This Easy Chocolate Walnut Fudge is a fan favorite and for good reason. If you're looking for a simple and easy fudge recipe, you can't go wrong here. Find out how to make this simple fudge recipe with just a few easy steps.
Easy Chocolate Walnut Fudge
The great thing about this fudge recipe is that it's made with just 5 ingredients. I love how sweet and creamy it is but there are ways that you can make it less sweet as well. (We'll get into that a bit further down into the post.)
Some people view fudge as a holiday sweet treat but I refuse to see fudge as a seasonal recipe. I like to make it all year round because it's a fast and easy way to feed my sugar tooth.
There's really nothing quite like the smooth texture of fudge but just like anything in life, I like to throw a curveball and add in the walnuts for a bit of a soft crunch. (and you can totally use other types of nuts as well - I just really happen to like the flavor of walnuts.)
While I'm forever a fan of cakes and cookies, there's just nothing quite like a good piece of fudge. My jaw always drops when I buy fudge somewhere and they charge $10 per pound! I realized a long time ago that if I can make it at home, I'm going to!
Old Fashioned Chocolate Walnut Fudge Recipe
I have such fond memories of making homemade fudge. For as long as I can remember, it's been a tradition in our family to cook up fudge together. And I'll happily admit that when we first started playing around in creating and finding the perfect fudge recipe, we had a few fudge fails as well!
BUT the great part is that if you happen to mess up on a fudge recipe, don't worry. Just drizzle it over some ice cream and it's all good. (Seriously - it's still totally delicious)
Why not take the time to get familiar with this fudge recipe so that you can make a new family tradition in your house, too?
Ingredients needed to make this Creamy Walnut Fudge Recipe
I mentioned that you only needed five simple ingredients to make this recipe and I was serious about that! Below you'll find the best fudge ingredients to whip up this tasty chocolate fudge.
- 3 cups good quality semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
- 1 tablespoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1 cup chopped walnuts, divided
How to make Chocolate Walnut Fudge
With just 5 easy ingredients and only 5 minutes of prep time needed, you'll be chowing down on this easy walnut fudge recipe in no time at all!
Make your baking dish nonstick
Line an 8x8 or a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper, set aside.
Melt the chocolate chips
Place the chocolate chips in a large bowl and pour the sweetened condensed milk over them. Microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds on high. Let stand for 1 minute and stir until smooth. If the chocolate chips did not fully melt or melt completely, microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring in between until smooth.
Mix until well combined
Add the vanilla and sea salt, stir it in until combined.
Fold in the walnuts
Fold in ¾ cup of the walnuts until thoroughly mixed in.
Pour into the baking dish
Pour the fudge into the prepared baking dish and smooth out the top. Press in the remaining walnuts on top.
Cover until ready to eat
Cover with foil or plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 15 minutes or until set. Take the fudge out of the dish by using the parchment paper to lift it up. Cut into squares and serve.
How do you store fudge?
This seems like quite the topic for debate. Some people like to have their fudge cooled and a bit harder but I find that the best flavor comes when the fudge is at room temperature.
The best part about storing this fudge is that you don't have to store it in the fridge. You can keep it in an airtight container with a lid and have it stored at room temperature so that it's ready to eat.
If you want to store it in the fridge for a cooler flavor and a bit firmer texture, go for it. It's your fudge - enjoy it however you want!
Tips From Making Fudge From Scratch
Even though this recipe is crazy easy and crazy delicious, there are a few tips that I've learned along the way that I want to share with all of you.
- In my opinion, the best flavor comes from fudge that is enjoyed at room temperature.
- This fudge is very thick, rich, and creamy. If you want to lighten the sweetness a bit, you can use semi-sweet chocolate sweets which helps.
- I highly recommend using quality chocolate such as Ghirardelli so that it melts smooth and easily. You can use whatever type of chocolate chips that you want and even have fun changing up the flavor by changing up the flavor of chocolate chips, too.
- Make certain that you mix the ingredients well so you get that smooth and silky texture.
- If you like a sweet and salty effect, sprinkle a bit of salt on the top with the walnuts. You can also use salted walnuts for this same effect.
Can you freeze fudge for later?
You bet! I love doing this when I make too much fudge to eat all at once. (which let's be honest, rarely happens!) All you need to do is put the fudge in a freezer-proof container and store it until you're ready to eat it.
You can unthaw it by putting it into the fridge and waiting for a short amount of time.
I also like to freeze fudge in pieces so that I can just grab out a piece or two to unthaw and enjoy rather than having to unthaw it all at once.
If you like this simple fudge recipe, make certain to check out the rest of my fudge desserts. I have so much fun baking and sharing all my ideas with all of you!
More Dessert Recipes
- How To Make Chocolate Fudge with Cadbury Creme Eggs
- White Chocolate Cranberry Nut Fudge
- Quick Chocolate Fudge Sandwich Cookies
Easy Chocolate Walnut Fudge
- Plastic Wrap or aluminum foil
- Get out and measure your ingredients.
- Line an 8x8 or a 9x9 baking dish with parchment paper, set aside.
- Place the chocolate chips in a large bowl and pour the sweetened condensed milk over them. Microwave for 1 minute and 30 seconds on high. Let stand for 1 minute and stir until smooth. If the chocolate chips did not melt completely, microwave in 15-second intervals, stirring in between until smooth.
- Add the vanilla and sea salt, stir it in until combined.
- Fold in ¾ cup of the walnuts until thoroughly mixed in.
- Pour the fudge into the prepared baking dish and smooth out the top.
- Press in the remaining walnuts on top.
- Cover with foil or plastic wrap and place in the fridge for 15 minutes or until set. Take the fudge out of the dish by using the parchment paper to lift it up.
- Cut into squares.
- Serve and enjoy every bite.
- This fudge is best enjoyed at room temperature.
- It is very thick, rich, and creamy. I like to use semi-sweet chocolate chips so it is not overly sweet, but you can use your favorite variety of chocolate chips. Just make sure to use good quality chocolate such as Ghirardelli so it melts smooth.
- Store at room temperature in an airtight container.
- For a more sweet and salty effect, sprinkle more salt right on top with the walnuts. Or, you can use salted walnuts.