Here’s the Secret to Making Foolproof Fudge

The secret to making foolproof fudge is: using the microwave. (Really!)

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How to Make Fudge the Easy Way

The holidays are drawing closer, and it’s time to start thinking about what you’ll gift to the soccer coach, dance teacher, doorman, neighbour, dog walker and all the other people that you want to send some Christmas cheer. It’s the perfect occasion to make something homemade—but you’ll need a foolproof recipe. Knowing how to make fudge definitely comes in handy!

What You’ll Need

  • 14 oz chocolate chips
  • 14 oz (1 can) sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (divided)
  • 2 teaspoons flaky sea salt


  1. Microwave it: In a medium microwave-safe bowl, cover the chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk. Here’s the shocking secret—you microwave on high for two minutes! Then, stir well and microwave in 30-second increments, stirring well between each increment, until chocolate is fully melted.
  2. Add butter: Stir in butter until well combined and microwave for a final 30 seconds. Remove from microwave and stir in vanilla. Stir in ¾ cup of chopped nuts.
  3. Mold it: Pour mixture into an 8×8 pan that’s lined with foil or parchment paper. Sprinkle the top of the fudge with the remaining ¼ cup nuts and the flaky sea salt.
  4. Chill: Chill in the refrigerator at least two hours until set. Just slice and pack up for the perfect Christmas gift—but don’t forget to save a piece for yourself.

Pro Tip: This fudge is best at room temperature, so remove from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving.

How to Customize Your Fudge

There are endless ways to customize fudge because of the massive variety of chocolate chips sold in stores. Here are some ideas:

  • White chocolate chips with macadamia nuts
  • Peanut butter chips with peanuts
  • Dark chocolate with pecans
  • Dark chocolate chips with M&Ms

Swap Out the Crunch

You can use one cup of dried fruit, candy that won’t melt or chopped pretzels in place of the nuts in the recipe.

Pick a Festive Topping

You can also skip garnishing with chopped nuts and salt, and opt for sprinkles instead. Pick ones designed for the holiday or a color that’s meaningful to the person you’re gift-giving to.

Now that you know how to make fudge, check out these 10 decadent chocolate recipes.

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