Easy chocolate fudge
*This is a reworking of a post from about 18 months ago but I thought it was worth reposting as it’s that time of year when we’re all looking for cheap, easy and yummy things for either our families or to give as gifts*
I love fudge but didn’t make it for years after a slight disaster in my mum’s kitchen. Let’s just say that if the mixture boils over you can find yourself still cleaning a hob over two hours later.
So when I had the urge to make fudge again I trawled the internet looking for ‘no cook’ versions. This is the one I ended up with after combining a couple of recipes.
Perfect for a little gift, all packaged up in a bag tied up with a pretty ribbon, this fudge is quick (bar the setting time), easy, adaptable and you can get the kids involved.
The only thing I would say is make sure you sift the icing sugar; it’s not a stage you can skip and keep mixing, even when you think it’s all combined. You can see tiny flecks of icing sugar in the photo where I had to stop due to a certain little person demanding my attention. If I’d carried on mixing for another couple of minutes they would have disappeared.
This version is made with milk chocolate but I usually use half milk and half dark. All dark chocolate is fine too. And let your imagination run wild with additions and flavourings, you can really personalise it.
Easy chocolate fudge
400g chocolate (all milk, all dark or half and half, it’s up to you)
397g tin of sweetened condensed milk (if you’re avoiding Nestle then most supermarkets stock a couple of other ranges too and, to be honest, they tend to be slightly cheaper)
200g icing sugar
Line a baking tray with greaseproof paper. The one I use is approx 12 inches by 8 inches and about an inch deep.
Break the chocolate into small pieces and place into a bowl. Add the condensed milk. Heat gently until the chocolate has melted. I tend to do this in the microwave in 30 second bursts, stirring each time, but you can do it the traditional way on the hob.
Meanwhile, sift the icing sugar into another bowl.
Once the chocolate has melted, mix well to combine it with the condensed milk.
Add to the icing sugar and stir. A lot. It may look as if it won’t combine properly but keep mixing and I promise it will. At this stage you can also add any extras you want to.
Pour the mixture into the prepared tray and smooth out.
Place in the fridge to set for around 4 hours.
Once set, cut into squares and package however you want. It’s best to keep it in the fridge so it doesn’t become too soft.