An easy, no fail fudge recipe that only takes a few minutes to make. This fudge will satisfy even a chocoholic’s cravings!

Ohhhhh so it finally happened, I made fudge. 

Actually, I finally ATE fudge. 

That’s right, make fun all you want, but I don’t have a single memory of eating fudge as a kid. I do know that it’s delicious now though! 

Two pieces of fudge stacked on top of each other. A bite has been taken out of the top piece. A few red and green sprinkles are on and around the fudge.

Last summer we visited my parents in Rexburg, Idaho where there’s a darling little farmer’s market that has beautiful produce from locals but also really delicious treats and snacks. One place in particular has a variety of fudge flavors and Mom and Dad had me try some. 

It was delicious and so satisfying to slowly sink my teeth into. I was officially on a mission! I had to create a fudge that met the perfect fudge criteria:

Quick and easy

Totally creamy

Absolutely chocolatey fudge. 

And I believe I found it. 🙂

A plate of square pieces of chocolate fudge.

What Ingredients Do I Need to Make Fudge?

It’s pretty amazing that something so incredible can be made with only 7 ingredients. But that’s really all you need…7 ingredients!

  • Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Milk Chocolate Chips
  • Marshmallow Fluff
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • Butter
  • Salt
  • Vanilla
I might even assume that you’ll have 3-4 of those in the fridge or pantry already, so all you really need is 3 or 4 things from the grocery store. The measurements for each can be found in the recipe card below.

How to Make Chocolate Fudge

If you thought the ingredients list was easy, wait until you read how to make it…so easy!! Here are the basic steps:

  1. Prep your baking dish.
  2. Combine all the ingredients except the vanilla in a microwavable bowl and microwave it in 30-second intervals stirring between until smooth.
  3. Add the vanilla and stir it in.
  4. Pour into your baking dish then cover with plastic wrap.
  5. Refrigerate until set, then cut and serve.
All the detailed instructions can be found in the recipe card below.
A top view picture of a piece of chocolate fudge. It is cut into a square and there are other pieces of fudge in the picture.

Can You Use Candy Melts Instead of Chocolate Chips in Fudge?

You can use candy melts instead of chocolate chips.

Can You Use Other Combinations of Chocolate Chips?

You can use any combination of chocolate chips that you like. If you are a dark chocolate lover, use all semi sweet or combine semi sweet and bittersweet. If you aren’t much of a dark chocolate person, do all milk chocolate. Make it exactly how you like your chocolate.

What Could You Substitute for Sweetened Condensed Milk?

You can use a 12 oz. can of evaporated milk plus 3/4 cup sugar. Cook for 30 minutes.

12 square pieces of fudge on a piece of parchment paper.

Can Fudge Be Frozen?

To freeze, cut into pieces and wrap each piece in foil or plastic wrap.  Place the wrapped pieces in a heavy duty freezer bag and freeze.

How Long Will Homemade Fudge Keep?

Homemade fudge can keep for up to 6-8 weeks in an airtight container in a cool location. This makes is a great treat to make ahead of time. One less thing on your list to do before Christmas!

A plate of homemade fudge. The fudge is cut into squares and has a few red and green sprinkles on top.

Fudge Variations

Here are a few ideas for changing things up:

  • Peppermint: swap the vanilla for peppermint extract and add sprinkle crushed candy canes on top
  • Coconut: swap the vanilla for coconut extract and add sweetened shredded coconut
  • Nuts: add chopped pecans, almonds, or walnuts
  • Swirl: do a marble swirl of milk chocolate and white chocolate
  • Orange: if you’re a chocolate and orange lover, swap the vanilla for orange extract

Again, you can 100% make this fudge exactly what your chocolate cravings demand!


Last Christmas we made this fudge (along with our chocolate covered coconut balls and Rolo pretzels) and gave it to friends and neighbors. For some reason I always associate fudge with Christmas, but it should really be eaten all year round! I mean, it’s creamy delicious chocolate! Throw any color sprinkles you want on there (or none at all) and make this fudge recipe any dang time you want!

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4.20 from 15 votes
Servings: 16
Prep Time: 5 minutes
refrigerate: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes


  • 2 Cups Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips, Ghirardelli or Guittard
  • 1 Cup Milk Chocolate Chips, Ghirardelli or Guittard
  • 1 Jar Marshmallow Fluff, 7 oz.
  • 1 Can Sweetened Condensed Milk, 14 oz.
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • pinch Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla


  • Line a square 8x8” baking dish with foil and grease with nonstick spray, set aside. 
  • In a large bowl, add the chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, sweetened condensed milk, butter and salt. Microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until the chocolate is smooth and creamy. Stir in the vanilla. 
  • Pour into the prepared baking dish, spreading the top evenly and cover with plastic wrap. 
  • Refrigerate for 1-2 hours until set, then cut into squares and serve!


Store in an air tight container in the fridge for a week or more.


Serving: 1gCalories: 320kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 4gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 15mgSodium: 54mgPotassium: 220mgFiber: 2gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 146IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 98mgIron: 2mg
Author: Sweet Basil
Course: 20+ Homemade Candy Recipes
Cuisine: American

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A plate of homemade fudge. The fudge is cut into squares and has a few red and green sprinkles on top.