Simple Homemade Fudge


Total Time:

15 minutes



This year for the holidays I am all about homemade gifts! I just tend to think that they are better, obviously they are delicious, and they show that you really care. Plus you get to nibble on them before you give them away!

A super easy fudge recipe is something that everyone needs to know! Fudge is so decadent and rich that it just screams holidays! It’s pretty much just chocolate, condensed milk and a little vanilla. It can’t get much easier than that! I’ve been working on some more fudge recipes with different mix-ins and flavoring that I will share with you soon – but this fudge recipe is a great place to start making your own and giving some away as holiday gifts!!

Simple Homemade Fudge

Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 10 servings


  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste


  • Line a square 8 inch baking pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  • Over low heat, in a medium sized pot, add the chocolate chips, condensed milk and salt, stir with a wooden spoon until chips are melted. Remove from heat and add the vanillas. (If you don't have vanilla paste, just double up on the vanilla extract) Pour into the parchment lined baking pan and spread evenly. Refrigerate for 4 hours until firm.

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  1. Heather (Heather’s Dish)

    wow, that’s incredibly simple! i usually do the kind that my mom always made with marshmallow fluff, but this seems fantastic and just as easy. thanks for the recipe!

  2. Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking

    This is lovely, Gaby! So delicious and perfect for the holidays – and EASY! I’ll definitely be trying this and keeping it in mind for gifts to friends this year. Thanks for sharing!

    • Gaby

      so so so easy! It’s so nice. I whipped up a bunch of these for gifts!

  3. monika

    I have been wanting make fudge, but usually leave it other people. This seems so easy! I even have all the ingredients, so it is on my list for tomorrow! Thank you for pushing me to finally do this.

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  5. the urban baker

    i heart fudge. problem is, i can eat the whole pan. this looks fool proof. can’t wait to make it

  6. marla

    Awesome fudge recipe girl! Can I take a bite of each & then put them in cute little containers? I think not πŸ™‚ Great photos!! XO

    • Gaby

      oh wait, giving these to people with little bites out of them is a problem?!?! I’m in trouble then! hehehe!

  7. Maris (In Good Taste)

    What can you use instead of vanilla bean paste? Like say if you wanted to make this TONIGHT and don’t have time to hit the Spice House!

    • Gaby

      Just double up on the vanilla extract!! πŸ™‚ Happy fudge eating

  8. Sally

    I have always wanted to make fudge and this inspires me to finally try. I think this will be perfect for the a dessert I was going to bring to a dinner party this weekend! Can you find vanilla paste in a regular grocery store? I have never seen before.

    Thanks Gaby!

  9. UrMomCooks

    I agree! I am a big fan of homemade treats for gifts – they just say I Care. Plus the tasting…ah the tasting…

  10. Laura Brown

    Time and time again, I enjoy your recipes and “tweaks” to recipes I’ve used for years. Thanks so much for such a wonderful website….Christmas wishes to you and your family. Laura

  11. linsiloo

    Gaby, all your recipes are so amazing sounding and I absolutely love the photography, too! I made all my presents this year as well and it feels and was surprised by how much less stressful it was. LOVE THIS RECIPE!!!


    : )

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  14. Amanda

    This fudge is super easy…without a use of a blender. πŸ™‚ I might as well turn some of these into truffles ganache while I’m at it.. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ will update you once I’ve turn them into truffles πŸ™‚

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  16. Linda Long

    I haven’t made this yet but I did try making fudge and it was to soft, what did I do wrong. help.

    • Gaby

      Hi Linda!

      I’m confused – did you use my recipe and it came out soft? Let me know – happy to help troubleshoot

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  18. Kim

    I was wondering about pouring the hot fudge into individual (teeny tiny actually) cup cake papers? I have so many – they hold about one tablespoon. Would the fudge come out of the paper easy?

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  21. Marie Pietras

    Gaby,Thanks for the fudge recipe, for when I was young there was a lady that you could not beat this women’s fudge she owned a popcorn store and made homemade fudge to die for and a few friends and myself always remember that fudge it was awesome going to try this one , When I make it I’ll let you know how it taste..And thanks for the artichoke dip I love that dip…I love cooking and baking..Have a great day now..Going to make some cheesy cube steak,with onions and mushrooms..This is my first time on your site and I love it but it won’t let me post it says I already did.When I haven’t I hope you get this..Again thank you and have a great werkend..Marie

  22. Linda

    l found this recipe years ago. l played with the recipe, and added peanut butter to the pan with chocolate chips and condensed milk.

  23. Rachel Bailey

    Once made up, how long is the approximate lifespan of the fudge.. assuming I don’t give in to temptation first?!

  24. Connie McCarty

    I’ve been making this fudge for several years. I make a rocky road version by adding in miniature marshmallows and cocktail peanuts, I also make a version adding heath you can find in the baking isle near the chocolate chips. Yet another version, I use white chocolate chips (instead of semisweet), peppermint extract and crushed peppermint added in.