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5 Different Types of Fudge (by Cooking Method)

Slices of fudge in various types.

The origin of fudge is uncertain but the first fudge ever sold took place in 1886 at a local Baltimore grocery store for 40 cents a pound. It is said that the fudge was first created when someone “fudged up” while making caramel. Others, on the other hand, say that a college lecturer in Virginia accidentally made fudge during one of her lectures in toffee making when the temperature was not taken high enough.

The U.S. celebrates the National Fudge Day every June 16th. They also celebrate National Nutty Fudge Day on May 12th and National Peanut Butter Fudge Day on November 20th.

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Ways to Make Fudge

1. Microwave

Ingredients for homemade toffee fudge including butter, milk, sugar, and chocolate.

This is one of the easiest and simplest ways to make fudge. You just need to mix the main ingredients together in a microwave-safe bowl, heat them on high for 30-second increments while stirring occasionally until melted. When the mixture is fully melted, you can stir in additional ingredients until they become a soft fudge mixture. Transfer to an 8×8 pan lined with wax paper or plastic wrap, press evenly and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until set and firm.

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2. Slow Cooker

Stirrer in a sauce pan filled with chocolate fudge mixture.

The slow cooker method is just as easy as the microwave method. It also starts out the same way by mixing the basic ingredients. Then heat all these ingredients on low heat in the slow cooker for up to an hour while stirring occasionally. You can remove the mixture from the cooker as soon as it’s fully melted or become claylike. Stir in additional ingredients then transfer the fudge mixture into the 8×8″ prepared pan lined with wax paper or plastic wrap. Press evenly and refrigerate for 2-3 hours or until firm.

3. Stovetop

Stirring homemade chocolate fudge mixture on a stovetop.

The stovetop method of making fudge is almost similar to the slow cooker method. The difference is that the stovetop is a hotter source between the two and so the ingredients here is the hottest and tending to the pan is a must.

4. Three-Minute-Recipe

Slices of homemade chocolate fudge beside a bowl of chocolate powder and a pitcher of chocolate syrup.

This method takes three minutes and three ingredients to make fudge. You simply prepare a pan lined with parchment, mix the ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and heat on high for a minute. You can remove the mixture from heat and let dry for another minute, stirring until the mixture is smooth and completely melted. Pour into the prepared pan and let it cool.

5. Two-Ingredient Easy Fudge

Serving a platter of chocolate fudge cake.

A sample of this method includes three cups of chocolate chips and one can of sweetened condensed milk. Pour the ingredients into a microwave-safe bowl, heat in 30 seconds increments while stirring after every 30 seconds. Transfer to the prepared 8×8″ pan once fully melted and let cool in the fridge.

Basic Fudge Flavors

There are many different types of fudge, and recipes can be found all over the Internet, including recipes for the following types of fudge.

  1. 5-Minute Caramel Apple Fudge
  2. Almond Joy Fudge
  3. Andes Mint Chocolate Chip Fudge
  4. Black Forest Fudge
  5. Brown Butter Fudge
  6. Brown Sugar Fudge
  7. Buckeye Fudge
  8. Candy Cane Chocolate Swirl Fudge
  9. Carrot Cake Fudge
  10. Cherry Vanilla Bean Fudge
  11. Chocolate Lavender Fudge with Salted Caramel Top
  12. Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
  13. Coconut White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Fudge
  14. Cookie Butter Pecan Fudge
  15. Cookie Crumb Caramel Microwave Fudge
  16. Cookies and Cream Fudge
  17. Cranberry Bliss Fudge
  18. Easy Dark Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
  19. Easy Mocha Fudge
  20. Easy Peanut Butter Cup Fudge with Salted Bourbon Sugar
  21. Easy Peanut Butter Snickers Fudge
  22. Easy Pumpkin Spice Pecan Fudge
  23. Easy Salted Caramel Fudge
  24. Eggnog Fudge
  25. Four-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge
  26. Funfetti Golden Oreo Fudge
  27. German Chocolate Fudge
  28. Gingerbread Cookie Fudge
  29. Gingerbread Fudge
  30. Gumdrop Fudge
  31. Hot Chocolate Fudge
  32. Ibarra Chile Fudge
  33. Kahlua Fudge
  34. Key Lime Pie Fudge
  35. Layered Peppermint Fudge
  36. M&M Cookie Dough Stuffed Fudge
  37. Malt Ball Fudge
  38. Maple Nut Fudge
  39. Maple Walnut Fudge
  40. Marbled Mint Chocolate Fudge
  41. Microwave Peanut Butter Cup Fudge
  42. Mocha Almond Fudge
  43. Mocha Coconut Fudge
  44. Neapolitan Fudge
  45. Nutella Cherry Hazelnut Fudge
  46. Nutter Butter Fudge
  47. Old-Fashioned Fudge
  48. Peanut Butter Chocolate-Covered Potato Chip Dulce De Leche Fudge
  49. Peanut Butter Fudge
  50. Peanut Butter Nutella Swirled
  51. Pecan Buttermilk Fudge
  52. Pecan Pie Cheesecake Fudge
  53. Penuche Fudge
  54. Peppermint Chocolate Fudge
  55. Pomegranate Fudge
  56. Potato Chip Chocolate Fudge
  57. Pralines and Cream Fudge
  58. Raw Double Layer Chocolate Fudge with Cacao Nibs
  59. Red Velvet Fudge
  60. Rocky Road Fudge
  61. Root Beer Fudge
  62. S’Mores Fudge
  63. Salted Caramel Fudge
  64. Salted Dark Chocolate Bourbon Fudge
  65. Salted Dark Chocolate Toffee Fudge
  66. Sea Salt and Nutella Fudge
  67. Simple Chocolate Fudge
  68. Snickerdoodle Fudge
  69. Spicy Mexican Chocolate Fudge
  70. Sugar Cookie Fudge
  71. Thai Tea Fudge
  72. Tiger Butter Fudge
  73. Toasted Coconut White Chocolate Fudge
  74. Vanilla Bean Fudge
  75. White Chocolate Cookie Dough Fudge
  76. White Chocolate Cranberry Pecan Fudge
  77. White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge
  78. White Chocolate Rocky Road Fudge
  79. White Chocolate, Peanut, Pretzel, and Chocolate Chip Fudge
  80. World’s Smoothest Chocolate Fudge

Basic Fudge Recipes

Brown Sugar Fudge

Slices of brown sugar fudge on a wooden chopping board.

  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup butter
  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts (optional)

Grease an 8 x 8 pan. Place the brown sugar, milk, and butter in a pan, and bring to a boil. Boil it for exactly 10 minutes, then remove from heat and add the confectioners’ sugar. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for exactly 5 minutes, then stir in the walnuts. Spread the entire mixture in the pan and let it cool, then slice and eat.

Maple Walnut Fudge

Three cubes of maple walnut fudge.

  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 ½ cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 ½ cups chopped walnuts
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Line bread baking pans with wax paper. Take a large saucepan and mix the granulated sugar, butter, maple syrup, and milk. While stirring occasionally, keep cooking the mixture until it gets to 225-235 degrees according to a cooking thermometer. Remove from heat and let it cool to 115 degrees. Add the walnuts and vanilla at this time.

Take a mixer and mix at medium speed until its gloss is gone and it begins to harden around the saucepan. Pour the mixture into the baking pans. Place the pans in your refrigerator until the mixture hardens, then remove from the fridge and slice to the desired thickness.

Peanut Butter Fudge

Slices of peanut butter fudge on a glass plate.

  • 8 oz. unsalted butter, plus extra to grease pan
  • 1 cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar

Combine the butter and peanut butter in a large microwave-safe bowl and cover with plastic wrap, then microwave for 2 minutes. Stir the mixture, then microwave for 2 additional minutes. Add vanilla and powdered sugar, then stir with a wooden spoon to combine the mixture.

Spread into an 8 x 8 pan that has been lined with parchment paper. Cover the pan with the extra section of the parchment paper then place it in the fridge until it is cool. This should take roughly 2 hours. When ready to eat, cut into 1-inch pieces and serve.

Peppermint Chocolate Fudge

Slices of peppermint chocolate fudge.

  • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 14-oz. can condensed sweetened milk
  • 1 TBL. butter
  • ½ tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. coffee extract
  • ¾ cup Andes peppermint baking chips
  • Sprinkles to place on top (optional)

Line an 8 x 8 pan with foil, then spray lightly with cooking spray. In a large microwave-safe bowl, place the chocolate chips, milk, and butter and heat in 1-minute increments until the chocolate chips have melted completely. Stir in the vanilla and coffee extracts, then add the peppermint chips. Pour the mixture into the pan and add the sprinkles if that’s your preference. Chill 1-2 hours and serve at room temperature.

Simple Chocolate Fudge

Cubes of simple chocolate fudge.

  • 3 4-oz. packages of semi-sweet baking chocolate, broken into pieces
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Line an 8 x 8 pan with foil, and microwave the chocolate and the milk in 2-minute increments until everything is melted. Stir the mixture until it is completely smooth and add the vanilla extract. Spread the mixture into the pan and refrigerate until it is firm – usually 1-2 hours. Cut into squares before serving.

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