This Easy Chocolate Fudge is incredibly smooth, rich, and creamy! Made with just 5 ingredients and cooks in the microwave in under 2 minutes! The perfect holiday treat.
I’m back with another scrumptious one-bowl dessert. This easy chocolate fudge is ultra smooth, creamy, EXTRA chocolatey, and so. darn. yummy.
This fudge recipe is actually one that was passed down from Trevor’s side of the family. His grandma heard the recipe on a radio talk show in the car while her husband was driving, so she scribbled it down, and tweaked it from there! And now, here we are!
Who’s excited? I know I am. 😉
There are only 5 ingredients in this easy chocolate fudge recipe!
- Powdered Sugar – powdered sugar is used rather than granulated sugar to make this fudge ultra smooth and creamy. Granulated sugar wouldn’t dissolve which would make for a very gritty fudge.
- Cocoa Powder – provides the fudge with a rich chocolate flavor.
- Unsalted Butter – adds even more creaminess and rich buttery flavor.
- Chocolate Milk – feel free to use “regular” milk, but I love the extra chocolate flavor.
- Vanilla Extract – make the fudge shiny and adds a depth of flavor.
- Chopped Pecans (optional) – totally delicious if you like some crunch to contrast the smoothness of the fudge.
How to make
Simple, delicious, and made in literally 90 seconds!
- Sift your powdered sugar through a sieve into a large mixing bowl. Then do the same with the cocoa powder.
- Place all of your ingredients in a microwaveable bowl minus the vanilla and nuts.
- Microwave for 90 seconds then whisk until smooth.
- Add in your vanilla and optional nuts.
- Line a small pan with saran wrap and pour the fudge mixture in.
- Cover and refrigerate until hardened.
- Slice, serve, and enjoy!
Can i make fudge on the stove?
You can, but I don’t recommend making this fudge on the stove, because I haven’t tested it. If you’ve made this recipe on with stove with success, let me know in the comments below!
If you’re looking for a stovetop version, stay tuned! I’ll be coming out with a recipe soon.
Can i use a different kind of milk for fudge?
You can substitute the chocolate milk for any other dairy milk (besides buttermilk or sweetened condensed milk.) Try plain whole milk, evaporated milk, 2% milk, or skim milk.
If you’d like to use chocolate milk, but don’t have any on hand . . . make your own!
- Combine whatever cow’s milk you have on hand with chocolate syrup.
- Whisk until thoroughly combined.
- Taste and add more chocolate or milk until the desired chocolate flavor is reached.
- Measure out 1/4 cup of the homemade chocolate milk and proceed with the recipe.
Does the weather affect fudge?
It definitely can. If you’re making your fudge on a humid day, chances are it will take longer to set in the fridge. Be sure to store the finished fudge in the fridge for best results.
Why didn’t my fudge set?
If your fudge didn’t set, here’s what may have happened:
- You didn’t cook it long enough. Make sure everything is completely melted (no butter chunks) before transferring the mixture to a baking dish. The wattage on your microwave may be less than mine as well. In that case, try adding an additional 30 seconds to the cook time.
- You under-measured your powdered sugar. The powdered sugar helps the fudge firm up. Make sure you measure it correctly! Buy a 1 pound bag of powdered sugar, then there’s not measuring necessary!
- You over-measured your milk or butter. Too much liquid and the fudge won’t set properly.
- It didn’t cool long enough. Patience is key. Your fudge may take longer to set in the fridge if it’s a hot day, the kitchen is warm from the oven, or if your fridge isn’t as cold as mine.
Personally, I’ve never had an issue with my fudge setting and I’ve made this at least a dozen times!
- Nuts. I love the optional addition of chopped pecans but you could also try chopped walnuts, pistachios, almonds, macadamia nuts, etc!
- Chocolate Chips. After the fudge mixture is melted, stir in milk chocolate chips, semi-sweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, or toffee chips.
- Dried Fruit. The tart flavor and chewy texture of dried cranberries or cherries would contrast the sweet, creamy fudge beautifully.
- Peppermint. Add in a splash of peppermint extract for an extra festive treat!
- Peanut Butter Chocolate. Transfer your fudge mixture to the baking dish and then swirl in some melted peanut butter.
- Salted Caramel. Swirl some of this homemade caramel sauce into the baking dish with the fudge before cooling.
- Orange Zest. Add some orange zest to your fudge mixture for a little tang.
- S’mores. Stir in some mini marshmallows before refrigerating your fudge.
Check out this microwave fudge recipe – 4 ways for more inspiration!
How to store
This chocolate fudge recipe can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month and in the freezer for up to 6 months.
If frozen, let your fudge thaw in the fridge before enjoying again!
I don’t recommend storing this fudge at room temperature for extended periods of time, because it gets really soft.
Easy Chocolate Fudge
Equipment for this recipe
- 1 (1 pound) bag powdered sugar sifted
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder sifted
- 1/2 cup unsalted butter cubed into small chunks (1 stick)
- 1/4 cup chocolate milk or "regular" milk
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup chopped pecans optional
- Line a 6 x 8 (or similar sized) glass pan with plastic wrap or wax paper misted very lightly with cooking spray. Set aside.
- Place powdered sugar, cocoa powder, cubed butter, and milk into a large bowl.
- Microwave for 90 seconds.
- Whisk until smooth.
- Whisk in vanilla and optional nuts.
- Pour into prepared pan, cover, and chill in the refrigerator until set.
*Note: Nutrition information is estimated and varies based on products used.
This post was originally published December 3, 2014 and has been updated to provide more detailed content.