With 4 ingredients, make a decadent batch of Hot Chocolate Fudge today! This microwave fudge recipe is ready in minutes for cookie exchanges, adding to your Christmas sweet gifts or just sharing with family and friends.
The holidays call for rich and delicious sweets, but we don’t always have the time to create complex masterpieces. This easy hot chocolate fudge recipe is an excellent option when you’re limited on time but still want to enjoy a sweet seasonal treat!
Love fudge? Try my Christmas Sugar Cookie Fudge and this Champagne Truffle Fudge sure to please anyone who loves fudge! And for food gifts, add these gift tags and make these Christmas Muddy Buddies too!
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Why You Will Love this Microwave Fudge Recipe
- Quick and Easy – This condensed milk fudge recipe is a fast and simple way to make a tasty batch of holiday fudge. It takes about 12 minutes to prepare, then chill, slice, and serve!
- Holiday Favorite – This yummy recipe captures all the delicious flavors of hot chocolate in festive, fudgy bites!
- Chocolate Lovers: Chocolate lovers worldwide will enjoy this dreamy and fast recipe!
- No Hot Chocolate Mix: Instead of using hot chocolate mix (like I did in these Hot Chocolate Cookies), we mimic hot chocolate using real chocolate!
Simple Ingredients for Microwave Fudge Recipe
- Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips | Just like my hot chocolate, we’ll use real chocolate chips for hot cocoa part of the recipe; use semi-sweet chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips. Or, if preferred, use milk chocolate chips.
- White Chocolate Chips | Use white chocolate chips for a beautiful two-tone fudge recipe.
- Condensed milk | Sweetened condensed milk – you can use regular or dairy-free sweetened condensed milk.
- Marshmallows | I like to use tiny marshmallow bits to represent the marshmallows that top a classic cup of hot chocolate. They are dehydrated marshmallows, adding a crisp texture to the fudgy bites.
How to Make this Easy Microwave Fudge Recipe
Step 1 | Prep the pan
First, let’s get the supplies ready. Line a small square pan with parchment paper or aluminum foil and coat it with cooking spray or spray oil.
Step 2 | Melt and chill semi-sweet chocolate
Add semisweet chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk to a medium microwave-safe bowl. Heat the ingredients in 30-second intervals, stirring between each, until the chocolate is melted. This may take about one minute.
Pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared pan and smooth the top with a spoon or offset spatula. Then, place it in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
Step 3 | Melt white chocolate
Next, combine the white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in another medium bowl and heat for 30-second bursts, stirring between each. The chocolate should take about a minute to melt completely.
- Heat the chocolate no longer than 30 seconds at a time to prevent it from seizing up. Check out my Chocolate Ganache recipe to learn how to fix this issue if it occurs.
Step 4 | Add the fudge layers
When the dark chocolate sets, add spoonfuls of the white chocolate and gently spread it over the dark chocolate, I like using an offset spatula. Then, evenly sprinkle on the tiny marshmallows and gently press them onto the surface.
Step 5 | Chill, slice, and serve!
Finally, place the hot chocolate fudge in the fridge and chill for at least three hours, but overnight is best. Slice it into one-inch cubes just before serving. Enjoy!
- Wait for the fudge to chill before cutting using a large, sharp knife dipped into boiling water, then dried. The heat helps to make a clean and easy slice.
- It’s best to heat the white chocolate right before adding it. It cools some as it sits. If needed, rewarm, a few seconds until pourable.
- If preferred, use the double boiler method to melt the chocolate over medium heat.
If you’ve stayed away from making fudge because you’ve heard it’s a challenge and takes a long time, I have fudge recipes for you! If you enjoy this hot cocoa fudge, try my delicious Christmas Sugar Cookie Fudge Recipe made with sugar cookie mix, marshmallow fluff, and festive red and green sprinkles!
Variations & Substitutions
- Peanut Butter Fudge: Change the recipe up and top the fudge with creamy peanut butter swirled with chocolate fudge sauce. Then chill until set.
- Mexican Hot Chocolate Fudge: Add a dash or two of cinnamon while melting your dark chocolate for yummy Mexican hot chocolate fudge.
- White Chocolate Peppermint Fudge: Add ¼ teaspoon of peppermint extract to the chocolate during the melting stage. Then, sprinkle the tops with marshmallows and crushed candy canes.
- Oreo Hot Chocolate Fudge: Mix crushed Oreos into the white chocolate layer, then top the fudge with marshmallows and more crushed Oreos!
- Spiced Hot Chocolate Fudge: For more seasonal flare, sprinkle in a pumpkin spice blend or all your favorite fall spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and ginger. After topping with marshmallows, dust the top of the fudge with a little more cinnamon– Delish!
- Caramel Hot Chocolate Fudge: Swirl the chocolate layers with caramel sauce for a delicious twist! Then, sprinkle with marshmallows and caramel candy bits.
- Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge: Use chocolate mini marshmallows for a twist. Or, try the recipe with the rainbow-colored marshmallow bits!
- Add vanilla extract if you’d like, but it’s unnecessary because sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips already have plenty of creamy flavor.
- Use classic chocolate sauce or try my hot fudge sauce recipe to add a chocolatey swirl to the white chocolate.
- Chop the fudge into tiny bits to top ice cream sundaes!
Countertop – Because there’s no heavy cream or unsalted butter, like with traditional fudge, you can leave the creamy hot chocolate fudge bites on the counter at room temperature in an airtight container for about a week. Use parchment or wax paper between layers to prevent sticking, if necessary.
Refrigerate – To keep leftovers longer, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for about three weeks.
How to Freeze Hot Fudge Chocolate
Freeze hot chocolate fudge by placing the bites in an airtight container for up to three months to enjoy them all holiday season! The marshmallow bits might get a little soft and chewy.
Then, enjoy straight from the freezer, or let them thaw in the fridge overnight to serve the following day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Be sure to allow the fudge to chill for at least three hours. Leaving it in the fridge overnight produces the best texture for easy slicing.
Essentially, classic hot fudge sauce is like an unset and undercooked version of the confection fudge, try my recipe for easy hot fudge sauce on your next ice cream sundae! While they use similar ingredients, hot fudge is a common ice cream sauce and topping, and fudge is more of a whole dessert.
It’s possible you overcooked the chocolate mixtures. If you notice the chocolate burning or hardening when melting it in the microwave, there’s a chance your final results will also be crumbly.
Gluten-Free Microwave Fudge
Make sure that your chocolate chips are gluten-free, the Jet-Puffed Marshmallow bits are gluten-free, if you use another brand, double-check.
Dairy-Free Fudge Recipe
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Layers of creamy peppermint ice cream, decadent chocolate cookie crumbs and crust, sprinkled with crushed candy canes and drizzled with fudge. This Chocolate-Peppermint Ice Cream Cake is the bomb!
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Be careful to stir well between heating, chocolate continues to melt even when not being microwaved. If chocolate gets lumpy, see my ganache recipe to fix.
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Free Gift Tags for gifting fudge
Print these fun, gifts from the Kitchen Christmas gift tags and package up some of this delicious fudge! Oh they are free!
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Easy Hot Chocolate Fudge Recipe (Microwave)
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- Prepare a small square pan (8 x 8 or 9 x 9) pan by lining it with parchment paper (or aluminum foil) and coating the parchment or foil with cooking spray.
- In a medium microwave-safe bowl combine semisweet Chocolate Chips and 6 tablespoons (about half the can) Sweetened Condensed Milk, and microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring really well each time, until melted. It should take about 1 minute, tops. *Chocolate continues melting as you stir, so stir for at least 30 seconds between heatings.
- Place the dark chocolate mixture into the 8×8 or 9×9 pan and smooth with a spoon or offset spatula—place in the fridge for 15 minutes to set.
- Just as the 15 minutes are ending, begin melting your white chocolate chips. Add the rest of the can of sweetened condensed milk, to the white chocolate chips and microwave in 30-second bursts, stirring well each time, until melted. It should take about 1 minute, tops.
- *Be sure to stir well between heating in the microwave; chocolate continues to melt while stirring! If you heat too long your chocolate will seize up on you!
- When dark chocolate is set a little, add dollops of the white chocolate mixture (warm first if necessary), and carefully spread it over the dark chocolate base.
- Sprinkle the tiny marshmallow bits over the top of the white chocolate layer and gently press into the fudge.
- Place the fudge in the refrigerator and set for 3 hours or overnight. When set, cut into 1 x 1-inch squares and serve them at room temperature. Enjoy!