If you are craving thick and creamy chocolate fudge, this easy fudge recipe without condensed milk will not disappoint. It is as delicious as it is easy to make. This is the perfect easy treat to whip up for the holiday season, or any special occasion really. You can expect to have the whole family raving when you serve this decadent dessert!
I love this easy recipe because it only requires simple ingredients, the instructions are straightforward, it requires very little time, and there is no need for grabbing special equipment like your double boiler or candy thermometer. This recipe is foolproof, and the chocolate fudge is exceptional! However, if you are cravings some good old-fashioned fudge, check out my old fashioned peanut butter fudge too!
Fudge without Condensed Milk
Sweetened condensed milk is often used in traditional fudge recipes because it is thick, and already loaded with sugar. Plus, it can be cooked at higher temperatures without risking curdling, which makes it well suited for fudge. However, the problem with condensed milk is that it is not a common ingredient many people keep in their pantry.
If you want to make a great batch of fudge on a whim, you need to improvise with some basic ingredients that you likely already have on hand. A good substitute for condensed milk is combining milk with butter and sugar. The sugar sweetens it, while the butter makes the mixture luxuriously thicker.
Easy Fudge Recipe Ingredients
- Chocolate Chips - I recommend semi sweet chocolate chips, but dark chocolate, or milk chocolate works too.
- Milk - Fattier milk is better, but whatever you have on hand will work. Even chocolate milk will work great.
- Powdered Sugar
- Vanilla extract - This is an optional ingredient that adds a little more flavor.
For different flavors, you can mix in nuts, a pinch of sea salt, or peanut butter chips too.
How to make Fudge without Condensed Milk
Begin this easy chocolate fudge recipe by adding the butter, chocolate chips, milk, and vanilla extract to a large microwave-safe bowl. Place in the microwave and heat for one minute to melt chocolate chips and butter, then stir well, and repeat for a total of 3 minutes. At this point, everything should be melted and stirred into a creamy texture.
While still hot, quickly add in sifted powdered sugar and stir well to combine. It is important to sift the powdered sugar to prevent your fudge from being lumpy and ensure the sugar dissolves into the hot mixture.
Pour the fudge mixture into a prepared pan with wax paper or aluminum foil and place it in the fridge while the fudge sets. Expect it to take six hours or more to fully firm up. Finally, slice the finished fudge into small pieces and serve!
How to store fudge
Your fudge is best stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container to maintain the best texture. Typically fudge can be stored at room temperature as well. However, the issue with storing this particular fudge at room temperature is the high butter content softens too much, and the fudge will lose some of its firmness. Storing it in an airtight container in the fridge will preserve its texture, freshness, and ensure it does not dry out. It is best to enjoy it within a week.
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Easy Fudge Recipe without Condensed Milk
- ½ cup butter
- 1 cup chocolate chips
- ¼ cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
- Add butter, chocolate chips, milk, and vanilla extract to a large bowl that is microwave-safe.
- Microwave fudge mixture for one minute at a time, and then stir. Repeat for a total of three minutes.
- Mix in sifted powdered sugar into the chocolate mixture while it is still hot.
- Pour fudge mixture into a small square pan lined with greased parchment paper or aluminum foil to prevent sticking.
- Place fudge in the refrigerator to firm up for at least six hours. Then slice and serve.