If you’re looking for the world’s simplest fudge recipe, you’ve come to the right place. This recipe starts with two simple ingredients: chocolate chips and canned frosting.
Can I Really Make Fudge with a Can of Frosting?
You can, and you should!
I usually make mine with sweetened condensed milk and chocolate chips, but I recently started seeing recipes that substituted canned frosting for the condensed milk.
I was intrigued.
Turns out, canned frosting is the perfect complement to the chips. And while you’re certainly welcome to use chocolate or fudge-flavored frosting, I opted for white because I was already using semi-sweet chocolate chips.
I wanted a finished product that wasn’t as strong.
What can I add to my Fudge?
The possibilities are endless! I opted for a cup of pecans but you can choose sprinkles, additional chocolate chips, or anything you like!
I also tossed in a teaspoon of vanilla extract for additional flavor. That’s optional, as well.
Canned Frosting Fudge Ingredients
You will find a full printable recipe card at the bottom of this post but here’s a quick peek at what you’ll need. These are such simple ingredients, y’all! You probably won’t even need to make a trip to the store!
- chocolate chips (any flavor you like)
- ready-made frosting (any flavor you like)
- mix-ins like nuts, sprinkles, chips, marshmallows, etc. (optional)
- vanilla extract (optional)
How to Make this Easy Fudge Recipe
This comes together so easily, folks!
Start by buttering an 8×8-inch baking dish. (If you like, you can line with parchment paper for easy lifting.)
Grab a microwave-safe bowl. I used a glass bowl. Add chocolate chips and a generous dollop of frosting to the bowl.
Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring often, to melt chips. If you prefer, you can use a double boiler for this process.
When the chips are mostly melted, stir well and add the rest of the frosting. You might need to place the melted chocolate mixture back into the microwave for an additional thirty seconds to smooth it out.
(Note: If you try to melt the chips on their own they might seize up, which is why I recommend adding some of the frosting at the beginning.)
Stir well and add mix-ins and extract, if you like. Scrape down the sides with a rubber spatula until you have a smooth fudge.
Place chocolate fudge in a buttered 8×8-inch square pan. Add more nuts if you like.
Cover and place in your fridge for half an hour to firm up.
Slice and serve!
Fudge can be stored up to a week at room temperature. Just make sure you cover the pan with plastic wrap or place pieces in an airtight container.
What to Expect from This Delicious No Bake Dessert
I was absolutely mesmerized. This is, indeed, a simple and effective way to pull off a simple fudge in a hurry. Talk about a great dessert recipe!
This one’s going to be perfect during the holiday season, but don’t wait till then to make it. There’s no need to wait for a special occasion for this one, y’all! It’s terrific anytime, anywhere!
It’s creamy, it’s tasty, and this delectable fudge tastes completely homemade. What else could fudge lovers ask for?
Variations on this Delicious Fudge Recipe
My mind is already reeling as I think about other combinations. Here are are options that come to mind right now to give this tasty fudge a variety of different flavors.
- Almond Joy Fudge: Add coconut and slivered almonds to the fudge mixture before placing in dish. If you like, you can use milk chocolate chips in place of semi-sweet.
- White on White Fudge: White frosting with vanilla chips will satisfy your sweet tooth with milder flavors.
- Berry-Berry Frosting: Any berry-flavored frosting with a bag of white chocolate chips.
- Peanut Butter Delight: Cream cheese frosting with a couple cups of peanut butter (or peanut butter chips) would be lovely. Throw in some chopped peanuts or chocolate chips for added texture.
- Reese’s Fudge: Swirl peanut butter into fudge while putting into buttered dish. Top with chopped peanut butter cups or peanut butter chips.
- German Chocolate Fudge: I haven’t tried this one yet but it would be fun to combine a can of coconut pecan frosting with a bag of chocolate chips. (Yum!) You could sprinkle chopped pecans and coconut on top.
Nothing says lovin’ like homemade fudge!
Other Chocolate Favorites from Out of the Box Baking:
Triple Chocolate Coffee Cake from Scratch: If you love a rich chocolate cake with a hint of coffee flavor, this is the recipe for you! This is a simple recipe, perfect for a quick brunch or even as a dessert.
Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies: If you love the combination of chocolate and cherries, have I got a treat for you! In this post I’m going to show you how to make Double Dark Chocolate Cherry Cookies. You’re going to love these easy cookies!
Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles: Every now and again a simple recipe comes along that totally blows you away. This is that recipe. Whether you’re hoping to impress that special someone or simply come up with a delicious snack, these Dark Chocolate Raspberry Truffles will hit the spot!
Easy Chocolate Pie from Scratch: If you’re looking for a creamy, dreamy chocolate pie–one filled with the warmth of yesteryear, you’ve come to the right place. This “from scratch” pie comes straight from my mama’s recipe book and it’s the one that’s made my children swoon for years.
That’s it for this post, friends! I hope you enjoy this delicious fudge. This is one of those easy recipes you’re going to use again and again.
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Janice Thompson is an author, baker, and all-around mischief maker! She has overcome a host of baking catastrophes, including a toppled wedding cake, to learn more about the baking process. Janice has published over 150 books for the Christian market but particularly enjoys writing recipes and baking devotions. To learn more about Janice or to drop her a note, visit her About the Author page.
- 1 12-ounce bag of chocolate chips (any flavor you like)
- 1 can frosting (any flavor you like)
- 1 cup mix-ins like nuts, sprinkles, chips, marshmallows, etc. (optional)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
- Grab a microwave safe bowl.
- Add chocolate chips and half of the container of frosting to the bowl.
- Heat in the microwave in 30-second increments, stirring often.
- When the chips are mostly melted, stir well and add the rest of the frosting.
- You might need to place the chocolate mixture back into the microwave for an additional thirty seconds to smooth it out.
- (Note: If you try to melt the chips on their own they might seize up, which is why I recommend adding some of the frosting at the beginning.)
- Stir well and add mix-ins and extract, if you like.
- Place in a buttered 8x8-inch dish.
- Cover and place in your fridge for half an hour to firm up.
- Slice and serve!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 228Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 50mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 3gSugar: 17gProtein: 4g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.