5-Minute Fudge

5-Minute Fudge

I’m not sure how this tradition came about but the exchange of sweets is as much a part of the holiday as Santa Claus. Every year we are inundated with recipe after recipe for holiday goodies. And every year we dread the amount of work that awaits us.

Now I don’t know about you but I am never prepared properly and am always racing at the last minute to make sweets for everyone I forgot about. Which let’s face it, is everyone. I swear if my mother didn’t remind me I would be creating many social faux pas each year. Though I imagine I’d make less each year since I’d end up with no friends.

Original 5-Minute Fudge Recipe
The original recipe written on a post-it. Can you believe I haven’t lost this in 20 years?!

Anyway, I’m lucky for her and lucky that senior year of college my newspaper advisor gave me an easy breezy recipe for fudge. Way, way easier than Christmas cookies, she actually wrote it out for me on a post-it!

20 years later I still have that post-it and still follow that recipe. Now I have no idea where she got it, for all I know it’s from the can of condensed milk, but it has served me quite well over the years.

Over time, I have made a few adjustments and simplified it, for example using a microwave instead of a double boiler. However, I cannot say enough good things about it. Fudge is always a hit and a welcome change from the onslaught of Christmas cookies.

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Basic Fudge
 
Yield: 64 pieces
Ingredients
  • 14 ounces (1 can) condensed milk (I need to give a shout out here to Borden’s)
  • 12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips OR 18 ounces of semi-sweet chocolate or milk chocolate, cut into small pieces or butterscotch chips
  • 2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ cup of nuts, mini marshmallows, or candied cherries
Instructions
  1. Line an 8-inch x 8-inch pan with wax paper.
  2. Put the condensed milk, chips or chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl.
  3. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 1 minute at 50% power.
  4. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the mixture until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. The chocolate, since it is hot, will continue to melt. If the mixture is not yet smooth, place it back in the microwave at 30 second intervals (50% power) stirring after each one until the mixture is shiny and smooth. Tip: Only heat chocolate until it is almost melted. It will continue melting as you stir. Few things smell as bad as burnt chocolate. It lingers. Eew.
  5. Stir in the vanilla extract and the nuts, marshmallows and/or cherries.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and chill in the refrigerator overnight.
  7. Cut into one-inch squares. Tip: I like to cut the fudge after only a few hours and return the cut pieces to the refrigerator. It has had enough time to firm up but is easier to cut.

Variations:

  • Milk chocolate with walnuts.

  • Semi-sweet chocolate with marshmallows.

  • Chocolate with candied cherries.
  • Butterscotch with walnuts

  • Milk or semi-sweet chocolate with peanut butter. Make a ½ batch of chocolate and pour it into the pan. Then make a ½ batch of peanut butter and pour it on top!

 

White Chocolate Cherry Fudge

Cherry 5-Minute Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

14 ounces (1 can) sweetened condensed milk (I need to give a shout out here to Borden’s)
12 ounces white chocolate chips or white chocolate cut into small pieces
2 tablespoons salted butter
½ cup candied cherries

 Instructions

1. Line an 8-inch x 8-inch pan with wax paper.

2. Put the condensed milk, white chocolate and butter in a microwave-safe bowl.

3. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 1 minute at 50% power.

4. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the mixture until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. The chocolate, since it is hot, will continue to melt. If the mixture is not yet smooth, place it back in the microwave at 30 second intervals (50% power) stirring after each one until the mixture is shiny and smooth. Tip: Only heat chocolate until it is almost melted. It will continue melting as you stir. Few things smell as bad as burnt chocolate. It lingers. Eew.

5. Stir in the cherries.

6. Chill overnight.

7. Cut into one-inch squares. Tip: I like to cut the fudge after only a few hours and return the cut pieces to the refrigerator. It has had enough time to firm up but is easier to cut.

 Variations

  • Add a drop or two of red food coloring.

  • Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of  the juice from maraschino cherries.

  • Use nuts instead of the cherries.

 

Pistachio Fudge

Pistachio 5-Minute Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

14 ounces (1 can) sweetened condensed milk (I need to give a shout out here to Borden’s)
12 ounces white chocolate chips, or white chocolate cut into small pieces
3.4 ounces (1 package) pistachio pudding
2 tablespoons salted butter
1/4 cup of pistachios or candied cherries*

*Note: The pudding mix already has some pistachios so you can add less nuts. Or add no nuts and use cherries instead.

 Instructions

1. Line an 8-inch x 8-inch pan with wax paper.

2. Put the condensed milk, white chocolate, the package of pistachio pudding and butter in a microwave-safe bowl.

3. Place the bowl in the microwave and heat it for 1 minute at 50% power.

4. Remove the bowl from the microwave and stir the mixture until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. The chocolate, since it is hot, will continue to melt. If the mixture is not yet smooth, place it back in the microwave at 30 second intervals (50% power) stirring after each one until the mixture is shiny and smooth. Tip: Only heat chocolate until it is almost melted. It will continue melting as you stir. Few things smell as bad as burnt chocolate. It lingers. Eew.

5. Stir in the nuts or cherries.

6. Chill overnight.

7. Cut into one-inch squares. Tip: I like to cut the fudge after only a few hours and return the cut pieces to the refrigerator. It has had enough time to firm up but is easier to cut.

 

22 thoughts on “5-Minute Fudge

  1. I tried the Pistachio Fudge. Loved the flavor but I also found it somewhat grainy. I used a double boiler. I used instant pudding. Is there a cooked pudding in Pistachio? I couldn't find it at the store.
    1. Hmm, it shouldn't be grainy but here's what I would try. Since the instructions on the box of instant pudding say to whisk the milk and pudding together for 2 minutes, I would try whisking the pudding and condensed milk for 2 minutes, then put it in the double boiler with the white chocolate and butter. More likely, the thing causing the graininess is the chocolate chips you are using and if you are heating them too long. Only heat chocolate until it is almost melted. It will continue melting as you stir. You can also try switching to cut up chocolate. Honestly, if you are using chips and switch to cut up chocolate, that is going to make the most difference. Again, only heat chocolate until it is almost melted. It will continue melting as you stir. PLEASE let me know how that goes and if I can assist you further.
  2. I just tried another version of the pistachio fudge and was disappointed. So I was wondering, how hard does this one set? Can it be left out without getting soft? Also is the texture grainy from the pudding or does it become smooth?
    1. It gets fairly hard but not as hard as a chocolate bar. You should be able to leave it out without it getting all soft and melty. It's really hard to say since I don't know what the one you made was like. As for the texture, if you are very concerned with smoothness, use a double boiler instead of the microwave. So put the condensed milk, white chocolate, the package of pistachio pudding and butter in a heatproof mixing bowl and set it over a pan of simmering water. Stir slowly and constantly with a spatula until melted. I hope you love this one!
    1. Jessica, American pudding is like custard (which I hope is the same word in the UK) or creme renversee in French. It's like the filling in eclairs or napoleons. Instant pistachio pudding is a product made by Jello who makes gelatin products. Here is the link to their site: http://www.jello.com/product/pudding-mousse-desserts/pistachio. It is part of Kraft foods which is a global company but I'm not sure if their products are easily found it the UK stores. You can buy it on Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/Jell-O-Pistachio-Pudding-Pie-Filling/dp/B003ZZC3IE/ref=sr_1_1?s=grocery&ie=UTF8&qid=1390505802&sr=1-1&keywords=jello+instant+pistachio+pudding. Elle
    1. After the chocolate is melted and you've stirred it until smooth, you can add the food coloring. Stir well and then add the cherries. I recommend only adding a drop of food coloring at a time until you get the color you want. Good luck!
  3. I thought they were called five-minute fudge because that's how long they lasted when we had them. Seriously addictive! PS: I really like the photos that accompany this post.

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