It’s the best time of the year and that means all sorts of yummy Christmas treats. Today’s recipe is for the easiest ever dark chocolate fudge! Though, I would say fudge is one of those goodies that can be enjoyed year round.
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There’s no secret that I love fudge.
I have a more traditional fudge recipe on the blog (my absolute favorite) that involves boiling sugar and evaporated milk and beating in butter and chocolate. An amazing rich and creamy recipe, but it does take a bit more time than this dark chocolate fudge recipe.
You can also check out this recipe for chocolate peanut butter fudge – another that we love.
As far as simplicity goes, today’s recipe takes the cake.
2 main ingredients (plus a little salt and vanilla extract) and you can have it poured into the pan to cool in less than 5 minutes. A great easy fudge recipe that would be a little less dangerous to have the kids make than standing over a pot of boiling sugar.
Not only do I love fudge, I also love dark chocolate. The depth of flavor and being able to taste the almost bitterness of the chocolate mixed with a little sweet. It’s just so good.
Dark Chocolate Fudge Ingredients
Check out how simple these are:
Dark Chocolate Chips
Sweetened Condensed Milk
Use your favorite dark chocolate chips, because they are what you get the chocolate flavor from. You will need 3 cups, which is usually 1 1/2 bags.
All you need is a pinch of salt. You can pinch it out or do what I did and use these fun measuring spoons:
One change you can do is to swap out the vanilla extract for peppermint extract to make a dark chocolate peppermint fudge – yum!
Dark Chocolate Fudge Instructions
These instructions will convince you these is the easiest dark chocolate fudge ever.
Grab a pot and pour in a can of sweetened condensed milk. Add the dark chocolate chips and heat over medium low heat until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
(If you are feeling fancy, you can stir in a couple tablespoons of butter at this point it’s totally not necessary.)
Stir in the salt and vanilla extract.
Pour into a 7-8 inch square baking pan (mine is 7.6 inches) that is lined with parchment paper.
Let cool on the counter. After completely cool, use the parchment paper to remove fudge from pan and use a sharp knife (run knife under hot water and then dry for the cleanest cut) to cut into squares.
To store fudge: Store fudge in an airtight container in the freezer. Let come to room temperature before serving. (Or if you can’t wait, eat it cold!)
Fudge add-ins: You can make your fudge even fancier by adding in extra ingredients with the salt and vanilla. Think of things like:
- Chopped pecans
- Chopped walnuts
- Chopped candy bars
Easy Dark Chocolate Fudge Recipe
- 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 3 cups dark chocolate chips
- pinch salt
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- Line a 7 to 8 inch square pan with parchment paper.
- Pour the sweetened condensed milk into a saucepan. Add the chocolate chips and stir over medium low heat until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
- Remove from heat and stir in the salt and vanilla extract. (You may also add in any extra ingredients at this point - chopped nuts, chopped candy bars, m&ms etc.)
- Pour into the lined pan. Let cool on the counter - can put in the fridge to speed up the process.
- After cool, use the parchment paper to remove fudge from pan. Cut into squares.
- You can store leftover fudge in an airtight container in the freezer.