Introduction: 3 Ingredient Fudge

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In this instructable I will show you how to make fudge. This recipe for homemade fudge is really easy to make and only requires three ingredients! You can certainly add more ingredients but the basic fudge recipe only takes 3. Fudge is a perfect treat for the holidays or any time. It tastes amazing and super simple to make, if I can make it you can make it! Let's get started!

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Follow the easy steps below or watch the short video tutorial or do both! :)

Step 1: Ingredients/Tools

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  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (14 oz or 396 g)
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (56 to 60 g)
  • 2 1/4 cups of chocolate (milk chocolate, dark, semi-sweet, or a combination of them all, about 400 g)

Optional ingredients:

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 to 1 cup chopped walnuts


  • Large Microwave Safe Bowl:
  • spatula
  • spoon
  • parchment paper
  • kitchen spray (optional, helps to keep the parchment paper in the pan)
  • 11x9 or 9x9 pan (depending on how thick you want your fudge)

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Step 2: Sweetened Condensed Milk and Butter

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First let's combine our sweetened condensed milk and our butter in a large microwave safe bowl. Then let's heat it up in the microwave for 2 to 3 minutes until the butter has melted and the mixture is hot, I usually give it a good stir at the 1 minute mark.

Step 3: Chocolate

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Now let's add our chocolate. This recipe is awesome you can use all semi-sweet chocolate chips if you like, or all milk chocolate, or all dark chocolate, or a combination of all of them, as long as you have around 400 grams total. Place the chocolate in the hot condensed milk and butter mixture, and push it down a little bit with a spoon, then just let it sit for 3 to 4 minutes in the hot liquid.

Step 4: Stir That Chocolate

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Next after the chocolate has bathed in the sweetened milk, take a spatula or spoon and start to mix, the chocolate should combine very easy with the liquid. Once all melted and combined, the mixture will resemble a frosting or brownie batter.

Step 5: Pan It

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Now let's take a 8x11 or 9x9 pan and add some parchment paper to it, I like to spray the bottom of the pan first with kitchen spray, this just helps the parchment paper stick to it. Next pour your chocolate mixture into the pan and smooth it out with your spatula. Then all you need to do is put it in the fridge for 2 to 3 hours until it sets up completely. Simple as that!

Step 6: Cut and Serve

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Now take the large piece of fudge out of the pan and cut it up however you like. This dessert is fairly rich, so I generally cut mine up into small squares. You can store it back in your same pan and just cover it with plastic wrap, or put it in Tupperware, or create little gift bundles and give it away. :) Enjoy!

Step 7: Video Tutorial

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Now check out those steps in action by watching the short video tutorial!


prof955 (author)2018-01-11

This looks great, I would like to try but we don't have condensed sweetened milk in here.
is it possible to use cream instead of condensed milk?
Cream here, neither sweetened nor liquid as milk.
it's just creamy :)

No unfortunately I don't think that will work. But you can always try it. :) If it doesn't set up all the way it will still taste good. :) Using cream is pretty much what I do for my chocolate tarts! :) check out my chocolate tart instructable and you will see what I mean, about chocolate and cream.

snowf7 (author)2017-12-30

I have a fudge recipe that was an icing/frosting recipe gone wrong. The recipe calls for brown sugar and butter to be heated on the stove and then boiled for a minute before removing from the heat and adding about a tablespoon of cream or milk. The second step is the one that tells you to let it cool. I skipped that step because I was running behind schedule. The third step was to beat in enough icing sugar until it was of spreading consistency. I spread it onto the cake and by the time it was cooled and served, all the kids loved the candy topping on the cake. I have tweaked in since by adding cocoa powder for a chocolate version. Sometimes it's good to make mistakes.

That classic way of making fudge is done on the stove like that. So cool you came up with a mistake turned "great" :)

Sparvar (author)2017-12-28

Your fudge was a Christmas miracle! It also tastes great! Due to a car wreck and subsequent shopping for a new car, the days before Christmas were pretty busy. We weren't able to make Christmas treats until Sunday. We had already ruined one batch of fudge & were out of ingredients. We planned on taking the treats to friends & family and were disappointed that fudge wouldn't be included. Living in rural Utah means only 1 store was open on Sunday and they had closed early because it was Christmas Eve. I randomly checked my email and lo and behold there was your recipe featured in an Instructables email. Living in Utah also means we've got massive amounts of food storage. We checked and we had all the ingredients for your recipe! Christmas treat deliveries were saved and the feedback on the fudge has been terrific! High five for saving the day!

Oh wow! So sorry about the car wreck. But I am so glad you were able to make the fudge and have it for Christmas! :) Thanks for sharing! What part of Utah? I lived in Provo for 3.5 years during college. I don't miss the winter, the reason why I live in Phoenix. haha

I don't blame you moving to Phoenix! I can't stand the cold and snow either. But I also can't handle the heat down there in the summer. People tell me I would get used to it. I tell them it's physically impossible to get used to the temperature equivalent of Hell :). I live in Emery County, about 30 miles south of Price (though Price is an anomaly in our fine state). I've lived all over the state though, and was also in Provo for a time. Which school did you attend?

hahaha yeah it does get a little hot down here. I think I have only driven through Emery County, does the 70 go through it? On my way to Grand Junction. I went to BYU.

I-70 does go through the EC, but not the part where I live. You probably drove through Price on Hwy 6, which turns into 191 and then meets up with I-70 near Green River.,+UT/@39.0930137,-111.0256251,9.15z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x8749141691b39137:0x6ae7ab6393307053!8m2!3d39.0738385!4d-110.7122465

I was pretty young during that trip so I don't remember. I know we drove through Vegas and stayed the night in St. George. Probably took the 15 to the 70.

Dr.Bill (author)2017-12-28

Dude ! You have to put some weight on, this looks very good and I was always taught to never trust ah skinny chef. lol

LOL, I actually eat pretty healthy for breakfast and lunch and so so for dinner, so I have calorie room for treats! lol :) And I play basketball twice a week and go to the gym at least once, and country dance, so I am keeping active. haha, just means I can eat more treats! lol and bacon, can't forget the bacon. haha

Sounds like you've got life figured out. High five!

hahaha some parts of it, yes! Thanks! haha

LydiaT2 (author)2017-12-27

I used to make this recipe 30 years ago. It is simple and absolutely delicious!!

That is so awesome!! :)

surviver (author)2017-12-26

Walnuts, raisins and cashews, then find place to hide them lol!

now you are talking! haha :)

jwzumwalt (author)2017-12-24

I have diabetes and crave sweets occasionally. I sometimes make a coffee mug cake from a chocolate cake mix.

This looks like a very simple starting point for adding rolled oats or some other filler such as puffed rice with the peanut butter substitution to reduce the fat and sugar. Thanks for taking the time to share this.

strings3002 (author)jwzumwalt2017-12-24

Many years ago when I was in grade school that was called "Chocolate Oaties"


The fudge with peanut butter and oats can also be found under no bake cookies on the internet.

You are so very welcome! :) Let me know if you play around with it and come up with something more diabetic friendly! :)

Aretz (author)2017-12-25

Made it, ate it, loved it. Very rich and creamy.

I first found this recipe under the name “French Cream Fudge”. Mine didn’t have butter in the recipe. I imagine the addition of butter makes it better.

Butter makes EVERYTHING better.

Awesome!! So glad you tried it out! :) Butter does make EVERYTHING better hahaha :)

struno (author)2017-12-24

Never heard of adding butter to fudge, I've only used chocolate chips and condensed milk. I'll try your recipe tomorrow.

Awesome, let me know how it turns out. It will probably taste fairly close to the what you are used to. :)

midiansangel (author)2017-12-24

Gets my vote!

Yum. You make it look so simple!

Alaskan Bev (author)midiansangel2017-12-24

You're right; it does look enticingly simple! Chalk up another marvelous creation from Matt the Master! Gotta try this one!

hahaha well thank you Alaskan Bev!! Such a nice compliment! :)

Well thank you!! :) So glad you liked it! :)

fuzzyguy (author)2017-12-24

I do a similar fudge recipe except I use 1/2 Cup of peanut butter instead of butter. I melt the chocolate with the sweetened condensed milk in a pan on the stove. and add the peanut butter last. For nuts I will use crunchy peanut butter.

Awesome that sounds yummy!

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