Quick and Easy Chocolate Fudge

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This Easy Chocolate Fudge recipe is made with just 3 ingredients! Chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla come together to make a homemade fudge that’s bursting with chocolate flavor. It’s a simple treat to put together for gifts and sharing this holiday season.

A stack of homemade chocolate fudge pieces with a bite taken out.

Easy Homemade Chocolate Fudge

I’ve been loving testing out new fudge recipes lately. Did you catch my Easy White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge recently? SO good! Both that fudge and this one are so rich and creamy, it’s hard to stop eating them!

Now, there are two great things I’ve found about fudge lately. One – it can be incredibly easy to make. And two – it’s a delicious treat to snack on when taking care of twins. 😉 The only problem with that is it might be too easy.

Chocolate Fudge stacked on a plate

But of course easy is exactly what we need this time of year. So much going on, so little time and oh my gosh, Christmas is like 10 days away. When did that happen?!? I’m so not ready. And if you’re not fully prepared and need something quick, this fudge is for you. Not to mention, it’s a great chocolate fix if you’re losing your mind a bit and chocolate makes you feel better. 🙂

close up of fudge stackStack of chocolate fudge on a counter


So to get started making this easy chocolate fudge, you’ll need just three ingredients – chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract. Hopefully you’re like me and already have those 3 things in your pantry at all times.

Grab a 9×9 inch pan and line it with parchment paper and set that aside. Then put the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk into a large microwave safe bowl. Microwave them for one minute, then stir to combine and let the residual heat do as much of the melting as it can. If it needs another 30 seconds or so, go ahead and heat it some more, then stir it until it’s melted.

Once everything is melted together, add the vanilla extract and combine everything. Working quickly, pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread it out evenly. Let the fudge cool to room temperature before cutting into squares. You could also let it cool in the fridge to speed up the process, but it doesn’t have to be refrigerated.


This chocolate fudge is so easy to make, it takes all of about three minutes! A minute to prepare the pan and ingredients, a minute to melt the chocolate and a minute to spread it out into the pan. Seriously – SO EASY! You will be enjoying the best chocolate fudge before you know it! Dense, rich, chocolatey, delicious! What are you waiting for?!

3. pieces of chocolate fudge

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Easy Chocolate Fudge

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 minute
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 20-25 pieces 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: No Bake
  • Cuisine: American


This easy chocolate fudge recipe is made with just 3 ingredients and is full of rich chocolate flavor! A simple Christmas or holiday gift you’ll love.



  • 2 cups (12oz) semi sweet chocolate chips (do not use milk chocolate)
  • 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


1. Line a 9×9 square pan with parchment paper that covers the sides of the pan.
2. Place the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a large bowl and microwave for one minute. Stir well to combine and allow the heat to melt the chocolate chips. If needed, microwave for another 30 seconds or so, until the chocolate is completely smooth.
3. Stir in the vanilla extract, then quickly transfer the mixture to the lined pan and spread evenly.
4. Refrigerate the fudge until firm, 2-3 hours.
5. Cut the fudge while it’s still cold (right out the the fridge) and store in an air tight container. Fudge can be stored at either room temperature or the fridge. It will be softer at room temperature.

Keywords: easy chocolate fudge, 3 minute fudge, chocolate fudge recipe, how to make fudge,


Stacks of homemade chocolate fudge on a plate

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  1. Cyndi

    Wow! That looks nicer than fudge you’d pay $10.00 per pound for at an upscale candy shop! Just wondering if this would freeze well, Lindsay? If not, how long do you think it would keep in an air tight container (room temperature or fridge)? Thank you!

    1. Lindsay

      It should be fine for a week or two at room temperature and maybe another week in the fridge. I haven’t tried freezing it, but I think it’d be fine.

      1. Beverly Overton

        This fudge does well in the freezer. I can say it last a while if u hide it from the people trying to eat it up… I make it about 2 weeks in advance for Christmas along with a variety of other homemade candies as well so I do the easiest first, the rest takes way more time and focus for me 😂. Also, if it comes in chip form (butterscotch, peanut butter, etc…), I use it and it all turns out well. My favorite is dark chocolate with pecans! This IS my first time using the microwave and well, it’s way easier than using a double boiler! Thanks so much!

  2. Hannah (Fudge lover)

    I have actually been wanting to make fudge for people this holiday. This fudge looks so nice and easy to make, that it’s probably the fudge I will be making soon. Thanks for sharing this delicious looking recipe!  Also, I am seriously in love with fudge, and this recipe will probably be my go to! 

    1. Cynthia

      Made this and it is in the refrigerator and is still very very soft. Measurements were correct. Any ideas?

      1. Hannah (fudge lover)

        Well it depends on how long it’s been in the fridge. What I usually find with things that need to be refrigerated is that they are best the next day. Have you cut them into squares yet?

    1. Leisa

      Hello. Do I have to use choc chips, or can I just weigh out the same quantity of normal dairy milk chocolate? Thanks 

      1. Lindsay

        As in chocolate milk? No, you need chocolate chips or a chocolate baking bar. Something solid.

    1. Alex

      So so easy! And so yummy! I only had milk chocolate so I Added an extra 1/4cup of choc chips and it set perfectly!
      I gave it out as as Xmas gifts, was a hit! 😊
      And have already shared the recipe with two other people.

      1. Lisa

        Alex, I do not have any sweetened condensed milk. Did you use 14 oz of milk and you added an extra 1/4c chips? It gave you the correct taste and consistency? I want to make it but afraid it won’t come out right 

      2. Amy

        This is the easiest fudge I have ever made!!!!
        Everyone loves it when I make it.  I have also given this recipe to several people.  It sets perfectly.  I will try cutting it with dental floss next time…. that’s a first for me.

  3. Dixie

    This recipe is easy-peasy and yummy. I have a question though, how do I print out your recipes? I always have to write them down in order to keep them for later as there isn’t a ‘print’ option included (that I can see).

    1. Lindsay

      The print option is fixed for this recipe now! There’s a red button labeled “print” in the pink recipe card. Just hit that button and it brings up the printable version of the recipe.

About Lindsay

I'm a wife and mom to twin boys, a baby girl and a sweet black lab with a serious sweets addiction! Bring on the sugar!

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