With only three ingredients, it's easy to whip up some rich, delicious fudge filled with pecans.
chocolate pecan fudge
Looking for the BEST fudge? Do you want to avoid the candy thermometer? This chocolate pecan fudge is super easy to make and delicious.
If you like this fudge, you'll love one of my favorites: Butter pecan fudge. It tastes even better than the ice cream.
ingredients and tools to make chocolate fudge with pecans
You'll only need three main ingredients: Chocolate, a can of sweetened condensed milk, and pecans.
SEMI-SWEET CHOCOLATE CHIPS -- You may mix up the type of chocolate you use, and substitute chopped chocolate, dark chocolate, or even milk chocolate.
SWEETENED CONDENSED MILK -- Do NOT substitute evaporated milk, as it's not the same consistency. Find the cans in the baking aisle.
PECANS -- I like to coarsely chop the pecans so there are larger pieces in the fudge.
OPTIONAL -- You may also add pure vanilla extract and a pinch of salt for additional flavor, but they are not necessary.
SQUARE BAKING DISH -- You may use an 8-inch square dish or a 9-inch square. My preference is for the smaller baking dish for a thicker fudge.
NON-STICK FOIL -- I prefer lining the baking dish with non-stick aluminum foil. You may also use parchment paper. In place of foil, you may grease the pan with butter or cooking spray.
WHAT KIND OF CHOCOLATE DO I USE FOR FUDGE?
This recipe calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips.
However, you may substitute dark chocolate or milk chocolate, either chips or chopped bars.
For more detailed information on making chocolate fudge, check out our CHOCOLATE FUDGE recipe.
WHY IS MY FUDGE NOT FIRM?
Different brands of chocolate and sweetened condensed milk have different consistencies which can affect the firmness of fudge.
By adding additional chocolate, your fudge will be firmer.
This recipe calls for 2 cups (12 ounces) of chocolate chips. It makes a slightly soft fudge. For firmer fudge, use 2 ⅓ cups (14 ounces) or 2 ⅔ cups (16 ounces) for very firm fudge.
If your fudge is too soft, let it sit overnight in the refrigerator.
CHOCOLATE PECAN FUDGE RECIPE
Rich, delicious chocolate pecan fudge made with only three ingredients. No-bake fudge filled with chopped pecans.
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate morsels (12 ounces) SEE NOTES
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 ½ cups coarsely chopped pecans
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
- pinch salt (optional)
Line an 8-inch square baking pan with non-stick foil or parchment, or grease.
In a large, microwave-safe bowl, place the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk.
Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Let sit for a couple minutes and then stir very well until completely smooth. (If needed, add additional 30 seconds in microwave).
Stir in the extract and salt, if using.
Stir in the pecans.
Fold the mixture into the baking pan.
Refrigerate 3 to 4 hours until firm, or overnight.
Cut into 16 or 25 squares.
Store the fudge in an air-tight container for up to 2 weeks.
For stove-top fudge, melt the chocolate and condensed milk over low heat in a saucepan, stirring frequently. Remove from heat when the chocolate is about 75% melted. Stir very well, using the residual heat to fully melt the chocolate.
You may use dark chocolate chips in place of semi-sweet chocolate chips.
Different brands of chocolate and sweetened condensed milk have different consistencies, so the firmness of the fudge may vary. For slightly soft fudge, use 2 cups of chocolate chips. For firmer fudge, use 2 ⅓ cups chocolate chips (14 ounces). For very firm fudge, use 2 ⅔ cups (16 ounces).