This easy chocolate fudge recipe without condensed milk will quickly become one of your favorites. There are actually many different ways to make it. But I think that of all the fudge recipes I make, this is the easiest way.
There are so many things to love about this fudge. First of all, it’s delicious. Second, it’s an easy fudge recipe that doesn’t even need a candy thermometer.
Most fudge recipes require you to use quite a few more ingredients, including cocoa powder, sifted powdered sugar, cream or milk, and lot of other stuff.
I like the fact that this recipe is easy, yet it still gives you the satisfaction of old fashioned fudge. You don’t have to worry about removing it from the heat at the precise time that it takes to get to the soft ball stage.
I also like the simplicity and how you don’t need a counter full of ingredients. Plus prep time is minimal.
Best Chocolate Fudge Recipe
Any fudge recipe that is so delicious I don’t care how it’s made to be the best. This simple recipe is delicious as a holiday treat or snack when you crave something sweet.
It’s really good for busy holiday seasons because it takes very little time to make it. And you can get creative and come up with different flavors.
I make quite a few different types of fudge that require sweetened condensed milk. Here are some we enjoy:
2-Ingredient Festive Fudge – I like to decorate this for the season or special occasion.
Creamy Orange Fudge – This has become one of my readers’ favorite recipes, and it’s good any time of year.
Rocky Road Fudge – If you like nuts and mini marshmallows, this fudge is for you!
Easy Creamy Peanut Butter Fudge – Peanut butter is one of my favorite foods, so it’s natural that this is one of my favorite types of fudge!
Basic Ingredients for Chocolate Fudge Without Condensed Milk
This recipe calls for only 2 ingredients. I know. That’s hard to believe because it’s so good.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1 package of semi sweet chocolate chips (or for extra sweet chocolate chips, use milk chocolate)
- 1 can of frosting (vanilla, chocolate, or cream cheese)
Yep, that’s all. This 2 ingredient chocolate fudge is sometimes considered my best chocolate fudge recipe. That’s because it’s as good as it is easy to make.
I like to use different flavors of the frosting, depending on the results I’m going for. The one I made for this post is more of a traditional tasting fudge.
If I want one with a stronger chocolate flavor, I use chocolate frosting. Choose any national brand or even the store brand. It really doesn’t matter.
If you want to double this recipe, use a large microwave-safe bowl to mix the ingredients and pour it into a larger pan.
This recipe is as easy as any of the ones that include sweetened condensed milk in the list of ingredients. In fact, it might be even easier.
I’ve placed the entire list of ingredients with measurements and full directions at the bottom of this post in a printable recipe card for your convenience.
Here’s what you don’t need:
In addition to not needing a candy thermometer, you also don’t need to use a double boiler, powdered sugar, marshmallow fluff, cocoa powder, vanilla extract, or any of the other things that you’ll need for traditional fudge.
How to Make Chocolate Fudge Without Condensed Milk
Here are the basic and super simple steps to make this easy fudge:
First, line a 7” x 9” rectangular or 8” x 8” square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
Spray it with nonstick cooking spray to make it easy to remove the fudge when it’s set.
Remove the lid and foil protection from the frosting and heat it in the microwave on high for 30 seconds to soften it.
Set it aside.
Pour the entire bag of chocolate chips into a medium size bowl. Microwave on high for for 1 minute to melt the chocolate chips.
Stir and return it to the microwave. Heat it on high for another 30 seconds. Stir again. It only took two 30 second intervals for mine to melt, but each microwave is different.
Continue this process until all of the chocolate chips have melted. As you stir, you’ll find that the residual heat from the melted chips will help melt the others.
Combine the softened frosting with the melted chocolate chips and stir until well mixed. It should have a very creamy texture when it’s ready to pour.
Now pour the fudge mixture into the prepared pan.
Smooth it out over the top as much as you can.
All you have to do at this point is wait for this amazing fudge to set. You can either place it on the counter and let it set at room temperature for several hours or put it in the fridge to speed up the process.
After the fudge sets, hold onto the foil and remove it from the pan.
Now cut the fudge into squares.
Then all you need to do is enjoy it.
But don’t forget to share!
Non-Traditional Fudge Recipe
Even though this isn’t the traditional way to make fudge, I’ve found it to be the easiest way. You can use a double boiler instead of the microwave if you prefer.
I like the fact that no special equipment is needed. And even if this is the first time. You’ve ever made fudge, it will come out perfect, without unwanted sugar crystals.
Old-fashioned fudge is delicious. But this creamy fudge is good too.
Variety of Flavors of Fudge
As I mentioned, you can use this same basic recipe to create different flavors of fudge. Mix and match the different chips, including butterscotch, peanut butter, or even caramel nibs.
Switch out the frosting by using any of the ones that look good to you. If you want a pretty pink fudge with a berry flavor, mix strawberry frosting with white chocolate chips.
I love testing and experimenting with a lot of different flavors. You never know when you’ll discover the next best thing.
How to Store Fudge
You can refrigerate fudge for a few days, but any longer than that will cause it to dry out. It’s best stored at room temperature in an airtight container.
If you can’t eat or give away the whole batch of fudge, you can freeze it. Here is more information about fudge: Facts and FAQs About Fudge.
More Easy Sweet Treats
If you’re looking for more easy recipes to add to your dessert table, try some of these:
Mint Chocolate Brownies – The combination of cool mint and yummy chocolate will make your tastebuds very happy.
Lemon Bars – You only need 3 ingredients to make this delicious treat with the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
Coconut Macaroon Cookies – These delicious coconut macaroon cookies are made without a speck of flour, so they’re naturally gluten-free.
Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats – This recipe from Back to My Southern Roots is a great one for both kids and adults who love the crunchy goodness of Rice Krispies.
Better Brownies from a Mix – Elevate your brownies from a mix to a whole new level of yumminess by adding a few ingredients.
Chocolate Covered Pecans – This treat is super easy to make with just a few ingredients, so you can add this to your dessert or snack table at the last minute.
For even more delicious recipes, check out these 33 easy desserts to bring to a party.
- One 16 ounce can of frosting (see notes below)
- One 12 ounce package of chocolate chips (semi-sweet or milk chocolate)
- Line a 9” x 7” or 8” x 8” baking pan with aluminum foil. Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray. Set the pan aside while you make the fudge.
- Heat the frosting in the microwave on high for 30 seconds, until it softens. Set it aside.
- Pour the entire bag of chocolate chips into a medium size microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 1 minutes.
- Remove from the microwave and stir.
- Return the bowl of chocolate to the microwave for 30 seconds. Stir and repeat until all of the chips are melted.
- Scoop the softened frosting into the bowl of melted chocolate chips and stir well.
- Pour the mixture into the foil-lined pan and spread it out until it is even across the top.
- Allow the fudge to set for 4 or 5 hours before cutting into squares. Or you can put it in the refrigerator to cut the setting time in half.
- Cut the fudge and enjoy!
If you want the fudge to have a more traditional flavor, use vanilla frosting. But if you like a stronger chocolate flavor, use chocolate frosting. For a richer taste, go for cream cheese frosting.
Nutrition InformationYield 10 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 343Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 87mgCarbohydrates 50gFiber 2gSugar 45gProtein 2g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.