This classic and truly foolproof fudge recipe will be a favorite for years to come. Try one of our suggested variations or personalize the fudge by adding your favorite ingredients to the basic recipe. Fudge also makes a great homemade gift to share with family and friends.

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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In heavy saucepan, over low heat, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt. Remove from heat; stir in nuts (optional) and vanilla.

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  • Spread evenly into wax-paper-lined 8- or 9-inch square pan. Chill 2 hours or until firm.

  • Life fudge out of pan and place onto cutting board; peel off paper and cut into squares. Store covered in refrigerator.

Variations

Creamy Dark Chocolate Fudge: Melt 2 cups miniature marshmallows with chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. Proceed as above.

Milk Chocolate Fudge: Omit 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips. Add 1 cup milk chocolate chips. Proceed as above.

Rocky Road Fudge: Omit 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, salt, nuts and vanilla. In saucepan, melt chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and 2 tablespoons butter or margarine. In large bowl, combine 2 cups dry-roasted peanuts and 1 (10 1/2-ounce) package miniature marshmallows. Stir in chocolate mixture. Spread in wax paper-lined 13x9-inch pan. Proceed as above. (Makes about 2 3/4 pounds)

Microwave: In 1-quart glass measure, combine chocolate chips with sweetened condensed milk and salt. Cook on HIGH (100% power) 3 minutes or until chips melt, stirring after 1 1/2 minutes. Stir in remaining ingredients. Proceed as above.

Nutrition Facts

146 calories; 7.2 g total fat; 4 mg cholesterol; 31 mg sodium. 14.3 g carbohydrates; 1.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2007
A small tip - after chilling for 2 hrs this is very hard to get out of the pan. Put a couple of inches of hot water in your sink and let the pan sit in it for 15 minutes. You can then flip it over and it will pop right out. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2010
Sets up nicely very easy with great texture however this fudge tasted like chocolate chips and nothing more. It definitely has potential I might try it again with better chocolate.... Read More
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242 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 165
  • 4 star values: 43
  • 3 star values: 15
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 7
Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2007
A small tip - after chilling for 2 hrs this is very hard to get out of the pan. Put a couple of inches of hot water in your sink and let the pan sit in it for 15 minutes. You can then flip it over and it will pop right out. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2009
Awesome fudge. I use one bag of milk chocolate chips and add 1/2 bag of semi-sweet also. This leaves a very nice creamy texture. Here's a little tip that everyone loves. Freeze the remaining 1/2 bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips. At the end of stirring pour in the frozen chocolate chips give the mix one good quick final stir pour into pan and refrigerate. (I like it cold!) The mixture is hot enough to melt part but not all of the frozen chips. It will leave tiny chocolate chunks throughout. Want another tip? After preparing as I did above add one cup of peanut butter to this recipe before the final stirring and refrigerate. Mmmm!! (If adding the frozen chocolate chips always add them last to prevent them from melting totally.) Having trouble getting it out of the pan? Line the pan with foil. After it sets simply lift it out remove the foil and place the fudge on a dish or cutting surface to cut. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2007
This recipe is wonderful.... I have made it for years.. A wonderful way to present this as a gift is to place the empty can wrapped in plastic wrap in the middle of a glass pie dish then pour the fudge around it. When it sets it makes a wonderful wreath that you can adorn even more. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2007
Excellent recipe.. I got a little creatived and used white choclate in stead of dark and Mint extract instead of vanilla then added 3 drops of green food coloring. My family thinks it the best think since Andie's mints. I'm sure this will become a new Christmas tradition on my party table. Jeanette Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/30/2008
I tried this recipe thought it was a little too chocolatey for my taste. Took the advice of a reviewer used 2 cups semi and 1 cup milk choc. PERFECT! I ended up making 5 batches for gifts. Everyone loved it! So easy and good! Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2007
This is a great recipe! It makes a good quick inexpensive gift for teachers neighbors etc. It is also something nice to bring to parties or set out when unexpected guests drop by. I make it in lots of different varieties from butterscotch to white chocolate and I mix in all kinds of things to make it more interesting. My family's favorite varieties are peanuts & raisins peanuts & marshmallows oreos & white chocolate and white chocolate & crushed peppermint. Mix in the candies at the end and then refrigerate. One more thing. Rachel Ray was on Oprah recently and she made a recipe like this one but she made it in the shape of a wreath. I tried it that way (used a jello mold) and it came out fabulous! It was my gift to each of my neighbors. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/31/2009
This is DELICIOUS and truly foolproof. I made it extra yummy by using Hershey's Special Dark Chocolate Chips. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2007
This fudge was so easy to make and everyone in my family loves it. I have tried several variations such crushed mint oreos heath toffee chips and nuts as well white chocolate chips with macadamian nuts. I would reccommend this recipes it you want something fast that works every time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2007
I have made this fudge for many years for my family. They love it! I use the microwave to make it easier. The variation with the milk chocolate is great too. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/15/2010
Sets up nicely very easy with great texture however this fudge tasted like chocolate chips and nothing more. It definitely has potential I might try it again with better chocolate.... Read More
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