VANILLA FUDGE: Easy 4-ingredient microwave vanilla fudge recipe! (2024)

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This is the best recipe for easy vanilla fudge. No need to fiddle with candy thermometers when sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips do all your work for you!

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easy vanilla fudge

I'm in love with this vanilla fudge recipe. It's a cinch to make, it only takes a few ingredients, and it's so delicious and full of vanilla flavor. Feel free to mix in any of your favorite ingredients, for this is a perfect fudge base to personalize to your own tastes or use as a homemade food gift idea. Mix in nuts, dried fruits, small candies... anything you like. I would love to try this recipe with homemade vanilla extract.

If you want an even easier vanilla fudge (although that's hardly possible), check out this two-ingredient vanilla fudge. This vanilla fudge recipe is a sweetened condensed milk fudge. The other vanilla fudge is a frosting fudge recipe. You might also love this creamsicle fudge, which combines the flavors of orange and vanilla.

Everything you need to know about how to make fudge can be found on this FAQ page.

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  • Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray or shortening, or line with greased parchment paper or non-stick foil.
    • For even thicker fudge, try an 8-inch square pan.
    • My preferred method for greasing the pan is to line the baking pan with parchment or non-stick foil, lightly spray it with non-stick cooking spray, and remove the excess with a paper towel. This way, you can easily lift the fudge from the pan for cutting.

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  • In a large, microwave-safe bowl place 2 ⅔ cups of chocolate chips and a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Use the residual heat to stir the mixture well until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. If necessary, microwave for additional 15-second intervals.
    • Alternatively, melt the chocolate and milk in the top of a double boiler or in a bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water.
    • For best results, melt the chips with heat only until they are about three-quarters of the way melted, then rely on residual heat to fully melt the chocolate chips, rather than adding additional heat. This prevents scorching.
    • I find that Nestle white chocolate chips melt a bit thinner than the Ghiradelli brand. So if you're using the latter, you may want to reduce the number of chocolate chips to 2 ½ cups.
    • Please note, the recipe here uses Nestle-brand white “morsels,” which is actually confectionery coating. If you’re using white confectionery coating chips (no cocoa butter listed in the ingredients, use 16 ounces. If using pure white chocolate (with cocoa butter listed in the ingredients), use 19 ounces.

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  • Stir in a tablespoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
    • Yes, I really use a whole tablespoon of vanilla. This fudge is so flavorful!

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  • Gently stir in any mix-ins, if you're using them.
  • Pour and spread into the prepared pan.
  • Chill until well set, several hours. Cut into squares. Makes about 25 pieces.

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how do I melt chocolate in the microwave?

The key to most of the easy fudge recipes on this blog is mixing chocolate with a shortcut ingredient (such as sweetened condensed milk) and melting the combination. The microwave is the easiest and fastest way to melt chocolate. Melting chocolate can be tricky because if you overheat the chocolate or scorch it, your fudge won't work.

So what is the best way to melt chocolate in the microwave?

Place your ingredients in a large, microwave-safe bowl, and first heat the mixture for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. If your microwave doesn't allow you to choose the power percentage, try the defrost setting. I find this time and power works perfectly when I make fudge. However, microwaves have different levels of power, so you may need to add more time. If so, add 15 seconds at a time. No matter how long it takes, heat only until the chocolate chips are about three-fourths of the way melted. That's the key! Do not fully melt the chocolate chips. Instead, stir well to use the residual heat to fully melt the chocolate chip mixture. This may take several minutes, but it will prevent you from overheating the chocolate and having it seize (or, stiffen suddenly).

For fantastic visual tips on how to melt chocolate in both the microwave AND the stove top, check out the video in this chocolate fudge post.

can I substitute evaporated milk for the sweetened condensed milk?

Eek! No! This recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, which is a great shortcut for easy fudge because it allows you to skip the candy-making stage of creating a sugar syrup. However, evaporated milk is not the same thing, and it cannot be used as a substitute. For more fudge recipes that use sweetened condensed milk, check out Rocky Road Fudge and Cookies and Cream Fudge.

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vanilla fudge

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

2 mins

Chill time

4 hrs

Total Time

12 mins

Four-ingredient EASY vanilla fudge recipe you can personalize with any mix-ins you like.

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: vanilla fudge

Servings: 25 pieces

Calories: 149 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 ⅔ cup white chocolate chips 16 ounces SEE NOTES!!
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Prepare an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan by lining it withgreased parchment paper or non-stick foil.

  2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl place the white chocolate chips and the sweetened condensed milk. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Use the residual heat to stir the mixture well until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. If necessary, microwave for additional 15-second intervals.

  3. Instead of melting in the microwave, you can alsomelt the chocolate and milk in the top of a double boiler or in a bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water.

  4. Stir in a vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Gently fold in any mix-ins, such as coarsely chopped nuts or dried fruits, if you are using them.

  5. Pour and spread evenly in the prepared pan. Chill in the refrigerator several hours, until very well set. Cut into squares.

Recipe Notes

Please note, the recipe here uses Nestle-brand white “morsels,” which is actually confectionery coating. If you’re using white confectionery coating chips (no cocoa butter listed in the ingredients, use 16 ounces. If using pure white chocolate (with cocoa butter listed in the ingredients), use 19 ounces.

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Hi! I’m Meaghan, the creator of delicious desserts and easy recipes at TheDecoratedCookie.com. I've published several cookbooks including SUGARLICIOUS and COOKIE SENSATIONS and have teamed up with Beth to make easy fudge recipes to share with you.

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About Meaghan

Hi! I’m Meaghan, the creator of delicious desserts and easy recipes at TheDecoratedCookie.com. I've published several cookbooks including SUGARLICIOUS and COOKIE SENSATIONS and have teamed up with Beth to make easy fudge recipes to share with you.

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  1. Louise J

    Will try adding coconut to the vanilla fudge. It looks great.

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    • Beth

      That would be a really nice addition to this recipe! Enjoy.

      Reply

    • Gayathri Krishnamoorthy

      The white chocolate looks great,is it a 1:4 ratio of chocolate chips and condensed milk,did I get it right?

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      • Meaghan

        Hi Gayathri, 1 to 4 is much too few chocolate chips. Your fudge will be quite runny. It's about 8 : 7, so almost the same number of ounces. (If you go by weight, not measuring cups).

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  2. Ken C

    What a simple yet tasty treat!

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    • Beth

      That it is!!!

      Reply

  3. cloud tv apk

    Thanks a lot for sharing this with all of us you actually realize what you are talking about!
    Bookmarked.

    Reply

  4. Kelley Brown

    I made this using Ghirardelli White Melting Wafers and it turned out great. It was crazy easy to make, which I loved.

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    • Beth

      That's a great idea. The melting wafers melt smoothly and have a really nice flavor. We are glad you liked this easy fudge recipe.

      Reply

  5. Kimberley

    Thank you so much for this easy fudge recipe.It worked perfectly and the fudge tastes great.

    Reply

  6. Desiree

    This is the best vanilla fudge I've ever eaten and it is so easy to make. Thanks for all these easy fudge recipes.

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  7. Shelly

    This vanilla fudge was so easy to make and it tastes great!

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  8. Linnea Showers

    This was so easy to make and had a really nice flavor and texture. I made three batches and mixed in cookies, candies, and even sprinkles. It's a great basic fudge recipe.

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    • Beth

      Adding mix-ins is a great idea. We are so glad you had fun with this fudge recipe.

      Reply

  9. Geoffrey

    I love how easy this fudge is to make! It's very sweet, but I like that. 🙂

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  10. Stella

    Great recipe! Can i mix in some lemon juice? Like, will it have any negative effect on the fudge?

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    • Beth

      Thanks. Glad you like this easy fudge recipe. If you add enough lemon juice to flavor the fudge it will become very soft and possibly even sticky. You could add lemon extract or lemon oil to flavor it or better yet make our simple 2-ingredient lemon fudge recipe. You can find that here - https://howtomakeeasyfudge.com/lemon-fudge/
      The lemon fudge has a wonderful lemon flavor and it is so easy to make.

      Reply

  11. Raina Strong

    This fudge was so easy to make. I added some sprinkles on top which looked really fun.

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    • Meaghan

      Such a great idea to add a bit of rainbow!

      Reply

  12. Alexandra

    So yummy!

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  13. Jill M.

    Can I use the caramel version of the condensed milk to make this fudge?

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    • Beth

      Yes, you can but the fudge will taste like caramel not vanilla. I've used the caramel condensed milk and it makes a really wonderful caramel fudge.

      Reply

  14. Margit

    Who knew fudge could be so easy to make?

    Reply

  15. Rosie

    Love how easy this was! We added rice crispies to the mix for a little crunch. Yummy!

    Reply

  16. Sandy

    This fudge couldn't have been easier to make. I've tried so many fudge recipes that have failed and this one seems fail proof.

    Reply

  17. RoseMary Hunter

    I would like to know if you could add like peppermint extract to your vanilla fudge?

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    • Beth

      Definitely! The vanilla fudge is the perfect base for flavoring. Add a teaspoon of peppermint extract for a wonderfully flavored peppermint fudge. Enjoy.

      Reply

  18. Michelle

    Mine was too soft😭. It tastes good but I guess needed more chips. Is it possible to melt it all back down gently and stir in more white chocolate chips? I really don't want it to go to waste.

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    • Meaghan

      Hi Michelle! As I mentioned above, chocolate can be so finicky. I might use the same exact amount of one brand it turns out perfectly, and you might use the same amount of another brand and it turns out softer. But you're right! The secret is in the chocolate. It should definitely help to gently melt it down (in a double boiler, or in a bowl set over simmering water) and adding more chocolate.

      Reply

  19. Ashley

    This fudge is delicious! My husband and son are big fans of vanilla and they love this. We put little snowman faces on it with mini chocolate chips and orange sprinkles for a fun winter treat. It took quite a while to set up this last time we made it, though. How long does it usually take for you? Is it faster to set at room temperature? We put it in the fridge and it was still sticky and hard to cut after seven hours. I don't remember this being an issue last time we made it. Any ideas what could have caused that problem? Thanks for the delicious recipe and your help! 🙂

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    • Meaghan

      Hi Ashley, love that idea! The amount of time fudge takes to set depends on the chocolate and it varies from brand to brand. If fudge is too soft, it's because there isn't enough chocolate, and unfortunately, because it varies from brand to brand, what works well for me may be softer for you. Refrigeration definitely helps! Did you switch brands of chocolate? If so, that's the culprit. It can be rather frustrating, I know!

      Reply

  20. Tammy Ritchie

    Can I use 2 cup of chips?

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    • Meaghan

      Hi Tammy, The recipe calls for 2 2/3 cups because I find that amount sets the best. 2 cups will likely be a much softer fudge that doesn't set as well, but if you prefer softer fudge, it's fine to try!

      Reply

  21. Debi

    Can I fold in diced Kraft caramels after its been taken out of the microwave ? I live in a studio and don't have a kitchen and microwave fudge with chips and milk or frosting has made so many seniors in my complex smile again. I'm trying to get a good variety of flavors for them to enjoy and not get bored. Haven't made white chocolate fudge yet but I think caramel bits would be good. Will the fudge still get firm?

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    • Meaghan

      Hi Debi! I think it's a great idea and something to try, but I've NOT done that personally, so I can't guarantee it would work. I'm not sure if the mixture would be hot enough to melt the caramel. My gut tells me it would be great and would still get firm, but if you want to play it save, we also have a recipe for caramel fudge that can be made in the microwave: https://howtomakeeasyfudge.com/caramel-fudge/
      Oh, and if you're looking for microwave treats, we have a jillion awesome recipes on our other site, Howtomakecerealtreats.com!

      Reply

  22. Shana

    I was looking for a vanilla fudge recipe for my kids who have food allergies and are unable to eat store bought fudge. This is definitely different from vanilla fudge at the beach fudge stores...it's a lot sweeter and just has a different flavor. If you like the flavor of white chocolate chips, then I'm sure you'll like this creamy fudge. Our family definitely prefers the chocolate though 🙂

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  23. Al

    White chocolate is not vanilla.

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    • Meaghan

      No, but a whole tablespoon of vanilla extract is vanilla.

      Reply

  24. Happy mom

    Easy to follow- stove top instructions. Preteens loved eating and making it with me. ( 12 & 14)

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  25. Leslie McGregor

    The cans of sweetened condensed milk are only 10 ounces not 14 ounces.

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    • Beth

      Hmm, I've never seen a 10-ounce can but I assume some brands might package their sweetened condensed milk in smaller cans. Eagle Brand, Borden, and Nestle all have 14-ounce cans as of the time of writing this. I just saw cake mixes got smaller again so it is always possible. It's very frustrating when companies shrink the products. If you use a 10-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, just use 2 cups (12 ounces) of white chips to make the fudge.

      Reply

  26. Maroud

    You certainly can’t mean to “microwave the can” as you indicate in your recipe.

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    • Beth Klosterboer

      Microwave the ingredients from the can of sweetened condensed milk not the physical can. Sorry for the confusion.

      Reply

  27. Marci D. Huebert

    I want to start making fudge at home. I lost all my recipes, so this site is nice to find them again

    Reply

    • Meaghan

      I'm so sorry you lost your recipes, Marci, but hopefully you'll be able to rebuild your collection!

      Reply

  28. Rick Cortese

    Why does the description say 2 2/3 cups of chocolate chips when this is supposed to be vanilla fudge ?? 'In a large, microwave-safe bowl place 2 ⅔ cups of chocolate chips and a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. Microwave for 90 seconds'

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    • Meaghan

      At its base, fudge is chocolate. This recipe calls for white chocolate.

      Reply

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FAQs

Is evaporated milk or condensed milk better for fudge? ›

Evaporated milk doesn't have sugar added. The sweetened condended milk is needed as no extra sugar is added to the fudge. If evaporated milk were used then the fudge would not be sweet enough and also would still be too soft unless the fudge is frozen.

Why won t my microwave fudge set? ›

Fudge Didn't Set

If your fudge turned out super sticky, or it didn't set as it cooled, it probably never got hot enough. This mistake is super easy to avoid if you use a candy thermometer and cook the fudge to the temperature specified in the recipe (usually between 234 and 239°F).

How do you thicken microwave fudge? ›

How can you fix soft fudge? Put it in a microwave safe bowl that is large enough that it won't boil over. Reheat it to the boiling point and cook for about 3 more minutes. Then you can beat some powdered sugar into it if this doesn't make it set.

What not to do when making fudge? ›

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid for Candy Shop-Worthy Fudge and Caramels
  1. Using the Wrong Pan. All candy and confections start by melting sugar. ...
  2. Stirring the Sugar. ...
  3. Not Using a Candy Thermometer. ...
  4. Leaving Out the Parchment Paper Lining. ...
  5. Skipping the Cooking Spray. ...
  6. Scraping the Pot. ...
  7. Using a Cold Knife to Slice.
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How do you keep fudge creamy? ›

So, the key to smooth yet firm fudge, pralines, and fondant is to first bring the mixture to a high enough concentration and then let it cool off somewhat before starting to stir. And once you do start to stir, stir fanatically and without stopping for the finest, creamiest texture.

What happens when you use evaporated milk instead of condensed? ›

For the most part, if you find yourself without condensed milk on hand, you can substitute an equal amount of evaporated milk. The consistency will be the same, but since evaporated milk is unsweetened, you'll need to add sweetener to match the recipe's intended flavor profile or to suit your personal preference.

Why add condensed milk? ›

It provides a concentrated creaminess and sweet, milky flavor to whatever you put it in, without all the excess moisture that you get from regular old milk.

Why won't my condensed milk fudge set? ›

The most common culprit behind unset fudge is inaccurate temperature control. If the sugar mixture hasn't reached the correct temperature, your fudge won't set. Ensure you use a reliable candy thermometer and follow temperature guidelines meticulously to achieve the desired consistency.

What is the secret to smooth fudge that is not gritty? ›

Once a seed crystal forms, it grows bigger and bigger as the fudge cools. A lot of big crystals in fudge makes it grainy. By letting the fudge cool without stirring, you avoid creating seed crystals.

Why is my fudge so soft in the microwave? ›

there is too much leftover water in the syrup and the resulting fudge is soft. To save the fudge, put it in a saucepan with 15 to 30 ml (1 or 2 tbsp.) of 35% cream and bring to a boil, stirring until the sugar is completely melted.

Can I fix fudge that didn't set? ›

OPTION 3) Sieve together some powdered sugar and cocoa powder, and gradually work this into your unset fudge until it reaches the consistency of dough, then roll out and cut into squares, or shape into balls and then roll in powdered sugar (roll the balls in icing sugar, not yourself).

What makes fudge firmer? ›

Cooking is necessary to dissolve sugar crystals and to evaporate part of the water in the cream. The length of this step has a direct impact on the firmness of the fudge.

Why is my fudge mushy? ›

If your fudge fails to harden in the fridge, it means that you probably didn't cook it to the right temperature. Fudge is a candy, and that means it is extremely picky about temperature - fudge must be cooked to precisely 237–239 degrees Fahrenheit so that sugar forms the desired consistency when cooled.

Will powdered sugar thicken fudge? ›

How to thicken your fudge? If your fudge it noticeably thin, you may want to add more chocolate. If you are out of chocolate, you can also add 1/4-1/2 cup of powdered sugar. This, however, can make the fudge very sweet.

What makes high quality fudge? ›

You have to control two temperatures to make successful fudge: the cooking temperature AND the temperature at which the mixture cools before stirring to make it crystallize. Confectionery experiments have shown that the ideal cooking temperature for fudge is around 114 to 115 °C (237 to 239 °F).

Do you stir fudge while it is boiling? ›

Brush the sides of the pan with a wet brush at the beginning of cooking to dissolve sugar crystals stuck to the sides. Never stir the mixture during cooking or sugar could crystallize again. The mixture may seize and become grainy. Use a candy thermometer or conduct a cold water test to check if the fudge is done.

What does cream of tartar do in fudge? ›

Cream of tartar is used in caramel sauces and fudge to help prevent the sugar from crystallizing while cooking. It also prevents cooling sugars from forming brittle crystals, this is why it's the secret ingredient in snickerdoodles!

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