This is the best recipe for easy vanilla fudge. No need to fiddle with candy thermometers when sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips do all your work for you!
easy vanilla fudge
I'm in love with this vanilla fudge recipe. It's a cinch to make, it only takes a few ingredients, and it's so delicious and full of vanilla flavor. Feel free to mix in any of your favorite ingredients, for this is a perfect fudge base to personalize to your own tastes or use as a homemade food gift idea. Mix in nuts, dried fruits, small candies... anything you like. I would love to try this recipe with homemade vanilla extract.
If you want an even easier vanilla fudge (although that's hardly possible), check out this two-ingredient vanilla fudge. This vanilla fudge recipe is a sweetened condensed milk fudge. The other vanilla fudge is a frosting fudge recipe. You might also love this creamsicle fudge, which combines the flavors of orange and vanilla.
Everything you need to know about how to make fudge can be found on this FAQ page.
watch this short video on how to make vanilla fudge
how to make easy vanilla 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 ⅔ cups of 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 the Ghiradelli brand. So if you're using the latter, you may want to reduce the number of chocolate chips to 2 ½ cups.
- Please note, the recipe here uses Nestle-brand white “morsels,” which is actually confectionery coating. If you’re using white confectionery coating chips (no cocoa butter listed in the ingredients, use 16 ounces. If using pure white chocolate (with cocoa butter listed in the ingredients), use 19 ounces.
- Stir in a tablespoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of salt.
- Yes, I really use a whole tablespoon of vanilla. This fudge is so flavorful!
- Gently stir in any mix-ins, if you're using them.
- 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).
For fantastic visual tips on how to melt chocolate in both the microwave AND the stove top, check out the video in this chocolate fudge post.
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 Rocky Road Fudge and Cookies and Cream Fudge.
Four-ingredient EASY vanilla fudge recipe you can personalize with any mix-ins you like.
- 2 ⅔ cup white chocolate chips 16 ounces SEE NOTES!!
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk 14 ounces
- 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
- pinch salt
Prepare an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan by lining it with greased parchment paper or non-stick foil.
In a large, microwave-safe bowl place the white chocolate chips and the 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.
Instead of melting in the microwave, you can also 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 a vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Gently fold in any mix-ins, such as coarsely chopped nuts or dried fruits, if you are using them.
Pour and spread evenly in the prepared pan. Chill in the refrigerator several hours, until very well set. Cut into squares.
Please note, the recipe here uses Nestle-brand white “morsels,” which is actually confectionery coating. If you’re using white confectionery coating chips (no cocoa butter listed in the ingredients, use 16 ounces. If using pure white chocolate (with cocoa butter listed in the ingredients), use 19 ounces.
More vanilla recipes
Is vanilla flavor your thing? If so, check out more vanilla-flavored inspiration.
- Root beer mug cake with vanilla ice cream ganache
- Homemade vanilla cupcakes
- Sugar doodle vanilla cookies
- No-Chill Sugar Cookies
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