Eggnog Fudge

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  • This eggnog fudge recipe is buttery, creamy Christmas perfection made with an eggnog base, marshmallow cream, white chocolate and seasonal spices.

    close up stack of eggnog fudge pieces

    When you combine two of the holiday’s most popular desserts, your guests don’t have to choose! 

    What is eggnog?

    If you haven’t tried eggnog before, you are missing out! Eggnog is a smooth, creamy beverage made from eggs, milk, vanilla, nutmeg, sugar and heavy cream. 

    eggnog fudge mix in a saucepan

    It is traditionally served cold and enjoyed around the holiday’s as a dessert. Some people enjoy their eggnog spiked with alcohol, but most recipes are kid-friendly and alcohol free. 

    Eggnog is surprisingly easy to make, but also readily available in the store if you prefer a shortcut. 

    square of cut fudge

    Making homemade fudge

    Making your own fudge can seem intimidating, but it’s very easy! For this recipe, we are going to use a marshmallow cream base which is popular in many fudge recipes because it is extremely forgiving and gives the fudge an amazing creamy texture. 

    angle of eggnog fudge

    Using marshmallow cream to make fudge keeps the fudge moist and super soft. It protects the sugar from over crystalizing so is a great base ingredient for any homemade fudge recipe. 

    The key to making eggnog fudge at home, is cooking the mixture just until it reaches the “soft ball” stage. 114 to 115 °C (237 to 239 °F) You can use a candy thermometer for a fool proof batch or estimate by allowing the mixture to reach a full, rolling boil for about 4 minutes. 

    blue plate of fudge pieces

    Many people make the mistake of starting the timer when the mixture is simmering around the edges, but to get your fudge to set properly it is important to wait for the center to be at a full, rolling boil as well as the edges. 

    What kind of eggnog should I use?

    For this recipe, you can use either store bought or homemade eggnog. I prefer to use alcohol free for a more subtle flavor.

    clear glass tray of eggnog fudge pieces

    If you want to add a bit of rum flavoring without adding alcohol, you can use rum extract. A little goes a long way so you would only need about ¼ teaspoon. 

    Freezing Eggnog Fudge

    The best thing about this recipe is it can be made in advance and keeps very well! To store this fudge, keep in an airtight container for up to 14 days. Fudge does not need to be stored in the refrigerator, in fact, cold air can actually dry the fudge out. 

    ingredients for eggnog fudge

    You may have heard the shelf life of fudge is a bit longer, but when you are making fudge at home you need to enjoy it a little sooner. 

    This eggnog fudge recipe can also be frozen to enjoy long after after the holiday party! When freezing homemade fudge, I like to double wrap it in freezer safe packaging to prevent freezer burn. 

    I prefer to freeze fudge in a large block, rather than pre-cutting it. I feel this protects the inside better and ensures the freshest taste possible. 

    close up of eggnog fudge piece

    Be sure to enjoy the fudge within 2 months. To thaw, bring it out to room temperature about 24 hours before you want to enjoy it. Store in an airtight container for freshness. 

    Eggnog Fudge without eggnog

    If you want a subtle eggnog flavor, without using actual eggnog you can make this recipe as written but substitute regular milk for the egg nog. Whole milk will work best, due to it’s thicker texture. I would also decrease the amount by ¼ cup. 

    side view of eggnog fudge

    Eggnog Fudge with Rum

    If you are a fan of strong rum flavors in your eggnog treats and want a heavily rum flavored fudge, I would stick with using eggnog that contains rum rather than adding it separately to the fudge ingredients.

    It will help keep the liquid ratio correct. You can also add ¼ teaspoon of rum extract to the ingredients as well. 

    homemade eggnog fudge for pinterest

    More eggnog recipes to try:

    Eggnog Poke Cake
    This Eggnog Poke Cake recipe is an easy pudding poke cake made with box cake mix and instant vanilla pudding, with delicious eggnog flavor. #pokecakerecipe #puddingpokecake #eggnogrecipes www.savoryexperiments.com
    This Eggnog Poke Cake recipe is an easy pudding poke cake made with box cake mix and instant vanilla pudding, with delicious eggnog flavor. #pokecakerecipe #puddingpokecake #eggnogrecipes www.savoryexperiments.com
    5-Minute Eggnog Pudding
    This 5-Minute Eggnog Pudding is one of the tastiest homemade pudding recipes you'll ever make, with instant pudding and a few festive ingredients! #puddingrecipes #eggnogpudding #homemadepudding www.savoryexperiments.com
    This 5-Minute Eggnog Pudding is one of the tastiest homemade pudding recipes you’ll ever make, with instant pudding and a few festive ingredients!
    close up of stack of eggnog fudge

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    Eggnog Fudge

    This Eggnog Fudge is buttery, creamy Christmas perfection made with an eggnog base, marshmallow cream, white chocolate and seasonal spices!
    Prep Time10 mins
    Cook Time15 mins
    Setting/Chilling4 hrs
    Total Time4 hrs 25 mins
    Course: Dessert
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: eggnog fudge, homemade fudge sauce, marshmallow fudge
    Servings: 36 pieces
    Calories: 104kcal
    Author: Jessica Formicola

    Ingredients

    Instructions

    • In a small bowl, combine the cinnamon and nutmeg. Reserve ¼ teaspoon for the topping and set aside.
    • Prepare a 9-inch square baking dish by lining with parchment paper. Set aside.
    • In a large saucepan, melt butter with sugar, eggnog, and salt over medium high heat. Bring to a boil. Stirring continuously until mixture reaches a rolling boil for four minutes. (Soft ball stage- 237 to 239 °F
      eggnog fudge mixture
    • Remove the mixture from heat. Using an electric mixer and mix with remaining ingredients on medium speed until smooth and white chocolate is completely melted .Pour into the prepared baking dish.
    • Sprinkle the remaining ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg over the fudge.
    • Place the fudge on an even surface for about 4 hours to set.
    • Use a warm, clean knife to slice the fudge for serving.
    • If you've tried this recipe, come back and let us now how it was in the comments or ratings!

    Nutrition

    Calories: 104kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 7mg | Potassium: 23mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 92IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
    close up of eggnog fudge in squares

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