Easy Peasy 2-Ingredient Fudge (and Day 3 of 7+ Giveaways)

Reposted from December 2012 because Christmas is almost upon us, and I don’t know about you, but I need something to be ridiculously simple right now.

Do you already know about this fudge recipe? Do you? Because, if so, you should not have been keeping it to yourself all these years. I cannot even believe the amount of time I spent standing over a stove waiting for marshmallows to melt, you guys. That’s time I’ll never get back.

OK, here’s the deal. This recipe was originally created by Eagle Brand or Kraft or some company like that. I don’t know for sure; the internet’s a murky pit of unconfirmed rumors. All I can tell you is that my mom-in-law let me in on the Great Fudge Secret after I told her I didn’t believe she made her fudge in less than 10 minutes of hands-on time.

“Impossible!” I said. “Everyone knows the major ingredients in fudge are time and danger, stirring pots of bubbling fat and boiling sugar over fire while dozens of tiny children play with balls and Legos and Hot Wheels underfoot. It’s tradition, Judy. Practically one of the doctrines of the Christian faith.”

And Judy said, “Nuh uh.” (Which is a total lie. My mom-in-law has never, to my knowledge, said “nuh uh” because she’s classy. But she meant “nuh uh” in her heart.)

And I said, “Prove it.”

And then she did.

Now, I’ve looked online for this recipe because I was just going to link you to it on Facebook — you know, a quick “hey, check this out” — but every one I found makes this harder on you than necessary. And can I just say? We’re moms. We do not always have time for double boilers or myriad ingredients. We need some things, sometimes, to just be easy, and since that easy thing apparently can’t be communication with our husbands or acquiring self-raising children, I give you:

Easy Peasy 2-Ingredient Fudge

Here’s what you need:

    • 3 cups (510 g) chocolate chips
    • 14 oz (396 g) sweetened condensed milk

And here are some optional ingredients (select some or none but not all ’cause ew) :

    • 1 T. vanilla
    • Nuts
    • Crushed candy canes
    • 1 T. booze, like bourbon or rum or peppermint schnapps
    • Whatever sounds delicious

Step 1: Combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk into a microwave-safe bowl.

Step 2: Microwave until chocolate chips are melted. I microwave on high for one minute, stir, microwave on high for 30 seconds, and stir. When it all stirs smoothly together, it’s done.

If you want to add other ingredients, now’s your chance. Feel free to throw in vanilla, peppermint oil (see below), nuts, candy cane bits, sprinkles or booze. Check your cupboards and add whatever looks yummy. One note on liquids, though… don’t add more than 1 tablespoon of those, ’cause you don’t want to change the consistency of the fudge too much and prevent it from setting. Serve the fudge with a sidecar of bourbon, is what I’m saying.

Step 3: Pour into a greased 9×9 pan. Embellish if you must.

What do you want me to say about this? I was feeling very Better Homes and Gardens today. Or Family Fun magazine. It happens sometimes, and then I try to love myself and not feel ashamed. Kind of like when I secretly think that Snuggies look awesome.

Let it set in the fridge for one hour.

Step 4:

Cut and serve.

And that’s it, folks. The easiest peasiest fudge on the planet.



Easy Peasy 2-Ingredient Fudge:
the faster, more boring directions

  1. Combine 3 cups (510 g) chocolate chips and 14 oz (396 g) sweetened condensed milk in a microwave-safe bowl.
  2. Microwave ’til melty (1-2 minutes) and stir ’til smooth. Add other ingredients if you insist on making this complicated.
  3. Pour into a greased 9×9 dish. Let it set for 1 hour in the fridge.
  4. Cut and serve.


Today is Day 3 of 7(+) Giveaways!

I invited the 5 Kids Blog advertisers (see the column to your right) to join me for 7 (or more!) days of giveaways. CHECK BACK for a NEW GIVEAWAY EVERY DAY.

DSCN4111Today, Aliesha of Aliesha’s Oils is giving away a bottle of doTerra Certified Pure Therapeutic Grade Essential Peppermint Oil.

Peppermint oil is used for headache, fever, heartburn, varicose veins, bad breath, and nausea, and it’s completely safe to take while pregnant.

It’s also ideal for cooking; just add a couple drops to your favorite fudge recipe and VOILA! Mint fudge! 

This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations, Tina!

TO ENTER: Leave a comment on this blog post by 11:59pm (Pacific Time) on Tuesday, December 17th. One entry per person, please. A winner will be selected using a random number generator and posted on Wednesday.

This giveaway is open to international participants. International shipping provided by me.

Note: The 5 Kids Blog advertisers provided no additional compensation for these giveaways. Aliesha is paying for the cost of the giveaway and U.S. shipping. She paid me for her ad only, and this just seemed like a fun way to work together for your benefit. OK? OK.


Do tell, friends: what’s your go-to recipe during the holidays? The food you always make because you can count on it. Or the food your family insists on having. Is it an elaborate Beef Wellington? Or Kraft Mac & Cheese? Your grandma’s famous apple strudel? Or Breyer’s ice cream straight from the carton? We’re not judgers. You can tell us. And you can link us up to recipes, too!

If you’re in the market for other simple, delicious recipes, check these out:

  1. Easy Peasy FAST Homemade Cinnamon Rolls — yep, from scratch to table in 1 hour and 15 minutes. Like a Christmas miracle.
  2. Easy Peasy FAST Homemade Bread
  3. Super Duper Uber Cheater Pants Cookies
  4. Easy Peasy Apple Cake – or substitute other fruit. A fun, quick holiday treat.
  5. Or, for the full list of Five Kids Blog Recipes, click here.

ABOUT BETH WOOLSEY I'm a writer. And a mess. And mouthy, brave, and strong. I believe we all belong to each other. I believe in the long way 'round. And I believe, always, in grace in the grime and wonder in the wild of a life lived off course from what was, once, a perfectly good plan.
  1. My grandma’s Christmas cookies are a family tradition that I carry on now…they’re a lot of work, but oh, so worth it! I also enjoy a drop of peppermint oil in my hot chocolate every now and then. 🙂

  2. I love do Terra oils, wait…. I love fudge!

  3. Um… err… (insert embarrassed smiley emoticon here)… We don’t have a microwave. [wait for shock waves to subside….]. I’m assuming I can melt the two ingredients together in my double-boiler, yes? BTW, peppermint = my favorite flavor of all time, yay!

  4. I make chex mix and toffee during the holidays. Because I tend to eat all the chex mix and can’t have it around my house all the time so holidays are the favored time.

  5. Yum. And smells good, too!

  6. Gotta try this sometime!

  7. I love your blog and now giveaways! How fun!

    1. Tina! You’re the peppermint oil winner! Check your email. xoxo

  8. Oooo pick me! I am currently pregnant in my first trimester and someone had the audacity to peel hardboiled eggs at their desk this morning! I would have loved a drop or two of peppermint to replace that smell!!

  9. The thought of easy fudge with peppermint oil is almost a little too exciting…almost…;)

  10. I discovered this fudge recipe a few years ago & never looked back! It also works with peanut butter chips for peanut butter fudge. Also, I’ve never used peppermint oil except in cooking. Off to Google other uses for it! With an in-home daycare, headaches are a common thing around here! 🙂

  11. I spent ages trying to master fudge, never did get it quite right, glad in ow have a fail safe method!

  12. My go to recipe is always rice krispie treats. School bake sale…krispies. new neighbors…krispies. holiday “cookies”…krispies. I can whip out 2 pans in 10 minutes. And who complains about rice krispie treats again? NOBODY! That’s who!! 🙂

  13. I make something almost as easy as this. I got this “holiday bark” (or some such name) from a Martha magazine a few years ago. Lay out parchment paper on a big cookie sheet. You melt about 2 cups of chocolate chips, and 1 cup of white chocolate chips, separately. Then you mix in about a cup of salted peanuts into the regular chocolate chips after it’s melted. Then pour the dark chocolate all over the cookie sheet. Next, pour the white chocolate over it in strips or whatever. Then take the tip of a knife and make wavy patterns on it to swirl the white into the dark. Put it in the refrigerator for about an hour, the break it up and put it in bags to give as gifts or whatever. Super easy, and people seem very impressed as if it were fancy.

  14. My family ate aebleskiver (sp?) aka “monk cakes” for Christmas breakfast, stuffed with Mom’s homemade applesauce. When I grew up and moved out, my sisters got me my own aebleskiver pan. Then I got married, and we had Christmas morning at my in-laws (Dutch babies) for years. Now that we have have kids and spend Christmas morning here, I’d love to recreate the tradition. However, the pan is languishing in storage, and I can neither find it nor justify buying a new one.

    This fudge, however, I think I can handle. Yay!

  15. This is like my favorite recipe I’ve seen all year! Yes! Even I could do this one.

  16. I have told people about our new year’s morning tradition and they all look at me like I am a terrible, horrible, no good, awful person. But I am not. We eat Dutch Babies. We are not cannibals, we are Mennonites. Dutch Babies is sort of like a souffle with fruit salad. I also love it for its entertainment value.

    1. Also peppermint oil has been my saviour for tension headaches and migraines (partly because it gets to work so quickly)

  17. My family’s recipe swaps out one of the bags of chocolate chips for butterscotch chips.
    Occasionally there are nuts, too, but the heart of the matter is the butterscotch. Because /butterscotch fudge,/ Mama.

  18. Not exactly a recipe but a few years back, we tried dipping pretzels in white chocolate and then putting sprinkles on them. This has become a family tradition each year to do one evening. Even my little guy, three, can participate in the sprinkling.

  19. I saw the title of this post and it reminded me that I intended to have a bowl of the mint chip ice cream in the fridge. So, thanks for that! 🙂 Also, the fudge looks yummy! I would love to try some mint fudge…

  20. I love your transparency! Life is… Life 🙂 I’m hoping I win the peppermint oil. It’s my go to headache cure!!!

  21. I love peppermint oil!! We use it to bake too… peppermint scones are nummy!

  22. I am so sorry that you didn’t know about this fudge, what a waste of fudge-eating time. I think I learned to make this in home-ec when I was 12. We also make peanut butter fudge by using white chocolate chips and adding a couple tablespoons of peanut butter.

  23. We alway make peppermint bark. I throw the candy canes in a ziplok and my kids joyfully pulvarize them by wacking them with their toy hammers, light sabers, dinosaurs, whatevers handy…I snap a picture every year and we munch on the finished bark all Christmas day!

  24. I promised my husband I’d learn to make fudge this year…thanks for the tip!

  25. I made this fudge last year, and it was yummy. I sprinkled crushed candy canes on top, and everyone loved it. Thanks Beth!

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