30 of Our Best Fudge Recipes (2024)

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30 of Our Best Fudge Recipes (1)Kelli AcciardoUpdated: Jan. 14, 2024

    Fudge comes in all shapes, colors and textures, but our 30 best fudge recipes have earned high marks (and rave reviews) for their best-in-class flavors. When the holidays roll around, be sure you're stocked with these festive favorites.

    Three-Chocolate Fudge

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    Three kinds of chocolate are better than one in our book, especially when it comes to making buttery fudge. This easy-to-master recipe also employs chopped pecans for a nutty crunch, and marshmallows for the fluffiest texture.

    Peppermint Fudge

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    Every Christmas cookie platter can benefit from the appropriate addition of peppermint, and this two-layer fudge is a confection that will surely steal the spotlight. Crushed candy canes would also look lovely on these little fudge squares that take just an hour to chill.

    Easy Microwave Mint Fudge

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    Everyone could use a shortcut around the holidays and, thanks to the microwave, this minty fudge practically makes itself. If you’re in make-ahead mode, wrap the fudge in waxed paper layers and freeze in an airtight container until you’re ready to gift it (or eat it yourself!).

    Dark Chocolate Raspberry Fudge

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    Once you get a hang of basic chocolate fudge, elevate your version with dark chocolate and raspberry liqueur. Some reviewers shared that Chambord or raspberry syrup produced equally tasty results.

    Red Velvet Candy Cane Fudge

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    Red velvet cake fans, this is the fudge for you. Red food coloring gives this sweet treat its deep crimson color, while broken peppermint pieces resemble candy canes peeking out of the snow. Instead of cutting it into squares, spoon the fudge mixture into paper-lined mini-muffin cups to harden. It’s a unique take on the edible gift idea.

    Marshmallow Fudge

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    Get all the campfire-friendly flavors of s’mores in fudge form! To keep this already decadent dessert a bit lighter, opt for fat-free sweetened condensed milk and reduced-fat graham crackers.

    Candy Bar Fudge

    If Snickers made fudge for the holidays, we imagine it would look a lot like this loaded candy bar concoction. Studded with salty peanuts and sweet ribbons of caramel, it’s the ultimate indulgence. Need something to pair with the fudge? Try these Snickers-inspired cookies.

    Cherry Swirl Fudge

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    We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but not everyone loves the taste of peppermint. For the naysayers, swap the red and white candies for cherry. To make the pretty pattern, you’ll want to add a few red food coloring drops over the fudge, then use a knife tip to swirl through them.

    Sugar-Free Chocolate Fudge

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    While fudge may be a classic holiday choice for a cookie exchange or dessert-centric Viennese hour, it goes without saying, it’s packed with sugar. This sugar-free version calls for a sugar substitute like Stevia, agave or coconut sugar for a less saccharine treat that doesn’t skimp on flavor.

    Mint Oreo Fudge

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    Mix-ins like Oreos, mint extract and miniature marshmallows take a fudge recipe from ordinary to extraordinary. You can even toss in merry candy cane bits while at it. As for an easy trick to cutting fudge once firm, use unflavored, unwaxed dental string to slice and dice it into uniform cubes.

    Ribbon Fantasy Fudge

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    Even though these adorable desserts resemble little cheesecakes, they’re actually peanut butter and chocolate fudge squares. Adding marshmallow creme gives this already dreamy fudge an irresistible, whipped-like consistency, so be sure to double or triple the recipe for a ravenous crowd.

    Holiday White Chocolate Fudge

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    Rich, chocolaty fudge may get a lot of love during the Festivus season, but don’t discount its creamy, milky cousin, white chocolate. The key to this super smooth fudge is never to stop stirring when you’re in phase one (combining sugar, milk and butter) before taking it off the heat.

    Mackinac Fudge

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    Michigan is famous for its Mackinac Island fudge, so if you want to re-create the old-fashioned gift shop fudge, let us make it easy on you with this cheat sheet. The decorative icing and sprinkles may be optional, but this recipe has the island’s fudgy formula down to a science.

    Apricot-Nut White Fudge

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    Nuts and fruit are a classic Christmas combo for desserts like panettone and apricot-nut fudge. The tiny slices of orange fruit add a citrusy brightness to the snow-white squares, and the chopped walnuts sneak in some crunchiness. Because this fudge contains cream cheese, it should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator—not on the counter.

    Kahlua Fudge

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    White Russians and toasted almond co*cktails are popular drinks around the holidays, and this Kahlua fudge remixes those flavors into a scrumptious dessert. The best part? You need just five ingredients and you probably have most of them in your pantry.

    Cookies ‘n’ Cream Fudge

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    Cookies ‘n’ cream devotees are known to seek out this nostalgic duo in every possible form: in ice cream, brownies and, yes, fudge. This recipe has not one but two layers of Oreos with creamy white chocolate in between. Bonus: One panful yields enough squares for your whole crew.

    Tiger Butter Fudge

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    Peanut butter makes everything better, including fudge. With white and milk chocolate chips, creamy peanut butter, shortening and softened butter, you can enjoy the tiger-striped treat in under an hour. Hot tip: Clean toothpicks create the most precise swirls.

    Chocolate Cherry Fudge

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    After years of testing recipes, we’re pretty sure we have a handle on the most popular fudge flavors, but chocolate and cherry will always rank high on the list. Chopped almonds also pair well with these flavors so be sure to include them if you have spare nuts on hand.

    Curry-Kissed Coconut Fudge

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    Thai flavors like coconut and curry lend themselves nicely to this white chocolate fudge, a welcome departure from the piled-high platters of chocolate treats around the holidays. You could also sprinkle toasted coconut flakes over the top before it sets for more visual appeal.

    Butter Pecan Fudge

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    Nutty and crunchy, with bits of creamy caramel in every bite, it doesn’t get any better than butter pecan fudge. If you have any leftovers, you can easily freeze them, although, as one commenter puts it, everyone who eats this fudge says it can be habit-forming.

    Nana’s Rocky Road Fudge

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    You don’t have to wait for the holidays to treat yourself (and the fam) to this outrageous fudge. The rocky road-style recipe is chock full of peanuts, marshmallows and semisweet chocolate chips for the most delicious fudge that tastes just like Nana’s.

    Christmas Fudge

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    Many hosts have their version of Christmas fudge down pat, but if you’ve yet to find yours and need inspiration, allow us to help. The base of this rich fudge combines sugar, evaporated milk and butter in perfect proportions, but the rest of the recipe is customizable based on your preference for mix-ins.

    Butterscotch Fudge

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    Butterscotch lovers: Meet the melt-in-your-mouth fudge version of your favorite candy. Walnuts and marshmallows elevate the recipe, but avoid using wet baking equipment to keep your chips from seizing—a term used when water comes in contact with butterscotch chips.

    Bavarian Mint Fudge

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    The German state of Bavaria is known for its treasure-filled Christmas markets just as much as it is for its fudge. So, if you’re looking for a homemade gift that’s sure to please, this is it.

    Coffee Shop Fudge

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    The secret-weapon ingredient in this coffee-flavored fudge is cinnamon, which isn’t overpowering at all, but rather, it imparts a subtle flavor to the dense, pecan-packed fudge. Want more of a coffee kick? Add espresso granules or coffee extract.

    Tootsie Roll Fudge

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    Still have leftover Halloween candy? Use the Tootsie Rolls to create extra-chewy holiday fudge. Red and green M&M’s add a bit of festive flair, but you could also use Reese’s Pieces or your favorite candy topper.

    Chocolate Pecan Fudge

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    It’s hard to resist a tin of chocolate pecan fudge any time of year, never mind the holidays. This microwaveable five-ingredient recipe is easy and foolproof: You can also use whatever nuts you have on hand.

    Almond Cherry Fudge

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    When you need a quick dessert for a gathering or last-minute party this season, enlist this fast fudge helper. Dried cranberries can stand in for the candied cherries if need be.

    Black Cherry Swirl Fudge

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    Get ready to watch these marbled squares disappear once you set them out for guests. The black cherry mix and white chocolate chips make this fudge tasty enough to rival any fudge shop across the country. Plus, we suspect the colors will win Santa’s approval.

    Mocha Nut Fudge

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    This old-fashioned fudge recipe tastes like it’s been passed down for generations. It comes together in 10 minutes before refrigerating for two hours or overnight. The disc shape also makes the pieces easy to stack in gift boxes or takeout containers tied with ribbon.

    Originally Published: January 12, 2021

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    30 of Our Best Fudge Recipes (2024)


    What is the secret to good fudge? ›

    Tips for Making Fudge
    • Monitor the Temperature with a Candy Thermometer. If you end up with soft fudge that turns into a puddle in your hands or hard fudge that is a bit reminiscent of a crunchy candy, improper temperature is likely to blame. ...
    • Avoid Stirring Once the Mixture Comes to a Simmer. ...
    • Beat Thoroughly.
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    What is the most popular fudge flavor? ›

    After years of testing recipes, we're pretty sure we have a handle on the most popular fudge flavors, but chocolate and cherry will always rank high on the list.

    Is evaporated milk or condensed milk better for fudge? ›

    Use Evaporated Milk- Make sure to use evaporated milk and not sweetened condensed milk. If you accidentally use sweetened condensed milk your fudge will be incredibly over the top sweet. Cut up the Butter– Before adding the butter in make sure to cut it into smaller pieces for faster melting.

    How do you make Paula Deen's 5 minute fudge? ›

    1. Combine sugar, milk, butter and salt in a medium sized saucepan. Bring to a boil, cook 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
    2. Add in chocolate chips; cook until melted.
    3. Remove from heat; stir in marshmallows, vanilla and nuts. Mix well.
    4. Pour into a 8-inch pan. Cool cut into squares.

    What is the secret to smooth fudge that is not gritty? ›

    Once a seed crystal forms, it grows bigger and bigger as the fudge cools. A lot of big crystals in fudge makes it grainy. By letting the fudge cool without stirring, you avoid creating seed crystals.

    What makes high quality fudge? ›

    You have to control two temperatures to make successful fudge: the cooking temperature AND the temperature at which the mixture cools before stirring to make it crystallize. Confectionery experiments have shown that the ideal cooking temperature for fudge is around 114 to 115 °C (237 to 239 °F).

    What is world's best fudge? ›

    For over a century a distinguished line of candy makers on Mackinac Island have worked their magic on marble slabs and created a treat so sweet and creamy that it embodies the essence of bliss. An enthusiastic fan recently posted on our facebook page: “the fudge from Mackinac Island is the Best Fudge on Earth“.

    Where is the world's best fudge? ›

    Whether you visit Mackinac Island on National Fudge Day in June or any other day – maybe during the Mackinac Island Fudge Festival in August – come find your favorite flavor and experience the fudge capital of the world!

    What city is known for fudge? ›

    On Michigan's world-renowned Mackinac Island, the sweet aroma of fudge wafts out onto the street from four unique Ryba's Fudge Shops. Passersby stop to watch as confectionary artists handcraft the…

    Can I use heavy whipping cream instead of evaporated milk in fudge? ›

    With its very similar consistency, 1 cup of heavy cream can replace 1 cup of evaporated milk in sweet and savory dishes. While the flavor will be blander than evaporated milk's unique caramelized tones, the texture will be noticeably richer.

    What is the best pan to make fudge in? ›

    Opt for a pot that can contain approximately four times the total volume of your fudge ingredients. Secondly, the pot's material should allow for good heat distribution hence your top choice should be copper cookware or a pot with a copper core.

    Can I use half-and-half instead of evaporated milk in fudge? ›

    Half-and-half has less protein and more fat than evaporated milk, but you can substitute the same amount of half-and-half for evaporated milk in a recipe. You won't get the same note of caramelized flavor that you would from evaporated milk, but the creamy consistency makes this an excellent substitute.

    What makes Mackinac Island fudge? ›

    The team has the process down pat: One person weighs the ingredients—raw chocolate from Germany, sugar from Bay City, and cream and butter—into a copper kettle set over a propane gas burner. The maker constantly stirs with an oak paddle until the sugary mixture reaches a roaring boil, about 16 to 17 minutes.

    What is in Mackinac Island fudge? ›

    Ingredients. Milk, cream, sugar, corn syrup, skim milk, high fructose corn syrup, whey, water, chocolate liquor, hydrogenated coconut oil, peanut oil, alkalized cocoa, mono and diglycerides, buttermilk, butter, natural flavors, soy lecithin, pectin, salt, cellulose gum, xanthan gum, guar gum, annatto (color), vanilla.

    What does cream of tartar do in fudge? ›

    Cream of tartar is used in caramel sauces and fudge to help prevent the sugar from crystallizing while cooking. It also prevents cooling sugars from forming brittle crystals, this is why it's the secret ingredient in snickerdoodles!

    Should you stir fudge constantly? ›

    It is important to stir constantly with a wooden spoon until the mixture starts to thicken and its surface starts to look dull or matte. Now is the time to stop beating and pour the fudge into a mould. Another tip: Do not scrape the sides of the pan or the spoon used for stirring.

    What makes fudge softer? ›

    The amount of time you cook fudge directly affects its firmness. Too little time and the water won't evaporate, causing the fudge to be soft. Conversely, cook it too long and fudge won't contain enough water, making it hard with a dry, crumbly texture.

    Why is my fudge crumbling when I cut it? ›

    The ingredients for fudge are combined and cooked to 234 degrees, cooled to 110 degrees without stirring, then beaten until creamy. Candy that isn't cooked long enough will end up too soft; overcooking makes fudge crumbly or hard.


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