This delicious fudge recipe is easy to make in the microwave with just 3 ingredients: chocolate chips, condensed milk, and butter. Add nuts, mini marshmallows, or candy before chilling to make this treat even more decadent, or try peanut butter chips instead of semisweet chocolate chips to make peanut butter fudge. If you want to have this on hand for the holidays, double the recipe and use a 9x13-inch dish.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Additional Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 10 mins
16 pieces

This top-rated fudge recipe is unbelievably easy to make with just three ingredients and five minutes of prep time.

a low angle view of a big pile of chocolate fudge on a red plate
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What Is Fudge?

Fudge is a type of homemade candy with a smooth and creamy texture. It's usually made on the stove with sugar, butter, and milk. There are many varieties of fudge, but the most popular type is chocolate.

This simplified version comes together quickly in the microwave with just chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter.

squares of homemade chocolate fudge in individual white paper candy cups

Fudge Ingredients

This impressive fudge recipe is easy to make with ingredients you may already have on hand:

· Chocolate chips: This classic fudge recipe starts with three cups of semisweet chocolate chips.
· Sweetened condensed milk: A can of sweetened condensed milk ensures a sweet, creamy, and absolutely decadent chocolate fudge.
· Butter: Butter is melted with the chocolate and sweetened condensed milk, creating an even richer texture.

Optional: Walnuts are optional, but they add welcome crunch.

How to Make Fudge

You'll be shocked how easy it is to make fudge with sweetened condensed milk. You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make this easy fudge:

Melt the chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and butter together. Add walnuts if desired. Pour the mixture into a prepared baking dish, then refrigerate until the fudge is set. Cut into squares.

Fudge squares close up on white background

Does Fudge Need to Be Refrigerated?

No, fudge doesn't need to be refrigerated. Store it in an airtight container (with wax paper between layers) at room temperature for one to two weeks.

Can You Freeze Fudge?

Yes! You can freeze fudge for up to three months. Wrap the fudge tightly in wax paper, then wrap it again in aluminum foil. Place the foil-wrapped fudge in a freezer-safe container or wrap it in another layer of foil. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.


Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"This fudge tastes so good and people are amazed that it was made in a microwave," says StanConn. "I took the advice from one of the reviews about melting the butter first before adding the other ingredients. I think it really prevented the fudge from turning out grainy."

"I used milk chocolate chips and sprinkled crushed peppermint candy on top," says LizaJ. "It made a nice gift to share with neighbors. Quick and easy recipe to make with kids."

"This is perfect fast fudge," according to weelittlejess. "No, it's not 'old-fashioned' fudge, but who has the time? Not me. It turns out creamy, glossy, and lovely. I like to stir in a cup of peanut butter chips at the last moment before putting it in the pan."

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk

  • ¼ cup unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (Optional)


  1. Combine chocolate chips, condensed milk, and butter in large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on medium heat until chips are melted, 3 to 5 minutes, stirring once or twice during the cooking.

  2. Meanwhile, generously grease an 8-inch square glass baking dish.

  3. Remove chocolate mixture from the microwave and stir in nuts. Pour into the prepared dish.

  4. Refrigerate until fudge is set, about 2 hours.

  5. Cut into 16 squares.

    a low angle view of a big pile of chocolate fudge on a red plate
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Nutrition Facts (per serving)

359 Calories
18g Fat
45g Carbs
5g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 359
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 18g 23%
Saturated Fat 11g 56%
Cholesterol 16mg 5%
Sodium 32mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 45g 16%
Protein 5g
Vitamin C 1mg 3%
Calcium 70mg 5%
Iron 0mg 1%
Potassium 92mg 2%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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