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Easy Christmas Fudge Recipe

Easy Christmas fudge is a great recipe for the holidays.

With only five ingredients, you can have this sweet treat ready in no time for the holiday season. And you don’t need a candy thermometer.

A Delicious Fudge Recipe

Chocolate Christmas fudge on parchment paper. The fudge is topped with candy toppings such as snowmen, snowflakes, and candy canes.

Not only is this fudge recipe delicious, but it’s a super easy recipe. In fact, you don’t even need a candy thermometer.

And you only need a few simple ingredients to make the basic fudge recipe.

The easy fudge recipe can be made with a variety of chocolate chips for different flavors.

Fudge is a fun, and delicious treat all year, but especially during Christmas season.

You can give it away as gifts, add some to Christmas cookie trays, or just eat it at home.

Chocolate fudge inside of a clear glass baking dish. The fudge is sitting inside of parchment paper. There are red, white, and green sprinkles on top.

Ingredients For The Easy Christmas Fudge Recipe

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Heavy cream
  • Butter
  • Vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles – optional

Full printable recipe with measurements and instructions at the bottom of the post in the recipe card.

How To Make Christmas Fudge

  1. Add the butter, heavy cream, and sweetened condensed milk to a medium saucepan. Allow butter to melt while stirring occasionally.
  2. Next, add the chocolate chips and vanilla extract and melt. Stir occasionally.
  3. Pour the chocolate fudge into a square baking dish lined with parchment paper.
  4. Add festive sprinkles to the top for a perfect holiday treat.
  5. Refrigerate the fudge for at least three hours before slicing.

Step-By-Step Instructions

A half of a stick of butter in a saucepan. The saucepan is copper colored.

Start by adding the butter to a saucepan on medium heat.

For this recipe, I used a medium saucepan.

Pouring heavy cream into a saucepan with a stick of melting butter.

Next, pour the heavy cream into the pan.

Pouring sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan with heavy cream and melting butter.

Add the sweetened condensed milk. Stir the ingredients as the butter melts.

A pile of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a saucepan.

Next, add the chocolate chips.

One of the great things about this recipe is that you can switch out the chocolate chips for a different flavor.

Chip Options

  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Peanut butter chips
  • Peppermint chocolate chips (you can also add a teaspoon of peppermint extract to add more of a minty flavor).
  • Dark chocolate chips
Pouring vanilla extract into a saucepan with chocolate chips.

Pour the vanilla extract into the saucepan. Cook until the chocolate chips are melted, stirring occasionally.

Hot fudge in a square baking dish lined with parchment paper.

Pour the fudge into a prepared pan lined with parchment paper.

I used a square baking dish because I like my fudge to be somewhat thick.

Parchment paper is great for lining the pan so you can lift the fudge out and cut it.

Chocolate fudge inside of a clear glass baking dish. The fudge is sitting inside of parchment paper. There are red, white, and green sprinkles on top.

Add the festive sprinkles for some holiday cheer. Refrigerate the fudge for a minimum of three hours before slicing.

If the fudge is still gooey after three hours, refrigerate for at least two more hours.

Sliced chocolate fudge topped with Christmas sprinkles. The fudge is sliced and sitting on top of parchment paper.

Optional Toppings

  • Crumbled candy canes
  • Crumbled sugar cookies
  • Pecans
  • Candy corn
  • White sprinkles
  • Crumbled toffee
  • Walnuts

Be sure to add your topping while the fudge is still hot so it will stick.

How To Store Christmas Fudge

Store the fudge in an airtight container. It does not have to be refrigerated, but it will stay a little more firm if you do refrigerate it.

More Fudge Recipes For The Christmas Season

Chocolate Christmas fudge on parchment paper. The fudge is topped with candy toppings such as snowmen, snowflakes, and candy canes.

What Is Traditional Fudge Made Of?

Traditional fudge is usually made with marshmallow creme, sugar, butter, and evaporated milk.

How Do I Cut Fudge Without Breaking It?

Christmas fudge shouldn’t break when cutting. But, to avoid breaking pieces, you can warm up the knife before slicing and it will slide right through.

Chocolate fudge inside of a clear glass baking dish. The fudge is sitting inside of parchment paper. There are red, white, and green sprinkles on top.

Easy Christmas Fudge Recipe

Yield: 25 pieces
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes

Easy Christmas fudge is an easy recipe that is perfect for holiday parties and gifts. It's a decadent and festive fudge.

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Sprinkles - optional

Instructions

  1. Line an 8-inch by 8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Add the butter, heavy cream, and sweetened condensed milk to a medium saucepan on medium heat. Cook until the butter is melted, stirring occasionally.
  3. Next, add the chocolate chips and vanilla extract to the saucepan and cook until melted. Stir occasionally.
  4. Pour the chocolate fudge into the 8-inch by 8-inch dish and add the sprinkles on top.
  5. Refrigerate for at least three hours. (If you stick the hot pan into the refrigerator, make sure you have a hot pad or something underneath so it won't break your refrigerator shelf).

Notes

If the fudge is still gooey after three hours, place it back in the refrigerator for at least two more hours. Once the fudge sets up you can lift out the parchment paper and cut it easily with a sharp knife.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 25 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 182Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 44mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 1gSugar: 22gProtein: 3g

Nutrition is approximate.

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Debra

Sunday 17th of December 2023

Julie ..I'm excited to make your Christmas fudge. Question...would rum hamper the consistency of the fudge and if not ..how much should I add? Thanks for your help and Merry Christmas. 🎄😃

Julie Pollitt

Monday 18th of December 2023

Hi Debra!

I haven't made it with rum, but I don't think it would hamper the consistency. I would start with a tablespoon and stir it in the saucepan. Try a taste and see if you can taste the rum (careful, it's hot). If not, maybe add a little more. Once you pour it into the dish to cool, give it another stir to make sure it's all melted together. Hope that helps!

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