By: Jackie Bruchez
Fudge is an excellent gift idea for the holidays. It’s quick and easy to make, and a fan favourite. This particular recipe is a delicious combination of sweet and rich: a little bit goes a long way.
Traditional Milk Chocolate Fudge Recipe
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5-8 minutes
Set time: approx. 2 hours
375 mL (1 1/2 cups) granulated sugar
150 mL (2/3 cup) evaporated milk
30 mL (2 tbsps) butter
1 mL (1/4 tsp) salt
1 jar (250 mL) marshmallow crème
375 mL (1 1/2 cups) milk chocolate chips
125 mL (1/2 cup) chopped pecans, walnuts or pistachios (optional)
5 mL (1 tsp) vanilla extract
- Line an 20.5 x 20.5 centimetre (8 x 8 inch) pan with parchment paper or aluminium foil
- In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine marshmallow crème, sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt
- Bring the mixture to a full boil
- Once it’s boiling, set timer for 5 minutes and stir constantly
- Working quickly, remove mixture from heat and pour in chocolate chips
- Stir until they are melted and the mixture is smooth
- Fold in nuts and vanilla
- Pour into prepared pan and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours or until firm
- Cut fudge into small 5 centimetre (2-inch) pieces and store in an airtight container until ready to serve or give away
Tip: Once you’ve made it once or twice, fudge can be surprisingly versatile. Start with this recipe and try the suggested adaptations when you’re ready for a change. After you get the hang of it, adjust to your own taste and get creative — a platter of two or three types of fudge is one of the best (and easiest) dessert crowd pleasers.
Three Holiday Fudge Variations
Peanut Butter Fudge
Easily make peanut butter fudge by simply substituting peanut butter chips (found next to the chocolate chips in the baking aisle) for the chocolate chips. If a stronger peanut flavour is desired, replace the 125 mL (1/2 cup) of pecans or walnuts with 125 mL (1/2 cup) of roasted peanuts.
Tip: Love peanut butter? Use our easy recipe to whip up a batch of our homemade peanut butter cups.
Butter Pecan Fudge
Replace the milk chocolate chips with 250 mL (1 cup) butterscotch chips (also found next to the chocolate chips in the baking aisle) and 125 mL (1/2 cup) white chocolate chips. Add 125 mL (1/2 cup) chopped pecans. This butter pecan-style fudge is perfect for the sweet tooth who isn’t keen on chocolate.
Peppermint Bark Fudge
Finally, if you would like to add some colour to your fudge platter, try this peppermint bark fudge. To make, replace milk chocolate chips with white chocolate chips. Instead of using vanilla, use 3 mL (1/2 tsp) of pure peppermint extract. For a festive colour, replace the chopped nuts with 125 mL (1/2 cup) crushed peppermints or candy canes.
Fudge Gift Packaging
When giving fudge as a gift, packaging is everything. Cut the fudge into small pieces, place them in cute candy cups (mini cupcake baking cups work well), and then put them in a decorative box or clear cellophane bag wrapped with a bow. These make great gifts for teachers, neighbours, and co-workers or as hostess gifts.
Any way you make it, fudge is a timeless treat that everyone will enjoy — let us know if you have a favourite flavour not mentioned here, below!
Jackie Bruchez is a wife and mother of three living in Solana Beach, Calif. She is the author of the food blog The Seaside Baker, which focuses on delicious baked desserts and the occasional savoury dish. She loves to travel and is currently working on a cookbook featuring West Coast farmers and cuisine.