How to Make Fudge

Knowing How to Make Fudge is a simple trick that will make you the hit of every party! Making fudge is easier than you think and it is so easy to personalize with your favorite ingredients and flavor combinations.

How to make fudge: get all the details you need with this delicious, easy to follow recipe. Totally customizable with lots of ideas too! #fudge #howto #christmascandy

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If you haven’t noticed, fudge is one of my favorite things to make. Of course it’s perfect for making around the holidays, but I actually love to make it year-round!

It’s great to take to any party, from graduation parties to bridal and baby showers, or to package up and give as a holiday or hostess gift.

Knowing how to make fudge is a trick you’ll use time and time again, so I thought I’d share my favorite basic fudge-making tips and tricks with you.

Fudge Ingredients: swap out the white chocolate chips for milk chocolate!

FUDGE INGREDIENTS

Making fudge really only takes a handful of basic ingredients that are easy to keep on hand for any time a fudge craving hits.

Of course you’ll need butter and sugar and cream. All of the best candy recipes start with those basics!

You’ll also need your choice of chocolate chips or candy morsels. (More on this in a bit!)

One of the most important fudge ingredients in my house is marshmallow cream, sometimes called marshmallow fluff. I like using marshmallow fluff in my fudge recipes because it makes the fudge really easy to make. No need to cook sugar for what feels like hours on end!

That’s it. 5 simple fudge ingredients (or 6 if you count a pinch of salt) are all you need to make a most basic fudge recipe.

HOW TO MAKE FUDGE

Some “old school” fudge recipes require you to cook a mixture of sugar, butter and cream to a certain temperature, then wait for it to cool down, then beat it until it’s creamy.

While it makes delicious fudge, it’s not something you want to do regularly. Luckily, I’ve figured out how to make fudge with an easier method that makes candy that is just as delicious.

In fact, once you learn how to make fudge with my method, I bet you’ll make fudge all the time as gifts, for parties, or just to celebrate making it through the week.

How to make Fudge

To start, place chocolate chips and the marshmallow cream into a large mixing bowl. Set this aside – you want to do this first because once the butter and sugar is ready, you’ll need to pour it over this mixture right away!

In a saucepan, bring the sugar, cream, butter and a pinch of salt to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, keeping it at a steady boil. Then remove the pan from the heat and very carefully pour the hot sugar mixture over the waiting chocolate and marshmallow cream.

Boil your butter mixture- how to make fudge

9 inch square pan of white vanilla fudge

Use an electric mixer to blend everything together for about a minute, just until everything is melted and smooth. Once this is ready, you can fold in any extra mix-ins you might want or simply pour it into a prepped 8-inch pan.

After a 2-hour rest in the refrigerator, the fudge is ready to cut and enjoy!

You can also make fudge ahead of time, even up to a couple of days in advance, making it the perfect candy to make for parties or gift around the holidays.

BASIC FUDGE RECIPE

Basic Fudge recipe with mix-in ideas

Once you know how to make fudge, you can tweak my basic fudge recipe to make almost any flavor you can imagine!

Simply use any flavor of chocolate chips or candy morsels that you like, add in some flavor extract if you want, and mix in anything from chopped candy to nuts to crushed cookies or sprinkles.

Use white chocolate morsels and fold in chopped Heath bars to make Vanilla Toffee Crunch Fudge. Or keep the white chocolate but swap out the cream for eggnog and add in a bit of nutmeg and rum flavoring to make Eggnog Fudge.

Grab milk chocolate chips and add espresso powder, chocolate covered espresso beans and toffee chips for Espresso Toffee Fudge.

Try adding peanut butter and maple extract for Peanut Butter Maple Fudge. Or use butterscotch chips instead of chocolate chips to make Butterscotch Fudge!

See?? Knowing how to make one basic fudge recipe can mean you know how to make chocolate fudge and how to make vanilla fudge and everything in-between!

How to store fudge

For best results, store fudge in an airtight container at room temperature. I prefer to leave the fudge UNCUT until ready to serve, this helps keep it from drying out. Cut what you need, a little at a time.

How to freeze fudge

First, wrap the uncut fudge in plastic wrap then slide into a large ziploc freezer bag, pressing out all the air.

Freeze for up to two months. 

To thaw, place bag on counter to come to room temperature (usually best overnight). Slice and enjoy!

What flavor of fudge will you make first? Pick the perfect fudge for the right occasion.

Christmas Fudge recipes

Using the basic vanilla fudge base, this Candy Cane Fudge comes together quickly with some crushed peppermint candy canes! Perfect for the holidays.

Let’s get festive and create this Grinch Peppermint Fudge! This one also starts with the vanilla fudge base, green food coloring and peppermint extract! Add a red candy heart to be cute!

Gingerbread Fudge has all the flavor of your favorite cookies, with none of the hard work doing cookie cut outs.

Cranberry Orange Fudge: this is a delicious sweet treat for any time of year! Craisins and orange zest give this soft, sweet fudge a kick of flavor!

Spring and Easter Fudge recipes

Looking for a beautiful spring dessert idea? This Jelly Bean Fudge is packed with flavor and fun!

This sweet Strawberry Shortcake Fudge recipe is a knockout! Perfect for your next dessert.

Gumdrop Fudge: Creamy Vanilla Fudge filled with colorful holiday Gumdrop candy pieces! So pretty for gift giving!

Fudge for summer parties

Delicious fudge all decked out for the holiday! Patriotic Berrylicious Fudge needs to be at your 4th of July party!

What’s more summer than Banana Split Fudge? Packed with all the flavors of a traditional banana split, in a NO MELT treat!

Orange Creamsicle Fudge is like your favorite ice cream treat from the truck – but it doesn’t melt! Just the right amount of sweet for an afternoon jolt of happiness.

Root beer floats and summer go hand in hand, which is why this Root Beer Float Fudge is the perfect addition to all your summer parties!

Halloween and Fall Fudge recipes

Try making this fun, delicious Monster Cookie Dough Fudge for the Halloween this year! For an extra spooky look, add the candy eyeballs.

If you love pumpkin spice lattes, this Pumpkin Spice Fudge is sure to please!

All the warmth and aroma of fall baking is wrapped up in one bite of this delicious Apple Pie Fudge.

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Yield: 64 pieces

Basic Fudge Recipe

Basic Fudge Recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
This basic fudge recipe is the perfect base for any of your favorite fudge flavors and mix-ins!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup heavy cream
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • Pinch of salt
  • 11 oz chocolate chips or candy morsels of your choice
  • 1 jar (7oz) marshmallow cream
  • 1 teaspoon flavor extract of your choice (optional)

Mix-ins of your choice, such as:

  • Chopped candy
  • Crushed cookies
  • Chopped nuts
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8-inch square baking dish by lining it with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. Add chocolate chips or candy morsels, marshmallow cream, and any desired flavor extract to a large mixing bowl. Set aside.
  3. In a large, heavy saucepan, add butter, cream, sugar and salt. Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring frequently. Once boiling, continue to boil for a full 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and pour over chocolate and marshmallow cream. Using an electric mixer, blend for about one minute, until chips or morsels are melted and mixture is smooth.
  5. Add any desired mix-ins and fold them in with a spoon, gently. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish and refrigerate for two hours (or overnight), covered with a piece of plastic wrap.
  6. Once set, cut into bite sized pieces and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

64

Serving Size:

1 piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 83 Total Fat: 5g Saturated Fat: 3g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 7mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 9g Protein: 0g

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45 comments on “How to Make Fudge”

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  2. Jessica

    This is so great!! Thank you! 

  3. Ashley F

    These tips are so helpful! I feel like an expert now!

  4. Annette

    In the last week, I have made your Gum Drop Fudge and your Vanilla Toffee Crunch Fudge. Both disappeared quickly at work. I love your fudge recipes!!

  5. Jill

    I just made fudge yesterday. It did not turn out – was a different recipe. Now I will try this one in a couple of days! Thank you!!

  6. April

    The first time I ever made fudge, I cooked it for way too long and although it tasted good, it was SO HARD AND BRITTLE, lol. I wish this post had existed back then! All of these recipes look delicious and I can’t wait to try my hand at fudge making again.

  7. Tayler Ross

    Saving these tips for our baking weekend! So perfect for the holidays!

  8. Jennifer

    We always make fudge on Christmas Eve and these tips are perfect! 

  9. Jocelyn

    We love making fudge all year long too.  So many great tips and recipes here!!!

  10. Becky

    Unbelievably creamy and so easy! I’ve made fudge for years and it’s never turned out like this. Bye bye crumbly, grainy fudge. Thanks for the great tips!

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