This super-simple homemade fudge recipe turns out perfectly every time — it's foolproof! I promise this easy microwave dessert will taste like the old-fashioned fudge you ate as a child. So delicious.
A big thanks to Meijer for sponsoring this holiday dessert post.
When I came across Meijer's Holiday Guide this week, I knew the girls and I needed to try the homemade pudding fudge recipe inside. Well, we loved it so much that we've now made five different variations of this chocolate fudge to give as gifts to friends and family.
All three of us are loving the variety of inspiration in this online holiday guide. The mini-magazine begins . . .
The holiday season is upon us, so it's time to gather those must-have baking ingredients, get the lights and decorations down from the attic, and dive headfirst into the Christmas spirit. Inside these pages, you'll find festive recipes, must-bake treats, and hosting essentials.
I just had to share this holiday guide and these five Christmas-inspired sweets with you!
What are the 5 ingredients used to make this easy fudge recipe?
There are only 5 basic ingredients for this foolproof chocolate fudge recipe:
Quick Tip: For the best creamy homemade fudge, always choose a high-quality semi-sweet baking chocolate.
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How do you make this easy microwave fudge?
- Warm the chocolate, butter, and water in the microwave, and mix until well blended.
- Stir in the pudding mix, and slowly add the powdered sugar until smooth.
- Pour the fudge mixture into a foil-lined 8-inch pan.
- Melt and mix the remaining chocolate and butter, then pour it over the first fudge layer.
- Top with one of the five ingredients below (or enjoy it as is!) and refrigerate until firm.
When you're ready to serve, use the foil handles to remove the fudge from the pan, cut into bite-sized pieces, and enjoy!
Get the printable recipe below.
How do I serve this easy chocolate fudge recipe 5 ways?
Get creative and make this pudding fudge unique by adding a layer of complementary candy or nuts to the top layer before the recipe sets. Here are 5 different ways to play with this dessert recipe:
- Turtle Fudge: chocolate fudge + rolo candies + chopped pecans
- Cookies & Cream Fudge: chocolate fudge + chopped Oreo cookies
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge: chocolate fudge + chopped peanut butter cups
- Hot Cocoa Fudge: chocolate fudge + chocolate chips + marshmallows
- Holiday Joy: chocolate fudge + rolo candies + chopped coconut
How can I turn this easy dessert recipe into must-have Christmas fudge?
Transform this simple chocolate fudge recipe into one of your family's must-have Christmas sweets with a few simple modifications for the holidays.
There are a secret ingredient right IN the fudge that make this chocolate dessert EXTRA DELICIOUS for the holiday — Peppermint, crushed candy canes, and marshmallows!
We made three batches of this over the weekend!
Each of my two girls is using adorable holiday boxes from Meijer to give this holiday fudge to their friends as gifts (and the third batch is for us to enjoy). Nom. Nom. Nom.
PRINTABLE: Base Fudge Recipe
Here's a printable copy of the base fudge recipe for you!
- 2 pkg. (4 oz. each) Baker's Semi-Sweet Chocolate, divided
- ½ cup Butter, divided
- ½ cup Water
- 1 pkg. (3.9 oz.) Jell-O® Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding
- 3 cups Powdered sugar
- Line 8-inch pan with foil, with ends of foil extending over sides. Microwave 4 oz. of chocolate pieces, 6 Tbsp. butter and water in a large microwavable bowl on HIGH for 2 minutes or until butter is melted; stir until chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is well blended. Add dry pudding mix and stir for 2 minutes.
- Add sugar, 1 cup at a time, stirring after each addition until well blended. Pour into prepared pan; press into even layer with the back of a spatula.
- Microwave remaining 2 Tbsp. butter and 4 oz. of chocolate pieces in a large microwavable bowl for 1 ½ minutes or until butter is melted; stir until chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is well blended. Pour over fudge layer in pan; spread to completely cover bottom layer. Sprinkle with the candy topping of your choice.
- Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Use foil handles to remove fudge from pan before cutting to serve. Enjoy!
I promise it will be worth the 15 minutes it takes to make it!
These tiny Christmas tree "cupcake toppers" we picked up at Meijer were the perfect holiday touch.
What makes this homemade fudge the perfect present?
You know the answer already in your heart, right?!? For me, I circled this line in Meijer's Holiday Guide this week . . .
Amid the holiday hustle, we owe it to ourselves to find ways to slow down and make room for wonder, in ways both big and small. Bring home the spirit of the season.
The best part — the sweetest part — of making this Christmas fudge was spending time in the kitchen with the girls, listening to holiday tunes, and goofing around together as we prepped this recipe. What makes this homemade fudge the perfect present is that it's made with LOVE.
I wholeheartedly believe that . . .
Time with your family is truly a GIFT — Giving them your full presence is an act of love.
We hope you find time to make and enjoy this dessert recipe as much as we did!
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