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No Fail Fudge Recipe

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This EASY FUDGE RECIPE is so easy because it’s just a three-ingredient chocolate fudge! Heat, stir, and set, wow! A totally no-fail fudge recipe!

In under 10 minutes, you can be well on your way to a thick, rich, and chocolaty dark fudge that will tempt your taste buds all day. No double boiler, marshmallow, or candy thermometer makes this homemade fudge recipe a perfect treat for holiday parties.

These simply delicious traditional fudge squares are also amazing gift chocolate and wrap up beautifully.

easy homemade fudge stacked in the kitchen.

Why you will love this 3 Ingredient Fudge Recipe

No fail Fudge is one of those desserts people love to buy, with entire shops set up and hoards of incredible flavors. But it’s also SO incredibly easy to make that buying it seems like a shame!

From easy peanut butter fudge, to classic chocolate to even mint fudge, this three-ingredient recipe makes even the most novice chef look like a pro.

Call this fudge old-fashioned or classic, but no matter what you call it, you will call it DELICIOUS!

In this recipe, I used semi-sweet chocolate chips, so I think technically, this could count as a dark chocolate fudge recipe.

This perfect treat is so rich and comes together quickly (in only 10 minutes!), and then time to chill and set. I always chill overnight for the best results.

As with all simple fudge recipes, you can probably get away with an hour or two in the freezer if you need it quickly.

Easy Fudge Ingredients

Simply done, you only need chocolate chips, condensed milk, and butter for a smooth chocolaty finish. Amazing fudge should not be gritty, grainy, or chewy – just a melt-in-your-mouth sweet treat fudgy mixture!

  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • unsalted butter

How to make No Fail Fudge

  1. Line an 8×8 square baking pan with aluminum foil and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Add chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter to a heavy saucepan. (note: in the video, you probably see a variety of sizes of chips – that is because when I made the video, I had several opened bags and used the rest of some of the smaller ones up.)
cup of semi-sweet chocolate chips in a cup.
  1. Heat your chocolate mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until butter and chocolate are melted, and the mixture is smooth and creamy. It is VERY important to continue to stir and not walk away from your fudge! This process takes me about 7 minutes on my gas stove. Your chocolate should be smooth and slightly thick (not soupy) or hard. To me, the consistency is a bit like frosting, but officially the terminology is called a “soft ball” stage.
soft ball fudge in a heavy saucepan.
  1. Pour your melted chocolate into the prepared baking dish and spread evenly with the back of a spoon. Refrigerate fudge overnight or until firm.
fudge in a baking pan with foil.
  1. Once firm, remove homemade fudge from the refrigerator and peel fudge edges away from the foil.
  2. Use a large, sharp knife to cut fudge into squares. Makes 42 creamy fudge squares.
how to cut fudge squares.

Will Fudge Firm in Freezer?

If you need your fudge quickly, I have never had a problem popping it into the freezer for a few hours instead of the fridge to set.

Also, note when cutting, the knife can get really fudgy, and as you go along, your cuts may not be as clean. Simply wipe off the knife after a few slices to get an even cut on the squares.

fudge recipe with sweetened condensed milk.

Can I use Fat-Free Sweetened Condensed Milk?

We have all been there- you get home and realize that you grabbed the fat-free, sweetened condensed milk and do not want to run back to the store. DO NOT USE IT IN FUDGE.

I am so sorry to say that, but I have done it to test, and it’s just NOT the same.

The texture and taste are both really off, and it doesn’t set as well. If that happens to you, maybe try my peanut butter fudge recipe because it does NOT have condensed milk.

no fail fudge recipe perfect chocolate square.

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Easy Fudge Recipe (NO FAIL!)

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes
No Fail Easy Fudge Recipe with only 3 simple ingredients to perfectly silky rich and decadent chocolate fudge in just 10 minutes!



  • Line an 8×8 square baking pan with foil (bring foil up over the sides of the pan for easy removal) and spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • Add chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and unsalted butter in a saucepan.
  • Heat the fudge mixture over medium-low heat, stirring constantly with a spatula until butter and chocolate are melted, and the mixture is smooth. This typically takes about 7-8 minutes on a gas stove, and the fudge should be smooth, even, and much like frosting.
  • If you underheat, the chocolate could be soupy, and if you overheat, it could seize up and harden in the pan. This is a slow and steady process while stirring.
  • After the fudge is smooth and melted, pour fudge into the prepared pan and spread evenly with the back of a spoon.
  • Refrigerate the fudge pan overnight or until completely firm.
  • Once firm, carefully lift the foil from the pan and set it on a cooking board. Peel foil from the sides of the fudge.
  • Use a large, sharp knife to cut into squares, wiping chocolate from the knife blade (carefully) between cuts for a smooth cut.
  • Makes 42 squares



  • NOTES: See full recipe article for tips on cutting and setting fudge!
  • I sometimes set my fudge quicker in the freezer.
  • Keep fudge in the fridge in an airtight container to store leftovers.


Serving: 42squares | Calories: 110kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 26mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 14g

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  1. Elkins Mike says:

    I failed, had it on medium heat and the liquid just seemed to stay on the top, chocolate chips were just a big blob. Not worth the effort to try again.

    1. Trisha Haas says:

      Not all ovens/stoves heat the same rate so its something you have to definitely babysit. If the chocolate was a big blob, it means it heated too fast or too high.

  2. Greatest fudge EVER! I was wondering if I could replace thr butter with peanut butter? Kind of make a Reese’s fudge?

  3. Alice M Stoyell says:

    This is my new go-to Christmas fudge! So easy! Tastes awesome. I used dark choc chips and sprinkles on top! So good!

  4. Patty Shoff says:

    I just finished heating everything up and pouring into my pan. So far it looks good. I tried this last year and it was a complete failure. I made sure to measure and I went really slow on the stove. I have an electric stove so it’s not ideal for this recipe but I’m giving it a go. This is for my husband cuz he loves fudge. ❤️

  5. The fudge is excellent and oh so easy to make!!!

  6. Absolutely delicious. I brought this to a family dinner and had 2 people, that are not typically sweet fans, go back for more multiple times. It was easy and quick to make. I will be making this many more times.

  7. I made this for Christmas and it came out fantastic. Everyone loved it. I did put the ingredients in a glass bowl over water in a sauce pan on low to medium heat though.
    Thank you for the recipe

  8. I made this for Xmas and it turned out great! Perfect fudge.