Friday, December 16, 2011

Simple Fudge

This time of year is a foodie’s dream.  My “food to create” pinboard on Pinterest is ever growing and every day I come across more and more recipes that I want to try.  This one, though, was one that I needed to make immediately!  I  remember fudge always being one of the treats that we would make around the holidays to share with friends, neighbors and family (along with this snack, and these cookies) but I don’t remember the exact method that we used.  I do remember needing it to be timed just right and reach an exact temperature so that it would set.  And let’s just say that I have been known to be a bit unsuccessful in the kitchen with a candy thermometer.

No candy thermometer is needed here.  I never dreamed that there was such a great fudge recipe out there.  This recipe is so incredibly simple (hence, the name) and it. is. delicious.  I am already coming up with ways to add other flavors.  It’s so creamy but not too sweet.  See, I’m not a huge chocolate lover…I would much rather have some Skittles, sugar cookies or a scone.  I do, though, love dark chocolate.  The consistency of this fudge is to-die-for and the flakes of sea salt on top round out the flavors perfectly!

Do you have a favorite flavor of fudge?

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Simple Fudge

Yield: 16 servings

Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes


12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate (I used chocolate chips)
1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 cup (1/2-stick) unsalted butter
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp. Maldon sea salt flakes, plus more for sprinkling


Line an 8x8 pan with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick spray.

In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, heat chocolate, milk, and butter over low heat. Add salt and vanilla and stir until smooth. Pour into the prepared pan, sprinkle with more sea salt flakes if desired, and refrigerate until set, 1-2 hours.

Remove from pan and cut on a cutting board. Store in the refrigerator or freezer or in an air-tight container at room temperature.

Cassie’s Notes:
This would be delicious with some chopped walnuts stirred in.

Feel free to switch out the chocolate chips for your favorite dark chocolate.

Slightly adapted from Heather Christo



54 Responses to “Simple Fudge”

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    Julie @ Table for Two — December 16, 2011 @ 6:19 am

    i never knew fudge was this easy to make. i literally thought it was something so hard and that’s why when you went to the beach boardwalk, it was so expensive, lol..this just looks like chocolate heaven. i like the sea salt on top 🙂 i must give this a try really soon, i love fudge!!

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    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — December 16, 2011 @ 6:34 am

    I love fudge! I miss my mom’s version but I don’t think she remembers what one she made when I was little so it’s lost for now.

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    Terra — December 16, 2011 @ 7:25 am

    I love simple fudge recipes, so much more fun to make! It is funny, I have a simple fudge recipe, really dang close to this, and adore it. I add raisins and a favorite nut in the fudge, YUM! Love your addition of the salt, sounds like a perfect compliment:-) Hugs, Terra

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    Jenny Flake — December 16, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Bring on the simple fudge!! Tis the season for goodies! xoxox

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    Steve @ the black peppercorn — December 16, 2011 @ 8:20 am

    Ooooh – I love fudge. This looks great! Nice pics as well – do you have a new camera or something?? hehe – enjoying the camera?

    • Cassie replied: — December 16th, 2011 @ 8:26 am

      heehee! Why, yes, I absolutely adore it. Even more than I imagined I would!

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    Curt — December 16, 2011 @ 8:25 am

    It looks deliciously sweet, and you’re right, it’s pretty easy to make!

    I’m sold!

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    Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen — December 16, 2011 @ 8:40 am

    Love this! And a great photo!!

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    Bakeaholic — December 16, 2011 @ 8:56 am

    Hmm. I’ve always been scared of fudge, but I may have to whip up a batch of these!

    A peppermint candy version would be tasty as well!

  9. #
    Bev Weidner — December 16, 2011 @ 9:38 am

    I hardly ever eat fudge but I SERIOUSLY want to lick the salt off of every. single. bar.

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    Jennifer @ Mother Thyme — December 16, 2011 @ 10:37 am

    Yum! I made some fudge a few weeks ago and I am hoping to whip up a few more batches this weekend for Christmas. This recipe looks fabulous and I’m putting this on my list to make! I love that it doesn’t require a candy thermometer and the sea salt on top is lovely. Great photos! 🙂

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    Lauren — December 16, 2011 @ 10:42 am

    I forgot how much I love fudge!! MUST MUST MUST make fudge this year!

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    Jill | Dulce Dough — December 16, 2011 @ 11:08 am

    Looks perfect! I love fudge–all flavors! I made three different kinds last year, but haven’t made any (yet) this year.

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    Caroline @ chocolate and carrots — December 16, 2011 @ 11:19 am

    Mmm…that looks so heavenly and rich! 🙂

  14. #
    Colleen — December 16, 2011 @ 11:53 am

    Wow, that’s so easy and it looks delicious! Exactly as fudge should be 🙂

  15. #
    Liz — December 16, 2011 @ 12:01 pm

    Mmmmmm….my family LOVES fudge!

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    Kim Bee — December 16, 2011 @ 12:02 pm

    Oh Cassie you are killing me here. These look so good. I swear if I eat any more baked goods I am gonna need new pants.

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    Sandra's Easy Cooking — December 16, 2011 @ 1:11 pm

    Ohh wow..those look amazing and so delicious..Awesome photos!!!!

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    Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts — December 16, 2011 @ 1:48 pm

    Wow, that is super simple! Fudge is my all time favorite Christmas treat. We always make it on Christmas Eve! This looks so much simpler though!

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    Ohhhhhh…..sweetened condensed milk, hence no gritty sugar texture. Genius. Pure and simple genius. I hear the hallelujah chorus. I am SO glad you shared this.

    • Cassie replied: — December 16th, 2011 @ 10:15 pm

      Thanks for the sweet comment! The texture is great…you are right, no gritty texture!

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    blackbookkitchendiaries — December 16, 2011 @ 2:08 pm

    wow! that looks heavenly decadent:) thank you for sharing this and have a great weekend.

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    Anna — December 16, 2011 @ 3:07 pm

    Fudge is a Christmas staple for us too, and it’s always a super basic one like this, I can’t get enough of it! Which reminds me, I haven’t gotten around to making it yet this year, I’ll get on that 🙂 And you can’t beat classic chocolate, but I’ll try anything called fudge!

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    Janet@FCTC — December 16, 2011 @ 4:14 pm

    I make fudge every year and if I keep seeing delicious ones like this, I’m not gonna have anything else on our Christmas food table… just lots of fudge! Though come to think of it, not sure this is a bad thing lol

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    Jen at The Three Little Piglets — December 16, 2011 @ 4:22 pm

    Ooh that does look good! And I have that same exact blue napkin from Pier 1 (and maybe a few in yellow as well)…

    • Cassie replied: — December 16th, 2011 @ 10:16 pm

      Yes, I love their linens! I get most of them at Pier 1 and at World Market. They make for great food photography!

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    Tina@flourtrader — December 16, 2011 @ 4:29 pm

    Your fudge does look amazing! Great presentation, delicious and easy-definitely a winner. I think there is a chocoholic in all of us, so this fudge will make everyone smile. Enjoy the weekend!

    • Cassie replied: — December 16th, 2011 @ 10:17 pm

      Thanks Tina, you too!

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    Meagan — December 16, 2011 @ 4:44 pm

    This recipe is similar to the one I make but I love the addition of sea salt, I hadn’t thought of that! Happy Holiday Baking 🙂

    • Cassie replied: — December 16th, 2011 @ 10:20 pm

      You too, Meagan! I loved the sea salt, perfect with the chocolate!

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    Paula B. — December 16, 2011 @ 6:03 pm

    I adore fudge but only make it at this time of year. I am going to try yours and a peanut butter one, I think the recipients will enjoy!

    • Cassie replied: — December 16th, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

      I can’t wait to try with peanut butter, and with butterscotch!

  27. #
    Mercedes@Satisfy My Sweet Tooth — December 16, 2011 @ 7:05 pm

    Love the addition of sea salt, yum!

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    Kim Bee — December 16, 2011 @ 7:14 pm

    I am now craving fudge and I blame you entirely. So when I scarf a pan of it later you know you will be blamed for that too. Just too delicious looking.

    • Cassie replied: — December 16th, 2011 @ 10:19 pm

      You can totally blame me, Kim!! It was pretty delicious! 🙂

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    Parsley Sage — December 16, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    I want fudge! I want this fudge 🙂 I want some peppermint fudge. Do they make banana fudge? Mmmm


    • Cassie replied: — December 16th, 2011 @ 10:18 pm

      I would TOTALLY eat banana fudge. Try it and let me know what you think! 😉

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    Baking Serendipity — December 16, 2011 @ 11:02 pm

    I can definitely see how this would become a “make immediately” recipe. It looks fantastic!

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    Ann — December 16, 2011 @ 11:12 pm

    This looks delicious! I actually do have a favorite fudge recipe – although I seldom make it or eat it. It’s my grandmother’s fudge recipe. However, the family did a small get together and my dad made it. It was delicious! Peanut butter chocolate fudge….very old fashioned and delish!

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    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. — December 16, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

    My favorite fudge is exactly what you have made here! It looks so perfectly chocolatey!!

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    Nami | Just One Cookbook — December 17, 2011 @ 12:18 am

    Yum! Like you said I would love to include walnuts or any nuts in this fudge! I love how you took pictures od the fudge. The brown (boring) fudge got nice impression by sprinkle of sea salt and blue linens!

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    Alyssa — December 17, 2011 @ 3:01 am

    Don’t you just love pintrest! I have sooo many things to try too! I’ve never made fudge, but it’s on my list of things to make in my lifetime. Yours looks great! The seasalt is a great addition!

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    leslie — December 17, 2011 @ 7:49 am

    My favorite fudge is just simple chocolate!!!!! Pinterest… addictive

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    Anne@frommysweetheart — December 17, 2011 @ 10:32 am

    Cassie…what a wonderful texture to this fudge! And how easy! I am not one for fussing with candy thermometers, etc! So this is perfect for me. My favorite fudge flavor? Peanut butter! : )

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    Valerie @ From Valerie's Kitchen — December 17, 2011 @ 11:05 am

    Chocolate and salt….it doesn’t get any better than that! Looks fabulous!

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    Courtney — December 18, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    yum looks great!

  39. #
    DessertForTwo — December 18, 2011 @ 10:10 pm

    Seriously delicious!

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    Katrina — December 19, 2011 @ 12:56 am

    Love the sea salt!

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    Elyse @The Cultural Dish — December 21, 2011 @ 8:16 am

    Mmmm I just made some fudge last night too! Looks so delicious!

  42. #
    Julia at Cafe Lula — December 22, 2011 @ 12:46 pm

    Looks delicious! Simple fudge is the best 🙂

  43. #
    Jillian @ sprinkle massacre — December 22, 2011 @ 4:11 pm

    That looks really good! I have nutella fudge on my christmas baking list for tomorrow! 🙂

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    Carol — July 30, 2012 @ 8:37 am

    It seems such an easy recipe. Can you please clarify how many minutes do you have to cook the mixture on low heat for, does it have to get to the stage where it seems to leave the sides of the pan as detailed in Nestle’s condensed milk recipes. Also can we omit melted chocolate and use cocoa powder instead. I would love to try it but choc chips are hard to come by where I live.

    • Cassie replied: — July 30th, 2012 @ 9:03 am

      Hi Carol, it is very simple! You’ll want to heat the chocolate, milk and butter over low heat until it’s all melted and smooth, then add the vanilla and salt and stir until smooth and incorporated, then pour into the pan. It shouldn’t take longer than 5-6 minutes. As far as the chocolate goes, you can use any kind of chocolate you have access to, chocolate chips are just what I had on hand, but bar chocolate will work too. I haven’t tried it with cocoa powder but I’m not sure that would work well with this exact recipe because it would probably end up needing a little more butter and/or milk to make it set correctly. I hope this helps!

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    Carol — July 31, 2012 @ 4:52 am

    Thanks Cassie, will try this method and hope the fudge sets properly.

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