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Best Fudge Recipes with Condensed Milk
For those of you that follow this blog you are well aware of my obsession with fudge, especially fudge made with condensed milk. So much easier than traditional fudge and a much longer shelf life, make these my goto fudge recipes.
I am always experimenting with different ways to serve and enjoy fudge. Every year I manage to stumble on to a new forever fudge recipe while creating a few others I wasn’t quite satisfied with. I always figure I will continue to experiment and so far I always do.
I have had my fudge file for years, before everything was stored on the computer. I have little clippings and even notes from my grandmother of combinations to try and what she liked and didn’t.
I remember her being so excited once she started using condensed milk to make fudge. No more candy thermometers and a totally perfect, foolproof result, every time.
Now that I just put down that file I still get these ideas swirling around in my head of what I should be doing. Like trying more flavor combinations to get another fudge recipe published! Don’t you worry, it will come.
For now I will discuss the eight I already have published! All are so full of flavor, totally different and perfect as a snack, sweet treat, for parties or for special occasions and holidays. Frankly, any excuse will do!
These recipes are perfect to serve and perfect as an edible gift! Reasonably priced or cheap and cheerful (to quote someone great) these gifts are enjoyed by everyone that receives one.
Perfect Edible Gifts
This fudge (and every other fudge in our solar system) is perfect to include in gift baskets, gift boxes or just wrapped up with cellophane gathered together and tied with a big bow or ribbon at the top!
I really get so much joy out of making different kinds of fudge and making all of these delicious homemade, edible gifts to give to all of the special people in our lives! I figure what a better way to say I am thinking of you all year ’round!
I am pretty sure I drive my family nuts with all of the fudge I make every year. It is everywhere around the house and eventually it coves our dining room table.
I organize it into piles, that no one is supposed to touch, for each person I give to. By now I pretty much know who enjoys what more and I always try to please! That being said I always try and include at least one new version for everyone to try.
The gift bags always look so good, no matter how I make them. Some years our dollar stores have lots of boxes and sometimes lots of platters but they always have cellophane and ribbon so no matter what I am always in business and ready to go!
Making a Sweet Tray
You can use a platter to surround with cellophane or to serve as a sweet tray whenever you are having company over for a visit or are visiting someone else, it is the perfect thing to bring. Fudge is the definitely the perfect dessert for easy sharing too!
Creating a sweet tray is so easy. Grab a tray or platter from your local dollar store, so you don’t have to get it back, and pace fudge pieces all over it in any pattern you desire.
Sometimes I will put the desserts in bunches or groups, and sometimes I will just spread everything out all over the tray in a sort of random order, sometimes in random sizes, and boy oh boy does it look incredible!
You can use silicone molds to control the size and shape of the fudge pieces. The molds will allow you to have more control of the look of your finished product. You can be as fancy as your heart desires!
Silicone molds do take some extra time to fill and decorate but in the end the result will make it definitely worth the little bit of extra time.
If you decide you want to try and make some edible gifts for teachers, neighbors, family or friends, I have listed some more unique fudge ideas below that are perfect for any occasion.
I always have a container going in my freezer just in case the need arises at least I always have something on hand. This fudge freezes beautifully and defrosts easily and quickly on the counter.
These fabulous fudge recipes will soon become family favorites once you give them a try! Also, if you come up with any other ideas or flavor combinations I would love to hear all about it!
Please leave me a message in the comment section. Together we will make us all better in the kitchen.
What can I include in Fudge?
The best part about fudge is that you have to remember that you can add anything and everything you can think of into it, flavors that will be acceptable or desirable. For, example my friend is allergic to nuts so I never make anything for her that is contaminated with nuts of any kind.
I have listed some suggestions below but I wanted to discuss something first. You need to think about the kinds of treats that you enjoy with chocolate or that are chocolate in nature and that is it. They will all work together.
Everything from craisins and pistachios or M & M’s and pretzels, my son’s favorite to the kitchen sink, as we call it, my husbands favorite, which as you can imagine has everything under the sun in it. A little of this and a little of that. Whatever he can find and it is always different.
If you need more suggestions, or if you have more ideas please let me know because the longer the list the better and I like to try different things too! Remember anything and everything goes!
- cream filled cookies
- dried fruits
- broken pretzels
- toffee bits
- butterscotch chips
- chocolate chips
- caramel chips
- malt balls
- chocolate covered caramels
- sprinkles or sparkles
Best Fudge Recipes
I hope you are not sick of me going on and on about my love of fudge! I figure the more fudge the better and you can never have enough!
Remember that there are so many colors and fudge flavors, that depending on your mood, or what is in your home, you can make the ultimate sweet treat, whenever you desire!
All the different colors to consider when deciding on exactly which fudge you are going to make. I consider the time of year and the occasion, if any, I am celebrating.
You are only limited by your imagination and that is so true. You can literally look at fudge as a blank canvas and design on it any way you want! Next is the best part, you get to eat it for days or weeks, you get the idea!
This fudge is gorgeous and turns out perfectly every time you make it, so much so you will think it looks too good to eat! You will love the taste and everyone will want these recipes!
I want to let you know that I include some cake mix, cookie mix or flour to fudge recipes and all of my fudges that are made with condensed milk.
The fudge has a firmer consistency or texture and you can add so many flavors to your white chocolate fudge too!
That is what I call a WIN WIN.
I don’t microwave my flour or mix before adding it, and I might just be lucky, but you might want to. I have included what to do to your flour, cake or cookie mix before you add it to your fudge.
I will mention that if you are adding something like a chocolate chip cookie mix to your fudge, like I do in our Easy Cookie Dough Fudge, you have to remove all of the chocolate chips before treating the mix in the microwave or oven.
As you might or might not expect the chocolate chips will melt! 😉
Right below I have included information you need to make your choice on what you want to do.
If you are conflicted just leave the flour or mix out and see what you think about the results! My close friend never uses it but I always do.
Have a look below, give the recipe a try and let me know what you think in the comments. As always I love to hear!
How to make raw flour safe to eat
I have been doing it for a long time and have never gotten sick. My grandparents who lived on a farm served us cookie dough with raw flour and farm fresh eggs and never got sick. I might just be lucky.
That being said I want to give you some information on the risk you take consuming raw flour and what you can easily do to avoid getting sick.
To toast the flour in the oven, spread it on a baking sheet and bake at 350 degrees for about 5 minutes. With the microwave you just heat for 1 minute and 15 seconds on high, stirring every 15 seconds, and you’re good to go!
I microwaved the flour in a microwave safe bowl in 15 second intervals five times and it worked beautifully.
Regardless of your chosen method, the flour must reach a temperature 0f 165 degrees to be deemed safe to eat and it is just that simple to ensure it’s safety. I have never done this myself but that doesn’t mean you won’t want to!
If you would like further information on E. coli linked to raw flour take a look here.
For more info on baking the bacteria away look here.
For more information on microwaving away the bacteria look here.
It is generally recommended that you DO NOT ingest or even just taste anything that contains raw flour. Make sure it has been cooked before eating it. This includes flour being used as a thickening agent.
For more information about the FDA recommendations, check this link out.
What Is White Chocolate?
Before we discuss white chocolate, we need to say what chocolate really is. It all starts with cocoa beans. The taste and type of chocolate is determined by how the beans are treated and what kinds and amounts of additives are used.
White chocolate is a type of chocolate confection consisting of cocoa butter, not cocoa beans, sugar, and milk solids. It also can include other sweeteners and flavoring like peppermint, almond or vanilla.
White Chocolate is known for it’s white or ivory color and higher melting point. For more detailed information on white chocolate you can have a look here.
What forms does White Chocolate come in?
White chocolate can come in chips, squares or melts. For the record, melts are small disks that have an easy melting point and are similar to chips. It is important to know that if a recipe calls for chips and all you have is baking squares or the opposite, you do have a couple of options.
Without a kitchen scale, be aware that 1 1/4 cups of chips are the roughly equivalent to an 8-oz bar of baking chocolate. It you have a scale it is much easier weigh out replacements in ounces.
White chocolate chips tend to be thick and clumpy due to additives that make them somewhat resistant to melting. White chocolate baking squares or bars melt a lot easier than chips, which is great for making candies or a chocolate sauces.
A tablespoon or two of butter or shortening will help melt the chips or whatever type of chocolate you are using into a nice smooth texture if you’re having problems and melting is not going well.
It is also necessary to discuss the type of chips or chocolate used. Cheaper brands usually include more fillers that make them in most cases, more resistant to melting.
A good rule of thumb is to check the ingredients on the package and if there is vegetable oil listed, know you will most likely need to add a tablespoon or two of butter or shortening to achieve desired results. Regardless, now you know a trick to solve the problem if it arises!
Substitutes for White Chocolate
There are quite a few substitutions for white chocolate if you don’t have any around, have a look below. Keep in mind that different kinds of chocolate will possible change the flavor and color of the chocolate dessert you’re creating.
Regardless, substitute the exact same amount of whichever type of chocolate you desire.
Milk chocolate is a sweet chocolate that you can either use in recipes, especially cookie recipes, or just to snack on. It contains at about 10% cocoa with added sugar, milk and cocoa butter.
White Chocolate Almond Bark (Confectionery Coating) comes in a different forms from chips to blocks to squares. Despite it’s name, it doesn’t contain nuts and is valued for it’s texture, taste, and melting ease.
You’re most likely going to have to add 1 tablespoon or two of butter or shortening as well since it doesn’t contain any cocoa butter or chocolate liquor to assist in the melting process.
Unsweetened chocolate Made solely of cocoa butter and cocoa solids, the taste of this chocolate is bitter and usually unsuitable for eating, so it’s generally only used in baking. It’s perfect in cake, cookie or brownie recipes.
Dark chocolate Since it’s sweeter than unsweetened chocolate and has less sugar, it’s quite popular with those that want a sweet treat but are health conscious because again, it has less sugar than other chocolates. It has 35% cocoa.
Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened dark chocolate that also contains at least 35% cocoa. It is mostly used in baking and is great for recipes that call for a strong chocolate flavor.
Semi-sweet chocolate This chocolate is also made with at least 35% cocoa and is the most versatile form of chocolate. It’s ideal for baking and eating and can be found in many chocolate chip cookie recipes. It also has cocoa butter and sugar added.
How long will condensed milk fudge last?
At room temperature
Fudge made with condensed milk will last up to 2 weeks at room temperature, in an airtight container.
In your fridge
If you keep your fudge in an airtight container in your fridge it will last up to a month.
In you freezer
You also have the option of freezing portion sizes of your choosing, wrapped in parchment paper or plastic wrap, and frozen in an airtight container or freezer bag with as much air removed as possible, for up to 3 months.
When you need some frozen fudge, place pieces or bag or container on your kitchen counter to thaw ideally overnight and get to room temperature. Yes I have tried a piece practically frozen and I still loved it. Waiting can be difficult.
Sugar Cookie Fudge is easy, rich and creamy! Full of sugar cookie flavor, decorated in bright sparkles or sprinkles, perfect as a dessert or edible gift!
Easy Red Velvet Fudge is super smooth, bright, creamy and a totally festive chocolate treat. Perfect as an edible gift or dessert for friends and family.
Cookies and Cream Fudge is super easy, and totally rich and creamy! Full of Oreo cookies, this easy dessert or edible gift is ideal for any celebration! Frankly, any excuse will do to make this simple fudge recipe!
Easy Gingerbread Fudge is perfectly spiced and so flavorful, creamy, and melt in your mouth smooth. The perfect sweet holiday gift or treat that will impress!
Easy Swirled Easter Fudge is a white chocolate fudge candy recipe with condensed milk, mini Easter eggs, sprinkles, sparkles and a swirl! The perfect treat!
Layered Mint Chocolate Fudge is an easy, creamy, melt in your mouth sweet treat! Full of refreshing mint chocolate flavor this dessert will not disappoint!
Chocolate Caramel Marble Fudge is totally easy to make, smooth, creamy and simply irresistible! A little caramel in every chocolatey bite!
The Best Peanut Butter Fudge is rich, creamy, smooth, decadent and a peanut butter chocolate lovers dream come true! So easy to prepare and so delicious! Covered with your favorite treats you will not be disappointed!
Easy Cookie Dough Fudge is easy, delicious and so versatile! Include your favorite treats and this simple fudge will not disappoint!
Easy Mint Chocolate Fudge is a simple, minty, smooth, decadent tasty treat! Perfect for family, friends, a sweet tray or edible gift at any time of year!
The Easiest Fudge takes less than 2 minutes to prepare and requires only a few ingredients. Add in nuts, marshmallows, or anything your heart desires. Everything tastes great in this fudge or it tastes just fine on its own.