5 minute fudge, with variations


One last easy Christmas treat recipe from me and then I’m out ’til after the holidays. This is actually a way for me to write this down somewhere permanent so that I don’t have to search through papers every time I want to make this again. I’m not good with paper and finding this recipe each time I want it has become a painful process.

This is an adaptation of a fudge recipe that I saw Rachel Ray make years ago and I’ve been making it ever since. She shaped it into a wreath using a bundt pan or round cake tin, but I’m not that keen on the extra work. I just make several batches of this, cut it up, put it in tins and give it away. I probably don’t give enough of it away. The fact that I currently have saddle bags with carry-on luggage speaks to that.

5-Minute Fudge

  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups butterscotch chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup chopped walnut pieces
  • 1/2 cup (a couple of handfuls) currants

Slowly melt chocolate chips, butterscotch chips and condensed milk together over medium low heat (no double boiler needed, just stir constantly to avoid burning). Add vanilla, currants and nuts. Scrape into a 9″ square pan (either use a silicone pan or a pan lined with plastic wrap – it’ll come out easier). Chill in fridge until set.

Cut into small pieces to serve – it’s very rich, so a little goes a long way.

Variations for this recipe:

  1. Replace the butterscotch chips with peanut butter chips, the walnuts with peanuts and the currants with raisins.
  1. Replace nuts and currants with Skor bits.

And for a slightly more adult version of this:

Grand Marnier Fudge

  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 3 1/2 cups chocolate chips (I use semi-sweet)
  • 1/3 cup Grand Marnier
  • 1 tsp coconut oil or butter (gives a nice shine to the fudge)
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped walnuts (optional)

Slowly melt chocolate and condensed milk together over medium low heat. Add Grand Marnier and nuts. Scrape into a 9″ square pan (either use a silicone pan or a pan lined with plastic wrap – it’ll come out easier). Chill in fridge until set.

Cut into small pieces to serve – it’s very rich, so a little goes a long way.

Variations: replace Grand Marnier with Bailey’s Irish Cream or Chambord

Linked to Frugally Sustainable, Wildcrafting Wednesday, Simple Lives Thursday

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37 thoughts on “5 minute fudge, with variations

  1. Somer says:

    Holy Dooley. I gotta figure out a way to veganize this. Wonder if coconut cream could replace the sweetened condensed milk

  2. I use the Rachael Ray recipe too–it is so good and easy–I leave out the nuts and though I love the currants my sons don’t–sometimes I will make a batch for me with the currants–I used a pie tin with a glass in the middle to make a wreath one year when I was really being festive–but mostly I just put it in a pan. have also used peanut butter chips instead of butterscotch–

  3. could you edit out my mistakes so I don’t look like a complete idiot (the second currants)

  4. Kerry says:

    That Grand Mar. fudge is speaking to my saddle bags !! Have a great Christmas and restful (?) move 😀

  5. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Hey thanks Heidi, I LOVE all of these fast ‘n easy recipes; I’m forever in your debt!; )

  6. Katie says:

    This looks lovely! I love how simple the recipe is. Can’t wait to try it.

  7. Totally making it. The adult version, of course. 😉

  8. Shira says:

    This looks so yummy Heidi – wow! And easy too, love it!

  9. PJ Girl says:

    I’m sure this wouldn’t last 5 minutes in my house! Merry Christmas Heidi!!!

  10. Denise Hisey says:

    Oooh this looks yummy. Scary yummy! 🙂

  11. Sarah says:

    Oh my. Heidi, I just made the Grand Marnier version of this. It couldn’t cool fast enough, but when it did…!!!!!!! It is just what I needed. 🙂 Merry Christmas to me!!! I hope it lasts through the blizzard tomorrow. This is soooooooooooo goooooooooooood. You’re the best. Thank you!!!!

    Have a happy, merry Christmas my dear. And thanks, too, for a fabulous year of blogging! It’s been so fun reading Lightly Crunchy. I’ve turned down 3 different magazine renewals because of it. Not kidding.

    Stay warm and safe! xoxo

  12. Alia says:

    This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing and have a great holiday!

  13. gardenoflisa says:

    Sounds yummy 🙂 Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday 🙂

  14. Jayne says:

    ooh… I’ve used Nigella’s recipe which is similar. Love these easy cheat’s fudge that takes the pain away from thermometers and boiling sugar!

  15. I gained 2 pounds just reading your blog this afternoon! 🙂 Thank! Not for the 2 pounds, but the post.

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  18. Now I know what to do with my Condensed Milk I found in my cupboard – is low fat condensed milk suitable?

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