Irish Cream Fudge is an after dinner treat just for adults! This boozy fudge recipe combines Bailey’s and milk chocolate—the perfect finish to a meal! No candy thermometer needed!
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What is Irish Cream
Irish Cream is a sweetened cream blended with Irish whiskey. The liqueur comes premixed with plenty of sugar and a noticeable almond or hazelnut flavor.
If you’ve ever had “Irish coffee” (coffee with cream and whiskey), chances are good you’ve had Bailey’s Irish Cream before! I love that it infuses a whiskey flavor into all kinds of desserts, without tasting overpowering.
This Irish Cream Fudge is based on my favorite chocolate fudge recipe. I stirred in some Bailey’s to give it a boozy touch and an unforgettable flavor. We could hardly stop eating this fudge. . . and you can bet we slept well that night, too.
It goes without saying that this is a fudge that’s for grown-ups only! Kids get to enjoy so many delicious candies and goodies that it’s about time the adults get a treat of their own to enjoy.
You only need 6 ingredients to make this easy Bailey’s Fudge recipe.
- Heavy cream
- Irish Cream – I always use Bailey’s brand. It’s the most readily available and always delicious.
- Marshmallow cream – The jars labeled “fluff” will work too. Or use our homemade marshmallow cream instead!
- Chocolate chips – Milk chocolate taste best here.
Tips and Tricks
- Boil the sugar, heavy cream and butter for 4 minutes! You don’t need a candy thermometer–just stir it constantly at a full rolling boil.
- Add the Irish cream AFTER boiling. You don’t want the alcohol to cool off!
- Use an electric mixer to blend the boiled cream mixture with the chocolate and marshmallows. The mixer makes it easy to get everything smooth and combined.
- Make a garnish: Drizzle melted chocolate over the set fudge for the finishing touch! I like to add a few chocolate sprinkles for good measure, too.
- Serving suggestions: I love Irish Cream Fudge served with hot coffee or espresso. Add a splash of this (booze free) Irish Cream Coffee Creamer to your mug for double the Bailey’s flavor!
YES! A few squares of this fudge aren’t going to get you drunk, but it does contain a noticeable amount of alcohol. Drink—or, in this case, EAT—responsibly!
I haven’t ever tested this fudge recipe with homemade Irish Cream. Only Bailey’s. If you try it, leave a comment to let me know how it turns out!
This fudge will keep well for a couple of weeks if you store it in an airtight container. But who’s going to resist eating all of this tasty fudge for that long?!
You could, but then it wouldn’t be Irish Cream Fudge! I do have plenty of alcohol-free fudge recipes on the site, if you need a treat that everyone can enjoy.
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Irish Cream Fudge
- 2 cups Granulated Sugar
- ½ cup Heavy Whipping Cream
- ½ cup Unsalted Butter
- ¼ cup Baileys Irish Cream
- 7 ounce jar Marshmallow Cream
- 12 ounces Milk Chocolate Chips
- Line a 9inch square dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, add milk chocolate chips and marshmallow cream. Set aside.
- In a large saucepan, combine sugar, butter, and cream. Heat over medium high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to boil. Continue boiling for 3-4 minutes (at a rolling boil). Remove from heat and add Bailey's Irish Cream. Pour everything over chocolate chips and marshmallow cream.
- Using an electric mixer, beat mixture until chocolate chips are melted and fudge is creamy (about 1-2 minutes).
- Pour into prepared pan. Allow fudge to set for about 4 hours (or overnight) at room temperature.
- Does this fudge contain alcohol? YES! A few squares of this fudge aren’t going to get you drunk, but it does contain a noticeable amount of alcohol. Drink—or, in this case, EAT—responsibly!
- Can I use homemade Irish cream instead? I haven’t ever tested this fudge recipe with homemade Irish Cream. Only Bailey’s. If you try it, leave a comment to let me know how it turns out!
- How long does this fudge keep? This fudge will keep well for a couple of weeks if you store it in an airtight container. But who’s going to resist eating all of this tasty fudge for that long?!
- Can I make this without the alcohol? You could, but then it wouldn’t be Irish Cream Fudge! I do have plenty of alcohol-free fudge recipes on the site, if you need a treat that everyone can enjoy.