This easy 2-ingredient microwave maple fudge recipe produces the creamiest maple fudge you will ever taste. It has all the maple flavor you love in a traditional fudge without all of the fuss. No candy thermometer is needed!
What is Maple Fudge?
Maple fudge is a popular traditional fudge but it can be very finicky to make. If you've ever tried to boil maple syrup you know that it can crystallize very easily. With this maple fudge recipe, there is no boiling necessary, you simply stir maple syrup into melted white chocolate.
Yep, that's it. Seriously, it's that easy to make amazing maple fudge.
There's no need to dig that candy thermometer out of the back of your kitchen gadget drawer, no need to stand over a pot of boiling sugar syrup waiting for it to reach that perfect temperature, no need to beat air into the fudge hoping you end up with the perfect consistency fudge, and no need to worry that your fudge will become hard and crumbly or won't even set up.
This easy fudge recipe produces a smooth and incredibly creamy maple fudge that has a really wonderful flavor and all you need are two ingredients.
What is the best maple syrup to use in this maple fudge recipe?
What syrup do you use to pour over your pancakes and waffles? Use that!
- You can use pure maple syrup or pancake syrup to make this fudge but the fudge will have slightly different textures depending on which syrup you use.
- Pure Maple Syrup will produce a robustly flavored maple fudge with a firm yet creamy texture.
- Amber-colored maple syrup will have a more mellow flavor than intensely flavored dark maple syrup.
- Pancake Syrup like Mrs. Butterworth's, Log Cabin Syrup, or Aunt Jemima Syrup will produce a soft, creamy, and slightly chewy fudge with a nice maple flavor with caramel notes.
The type of syrup you use may also be dependent on your budget. If you plan to make batches and batches of this homemade maple fudge to give as gifts for Christmas you may want to use the less expensive pancake syrup.
What is the difference between pure maple syrup and pancake syrup?
- Pure maple syrup is most often made by extracting xylem sap from sugar maple, red maple, or black maple trees which is then boiled down so that most of the water evaporates leaving just a rich-tasting syrup.
- Pure maple syrup can be quite expensive.
- Pancake syrup is usually made from corn syrup which has been flavored using pure maple syrup or other flavorings such as butterscotch, caramel, and vanilla to make it taste like maple syrup. It has a more mellow maple flavor.
- Pancake syrup is popular and it has a budget-friendly price tag. It's usually much less expensive than pure maple syrup.
I personally prefer the flavor of this maple fudge made with pancake syrup, but I also prefer the flavor of it over pure maple syrup, so make this decision based on your personal preference.
What type of white chocolate should I use to make this fudge?
You want to use white chocolate that you enjoy eating straight out of the bag.
- pure white chocolate (made with cocoa butter)
- white confectionery coating (made with a vegetable oil like palm kernel oil)
NOTE: Pure white chocolate is softer than white confectionery coating so you will need to add more white chocolate when making this fudge.
I make this fudge using Nestle Premier White Morsels and love the flavor.
What can I mix into this maple fudge?
- walnuts (a traditional mix-in)
- cinnamon chips
- toasted waffle pieces
- bacon pieces
- Melt your white chocolate either in the microwave or on the stove.
- To melt white chocolate in the microwave pour the white chocolate into a microwave-safe bowl.
- Heat on high power for 1 minute.
- Remove and stir.
- Heat for another minute on high power then allow the bowl to sit in the microwave for at least 3 minutes.
- Remove and stir vigorously until all the chocolate is melted.
- If needed heat for 15-second increments, stirring after each until melted.
NOTE: You want the residual heat from the melted chocolate to help melt the chips or chunks of unmelted chocolate. You don't want to overheat this white chocolate otherwise it can scorch and burn.
- On the stovetop, it's best to melt your white chocolate in a double boiler.
- To create a double boiler set a small saucepan filled with about 1 inch of water over low heat on your stove.
- Set a bowl inside the rim of the pan so that it fits snugly around the edge, not allowing any moisture to evaporate, but does not touch the water in the bottom of the pan.
- Pour your white chocolate into the bowl and stir often until about 75% of the chocolate has melted.
- Then remove the bowl from the heat and wipe the bottom of the bowl so no water gets into your white chocolate.
- Let the bowl rest for a few minutes then stir until all of the chocolate is melted.
- Pour the maple syrup into the white chocolate and stir until well incorporated.
- Spread the fudge into a prepared pan and chill until set, about 3 hours.
See our Easy Fudge Recipes FAQ for details on making fudge. I've answered some of the questions below.
What type of pan should I use to make this fudge?
- Use an 8-inch or 9-inch square pan.
- Line the pan with nonstick tin foil for easy removal.
- Alternatively, you can line the pan with parchment paper or regular tin foil that has been sprayed lightly with baking spray.
How long will my fudge keep and how should I store my fudge?
- This maple fudge will stay fresh for at least two weeks if stored at room temperature in an airtight container.
- Fudge made using pancake syrup will stay fresher longer (up to a month) than maple fudge made using pure maple syrup.
- Metal tins will keep your fudge fresh for the longest period of time. You may even be able to keep your fudge at room temperature for more than a month if stored in a tin.
Can I freeze my fudge?
- Yes, you can freeze fudge.
- Wrap your fudge well in wax paper then place it in a zip-top bag and place it in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- When you remove your fudge from the freezer allow it to sit at room temperature for at least an hour before removing it from the packaging. This will help keep condensation from forming on the fudge.
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This easy 2-ingredient maple fudge recipe can be made in the microwave or on the stove. It's super creamy and has a lovely maple flavor.
- 24-28 oz white chocolate* chips or finely chopped bars
- ¾ cup pancake syrup (or use ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons of pure maple syrup)
- optional, pinch of salt
Melt white chocolate in the microwave or on the stove.
Pour maple syrup and a pinch of salt, if using, into the white chocolate and stir slowly until well combined and thickened.
Spread into an 8-inch square pan that has been lined with non-stick tin foil, parchment paper, or tin foil that has been sprayed with baking spray.
Cover and chill for about 3 hours until firm then remove it from the pan and cut it into 36 pieces.
You'll notice in the recipe above that you will need to add ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons of pure maple fudge to 24 ounces of white chocolate in order to get a nice creamy fudge. Pure maple syrup creates a firmer more dense, yet still creamy fudge.
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