This fudge recipe is foolproof! You only need a few simple ingredients and a stove to make it. It’s so easy, anyone can do it.
Fudge is one of those classic holiday treats that everyone seems to love. It’s rich, creamy, and can be made in so many different flavor combinations. This Foolproof Fudge with Walnuts Recipe is my go-to recipe for fudge because it’s so easy to make and always turns out perfectly.
If you’ve never made fudge before, don’t be intimidated! This recipe is really foolproof and even if you’ve never made candy before, you can definitely do it.
The key to successful fudge is to use a good quality chocolate and to be very precise with your measurements. I like to use Ghirardelli chocolate chips for this recipe because they always melt smoothly and taste great.
To make the fudge, simply melt, stir, allow to set and cut into squares. That’s it! In a few hours, you’ll have delicious, homemade fudge that’s perfect for gifting or enjoying yourself.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- It’s incredibly easy to make.
- It’s rich and creamy, with a perfect balance of sweetness.
- It’s loaded with chopped walnuts for a little extra flavor and texture.
What You Will Need
- Chocolate chips
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Vanilla extract
- Try adding a different type of nut, like pecans, pistachios or almonds.
- Add in some dried fruit like cherries or cranberries for a fruity fudge.
- For a festive touch, add some red and green candid cherries in place of walnuts.
- For a sweet but salty fudge, sprinkle some sea salt on top of fudge after you press in pan.
How to Make Foolproof Fudge
Melt chocolate chips with condensed milk in a pan over low heat. Stir continuously while chocolate is melting and mix together well.
Remove from heat. Add in nuts and vanilla and mix together.
Place a piece of wax paper in an 8X8 inch pan and spread mixture evenly. Chill in fridge for 2 hours.
To remove flip over pan and tap on the bottom till it falls out. Remove wax paper and cut into 1 inch squares.
Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
There are endless flavor possibilities when it comes to fudge. Here are just a few ideas to get you started:
- White chocolate fudge: swap semisweet chocolate with white chocolate.
- Rocky Road Fudge: Add mini marshmallows and chopped peanuts in place of walnuts.
- Nutella Fudge: Use Nutella hazelnut spread in place walnuts.
- Peanut butter fudge: add peanut butter to the recipe.
- Marbled Fudge: Use half white chocolate chips and half semisweet chocolate chips. Press into a pan and swirl with a knife for a marbled look.
- Dark Chocolate Fudge with Walnuts: Substitute milk chocolate for dark chocolate and omit the vanilla extract.
Tips and Tricks
- Be careful not to overheat the chocolate. If it gets too hot, it will seize up and become unusable.
- Stir, stir, stir: Once you’ve added the chocolate, make sure to stir vigorously until it’s completely melted and combined with the rest of the mixture. This will ensure a smooth final product.
- Line the pan with parchment paper before pouring in the mixture. This will make it much easier to remove the fudge from the pan once it’s set.
How long does chocolate fudge last?
Chocolate fudge will last for 2-3 weeks when stored in an airtight container in the fridge.
Can I freeze fudge?
Yes, you can freeze fudge. Just make sure to cut into squares, wrapped in wax paper and store in a freezer Ziploc bag for up to 6 months. Thaw in fridge overnight before consuming.
Can I make this fudge without walnuts?
Yes, you can make this fudge without walnuts. Simply omit them from the recipe and proceed as directed.
Will this fudge set up if I don’t put it in the fridge?
No, you do not need to put the fudge in the fridge for it to set. You can let it set at room temperature but will take longer to set up and may not be as firm as fudge that’s been chilled.
More Delicious Fudge Recipes
- 18 ounces semisweet chocolate chips
- 1 14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ½ cup chopped walnuts
- Melt chocolate chips with condensed milk in a pan over low heat. Stir continuously while chocolate is melting and mix together well.
- Remove from heat. Add in nuts and vanilla and mix together. Place a piece of wax paper in an 8X8 inch pan and spread mixture evenly. Chill in fridge for 2 hours.
- To remove flip over pan and tap on the bottom till it falls out. Remove wax paper and cut into 1 inch squares.
- Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
Nutritional facts are estimates and are provided as a courtesy to the reader. Please utilize your own brand nutritional values to double check against our estimates. Nutritional values are calculated via a third party. Changing ingredients, amounts or cooking technique will alter the estimated nutritional calculations.