This tasty Christmas fudge recipe is the perfect holiday treat for your next party. The holidays wouldn't be complete without a plateful of decadent, delicious Christmas fudge sitting on the counter.
So creamy and tasty!
Why This Recipe
Fast and Easy. Melt everything together, pour it into the pan, add sprinkles to the top and let it sit there for a little bit. You'll have perfect Christmas Fudge with this easy recipe.
Inexpensive. You can make this with just three cheap ingredients and add Christmas sprinkles if you want. No long or costly list of ingredients!
A Welcome Sweet Treat. Everyone loves fudge at Christmas-time! The holiday season wouldn't be the same without it. The nostalgia and flavor in this creamy fudge are rich with tradition and comforting vibes. This easy fudge recipe makes a perfect gift for the Christmas season and everyone loves homemade gifts.
Festive - this festive fudge is so colorful and looks great on dessert tables or on Christmas cookie trays.
Equipment Needed for Christmas Homemade Fudge
- Square Baking Pan
- Parchment Paper
- Double Boiler
- Plastic Wrap
Ingredients for Christmas Fudge
Just a few simple ingredients are needed for this recipe. Refer to the recipe card for the measurements.
Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips. For just the right balance between milk chocolate and dark chocolate.
Sweetened Condensed Milk. This comes in a can. Don't confuse it with evaporated milk because they are not the same thing.
Vanilla. Use pure vanilla extract for best results. You can also use almond extract if you prefer.
Christmas Sprinkles. These are optional but festive sprinkles definitely make the fudge look amazing!
How to Make Christmas Fudge
This is the easiest fudge recipe!
The full recipe instructions for this copycat recipe are in the recipe card, below but here is a step by step overview.
To a double boiler (or set up a double boiler with boiling water in a pot with a heat safe glass bowl, like pyrex, on top), add chocolate chips.
Add sweetened condensed milk and heat until melted. As the mixture starts to melt, stir in vanilla.
This mixture will go from melting to starting to solidify pretty quickly, so once the chocolate chips are mostly melted, immediately pour the mixture into your prepared 8x8 baking dish.
Smooth the fudge mixture out, then sprinkle the top of the fudge with Christmas sprinkles. Cover the fudge with foil or plastic wrap and move to the refrigerator to set.
Allow the fudge to chill for about 4 hours, then cut into small squares
How far in advance can I make my fudge for Christmas?
Fudge can be made and kept chilled for several weeks. Make up a batch Thanksgiving weekend and it will keep until it is consumed. Store it in an airtight container or freezer-quality plastic zipper bag. It will dry out over time but still taste good, so if you are making it for a party and want it to look good make it only a few days in advance.
Fudge can be frozen, but it will dry out and become crumbly. The texture will change. Store it in an airtight container for best results.
What is the best way to gift homemade Christmas fudge?
Find cute giftable containers to store the fudge in. If the containers are not airtight, wrap the fudge in plastic wrap to help keep it from drying out and deliver it to your friends and neighbors immediately. Take-along airtight containers from Rubbermaid or disposable plastic containers with holiday graphics are both good choices. You can dress these plastic containers up with tissue paper lining the container.
Tips for Best Results
This Christmas fudge recipe is very rich, but delicious. Cut small squares, less than an inch in size.
You can use waxed paper in place of parchment paper. This saves on cleaning time of your pan and makes for easy serving.
Serve fudge at room temperature.
Substitutes and Variations
This is a very basic fudge with just three easy ingredients. Dress it up with roasted walnuts, roasted pecans, almond slivers, crushed peanuts, coconut flakes, crushed peppermint candies, or crushed shortbread cookies. Add any of these ingredients in place of the Christmas sprinkles at the end for variety.
white chocolate chips - Sub half of the chocolate chips with white chocolate chips.
candy canes - for a delicious treat add some crushed candy canes to the top of the fudge before cooling.
holiday basic recipe - This basic fudge recipe is a great recipe any time of year, change up the sprinkles for any occasion or season.
More Great Fudge and Christmas Cookies Recipes
These are a few of my favorite treats.
- 2 ½ cups semi sweet chocolate chips
- 1 14 oz. can of sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon. Vanilla
- Christmas sprinkles for topping
- Line an 8x8 square pan with parchment paper, set aside.
- To a double boiler (or set up a double boiler with boiling water in a pot with a heat safe glass bowl, like pyrex, on top), add chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk and heat until melted. As the mixture starts to melt, stir in vanilla.
- This mixture will go from melting to starting to solidify pretty quickly, so once the chocolate chips are mostly melted, immediately pour the mixture into your prepared pan.
- Smooth out, then sprinkle with Christmas sprinkles.
- Cover the fudge with foil or plastic wrap and move to the refrigerator to set.
I hope you enjoyed this simple recipe.
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