Easy Chocolate Fudge
One Versatile Recipe
Easily Switch Up Flavors and Color Themes Endless Options
This easy chocolate fudge is foolproof and no frustration with the little bit of leftover ingredients. One recipe makes many different flavored chocolate fudge. The options are unlimited.
Total Time: 20 Minutes
Prep Time: ZERO
Active Cook Time: 20 Minutes
I don't know about you. But when I look at a recipe that give me a list of ingredients where it asks me to use 3 quarters of it, I am bothered of what to do with the leftover.
Buying more ingredients to make double batch? What if you don't want double batch? Throw the leftover away?
That was exactly what I stumbled on when I made chocolate fudge the first time. So, here I am sharing with you my twisted easy chocolate fudge recipe that you will not run into these problems I mentioned earlier.
On top of that, I use a very cheap ingredient with a very long shelf life to help you tie the party theme together.
Tie Your Party Theme Together with Sprinkles
Tie your party theme together with different colors of sprinkles
Sprinkles are my staples in my pantry. It is affordable and has relatively long shelf life.
You can find any color, theme and size of sprinkles in the grocery stores easily. I always shop for the package during the holiday seasons where they have 4 different color themes and shapes. This allows me more options to choose from.
The easy chocolate fudge picture I have here is for Thanksgiving theme. So, you see the orange and brown. If it is for a child's birthday, you can use the "candy" sprinkles which is rainbow in color.
You can even use the “Nonpareils” for baby shower, birthday party and so forth. This little touch will impress your guests incredibly. At the time of writing this recipe, I
found sprinkles in silver, gold, snowflakes, flowers and so forth. You can literally use sprinkles to tie into any party theme. Attention to detail.
Switch Up the Flavor
Add crushed pretzel pieces to give this fudge some savory flavor.
This easy chocolate fudge recipe is very versatile. How? Switch up the extract flavor and make a totally different fudge, such as mint chocolate fudge, peppermint chocolate fudge or orange chocolate fudge.
The following are some ideas for you to wow your guests. If you happen to have some of these additional ingredients on hand, use them. Otherwise, stick to the goal of this easy chocolate fudge recipe…no ingredient leftover goes to waste.
Mint Chocolate Fudge
- Replace the vanilla extract with mint extract
- Use the sprinkles with more green in it (for instance, St. Patrick's day sprinkles)
- In a plastic bag, crushed up 4-6 lifesavers (optional)
- Add 3/4 of it into the fudge for crunch and sprinkle the rest on top with the sprinkles for garnish
Orange Chocolate Fudge
- Substitute vanilla extract with orange extract and use sprinkles with more orange color in it (for example, Fall or Halloween sprinkles)
- Stir in 1 teaspoon of orange zest (optional)
Mocha Chocolate Fudge
- Substitute the vanilla extract with coffee extract
- Chop 1/4 cup coffee beans (optional)
- 3/4 of the chopped beans go into the fudge just like adding nuts
- Sprinkle the rest on top to garnish
- If you don't have coffee beans, use sprinkles mainly in brown color to tie the theme together (for example, Fall or Halloween sprinkles)
Raspberry Chocolate Fudge
- Replace vanilla extract with raspberry extract
- Add 1/3 cup of dried raspberries into the fudge just like adding nuts (optional)
- Use dried raspberry and/or mainly red sprinkles to garnish (for instance Valentine's Day or Christmas sprinkles)
Add crushed peppermint candy on top to make a different flavored fudge. It is specially great for holiday seasons.
Peppermint Chocolate fudge
- Replace vanilla extract with peppermint extract (optional; the peppermint candy has enough flavor to make this fudge pop)
- Put 1-2 peppermint candy canes into a plastic bag
- Use the back of a pan to crunch up the candy and sprinkle on top of the fudge
Easy Chocolate Fudge Recipe and Instructions
1 1/2 cups Sugar
1 can (5 ounces) Evaporated milk
2 tablespoon Butter
1/4 teaspoon Salt
5 1/4 ounces Mini marshmallow (half a bag of the regular size of mini marshmallow which is 10.5-ounce bag. Use the other half of the bag to make second batch of this easy chocolate fudge or check out some ideas of how to switch up 1-2 ingredients to make a different flavored fudge to wow your guests. If you won't use the leftover immediately, store it in the freezer. Marshmallow will get back to room temperature in less than 10 minutes)
1 bag (12 ounces) Semi-sweet chocolate morsels
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped nuts (any kind; optional)
Sprinkles (per your preference or party theme)
- Line a 8" square baking pan with aluminum foil and cover all sides
- Lightly coat it with cooking spray
- In a medium sauce pan, combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt together
- Bring to a full rolling boil at medium heat, stirring constantly
- Keep boiling and stirring for 4-5 minutes and remove from heat source
- Stir in chocolate, nuts (optional) and vanilla extract
- Stir vigorously until chocolate is melted; then stir in marshmallow
(It may be too crowded to add all the marshmallow at once. Separate it in 2 different batches if needed)
- It is ok if there are a few pieces of marshmallow not completed melted
- Transfer fudge to the foil lined baking pan
- Lightly add the sprinkles on top (I don’t recommend to put too much on top because when you cut the fudge, sprinkles are going to fly everywhere. Besides, the fudge should get all the attention.)
- Use your fingertip to press the sprinkle pieces lightly to make them stick (the fudge is still hot. Just be careful and don't burn yourself)
- Chill it in the fridge for 2 hours or until firm
- Lift the easy chocolate fudge from the pan and cut them into 1" square cubes and serve
Easy Chocolate Fudge Steps with Photos
Line a 8" square baking pan with aluminum foil and lightly coat it with cooking spray.
In a medium sauce pan, combine sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt together.
Keep boiling and stirring for 4-5 minutes and remove from heat source.
Stir in chocolate, nuts (optional) and vanilla extract.
Stir vigorously until chocolate is melted.
Stir in marshmallow.
Separate marshmallow into 2 different batches to stir in if needed.
Stir until marshmallow is all melted.
Transfer fudge to the foil lined baking pan.
Add colored sugar while fudge is still warm to touch.
Or add sprinkles. Lightly pat the sprinkles down so they all stick to the fudge.
Or crushed peppermint candy. Before you cut the fudge, candy side down. This will save you a lot of clean up later.
There is no limit, but your imagination. What would you add/change to kick this fudge recipe up a notch? Share your idea.
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