Easy 3 Ingredient Fudge

It’s funny that I never realized how used to holiday traditions you really are until you grow up and they change. As a kid, we always opened presents at our house (since Santa obviously delivered ours there 😉 and then drove about 40 minutes to Buffalo, Missouri to have lunch and open more presents with our extended family at my grandma’s house.

Of course, this all changed once I got married and my family expanded. But a lot of Christmas memories center around my grandma Norma’s house. There are many things, but being a lifelong chocoholic, it’s probably no surprise that one of my memories is how my aunt and uncle would always make homemade fudge.

I think I will always associate fudge with Christmas for this reason (even though clearly you can enjoy fudge all year round—ha). If you’ve never made homemade fudge before, there are a few different ways and probably about a million variations. I would call this the absolutely easiest way to make fudge.

It’s even easier than no bake cookies, if you can believe that! You only need three ingredients: chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and extract. I usually use vanilla extract (I make homemade vanilla extract), but you could change up the flavor by using something else like peppermint or almond extract instead.

Using higher quality chocolate can make a big difference here as well, especially if you plan to gift this fudge. Or if you have a chocolate-crazy niece, you might eat most of it on Christmas Day while the other kids open presents (guilty as charged). Personally, I love to top chocolate fudge with sea salt—like, a lot of sea salt. I do this with any kind of chocolate cookies and usually brownies, too.

I just love the combination of dark chocolate and salt. But you could skip this or add something else like sprinkles or chopped nuts. Enjoy this easy three-ingredient fudge—or leave some for Santa instead of cookies this year? Happy holidays, friends! xo. Emma

5 from 3 votes

Easy 3 Ingredient Fudge

The best fudge recipe with only 3 ingredients!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword fudge
Author Emma Chapman


  • 12 ounces dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped
  • 14 ounces condensed milk sweetened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • sea salt, sprinkles, or chopped nuts optional


  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, and extract. Microwave on high for 1-1.5 minutes, in 30-second intervals. Stir in between.

    Or, you can melt this in a glass mixing bowl set over a pot of simmering water (double boiler).

  2. Once the mixture is melted and smooth, pour into a square baking dish lined with parchment paper.

    Top with salt, sprinkles, or nuts if using. Allow to fully set before cutting into squares. If you want to speed up this process, you can pop the fudge in the refrigerator or freezer.

Recipe Notes

You can swap the vanilla extract for other flavors like peppermint or almond to change up the fudge's flavor.

Credits // Author and Photography: Emma Chapman. Photos edited with A Color Story Desktop.
  • 5 stars
    Found a 3 ingredient fudge receipt years ago and lost it. Asked Google Assistant and she came up with this one. I don’t like a lot of fuss and this one isn’t. However instead of chocolate (which contains caffeine and because of a heart condition I cannot have caffeine) I am going to use carob instead. I like the other suggestions of butterscotch or peanut butter. I think I will try those too. Thanks for sharing. Safe journey…

  • Beware!!!! Found this a month ago. I’m 5’1. Went from 96 lbs to 200lbs. Currently in a “Twelve Step Fudge Program”. ???? sssWonderful!

  • Your fudge looks very delicious , yummy !!!

    • 5 stars
      Did you cooked it already?


      • The sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and vanilla are melded together in the microwave….no need to cook. I only use this recipe anymore!

  • This recipe is delicious! I made two batches yesterday and they were a huge hit at my office! I added walnuts to one batch and left the other one plain.

  • Ooh I can’t wait to try this! I haven’t made fudge before but this recipe seems so simple it would be foolish not to try. B X

  • 5 stars
    I think you could change the flavor with different kinds of chips like butterscotch or peanut butter or white chocolate And use different kinds of extracts! Especially with the white chocolate! Orange,Raspberry, all might be delicious!!! Thanks for the easy recipe!

  • Wow so easy! Fudge is so delicious! Thanks for this fab, super quick recipe!
    Debs @ https://tiger-mint.com

    • My fudge is very soft, even after being in the fridge. I’m going to leave it out over night uncovered and see if it dries out some.

      • I used more chocolate chips-3 cups. I let it sit in the frig 2 hours before cutting. Turned out perfect!

  • I love fudge, but I’ve never made it before. I didn’t know it was this easy! What a great recipe for Christmas!! 🙂

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

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