This maple walnut fudge recipe may have the flavors of Fall, but it’s so addictive and delicious, you’ll want to make it all year long, especially since it’s so quick and easy to make.
easy maple walnut fudge
I’m in love with this easy maple walnut vanilla fudge recipe. It reminds me of maple walnut ice cream, and the delicious flavor of maple with the crunch of walnuts. And even though this fudge tastes like it’s from a gourmet candy shop, it’s super easy to make at home with just a few ingredients and a few minutes. Oh, and did I mention you can make this fudge in the microwave? It truly is an easy fudge recipe.
watch this quick video to learn to make maple walnut fudge
how to make easy maple walnut fudge
- Grease a 9-inch square baking pan with cooking spray or shortening, or line with greased parchment paper or non-stick foil.
- For even thicker fudge, try an 8-inch square pan.
- My preferred method for greasing the pan is to line the baking pan with parchment or non-stick foil, lightly spray it with non-stick cooking spray, and remove the excess with a paper towel. This way, you can easily lift the fudge from the pan for cutting.
- In a large, microwave-safe bowl place 2 2/3 cups white chocolate chips and a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Use the residual heat to stir the mixture well until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. If necessary, microwave for additional 15 second intervals.
- Alternatively, melt the chocolate and milk in the top of a double boiler or in a bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water.
- For best results, melt the chips with heat only until they are about three-quarters of the way melted, then rely on residual heat to fully melt the chocolate chips, rather than adding additional heat. This prevents scorching.
- I find that Nestle white chocolate chips melt a bit thinner than Ghiradelli brand. So if you’re using the latter, you may want to reduce the number of chocolate chips to 2 1/2 cups.
- Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons of maple extract and a pinch of salt.
- You should be able to find maple extract in the baking aisle of your grocery store. When buying extracts, I always use pure extracts, never imitation.
- Fold in 1 1/2 cups of coarsely chopped walnuts.
- I purchase the bag of “walnut halves and pieces,” then spread them on a cutting board and quickly run a knife over the nuts. I like having some larger pieces in the fudge.
- Pour and spread into the prepared pan.
- Chill until well set, several hours. Cut into squares. Makes about 25 pieces.
how do I melt chocolate in the microwave?
The key to most of the easy fudge recipes on this blog is mixing chocolate with a shortcut ingredient (such as sweetened condensed milk) and melting the combination. The microwave is the easiest and fastest way to melt chocolate. Melting chocolate can be tricky, because if you overheat the chocolate or scorch it, your fudge won’t work.
So what is the best way to melt chocolate in the microwave? Place your ingredients in a large, microwave-safe bowl, and first heat the mixture for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. If your microwave doesn’t allow you to choose the power percentage, try the defrost setting. I find this time and power works perfectly when I make fudge. However, microwaves have different levels of power, so you may need to add more time. If so, add 15 seconds at a time. No matter how long it takes, heat only until the chocolate chips are about three-fourths of the way melted. That’s the key! Do not fully melt the chocolate chips. Instead, stir well to use the residual heat to fully melt the chocolate chip mixture. This may take several minutes, but it will prevent you from overheating the chocolate and having it seize (or, stiffen suddenly).
can I substitute evaporated milk for the sweetened condensed milk?
Eek! No! This recipe calls for sweetened condensed milk, which is a great shortcut for easy fudge because it allows you to skip the candy-making stage of creating a sugar syrup. However, evaporated milk is not the same thing, and it cannot be used as a substitute. For more fudge recipes that use sweetened condensed milk, check out this vanilla fudge and chocolate fudge.
printable easy maple walnut fudge recipe
This delicious, flavorful maple walnut fudge is easy to make in the microwave or on the stove-top.
- 2 2/3 cup white chocolate chips 16 ounces
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
- 1 1/2 teaspoons maple extract
- pinch salt
- 1 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
Prepare an 8 or 9-inch square baking pan by lining it with lightly greased parchment paper or with non-stick foil.
Place the white chocolate chips and a the can of sweetened condensed milk in a large microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power. Use the residual heat to stir the mixture well until the chocolate is fully melted and smooth. If necessary, microwave for additional 15 second intervals.
If you prefer to cook on the stove-top instead of the microwave, melt the chocolate and milk in the top of a double boiler or in a bowl on top of a saucepan of simmering water.
Stir in the maple extract and a pinch of salt. Fold in the walnuts and stir well to combine.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
Chill in the refrigerator several hours until well set. Cut into squares.
maple walnut recipes
If you love the flavors of maple and walnut, check out these recipes:
- Try maple walnut truffles.
- Or this maple walnut cheesecake.
- Another food gift idea: Maple mesquite walnuts.
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