Believe it or not, Velveeta is the key ingredient for smooth, delicious fudge in this chocolate Velveeta fudge recipe.
I had my doubts. Velveeta? Cheese? In fudge?! Yes. Velveeta fudge is smooth, perfectly textured, and delicious. The cheese flavor is subdued by the chocolate so you can reap the benefits of Velveeta's properties and still have the taste of classic chocolate fudge. This may be one of my favorite easy fudge recipes.
Quick and easy fudge is all about finding miracle substitute ingredients so you can mix up fudge without going through the candy-making process. Velveeta Cheese is one of those miracle substitutes that works surprisingly well in making easy fudge.
Need more easy fudge ideas? Everything you need to know about how to make fudge can be found on this FAQ page. For more fabulous chocolate fudge recipes, try this basic chocolate fudge or this rocky road fudge.
Watch this quick video to see how to make Velveeta fudge
How to make Chocolate Velveeta fudge
- Grease a 9 x 9 inch square baking pan with butter, vegetable shortening, or cooking spray, or line a baking pan with lightly-greased parchment paper or non-stick foil.
- For even thicker fudge, choose an 8-inch square pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together 2 pounds confectioner's sugar and ½ cup of cocoa powder. Set aside.
- Using a large whisk to thoroughly blend the sugar and cocoa eliminates the need to use a sifter to sift the ingredients together.
- Heat 2 sticks of butter and 12-ounces Velveeta cheese in a saucepan over medium heat until melted, stirring constantly.
- Alternatively, you can place the cheese and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute on high, stir, and continue to microwave at 30 second intervals until the mixture is fully melted. Stir as well as you can (the mixture may separate, so stove-top is preferred).
- Stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
- Pour the entire mixture into the bowl with the sugar and cocoa. Gently stir until the mixture is thoroughly combined.
- Pour into the prepared pan. Chill until set, several hours.
- Cut into squares.
Can you make Velveeta fudge in the microwave?
Yes. You can. Melting the butter and Velveeta cheese together on the stove-top, while stirring constantly, is the preferred method, because the butter and cheese are more likely to separate in the microwave. However, even with a little separation, the fudge will turn out beautifully.
If you're looking for more microwave fudge recipes, be sure to check out our entire recipes page filled with links to all our easy fudge recipes.
Print the recipe for Velveeta fudge:
This Velveeta fudge, with Velveeta cheese as the surprise ingredient, is easy to make and so creamy and delicious.
- 2 pounds confectioner's sugar (two boxes or one bag)
- ½ cup cocoa powder
- ¾ pound velveeta cheese, cubed 12 ounces
- 1 cup butter 2 sticks, 16 tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts optional
Prepare an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking pan by greasing with cooking spray or shortening, OR by lining with lightly greased parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil.
In a large bowl, whisk together the confectioner's sugar and the cocoa powder. Set aside.
Heat the butter and cheese in a saucepan over medium heat until melted, stirring constantly. Or, to melt in the microwave, place the cheese and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 1 minute on high, stir, and continue to microwave at 30 second intervals until the mixture is fully melted. Stir as well as you can (the mixture may separate, so stove-top is preferred).
Stir in the vanilla extract.
Pour the entire mixture into the bowl with the sugar and cocoa. Gently stir until the mixture is thoroughly combined.
Stir in the walnuts, if using.
Pour into the prepared pan. Chill until set, several hours. Cut into squares.
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My mom has been making Velveeta fudge for years and no one ever knows there is cheese in it. It really is good!
It is an odd fudge recipe but surprisingly it is very good.
I was at a Tupperware party years ago and tasted some fudge. Before I knew it was made with Velveeta, I thought it was amazing. But the thought that cheese was in the fudge made me think otherwise, until I tried some fudge at another party years later and was told it was also Velveeta fudge. It really is good! I wanted to make some to take to a party and used your recipe. It turned out great and everyone loved it. No one knew it had Velveeta in it!
My mom used to make this fudge and she never told anyone what was in it and no one ever guessed. It is actually pretty good fudge.
I know this does sound like a really strange fudge recipe but I think if you make it you'll be surprised at how good it tastes.
My mom used to make this fudge and I've been looking for a recipe. I want to bring it to a family reunion. Look forward to making this.
Sarah Jane Williams
I was introduced to VELVEETA FUDGE while working in a daycare. One of the mothers made and gave it as a Christmas gift That fudge was sooo creamy it just melted in my mouth. I havent tasted any Fudge any better for all this time.
That's amazing, thank you Sarah Jane! Who knew??
What do you do to the fudge if it doesn’t get solid? How can you fix this?
Hi Shirley, Did you use margarine instead of butter? If so, that may be the culprit. In many fudge recipes, the amount of chocolate determines the consistency, but in this case, because it's cocoa powder, that isn't as relevant. I've not ever had trouble with this recipe setting, but you can try putting in the fridge overnight! That will definitely help.
Why does the cheese and butter separate when heating
It has to do with the science of the calcium...
I love this fudge, my dad used to make it, but when I try to make it, it never sets. I have left it in the fridge over night and even had it in the freezer. It never set. It is just one big glob.
Hmm. Usually when fudge doesn't set, it's because of the amount of melted chocolate (too much, it's too soft, too little, it's too hard), because chocolate can vary from brand to brand. But that is not the case here since there is no melting chocolate, only cocoa powder. It works well for me, but if it's not setting, I would suggest using less Velveeta cheese, as that may be the culprit. Instead of 12 ounces, you can try 10.
I live in Namibia (west coast of Africa). We do not have Velveeta cheese. Can I replace it with smooth cottage cheese or full fat cream cheese. Pandy
Velveeta is a processed cheese that has a very distinct texture and flavor. Cottage cheese and cream cheese are not at all similar and they will not work the same in this recipe. You might want to check out our other chocolate fudge recipes that are made using other ingredients like sweetened condensed milk, Nutella (chocolate hazelnut spread), or nut butters (like almond butter).
Made just like recipe said but didn't set.. using spoon to eat... what went wrong
Hi Melinda, It can be several factors. Did you weigh the confectioner's sugar? It could be that there wasn't enough. More likely, it's in the chocolate. Different brands of chocolate have different consistencies when melted, so it can be frustrating. I usually use Nestle brand. You can try putting the fudge in the refrigerator overnight or even in the freezer for awhile to see if it will firm. We also have a great FAQ page that talks about too soft fudge AND it gives a lot of advice on which chocolate to use.
Thank you so much for your question, I'm sure it will help others, too.
ELLEN T STEWART
Does this need to be stored in the refridgerator or room temperature
Hi Ellen. You can store either in the fridge OR room temperature! (copying the rest from our FAQ page)
How should you store fudge?
With proper wrapping and care, your fudge can last for weeks at room temperature.
Here are several different ways to store your fudge at room temperature:
Wrap fudge in wax paper and store in an air-tight container.
Wrap your fudge tightly in plastic wrap and then wrap in tin foil and place in a zip top bag
Line a metal tin with parchment or wax paper and fill with fudge.
A metal tin works the best to keep the air out and keep fudge fresh.
Can fudge be refrigerated?
Yes fudge can be refrigerated if packaged using any of the methods above.
Note that refrigerated fudge should be removed and kept in it’s packaging for about an hour before unwrapping to avoid any condensation forming on the top of the fudge.
Do you use Salted or Unsalted butter?
Hi Colleen! Either will work, but it's my personal preference to use salted. I love salty sweet combos!
This is absolutely the most delicious fudge ever. so smooth and butter. our family loved it.
I'm so glad to hear Amelia, thank you for letting us know! And Velveeta, right? Who knew? 🙂