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Vanilla Fudge

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This Vanilla fudge recipe is stupid easy! You only need 3 ingredients and a microwave and you're set! Vanilla fudge makes a great addition to any dessert tray!

Hey vanilla fans, this one’s for you! Let’s dive into making some seriously yummy Vanilla Fudge that’s not just easy but also a blast to prepare. This easy vanilla fudge only needs 3 ingredients – white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and a straightforward mix-and-melt approach. Perfect for when you want something sweet without any kitchen chaos! I know, I know, my peanut butter fudge and chocolate fudge are fantastic (and I totally agree!), but sometimes it’s nice to go back to basics with a classic vanilla.

A few pieces of creamy vanilla fudge with a bite taken out of one displayed on parchment paper on a black plate. In the background, there are more pieces of fudge

You might already know that I’m a big fan of microwave fudge recipes. Why? Because honestly, they’re a lifesaver for anyone juggling a million things at once – hello, fellow busy moms! This vanilla fudge recipe is my go-to when my kiddos are in full-on “we need a treat, stat!” mode, and I can barely sneak in a bathroom break. #MomLife, am I right?

BTW, let’s chat about this whole “microwave fudge isn’t real fudge” debate for a sec. Some folks claim it’s not “real” fudge unless you’re standing over the stove, stirring forever. But here’s my take: real fudge is any fudge that brings joy and flavor to your day, just like this one. Full of flavor, smooth as silk, and you’re not chained to the stove. That’s a win in my world!

Vanilla Fudge Overview

Cuisine Inspiration: American
Number of Ingredients: 3
Total Cook Time: 2 hours, 10 minutes (including setting time)
Primary Cooking Method: Microwaving
Dietary Info: Vegetarian, Gluten-Free, Low-Fat
Key Flavor: Sweet, Creamy Vanilla
Skill Level: Beginner

Notable mentions

  • Perfect Results, Anytime: You know those old tales about fudge being fickle with the weather? Forget ’em! Whether it’s raining cats and dogs or you’re in the midst of a humidity wave, this fudge always comes out perfectly smooth.
  • Fuss-Free, Stress-Free: If the thought of candy thermometers and “softball stages” makes you break out in a sweat, this is your recipe. No boiling, no precise temperature checking, just easy, microwave magic.
  • A Treat for All Seasons: While this easy vanilla fudge recipe is a superstar during the holidays, its charm isn’t just for December. It’s a year-round delight! Great for brightening a regular day.
  • Simple Ingredients: You know I’m a sucker for recipes that don’t need grocery runs – you most likely have everything you need right at home. Just 3 pantry staples, everybody!

Ingredients to make Vanilla Fudge

  • White Chocolate Chips: It gives the vanilla fudge its creamy base and sweet charm. I always use Ghirardelli white chocolate chips, but you can use your fave brand.
  • Sweetened Condensed Milk: This is the magic ingredient that binds everything together and adds that rich, decadent texture. No real substitutes here – it’s sweetened condensed milk or bust!
  • Pure Vanilla Extract or Vanilla Bean Paste: Here’s where you get that beautiful vanilla aroma and flavor. Vanilla extract is perfect for a subtle, sweet taste, but if you want those gorgeous little specks and a more intense flavor, go for the bean paste.
Overhead shot of neatly cut vanilla fudge squares on parchment paper, with a few vanilla beans placed next to it and more fudge stacked on another piece of parchment paper

How to make Vanilla Fudge

Step 1: Mix and Melt the Ingredients

  1. Add white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk to a large bowl.
  2. Gently stir to combine.
  3. Melt the mixture in the microwave using 30-second bursts. After each interval, give the mixture a thorough stir to ensure even melting, until it achieves a smooth consistency.
  4. Add the vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste to the melted chocolate mixture.
  5. Stir well to make sure it’s fully incorporated.
A step by step image collage on how to make vanilla fudge with ingredients, mixing the ingredients, melting them, and mixing them again

Step 2: Set The Fudge

  1. Pour the creamy fudge mixture into the prepared loaf pan, spreading it out evenly with a spatula for a smooth top. Let it cool at room temperature for 2 to 4 hours, or until it reaches a firm consistency.
  2. Once set, lift the fudge out of the pan, remove the foil or parchment, and slice it into bite-sized pieces.
A step by step image collage on how to make vanilla fudge with pouring the mixture into the loaf pan and fudge cubes in parchment paper
  • Add Nuts: Almonds, pecans, or walnuts add a delightful crunch and a nutty depth that’s just irresistible. Just chop them up and stir them in before the fudge sets.
  • Give It Some Color: Baby showers, birthdays, or themed parties – a few drops of food coloring will make your creamy vanilla fudge the star of the dessert table! Mix the color into the melted mixture before pouring it into the pan.
  • Mix In Dried Fruit: For those who love a sweet and tangy combo, dried fruits are your go-to mix-in. Try adding chopped dried apricots, cranberries, or raisins.
  • Sprinkle Sprinkles: Who doesn’t love sprinkles? Right before your fudge sets, sprinkle a generous handful of rainbow jimmies, nonpareils, or themed sprinkles on top.
  • Salted Caramel Swirl: Drizzle in some salted caramel sauce after you pour the fudge mixture into the pan. Use a toothpick or a knife to swirl it into a beautiful marble pattern, and you’ll have a sweet n’ salty creamy treat!

Tips for making the best 3 ingredient vanilla fudge

  1. Stir with Care: To dodge those dreaded hot spots and ensure your fudge is extra smooth, give the white chocolate and condensed milk mixture a good, gentle stir after every 30-second zap in the microwave.
  2. Use High-Quality Vanilla: Since vanilla is the heart and soul of this easy vanilla fudge recipe, splurge a little on high-quality vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste. Trust me, the difference in flavor is like night and day.
  3. Chill to Perfection: Patience is key when letting your fudge set. Give it the full 2-4 hours at room temperature. For a quicker fix, you can pop it in the fridge, but make sure it’s completely cool before slicing.
  4. Cut with Precision: For those pristine, picture-perfect slices, use a sharp knife and dip it in hot water before each cut. Also, wipe the blade between slices.
3 pieces of vanilla fudge stacked on top of each other in parchment paper with more fudge pieces in the background

How to store Vanilla Fudge

After your fudge has set and you’ve cut it into squares, store it in an airtight container. To keep each piece fresh and prevent them from sticking together, layer them with wax paper or parchment paper. Keep the container in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight or any warm spots. However, if you live in a warm area, it’s best you keep it inside the fridge.

How long will Vanilla Fudge last in the fridge?

Your 3 ingredient, vanilla fudge, will stay fresh and tasty in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. At room temperature, as long as it’s properly stored, it’ll last for a week.

Can I freeze This vanilla fudge recipe with condensed milk?

Fudge freezes great! Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and then again in aluminum foil, or pop it into a freezer bag. Your frozen fudge will stay fresh for about 2 to 3 months. When the craving hits, just thaw it at room temp for a few hours, and enjoy!

What to serve with Vanilla Fudge

  • Coffee: There’s hardly a better pairing than a piece of smooth vanilla fudge and a hot cup of coffee. Whether it’s a classic black coffee or a creamy latte, it’s a duo that’s sure to please any coffee lover.
  • Ice Cream: Crumble this vanilla fudge over a bowl of your favorite ice cream for an extra special treat. The creamy texture of the ice cream mixed with the rich, smooth fudge creates a heavenly dessert.
  • Homemade Gift: Whip up a batch, pop it in a cute box or tin, and voilà – you’ve got the sweetest, most thoughtful gift for family and friends. It’s personal, homemade, and way better than anything store-bought!
  • Wine: Believe it or not, fudge and wine can be a great duo. A sweet dessert wine or a rich, full-bodied red can enhance the creamy sweetness of the fudge.

Frequently asked questions

My fudge didn’t set. What went wrong?

It might be due to not using enough chocolate or not allowing enough time for it to set. Make sure you measure your ingredients accurately, and give the fudge plenty of time to cool and firm up at room temp or inside the fridge.

Can I use low-fat condensed milk?

While you can use low-fat condensed milk in a pinch, the fudge might not set as firmly or be as rich and creamy. Full-fat sweetened condensed milk is recommended because of its fat content – it helps the fudge to set properly and gives it that velvety mouthfeel.

Can I add extracts other than vanilla?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with different extracts to mix up the flavors. Almond, peppermint, and orange extracts are all good choices.

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This Vanilla Fudge is a creamy, flavorful treat that’s bound to bring smiles all around! It’s the kind of simple, pure flavor that makes your heart sing a little. The perfect go-to for any occasion or just when you need a lil’ sweet comfort.

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Vanilla Fudge

This Vanilla fudge recipe is stupid easy! You only need 3 ingredients and a microwave and you're set! Vanilla fudge makes a great addition to any dessert tray!
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Author Jackie
Servings 27 squares
Course Dessert
Calories 102
Prep Time 10 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 12 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ cups white chocolate chips about 15 oz
  • 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste

Instructions

  • Prep a standard 8×8 pan by lining it with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Then, lightly coat it with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add white chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk to a large bowl. Gently stir to combine.
  • Melt the mixture in the microwave using 30-second bursts. After each interval, give the mixture a thorough stir to ensure even melting, until it achieves a smooth consistency.
  • Mix in the vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste into the melted chocolate mixture, stirring well to make sure it’s fully incorporated.
  • Pour the creamy fudge mixture into the prepared pan, spreading it out evenly with a spatula for a smooth top.
  • Let the fudge cool at room temperature for 2 to 4 hours, or until it reaches a firm consistency.
  • Once set, lift the fudge out of the pan, remove the foil or parchment, and slice it into bite-sized pieces.

Notes

  • Stir with Care: To dodge those dreaded hot spots and ensure your fudge is extra smooth, give the white chocolate and condensed milk mixture a good, gentle stir after every 30-second zap in the microwave.
  • Use High-Quality Vanilla: Since vanilla is the heart and soul of this easy vanilla fudge recipe, splurge a little on high-quality vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste. Trust me, the difference in flavor is like night and day.
  • Chill to Perfection: Patience is key when letting your fudge set. Give it the full 2-4 hours at room temperature. For a quicker fix, you can pop it in the fridge, but make sure it’s completely cool before slicing.
  • Cut with Precision: For those pristine, picture-perfect slices, use a sharp knife and dip it in hot water before each cut. Also, wipe the blade between slices.

Nutrition

Serving: 1square, Calories: 102kcal, Carbohydrates: 14g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 4g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 7mg, Sodium: 28mg, Potassium: 84mg, Fiber: 0.02g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 42IU, Vitamin C: 0.4mg, Calcium: 62mg, Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate. It will vary based on cooking method and specific ingredients used.

Cuisine American

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