigerator and let it chill until set. ( about 2 hours)
  5. Remove from the baking dish by lifting the parchment paper. Put it on the cutting board.  Cut into squares or your desired shape.  Garnish with optional toppings.  Enjoy !

How to Make Fudge on the Stovetop:

In a medium saucepan stir together chocolate chips, coconut oil, sweetened condensed milk, espresso powder and salt.

Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until chocolate chips have completely melted and become smooth.

Follow rest of the instructions described in steps 3-6 above.

How to Make Fudge in the Microwave:

In a microwave safe bowl mix chocolate chips, coconut oil, sweetened condensed milk, espresso powder and salt.

Heat in the microwave in 30 second increments, stirring well between intervals, until melted and smooth. It will take about 6-8 intervals and 5 minutes of microwaving time.

Follow rest of the instructions described in steps 3-6 above.

Notes

How to Store Homemade Fudge?

Homemade fudge can be prepared ahead and used for later date. It will keep well for a week at room temperature. Make sure to keep it away from direct sunlight and other heat sources.

You can store it in an airtight container for up to 3 weeks in the refrigerator. You can also  freeze it for up to six months. Wrap it well in foil and store in an airtight container to avoid freezer burns. Make sure to thaw it well either on the counter or in the refrigerator before eating.  

Baking Pan Size :

For this recipe, I used 9 x 9 Baking Sheet to get 18 pieces of about 1/2 inch thickness. You can use other sizes too. Thickness of the fudge pieces will depend upon how big a pan you use it. If you want to make a bigger batch, use two baking sheets.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 1 piece
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 3mgSodium: 52mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 20gProtein: 2g

Nutritional values are provided as a courtesy and the values are approximate. The values will change depending on the exact ingredients, measurements and brands used. As always, for specific health issues and dietary requirements please consult medical professional.

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