Creamy homemade fudge made in the microwave with only 3 ingredients. Top with a gooey salted caramel or mix in your favorite chopped nuts.
Can you believe the holidays are almost here? Time is flying by. Today I’m excited to share this easy microwave fudge recipe. It comes out super smooth, creamy and absolutely delicious. I have been making it for a few years now and it’s one I always seem to come back to. If you’ve been intimated to make fudge, this is the best recipe to start with. It makes great gifts for neighbors and the perfect dessert for any holiday party.
This microwave fudge is made with 3 simple ingredients. Chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter. Only the good stuff ;) You can mix it up and add in different type of nuts, or even a layer of caramel (my favorite) on top.
The best part about this recipe is you don’t need a double broiler or candy thermometer. Now is this going to taste the exact same as a classic fudge recipe where you use a double broiler… no. But I promise, it is SO good! The fudge comes out so rich and creamy. It is perfect for when you need to bring a holiday dessert in a pinch. Everyone will think you spent hours making it, when in reality it only took minutes.
Microwave fudge variations
- Chocolate fudge: make with the 3 simple ingredients
- Caramel fudge: make the caramel layer, follow instructions below
- Fudge with nuts: Mix in 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
- Peppermint fudge: Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top
The chocolate caramel fudge topped with sea salt is my absolute favorite. I love using the Kraft caramel bits because it makes it so much easier! If you can’t find those, you can always use the wrapped caramels, but make sure they are soft when you buy them.
Microwave fudge recipe
The creamiest homemade fudge made in the microwave with only 3 ingredients. Top with a gooey salted caramel layer or mix in your favorite chopped nuts.
Yield: 16-32 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
- 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips (can also use milk)
- 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup butter
For caramel layer:
- 1 (11-ounce) package caramel bits (I used Kraft)
- 2 Tablespoon heavy cream
- Sea salt or maldon, if desired
Line a 8x8" baking dish with parchment paper. Lightly butter and set aside.
Combine the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and butter in a large microwave bowl. Microwave for one minute at 50% power. Stir and then microwave in 30 second increments until the chocolate has melted. It took mine about 2 minutes. Be careful not to over cook or it will be come grainy. Quickly pour into prepared baking dish and press down with a spatula. Refrigerate until set.
To add the caramel layer (make sure the fudge has hardened), microwave the caramel bits and cream in a microwave bowl for 1 minute. Stir and microwave an additional 30 seconds if needed. Stir until smooth and then pour over the chocolate fudge. Tap the pan on the counter, so it evenly distributes. Top with sea salt immediately, if desired.
Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve. I find it easiest to cut with a plastic knife.
- Fudge with nuts: Mix in 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans immediately after the chocolate has melted
- Peppermint fudge: Sprinkle crushed candy canes on top immediately after you pour the chocolate in the pan.
Adapted from All Recipes
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