Quick & Easy Chocolate Fudge

Sometimes I want a decadent chocolate dessert and don’t have one handy. This 4 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge comes together so quickly I can have my dessert ready within an hour after dinner to go with my streaming shows. 

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I’ve always enjoyed making homemade fudge for gifts during the holidays, but this quick fudge is amazing for a quick treat. While I love a classic fudge recipe, this easy one is just as tasty.

The next time that you need a chocolate fix, or you’re looking for an easy fudge recipe, check out this one that will come together so quickly.

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Why You’ll Love 4 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge

The best part of this easy recipe is how few ingredients there are. What’s not to love about an easy-to-make fudge that only takes a few minutes?

  • Quick & Easy – The basic ingredients are few and the time to combine and cook them is efficient. Sometimes I like to do it the old fashioned way, like making Old Fashioned Penuche Fudge, but for this recipe, quick and easy is the name of the game.
  • Convenient – You might have most of these simple ingredients in your pantry already, but if you don’t you can easily access them.
  • Portable – The fudgy bars can be tossed into ziploc bags or wrapped individually to take to parties, cookouts, or bake sales.
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Ingredients

There are just a few ingredients which makes this the most simple 4 ingredient chocolate fudge recipe.

  • Sweetened condensed milk – Instead of adding sugar, use sweetened condensed milk.
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips – Instead of semisweet chocolate chips, use bittersweet chocolate chips. If you want even more sweetness, you can feel free to use milk chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips. 
  • Unsalted butter – Cut the butter into small pieces to make it easier to mix. Most sweetened condensed milk fudge recipes don’t use butter, but using it in this recipe makes the fudge silky.
  • Vanilla extract – Make your own or use your store-bought bottle, but make sure to use 
  • Mini chocolate chips – These are optional, but add more chocolatey flavor.
  • Cocoa Powder – For more chocolatey flavor, sprinkly in cocoa powder.
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How To Make EasyChocolate Fudge

It really couldn’t be easier to make this fudge. There are so few ingredients and just a few steps, too.

  1. Melt & Combine. Pour the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and butter into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave those ingredients. Melt chocolate chips and other ingredients until smooth. Add the vanilla. Whisk the vanilla in until fully incorporated. 
  2. Make Smooth. If any small chunks remain in the mixture, return it to the microwave for 30 seconds before stirring again.
  3. Transfer. Pour the fudge mixture into the baking dish prepared with parchment paper.
  4. Top. Sprinkle the top with mini chocolate chips, if desired. Press them in lightly so that they stick.
  5. Set. Refrigerate until ready to cut and serve.
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Variations 

This fudge is fabulous as-is but you can also pour in some tasty add-ins to make it even more amazing. 

  • Nuts – Toss in some crushed pecans, walnuts, or peanuts to add nutty texture. 
  • Sea salt – Sprinkle sea salt on top for a salty sweet treat. 
  • Candy – Use mini M&Ms or crush up your favorite candy with a rolling pin or a mallet (after placing them in a ziploc bag).
  • Marshmallows and graham crackers – Try folding in mini-marshmallows, marshmallow fluff, or marshmallow cream and bits of graham cracker for a s’mores take on fudge.
  • Chips – Fold in peanut butter or butterscotch chips for fun flavors that mix with chocolate.
  • Sprinkles – Create a funfetti style fudge by folding in colorful sprinkles.
  • White chocolate – Add white chocolate chips for a polka-dot style fudge.
  • Nut butter – Swirl in peanut butter or almond butter for a nutty, creamy texture.
  • Maple Syrup – Add just a touch of maple syrup in your fudge for an extra layer of flavor.
  • Sunflower seed – Add seeds that you like to add some nutrients and crunchiness.

Storage and Freezing

Storage: This 4 ingredient chocolate fudge can be stored at room temperature for 2 to 3 weeks. Wrap it in wax paper or store it in an airtight container with a lid or aluminum foil.

Freezer: Store fudge in the freezer for up to 3 months. Avoid refrigerating, though, as it can rob fudge of its moisture.

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Quick & Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe

4.73 from 11 votes
You can have this EASY 4 Ingredient Fudge recipe ready in under an hour! Simple to throw together and great for the holidays!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 20

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Line an 8×8 or 9×9 square pan with parchment paper and coat with cooking spray.
  • In a microwave safe bowl, combine the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips and butter. Microwave on high for 5 minutes.
  • Remove and whisk vigorously, adding the vanilla. If there are still small chunks, return to microwave for 30 seconds.
  • Transfer mixture to the prepared pan and sprinkle with mini chocolate chips, if desired. Press lightly into the tacky surface to stick.
  • Place in the refrigerator to set for an hour. Cut into 16 small squares.
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, come back and let us know how it was in the comments or star ratings.

Nutrition

Calories: 186 kcal, Carbohydrates: 21 g, Protein: 3 g, Fat: 10 g, Saturated Fat: 6 g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3 g, Monounsaturated Fat: 3 g, Trans Fat: 0.1 g, Cholesterol: 11 mg, Sodium: 28 mg, Potassium: 176 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 18 g, Vitamin A: 100 IU, Vitamin C: 1 mg, Calcium: 70 mg, Iron: 1 mg
Calories: 186
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 4 ingredient chocolate fudge
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. 5 stars
    Your Quick & Easy Chocolate Fudge recipe is a real winner! It was so simple to make, and the result was incredibly rich and decadent. I appreciate how it requires just a few ingredients but delivers such a luxurious treat. This will be my go-to recipe for a quick chocolate fix.

  2. 5 stars
    The only thing better than fudge is EASY fudge, and this was E-Z. I love how decadent it is and that I didn’t have to use a candy thermometer to make it!

  3. 5 stars
    Your Quick & Easy Chocolate Fudge was a sweet revelation. It came together effortlessly, and the end result was pure chocolatey bliss. The smooth, melt-in-your-mouth texture and rich flavor made it hard to resist having just one piece. This recipe will be my go-to for satisfying my chocolate cravings in a flash. Thanks for sharing this delightful treat!