Vanilla Fudge Recipe (Only 3 Ingredients)

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This easy vanilla fudge recipe has only 3 ingredients and only takes about 5 minutes to put together!

White vanilla fudge on a plate next to a block of fudge
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  1. Ingredients in Vanilla Fudge
  2. How to Melt Chocolate for Fudge
  3. A Note About the Chocolate
  4. Tips for Making Fudge
  5. Additions and Variations
  6. How to Store Vanilla Fudge
  7. Frequently Asked Questions about Vanilla Fudge
  8. More Easy Fudge Recipes
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This is the easiest vanilla fudge recipe ever! You don’t have to stress about getting the perfect “soft ball stage” and no candy thermometer is needed. You will get perfect fudge every time just by using a few simple ingredients and a microwave. Make vanilla fudge in minutes that is perfect for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, Easter, or just as a fun, quick treat!

Ingredients in Vanilla Fudge

  • Chocolate Baking Chips – We used Ghirardelli white chocolate baking chips for this recipe and they were perfect. Since the bag sizes seem to always be changing, it is best to measure out the chocolate chips rather than pouring the whole bag in directly.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk – Not to be confused with evaporated milk. We used the 14-ounce “Eagle Brand” sweetened condensed milk for this recipe.
  • Vanilla – Use a really good, high-quality vanilla extract for the best taste. Not the cheap, imitation vanilla flavoring. I used a clear Mexican vanilla to keep a brighter, white color for the fudge but any kind of natural vanilla will work great.
Ingredients to make vanilla fudge including vanilla, condensed milk, and white chocolate baking chips

How to Melt Chocolate for Fudge

This fudge can be made in the microwave (as indicated in the recipe below) or on the stovetop. If melting the chocolate on the stovetop, bring a few cups of water to a boil in a saucepan. Place a large heat-safe glass or metal mixing bowl over the top of the saucepan (the bowl obviously must be larger than the saucepan or it will fall in). Stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula until the mixture of white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk is melted. Continue with step 5 in the recipe below.

A bag of Ghiradelli white chocolate chips

A Note About the Chocolate

For this vanilla fudge recipe we use white baking chips, which are not technically made from pure chocolate. If you are using pure chocolate you may want to add a few ounces more since it won’t set up quite as hard. You can also use white chocolate bars. If you do you will want to use just over a pound (16 ounces) of chocolate that is broken into pieces for melting. Add more if needed for a harder fudge.

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Tips for Making Fudge

  • The hardness of the fudge depends on how many baking chips you use. Add 1/4-⅓ cup more baking chips for firm fudge and take away the same amount if you are looking for a softer fudge.
  • Line your entire baking dish with parchment paper, covering as much as you can. This will make it so much easier to remove the fudge from the pan.
  • If you want all the pieces to be perfectly squared off, use a square baking dish with straight walls and edges. That way you won’t get any curved edge pieces.
  • For a smooth top, gently shake the pan after pouring the fudge in and quickly smooth with a spatula before it cools at all. The fudge will cool quickly so do this as fast as you can to avoid weird lines.
A block of fudge being cut into smaller pieces

Additions and Variations

For a variety of textures and flavors you can add walnuts, almonds, pecans, crushed cookies, crushed candy bars, or sprinkles to your fudge after melting. Stir in the toppings or sprinkle them over the top after pouring the fudge in the baking pan. You are also not required to have this fudge be a white fudge. You can use milk or dark chocolate chips for the base or you can do one white vanilla fudge recipe and one recipe using dark chocolate chips and make a swirled fudge!

How to Store Vanilla Fudge

After your fudge sets, you can store it in an airtight container at room temperature for 2-3 weeks. Wrap the block of fudge in wax paper for maximum freshness and only cut off squares of fudge as needed. If you cut the fudge into pieces before storing they will dry out faster. When you go to candy stores, the fudge is almost always stored as a large block and cut into fresh pieces only when the customer orders. The same should go for when you are at home.

Fudge doesn’t necessarily last longer in the fridge. In fact, many confectionary experts advise against storing fudge in the refrigerator because you risk the fudge drying out and crumbling.

Pieces of white fudge on a plate

Frequently Asked Questions about Vanilla Fudge

What is the secret to perfect fudge?

The secret to perfect fudge is melting the chocolate to just the right temperature. We have found that cooking the chocolate low and slow either in the microwave or double boiler is perfect. You heat the chocolate without getting it too hot.

What is in vanilla fudge?

For this fudge we only use 3 ingredients! White chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla.

Is fudge better with condensed milk or evaporated milk?

We use evaporated milk because it is less temperamental and it is already sweetened.

Is fudge better made with butter or margarine?

Butter. Always make fudge with butter. Margarine is made with various oils that aren’t as consistent as pure butter and you may not get the same creaminess that you are hoping to achieve.

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Vanilla Fudge

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This easy vanilla fudge recipe has only 3 ingredients and only takes about 5 minutes to put together!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 0 mins
Cooling Time 1 hr
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 24 servings

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Prepare a 7×11 or 8×8 baking dish by lining with parchment paper.
    A glass pan lined with parchment paper
  • Place white chocolate baking chips in a microwave safe bowl.
    White chocolate chips in a large glass bowl
  • Add sweetened condensed milk and stir together.
    Sweetened condensed milk being poured into a bowl of white chocolate chips
  • Heat in the microwave at 75%-80% power 1 minute at a time, stirring well after each minute.
    Melted white chocolate chips in a bowl next to a bottle of vanilla
  • When chocolate is to the point where it is melted and smooth (do not over heat), stir in vanilla and immediately pour into the prepared baking dish. Quickly smooth out if needed.
    A pan with vanilla fudge that has not yet set
  • Cover with plastic wrap and allow to cool completely. Lift the fudge from the baking dish by pulling up the parchment paper. Place on a cutting board and cut into squares.
    A block of fudge being cut into smaller pieces

Notes

  • The chocolate chips and condensed milk can also be heated my using a double-boiler method over the stovetop. See notes above for tips using this method.
  • Chopped walnuts or confectionery sprinkles can be added to the fudge for a different variation.
  • If you are using actual pure white chocolate instead of baking chips, add 1/3-½ cup more chocolate
  • Add a little flaked salt over the top of cut the sweetness and add a little fancy twist

Nutrition Information

Calories: 122kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 1gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.2gMonounsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 20mgPotassium: 65mgFiber: 0.05gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 7IUVitamin C: 0.1mgCalcium: 45mgIron: 0.1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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