Here’s a simple fudge recipe……with an endless number of variations that are fabulously easy to make and even more fabulous to eat!
Candy making can be such an intimidating thing. It involves thermometers, nice pans, a constant watch, etc.
I will have to admit, I love making candy from scratch. I have since I was little. (I would spend ridiculous amounts of time making suckers and caramels when I was just an elementary school kid.) The more complicated the better sometimes. I love Alton Brown’s fudge recipe. I love having to whip the hell out of it to get it matte, dealing with its pain in the butt temperatures, all of it.
However, I have three small kids and I don’t love being up til the wee hours of the morning to do what I love. So, here you have it: a simple fudge recipe that can go endless directions. Dark chocolate? Yup White? Yup. Fruity? Yup. Nutty? Yup.
And the coolest thing? You can do it without a special thermometer, a whisk to beat the hell out of it, and you can do it in 15 minutes!
So save that candy making energy for the gym, because you might want it after you make this over and over and over again.
So tell us…..What’s Your Flavor? Let us know in the comments below!
Simple Fudge with 5 Variations
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 1 1/2 cup sticks unsalted butter 3/4
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 8-12 ounces chocolate chips
- ounce One 7 container marshmallow cream
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- nuts or other add-ins
In a medium saucepan (preferably not a dark coated one) Combine butter, sugar, and milk.
Heat over medium, stirring frequently until it reaches 230 degrees. If you do not have a thermometer, that should take about 4-5 minutes once it is boiling.
Remove from heat.
Stir in chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and marshmallow cream until combined.
Pour into greased or parchment lined 8x8 or 9x13 depending on how thick you like your fudge.
Change It Up:
1. Use eggnog instead of evaporated milk and white chocolate or cinnamon chips for Eggnog Fudge.
2. Use mint chocolate chips (such as Andes) for Mint Chocolate Fudge
3. Use white chocolate chips and 2 cups of chopped Oreos for Cookies and Cream Fudge (pictured).
4. Use semisweet or dark chocolate chips, then add 1 cup marshmallows and one cup chopped almonds (after chocolate chips and marshmallow cream are mixed in) for Rocky Road Fudge.
5. Use peanut butter chips, mix until smooth and add 1-2 cups chopped Reese's PB Cups for Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge.
The possibilities are endless with this simple fudge: Nuts, Craisins, White Chocolate Pistachio, Mint Oreo, or even add 1/2 teaspoon mint or raspberry extract if that is your flavor!