This chocolate fudge is made with sweetened condensed milk, a handful of nuts, and a touch of butter. It’s the easiest recipe you can make!
This chocolate fudge is made with sweetened condensed milk and lots of yummy nuts, creating a super rich, decadent, and bursting-with-chocolatey-goodness treat.
Plus, it’s incredibly easy to make without the need for a candy thermometer. Just melt the chocolate and butter, mix in the other ingredients, and chill it in the fridge. Prepare to be amazed as you create this delightful dessert. In no time, you’ll become a chocolate connoisseur!
I love no-bake desserts because they’re a breeze to make and always leave a lasting impression. If you enjoy them too, try our Cocoa Truffles, Sweet Salami, and Edible Pine Cones. They’re a real treat for your taste buds! They also make great homemade gifts for Christmas and beyond.
Tips for the best chocolate fudge with nuts
This recipe is very easy, but there are some secrets for the melt-in-your-mouth chocolate fudge:
- Use Good Ingredients: Start with quality chocolate and sweetened condensed milk for the best flavor and texture.
- Melt Chocolate Carefully: Whether you’re using a microwave or a double boiler, take it slow, and stir to avoid burning.
- Add Milk Gradually: Mix in the sweetened condensed milk bit by bit for that ultra-smooth texture we all love.
- Don’t Overcook: Remove from heat once the chocolate is melted to avoid grainy texture.
- Stir in Nuts: If using nuts, gently fold them in after combining chocolate and milk.
- Line the Pan: Use parchment paper, foil, or cling film for easy dessert removal.
- Chill Well: Let it cool, then refrigerate until completely set—usually a few hours or overnight.
Can I use evaporated milk instead of condensed milk for chocolate fudge?
Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk may come in similar-looking cans, but they’re quite different:
- Evaporated Milk: It’s like regular milk with most of the water taken out. It’s not sweet at all, just creamy.
- Sweetened Condensed Milk: This one is super sweet because it has a lot of added sugar. It’s thick and sticky, like syrup.
In recipes, they’re not interchangeable. Evaporated milk adds creaminess to dishes like soups, while sweetened condensed milk is the sugar and thickness expert.
So, be mindful not to mix them up in your culinary adventures! Sweetened condensed milk is your go-to for sweet treats like chocolate fudge with nuts.
The ingredients are listed for an 18x18cm (7×7 inches) square container:
- 180g (6 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 150g (5 ounces) dark chocolate (or chocolate chips)
- 50g (2 ounces) milk chocolate
- 30g (1 ounce) unsalted butter (not margarine)
- 100g (1/2 cup) nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, or other of your choice)
- a pinch of cinnamon (optional)
How to make chocolate fudge
1. Melt the chopped dark and milk chocolate, along with unsalted butter (using a double boiler) until smooth.
2. Remove it from the heat, and stir in the sweetened condensed milk until well combined. Meanwhile, toast the nuts in a preheated 180°C (350°F) oven for 5 minutes (be careful not to overdo it to avoid burning).
3. Add the chopped or whole nuts and a pinch of cinnamon to the mixture. Stir until the nuts are evenly distributed. Line a square baking dish or other container with cling film or parchment paper, then pour the fudge mixture into the prepared pan and use a spatula to spread it out evenly.
4. Wrap the container with foil or plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator overnight or until the fudge has become firm. Transfer the fudge from the pan to a cutting board using the overhanging parchment paper or cling film.
Then, use a sharp knife to slice it into small squares or your desired serving portions. Enjoy!
One great thing about this recipe is that you can easily switch things up.
Feel free to use any nuts you like for this dessert. Almonds, pecans, hazelnuts, or cashews can all work well, depending on the flavor and texture you’re after. Feel free to experiment and find your favorite combination.
Here are some ideas for variations to the basic recipe:
- Flavor Extracts: Add a teaspoon of your favorite extract—like peppermint, orange, or almond—for extra flavor.
- Sea Salt: Sprinkle a pinch on top before the fudge sets for a sweet and salty combo.
- Spices: Enhance the flavor with spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, or a hint of cayenne.
- Fruit Zest: Infuse citrusy notes by adding zest from oranges, lemons, or limes.
- Marshmallows: Go for a Rocky Road vibe by tossing in mini marshmallows along with the nuts.
Some fudge cutting tips
For perfectly cut chocolate nut fudge, start by chilling it, then use a sharp knife with a gentle sawing motion. Keep the knife clean between cuts, let the pieces set briefly, and don’t hesitate to experiment with various shapes. With a bit of practice, you’ll achieve delightful results!
How to serve it
- Bite-sized Bliss: Slice the fudge into small, inviting pieces for a delightful and easy-to-enjoy treat.
- Sweet Platter: Create a cozy dessert platter with fudge, cookies (our Spicy Cookies or Chocolate Biscotti are perfect here), and treats—a delightful addition to any celebration.
- Gift with Love: Wrap the fudge in a charming box for a homemade gift that radiates warmth on special occasions.
Moreover, chocolate fudge pairs wonderfully with mulled wine. The sweet richness of the dessert perfectly complements the warm spiciness of the wine, creating a cozy and delicious combination. Just perfect for cold evenings!
Store this chocolate fudge with nuts in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.
Yes, you can freeze chocolate fudge Just make sure to wrap it securely before popping it into the freezer. This ensures it stays delicious for up to three months. When you’re ready to indulge, simply thaw it in the refrigerator before serving.
Certainly, you can make it without nuts for a nut-free version.
With its rich decadent flavor and crunchy nuts, this sweetened condensed milk chocolate fudge recipe is the perfect addition to your holiday table.
Sweetened condensed milk chocolate fudge with nuts
- 180 g (6 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 150 g (5 ounces) dark chocolate or chocolate chips
- 50 g (2 ounces) milk chocolate
- 30 g (1 ounce) unsalted butter not margarine
- 100 g (½ cup) nuts hazelnuts, walnuts, or other of your choice
- a pinch of cinnamon optional
- Melt the chopped dark and milk chocolate, along with unsalted butter (using a double boiler) until smooth.
- Remove it from the heat, and stir in the sweetened condensed milk until well combined. Meanwhile, toast the nuts in a preheated 180°C (350°F) oven for 5 minutes (be careful not to overdo it to avoid burning).
- Add the chopped or whole nuts and a pinch of cinnamon to the mixture. Stir until the nuts are evenly distributed. Line a square baking dish or other container with cling film or parchment paper, then pour the fudge mixture into the prepared pan and use a spatula to spread it out evenly.
- Wrap the container with foil or plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator overnight or until the fudge has become firm. Transfer the fudge from the pan to a cutting board using the overhanging parchment paper or cling film. Then, use a sharp knife to slice it into small squares or your desired serving portions.