Irish Cream Fudge

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!

For more great dessert recipes with Irish Cream, try these Boozy Brownies and this Bailey’s Cheesecake Recipe!

Irish cream fudge stacked on parchment paper.

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.

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make baileys fudge.

You only need 6 ingredients to make this easy Bailey’s Fudge recipe.

  • Sugar
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • 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

Step by step photos showing how to make irish cream fudge.
  • 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!
Irish cream fudge drizzle with white chocolate on a wooden platter.

Recipe FAQs

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.

Pieces of irish cream fudge cut on a wooden cutting board.

More Easy Dessert Recipes

Yield: 64 servings

Irish Cream Fudge

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes

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!


  • 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


  1. Line a 9inch square dish with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, add milk chocolate chips and marshmallow cream. Set aside.
  3. 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.
  4. Using an electric mixer, beat mixture until chocolate chips are melted and fudge is creamy (about 1-2 minutes).
  5. Pour into prepared pan. Allow fudge to set for about 4 hours (or overnight) at room temperature.


For the garnish, drizzle melted white chocolate over the fudge and add chocolate sprinkles. Cut and serve!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 7mgSodium: 8mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 11gProtein: 1g

*Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.

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Posted on February 27, 2023

Comments & Reviews

  1. I made this today, and followed the recipe EXACTLY!!  It tastes absolutely amazing, but it’s a little gritty….. I am an accomplished fudge maker with over 35 years with no fails!  What in the world did I do wrong???

    1. Oh that’s bizarre. The only thing I can think of is not boiling the mixture long enough, however, it wouldn’t set up properly. I wish I had an answer for you!

  2. I live in Australia what is marshmallow cream, what can we use instead never heard of this ingredient cheers Sue

  3. Hi there, quick question.  I live in the UK and we don’t have marshmallow cream.  Is it the same as fluff which we can get here?   This rep looks lovely and I really want to hav a go at it.  Thanks.

  4. Boozy treats for the win! This fudge looks incredible! Can’t wait to give this a try 🙂

  5. I think the same way, I want to make boozy desserts and then Jordan’s all “Mom can I have one or does it have wiiiiiiine in it?” LOL I love irish cream and this fudge is perfect!

  6. This looks so fabulous. Now I’m craving Irish Cream Fudge!!! Yay for the over 21 crowd. (That’s us!)

  7. Haha lets be honest…who has fudge sitting around for a couple of weeks?!?! Not at my house!!! Happy Saint Patrick’s Day! Perfect recipe for today!

  8. Agreed! Sometimes you have to put the adults first. This fudge is perfect for that!

  9. You are definitely the queen of fudge! This looks awesome and perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

  10. Fudge is my guilty pleasure. I don’t have it very often but when I do, I devour it. This kind looks amazing and so festive!

  11. You know how I solved the “I can’t put booze in stuff” problem?
    I didn’t have kids 😉 Well, yet.
    I also have never made fudge, but you had me at Irish Cream! Pinned!

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