This is truly the Ultimate Easy Creamy No-Fail Chocolate Fudge. Just a few minutes is all it takes to make this seriously delicious, super creamy, no-fail fudge!
What type of fudge fan are you? Do you like it hard and crumbly or creamy and soft? This recipe is for a soft, creamy, smooth fudge that cuts like buttah.
Growing up there pretty much wasn’t anything my Mom couldn’t bake. She wasn’t a professionally trained chef but she could produce meals that were flawless and truly delicious. Now any chef, albeit home or professionally trained has their specialty area.
Some are rock stars at making steaks, others crush it in the pie world. Mom, yeah she owned the fudge realm. Mom made all types though her most requested was plain chocolate and toasted walnut.
Now I’ll be honest, I was never a huge fan of fudge. If given the choice between fudge and a cookie, the cookies won out every single time.
For me, it was just too rich. However my Dad… oh my darling sweet father was a Fudge Fanatic! No people you don’t understand! My Mom would have to hide the fudge from him, even the ones she had orders for because that man loved it THAT MUCH!
I can remember her hiding containers of fudge in my baby doll stroller, underneath the blankets and then it got so bad that she started stashing containers of it in my Barbie Doll case, underneath my clothes in my closet waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay back in the corner and in pretty much anything that could act as a hiding spot in my room.
Well, Dad got wise to this and well…let me tell you a little story about fudge and my Dad. But let me talk a bit more about this fudge recipe.
Mom’s Original Fudge Recipe
So this recipe is a spin on my Mom’s famous fudge recipe. Sorry but it’s not being shared. I just am not ready to do that. What I did, instead was take her laborious recipe that required muscles and a pretty intense upper arm workout. This was something that Mom dreaded. That’s where my brothers came in to play as she’d stand over the stove stirring sometimes with all of her might cursing under her breath so I would hear (even though I heard every word *giggle*). Finally, the boys would come in and help her stir it which meant for them if they helped her stir it, they got to clean out the pot for themselves.
My SUPER easy (and I think much better) update to Mom’s Fudge Recipe
As for my Mom’s fudge recipe, I’ll be honest I HATE making it because you need some serious muscle to stir it and I wanted something EASY. So I started analyzing her recipe and trying various tweaks to make it so it was as good as (if not better) and waaaaaaaaaaaaay easier. I’m sorry but making a recipe should not require a gym membership.
I went through a ton of trials with this from using margarine, corn syrup, a million bags of marshmallows, cocoa powder, baking chocolate and they all failed. I mean, most were okay but they weren’t what I was going for.
Until finally I decided to just try marshmallow fluff and chopped chocolate (and NOT chocolate chips). Once I saw how they combined together (as I use that mixture often when I make fudge icing actually), it just clicked.
I’m going to be completely honest here, I personally think this tastes better. The texture is so creamy and smooth. It almost melts in your mouth.
However, I had to go with what Mr. Fantabulous said. You see when they say “a girl marries a man like her father” I truly believe that as my husband is so similar to my Dad in so many ways it’s uncanny. He is just as big of a fudge-hound as my Dad was. So I made both batches and he loves this one more.
But let me get back to my Mom and how she almost had a coronary and I think made up curse words because she was so mad!
‘Twas the week before Christmas and Mom was up to her elbows in fudge
It was about the week before Christmas and Mom had a slew of cookies and fudge orders to get done. Now I did my best to help her out without being all up under her feet and eating all of the raw cookie dough.
Now one thing I didn’t help her make was her fudge. I simply didn’t have the arm muscles to mix it.
Dad wasn’t allowed to help her as he’d eat it straight out of the pot – mixed or not. However, just like clockwork, when she’d pull it out of the fridge hours later my Dad would be there buzzing around like a bee to honey. She’d whack him with the wooden spoon and threaten to beat him in his sleep if he touched the fudge.
Now full disclosure – Mom always made him his own so it’s not like he went without but there’s something more desirable when you’re told you can’t have something.
Now, Mom was a night owl and Dad was in bed early. 10 pm was pushing it for him. So around 2 am Mom went into her bedroom and what happened next, well let’s just say I’m surprised no one got beaten to a pulp or had a heart attack from fright.
In my parent’s bedroom, they kept a small nightlight on – one it helped light the room so when my Mom went to bed she wouldn’t stub her toe walking in and two if I got scared I could go into their bedroom and get them up.
So anyway Mom walks into the bedroom when all of a sudden she let out the mother of all shrieks. She starts screaming in fright, all the lights go on in the house and I run downstairs to see what’s going on.
My Dad is lying there out of it, eyes all full of sleep – dazed and confused. On the side of his face, his nose, around his mouth, down his chin and all of his pillow is this huge dark stain/spot.
It looked like dried blood. Mom was ready to call an ambulance (this was pre-911. yeah I’m old, peeps) as she was feeling his face, pulling up his lip, his nose to see where the “blood” was coming from.
All of a sudden she got quiet…
She had then put it all together. You see earlier that day Dad wanted to spend the day with me in my room – playing Barbie’s, dress up, tea parties. Now that wasn’t anything new for him to want to spend time with me like that but never the whole day – he worked.
Remember how I said earlier that Mom had to hide her fudge in my stuff, in my room? Yeah… I see those wheels spinning in your head now.
My darling father, while we played all those things, was quietly sneaking out the fudge and putting it in his nightstand! I know, right!
So when he went to bed, he pulled open his nightstand drawer and would have a piece…then another…and another…and another… until he fell asleep only when he fell asleep he must have still had a piece of fudge in his mouth.
And since Dad was a snorer, his mouth was open – with fudge still in it. The fudge “melted” all over his face, his cheek, his chin, his nose, and his pillowcase. And when it dried, well, it looked like dried blood by the hue of a nightlight.
Folks I thought my mother was going to beat that man with a brick. She was FURIOUS. And then she let the cuss words flow. She got about 3 words into it when she realized I was there and then she switched over to cussing him out in both German and Slovak.
I just stood there grinning because 1 – it was funny, to be honest, and 2 – I understood those words as well. Needless to say, he was in the doghouse for a while.
Guys, even though it’s been decades since this happened I still cannot stop laughing to the point that it brings tears to my eyes!
How to store the best fudge you’ll ever eat?
Well if my father was still here, he’d say “in your belly!” And I’m pretty sure Mr. Fantabulous would say in HIS belly! But the way Mom kept it was in a cool, dark area. Obviously, the containers were draft-free and she stored them between layers of wax paper. However, you can totally use VERY LIGHTLY SPRAYED parchment if you wish.
I store mine in the refrigerator, in an air-tight container. Mr. Fantabulous likes it cold. However, you don’t necessarily have to keep it in the fridge if your room isn’t warm.
Remember this is fudge; it’s as soft and creamy fudge. So if your place is warm it could soften to the point that it would be too soft to pick up. Again, still perfectly delicious but not presentable for say a tray.
- Store in an air-tight container
- Best stored chilled or at cooler room temps as it’s a soft fudge though it does not need to be refrigerated (unless it’s super hot where it would be stored)
- I’ve never tried to freeze this as it goes too fast. If you freeze it comment below on how it turns out
What can you add to your fudge?
Gosh, what can’t you put in or on fudge?
- Mix in toasted nuts after the butter is blended in. Nuts also will work if pressed in on top after it’s spread out in the pan and before chilling
- Dried fruits in or on top – again after the butter is mixed in.
- Peanut butter – I’ve made added peanut butter into the mix (plus added a bit of fluff to help with its setting) as well as made a “Buckeye” peanut butter bottom, pressing that into the pan, and then spreading the fudge on top. Seriously, this is CRAZY GOOD!
- Top with Sprinkles, Jimmies (chocolate sprinkles), or Nonpareils
- Top the fudge with M&Ms, mini chocolate chips, chopped candy bars
- Caramel pieces and sea salt flakes (FYI.. this is on a whole other level of deliciousness!)
How to easily cut your fudge
Many of you asked how I cut mine with such clean lines. It’s SUPER EASY!
- Take a large sharp knife (not serrated) and either stick it in a glass of hot water or run it under the faucet till it’s warm.
- Wipe the knife clean as you don’t want it wet and make your slices.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 frequently cleaning the knife in between.
- By doing this, you’ll get nice, clean cuts!
- 12 ounces milk chocolate, chopped – this is NOT chocolate chips
- 4 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped – – this is NOT chocolate chips
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 7 ounces marshmallow fluff
- 1 tablespoon butter, unsalted and room temp
- Line an 8×8 pan with foil with a 1” overhang and lightly spray. In a large bowl add the chocolates and sweetened condensed milk; microwave for 3 minutes on high; stopping and stirring after every minute. Remove from the microwave and mix until smooth with a sturdy spoon.
- Add in the fluff, vanilla and butter and mix until smooth. Spread the fudge into the pan, tap on the counter to even out.
- Chill, uncovered for 3-4 hours before cutting. Store in an airtight container.
Mom kept her fudge in a cool area while I like to keep mine in the fridge. You don’t have to keep it in the fridge unless it’s warm where you are. It is a soft fudge so keep that in mind.
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