Great for Gifting: Chocolate Fudge 6 Ways

November 19, 2016 5

Great for Gifting: Chocolate Fudge 6 Ways

This foolproof fudge recipe is easy to make—and easy to customize. We’ve come up with 6 variations so you can make a batch of each to mix-and-match. Wrap some up for everyone on your list!


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: Three dozen pieces


  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup chopped toasted walnuts (optional)


  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with aluminum foil, letting the foil extend ends of pan (to make lifting the fudge out of the pan easy).
  2. Put chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter in a small heavy saucepan and heat over medium-low heat, stirring with a heatproof silicone spatula, until mixture is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, salt and walnuts if using.
  3. Scrape mixture into prepared pan and refrigerate until firm.
  4. Lift by foil ends onto a cutting board and cut into 36 squares. Keep refrigerated.

I’m Dreaming of a White Christmas Fudge:

  1. Omit vanilla and use white chocolate chips instead of semisweet. Before pouring into pan, stir in 1 cup shredded coconut, 1/2 cup chopped pistachios and 1/2 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries. Chill.

Peanut Butter & Chocolate Fudge:

  1. Use peanut butter chips instead of semisweet. Omit vanilla. Pour mixture into pan then sprinkle the top with 1/2 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chunks. Push the chunks down into the fudge. Chill.

Rocky Road Fudge:

  1. Use milk chocolate chips instead of semisweet. Stir in 1/2 cup each chopped walnuts, mini marshmallows and semisweet chocolate chunks. Pour mixture into pan then, sprinkle top with a handful or so of the 3 ingredients. Chill.

Candy Cane Swirl Fudge:

  1. Use white chocolate chips instead of semisweet chocolate. Omit vanilla and instead stir in 1/2 teaspoon pure peppermint extract. If desired, squeeze a few drops red food coloring over top and swirl with the tip of a knife. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies. Chill.

Cookies ‘n Cream Fudge:

  1. Use white chocolate chips instead of semisweet chocolate. Stir in 8 chopped chocolate sandwich cookies. Pour mixture into pan then top with 3 more chopped cookies. Chill.

Comments (5)

  1. Hi Etheldra. Sorry about that! Its 2 cups or a 12 oz. bag.

    - Terry Grieco Kenny
  2. Hello Etheldra! So sorry about that-it’s 2 cups.

    - Terry Grieco Kenny
  3. The recipe does not tell one how much chocolate chips to use.

    - Etheldra Sharp
  4. Video shows using 2cups of chocolate chips.

    - Yvonne
  5. I just checked out your fudge recipes, and it tells you how to vary them. I was interested in trying some, but you say to substitute the chocolate chip for other ingredients, however, you do not list the chocolate chips as an original ingredient, so how much should be added?

    - Midge W

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