Slow Cooker Christmas Fudge will bring Santa and the Reindeer to your door! This chocolate fudge is as easy as set and forget. It makes the perfect Christmas Gift recipe as well as a fun holiday recipe everyone will love!
Slow Cooker Christmas Fudge
There are SO many ways to make fudge! You can make fudge in the Crockpot, Instant Pot, Microwave or Stove Top.
Which ever is your preferred method, the basic concept is to melt chocolate, combine it with sweetened condensed milk (sometimes butter and sugar also), transfer it to a slice tray and let it set in the fridge.
The texture of fudge is smooth and you know it is good when it melts in your mouth!
I love to get into the festive spirit by using novelty sprinkles, like the Gingerbread Men in the Gingerbread Fudge recipe!
You can too and I will show you how! (It is easy!!)
It is that one time of the year when you can never have enough tinsel, holly or egg nog!
To get an idea of the wide variety of fudge flavours we can make in our Slow Cooker, (think Redskin Fudge, Caramel Fudge and Salted Caramel Fudge) check this post: Slow Cooker Fudge.
Stove top Fudge
You can also make this Christmas Fudge on the stove top.
Simply fill a saucepan ¾ full of water, place a heatproof bowl on top and let the chocolate melt away.
Slowly stir in the other ingredients till all of the chocolate is melted and combined!
For each method, we then transfer our combined fudge ingredients into a lined slice tray.
Instant Pot Fudge
To make fudge in your Instant Pot have a look at my Instant Pot Fudge recipe.
You might have thrown away your Slow Cooker to make room for your Instant Pot noting that it has a slow cooker function.
All we need to do is place the trivet and a heatproof bowl into your Instant Pot. Pour water in around the outside of the bowl and let the heat melt the ingredients as we combine them.
The ingredients needed for this recipe are simple and easy to find at your local grocery store. They are shown in the photo below:
As you can see, you will need:
- milk chocolate
- dark chocolate
- sweetened condensed milk
- Christmas sprinkles (or your festive favourite)
I used a combination of larger novelty Christmas Sprinkles for this recipe as well as smaller candy cane Christmas Sprinkles.
If you want to keep it simple, you can use a simple festive green and red sprinkle combination!
These are the step by step photos and instructions to make this recipe:
- Add chocolate bits to Slow Cooker Bowl at a low heat (Photo 1)
- Followed by sweetened condensed milk (Photo 2)
- Next add the butter (Photo 3)
- Then set the temp to low and keep the lid off (Photo 4)
We combine the simple fudge ingredients and let the Slow Cooker (or Crockpot) do the rest!
Festive Fudge recipe
- Stir the ingredients every 10 mins or so (Photo 5)
- Have a lined slice tin ready and transfer the mix into it (Photo 6)
- Lift the tin and gently tap on the kitchen bench (Photo 7)
- Decorate the fudge with novelty Christmas edible decorations and sprinkles (Photo 8)
It is important to line your slice tray (which also makes the cleaning up easier). My go to fudge slice tin measures (28 x 17.5 x 5 cm).
A smaller tin than mine will make thicker pieces of fudge and a longer tin will make thinner pieces of fudge.
Easy Chocolate Fudge
- Once the fudge is decorated, simply place in the fridge (Photo 9)
- When it is firm to the touch it will be ready to slice(Photo 10)
The chocolate fudge will start to set quickly as the chocolate won't stay melted for too long, so have your tin and sprinkles ready.
If you find that the chocolate is setting in the tin and the sprinkles are not 'sticking', gently press them into the fudge with the tip of your finger.
The fudge will be easiest to cut when it is very firm. This usually takes 2 hours in the fridge.
For sharp edges use a knife and clean off the excess smudgy bits as you go!
Traditional Christmas Sprinkles will be slightly easier to allow you to cut your fudge into pieces. For no one wants to chop a Ginger Breadman or Rudolph in half!!
Slow Cooker Sweets like this are perfect to portion out, wrap and give as Christmas gifts!
Frequently asked questions
- we use a combination of both milk and dark chocolate
- you can substitute the same amount ie 500 grams and use white chocolate
- this is a fun recipe that can be made with little kitchen helpers!
- this is an EASY fudge recipe!
- the temp will be low
- the lid must be off the entire time
- my slice tray measures (28 x 17.5 x 5 cm)
- you do not need to spray the bowl with oil
- you can make this recipe ahead of time
Slow Cooker Christmas Fudge Pro tips
These additional tips are so that you can master fudge making in your instant pot from the 1st time you try it:
- Line your slice tray with greaseproof paper
- Let things start to melt before stirring
- Once you have removed the fudge from the heat, work quickly as it will start to set (harden) again
- The hardest part of this recipe is lifting the slow cooker bowl and using a spatula to scrap the fudge into the slice tin (you CAN do it, or ask a family member or friendly for help).
If time in the kitchen is your favourite way to spend the holidays,I suspect you will love the following recipes:
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More Easy Chocolate Recipes
- Chocolate Covered Pears (with crunchy granola)
- Redskin Fudge (perfect for Valentines Day)
- Caramel Fudge
- No Bake Chocolate Cake
- Dark Chocolate Rocky Road
- Microwave Chocolate Fudge
- Dark Chocolate Bark
Milk, white or dark chocolate can be used for this fudge, they all go down a treat!!
You can keep this fudge in the fridge until you are ready to serve! (If you can resist it!!)
Cellophane bags with festive ribbon are the perfect way to portion and wrap your fudge for holiday gift giving ideas!
If you need a little holiday pick me up, this fudge is it! The sprinkles tick the Christmas box and bring the festive cheer!!
If Santa is due to arrive at your place, I believe this fudge will make the presents bigger, brighter and bolder, ho, ho ho!!
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Slow Cooker Christmas Fudge
- Slow Cooker
- Slice tin
- Baking paper
- Chopping board
Slow Cooker Christmas Fudge
- 250 grams milk chocolate bits Note 1
- 250 grams dark chocolate bits See Note 1
- 397 grams sweetened condensed milk Note 2
- 50 grams butter
- 2 tablespoon Christmas sprinkles Note 3
- 2 tablespoon sprinkles Note 4
- Slow Cooker Christmas Fudge
- Line a slice tin with parchment paper and set aside Note 5
- Add the chocolate, sweetened condensed milk and butter to the Slow Cooker Bowl.
- Set the temperature to low and keep the lid off.
- When the chocolate starts to melt, use a non stick spatula to stir the fudge every 10 - 15 mins.
- When the chocolate is fully melted and stirred consistently with the other ingredients, turn the heat off and use oven mits to remove the slow cooker bowl (place on a heat proof surface).
- Work quickly at this point and hold the bowl above the slice tin and use the spatula to transfer the wet fudge into the slice tray.
- Use the spatula to smooth out the surface of the fudge. Or gently tap on to flatten (lift the slice tin and tap on the bench)
- Decorate the fudge with novelty edible Christmas Sprinkles and place in the fridge to set.
- After 2 hours remove from the fudge and use a chopping board and knife to cut into pieces. Note 6
- Note 1 You can use Chocolate bits, chocolate melt, or a block of chocolate broken into pieces.
- Note 2 This is a standard tin of sweetened condensed milk. We use 1 whole tin.
- Note 3 Don't worry if you can't find the exact Christmas Sprinkles I use. Go for festive, fun and December as the theme!
- Note 4 Simple red and green sprinkles will do the trick if you can't find Christmas Sprinkles. We want traditional colours and the festive theme!
- Note 5 Another great thing about this recipe is that it works in a variety of sizes of slice tins. So don't run out and buy one if it is not exactly the same dimensions as mine. You can use a rectangle slice tin, a square brownie tin or simple small cake tin. The only thing to keep in mind is that the bigger the tin, the thinner your fudge will be and the smaller your slice tin, the thicker the fudge will be (less surface area).
- Note6 It is fine to leave the fudge in the fridge for longer than 2 hours (I usually leave it over night), however, 2 hrs is the minimum I recommend you wait before slicing it (if you are literally dying to try it, which I hope you will be!!)