The Absolute Best No Fail Fudge Recipe - Only 3 Ingredients!

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This is the best, easiest, no-fail fudge recipe out there. It has just three magical ingredients that, when combined, make the most delicious, thick, and rich chocolate fudge. All you need to do is heat, stir, and allow to set—really, it's that easy!
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This recipe takes less than three minutes to make; the worst part is having to wait for it to set up! I always make at least three batches of this fudge to give away as Christmas gifts or scatter throughout my cookie trays. I may even make a batch and leave it in my freezer for those days when I need a hit of delicious chocolate.

Why do I love this recipe so much!

The ease of this fudge is why I love it. Simple and delicious, I wish all recipes were this simple and scrumptious. There is no need for a lot of ingredients, such as a double boiler, marshmallows, or candy thermometers.
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Optional Add-In's

  • You can add any type of nut you would like; pecans or walnuts are both delicious.
  • Peppermint, orange, or vanilla extract are nice additions if you are looking to change it up a bit.
  • Dried fruit pieces like craisins or apricots (not anything I want in fudge, but you do you).


  • When in doubt, you can place your fudge in the freezer for a few hours to speed up the setting process.
  • To get nice clean cuts, run your knife under hot water, wipe dry, and cut, cleaning your knife every so often. You may need to run under hot water occasionally.
  • Don't substitute with fat-free sweetened condensed milk; the taste and texture will be off.
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Prep Time: 20 minutes; Cook Time: 10 minutes; Total Time: 8 hours, 30 minutes


  • 3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk, 14 ounces
  • 4 tbsp. of butter


  • Using an 8×8 baking dish, line it with aluminum foil. Make sure to place the foil over the sides of your baking dish (it helps with easy removal). Using non-stick cooking spray, lightly spray and set to the side.
  • Using a medium-sized saucepan, toss in your 3 cups of chocolate chips, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and 4 tablespoons of butter.
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  • Over medium-low heat, allow your chocolate to melt. Stirring continuously with a spatula, gently combine your sweetened condensed milk, butter, and chocolate chips. Stir until completely smooth (it should take 6–8 minutes).
  • Don't rush the process when you melt your chocolate. If you don't heat it enough, the chocolate may be soupy. Overheat it, and your chocolate could seize up and get clumpy and hard.
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  • Once your fudge is melted and smooth, add it to your prepared pan, pour slowly, and spread it out evenly.
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  • Place your fudge in the fridge and allow it to chill until completely firm. I like to make this the night before and allow it to chill overnight.
  • To cut your fudge, carefully lift out the aluminum foil and peel it back from the sides. Place your fudge on a cutting board and, using a sharp knife, cut it into squares. Clean your knife as needed for the smoothest of cuts. Cut into 42 squares.
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Enjoy Friends! ❤️

References Adapted by:

Haas, T. (2022, August 25). No Fail Fudge Recipe. Salty Side Dish. In-Text Citation: (Haas, 2022)

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