Fudge Recipes For The Holidays (2024)

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Let’s talk fudge recipes. Fudge is one of those things that is on my must have Christmas baking list. It simply isn’t Christmas without some Chocolate Walnut Fudge in my opinion. I’ve always used Eagle Brand’s Foolproof Fudge Recipe, it’s about as easy as it gets, comes together in not time and no candy thermometer required (that’s a biggie for me!). I’ve been making the same fudge recipe for years, and I’ve decided it’s time to get creative and try some new fudge recipes. Today I have three delicious but very simple fudge recipes for you, Candy Cane Fudge Recipe, Cookies And Cream Fudge Recipe and Vanilla Bean Salted Caramel Fudge Recipe.

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All of these recipes are based off of the Cookies And Cream Fudge Recipe from Eagle Brand. They are all quick, simple and easy, and no candy thermometer is required – that’s my kind of fudge!

Cookies And Cream Fudge Recipe

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Candy Cane Fudge Recipe

Fudge Recipes For The Holidays (3)To see how I crush my candy canes, visit this post.

Vanilla Bean And Salted Caramel Fudge Recipe

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All three recipes are completely delicious, but completely different – and I love that! The Vanilla Bean and Salted Caramel Fudge Recipe is probably my favorite. But, that said, it’s messy. Very messy. I used ice cream topping caramel sauce, and I think it really needs a homemade caramel sauce. I was pretty certain about that while making it, but I wanted to try this really easy version just to see if it would work out. Flavor wise it’s amazing, but it’s just kind of gooey and messy. To me that is perfectly fine, it’s just a challenge for packaging up, displaying or gift giving. So if nothing else, make a batch and just eat it yourself. I won’t tell anyone. 🙂 You could also omit the caramel and just make a vanilla bean fudge. It would be awesome with walnuts in it (I love walnuts in fudge!).

All of these recipes are made with Eagle Brand. I have an awesome Eagle Brand giveaway going on right now that includes a KitchenAid Stand Mixer! It ends in a few hours, so don’t walk, run (or just click) over to this post and enter to win before it closes on the evening of December 5th, 2013.

Fudge Recipes For The Holidays (5)Okay, now who wants fudge? Here you go!

Three Easy Fudge Recipes

Prep Time 15 minutes mins

Total Time 15 minutes mins

Servings 25 Pieces


  • 3 6 oz. packages white chocolate baking squares
  • 1 14 oz. can Eagle Brand® Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 to 1 tablespoon sea salt depending on taste
  • 1/2 cup approximately, you can use more or less of caramel sauce (ice cream topping)
  • 2-4 vanilla beans
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract.


  • Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper, extending paper over edges of pan.

  • Scrape seeds out of vanilla beans and sit aside.

  • Melt white chocolate squares with sweetened condensed milk in heavy saucepan over low heat. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla seeds and vanilla extract

  • Spread a about 1/3 of fudge evenly in prepared pan.

  • Spread caramel sauce over fudge in pan.

  • Sprinkle half of salt over caramel sauce.

  • Spread remaining fudge over caramel sauce.

  • Sprinkle remaining salt over the top of fudge.

  • Chill for 2 hours or until firm. Remove from pan by lifting edges of wax paper. Cut into squares. It will be messy!


Recipe from Eagle Brand


Nutrition information is estimated as a courtesy. If using for medical purposes, please verify information using your own nutritional calculator. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Fudge Recipes For The Holidays (11)Disclaimer: I have been compensated by Eagle Brand to share some of my favorite holiday
recipes using Eagle Brand. All opinions are, as always, mine and mine alone!

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    No cookies and cream fudge recipe.


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What is the secret to good fudge? ›

Tips for Making Fudge
  • Monitor the Temperature with a Candy Thermometer. If you end up with soft fudge that turns into a puddle in your hands or hard fudge that is a bit reminiscent of a crunchy candy, improper temperature is likely to blame. ...
  • Avoid Stirring Once the Mixture Comes to a Simmer. ...
  • Beat Thoroughly.
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How do you package fudge for the holidays? ›

Put parchment paper to good use with this idea for packaging edible gifts: Carefully wrap your favorite Christmas fudge inside a DIY parchment paper wrapping paper. Complete the rustic look by tying a twine ribbon adorned with a cheery candy cane.

How many days in advance can you make fudge? ›

Storage, Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions:

Store fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for 2 weeks or in the refrigerator for about a month. Make Ahead and Freezing Instructions: Prepare chocolate fudge as instructed and, once cooled, wrap bricks of fudge in plastic wrap, and then aluminum foil.

How long does homemade fudge keep? ›

How Long Does Fudge Last in the Fridge? To keep fudge fresh, it's important to keep it cool. With proper storage, fudge can last in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks.

Is evaporated milk or condensed milk better for fudge? ›

Evaporated milk doesn't have sugar added. The sweetened condended milk is needed as no extra sugar is added to the fudge. If evaporated milk were used then the fudge would not be sweet enough and also would still be too soft unless the fudge is frozen.

What is the secret to smooth fudge that is not gritty? ›

Once a seed crystal forms, it grows bigger and bigger as the fudge cools. A lot of big crystals in fudge makes it grainy. By letting the fudge cool without stirring, you avoid creating seed crystals.

How to package fudge for Christmas gift? ›

Add a simple wooden or paper stick, some transparent gauze wrapping, a bow and a creative label to any piece of fudge, and you've now got something that looks more like an expensive candy apple than a humble square of fudge.

Does fudge with condensed milk need to be refrigerated? ›

No, fudge doesn't need to be refrigerated. Store it in an airtight container (with wax paper between layers) at room temperature for one to two weeks.

What is traditional fudge made of? ›

At its simplest, fudge is a dense, soft candy, often made with sugar and dairy products like butter and milk. Nowadays, fudge is usually flavored with chocolate, but you can utilize pretty much any flavor, such as peanut butter, pumpkin, even birthday cake.

What happens if you boil fudge too long? ›

If there is too much evaporation, when the cooking time is too long, there will not be enough water left in the fudge and it will be too hard. Conversely, if the cooking time is too brief and there is not enough evaporation, too much water will remain and the fudge will be too soft.

Is it better to freeze or refrigerate fudge? ›

So to recap, it's best to store proper fudge at room temperature. Keeping it in the fridge takes out all its moisture, drying it out. Homemade fudge is best in the fridge. No matter where you store it, the goal is to protect the fudge from exposure to the elements so airtight containers are best!

How to tell when fudge is bad? ›

Signs of spoilage include a dry, crumbly texture, discoloration, and an off smell or taste. If you notice any of these signs, it's best to discard the fudge to avoid any potential health risks.

Can you freeze fudge after you make it? ›

It keeps fairly well and if you keep it in the fridge it will last up to 3 weeks. It will also freeze for up to 3 months, though there is always a small risk with fudge that the texture changes slightly on defrosting. Fudge can dry out and becomes crumbly so you need to package it carefully for freezing.

What makes fudge moist? ›

The amount of time you cook fudge directly affects its firmness. Too little time and the water won't evaporate, causing the fudge to be soft. Conversely, cook it too long and fudge won't contain enough water, making it hard with a dry, crumbly texture.

What does cream of tartar do in fudge? ›

Cream of tartar is used in caramel sauces and fudge to help prevent the sugar from crystallizing while cooking. It also prevents cooling sugars from forming brittle crystals, this is why it's the secret ingredient in snickerdoodles!

What would cause fudge not to harden? ›

Homemade Fudge Doesn't Always Set

If your fudge doesn't firm up after a few hours, you either have too high an amount of liquid to sugar, or your mixture hasn't reached the soft-ball stage. Using a candy thermometer can help home cooks avoid this problem.

Why did my fudge not get hard? ›

The main reason is that your Fudge has not reached the optimum temperature. If your mixture only reaches 110 or 112 degrees Celsius it will always be soft. That's why we recommend investing in a sugar thermometer. Another reason your Fudge is not setting is that the ratio of liquid to sugar is too high.


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