This vanilla fudge recipe is quick, easy and seriously delicious! Using a simple melt and mix method and the microwave we bring together easy ingredients and whip up this tasty chocolate heaven. This recipe for vanilla fudge with condensed milk is the perfect holiday season baking idea that can be gifted, used for dessert or to tick the sweet treat box.
🤍 Recipe Highlights
I have summarised everything that you will come to know and love (LOVE ❤) about this white chocolate vanilla fudge recipe in the points below:
- Everyday ingredients: each of the ingredients needed to make the vanilla fudge can easily be sought from your local grocery store. They are year round available ingredients that will be straight forward to get your hands on.
- No bake: this microwave vanilla fudge is the perfect easy no bake treat! We simply melt the ingredient combination and the hard work is done!
- Homemade fudge: is a lot easier than you might think to make. We simply prep, combine, melt and mix. All of the steps are very easy 😁👍.
- Gift giving idea: place pieces of the sliced fudge into clear plastic bags or boxes with a pretty ribbon to give to loved ones who love chocolate. It is the perfect festive baking recipe.
- Fun and creative: time in the kitchen can be very therapeutic! You will find your worries disappear when you are stirring the smooth melted white chocolate and then sprinkling it with the bright pops of multi coloured sprinkles.
The photo below is to show you everything you need to make the easy vanilla fudge recipe. Please refer to the printable recipe card for specific ingredient measurements as well as detailed instructions.
As you can see the recipe calls for:
- Sprinkles: bright and colourful! These are great to add some vibrant pops of colour to the otherwise plain white vanilla fudge.
- Vanilla extract: this is how we get the vanilla flavor in the fudge. We only need to use a small amount of this.
- Butter: I like to roughly chop the butter into small pieces as I find it is then even more evenly distributed when it is going into the microwave as opposed to one big hunk of butter.
- Sweetened condensed milk: sweet, thick and sticky, sweetened condensed milk helps us to achieve fudge with a super soft and creamy texture with sweet tasting flavour.
- White chocolate: you can use either white chocolate chips (as shown in the photo above or white chocolate melts). Whichever you choose, the main point is that it needs to be 'cooking chocolate' not 'eating chocolate' 😁👌.
Tasty Tip: I like to provide you with a number of substitutions and variations giving you an array of options when making my recipes. If in doubt of any of the above ingredients, or wanting alternatives, read this section (further below) before jumping into the instructions on how to make the recipe which are coming next 😉👌.
Here are the step by step instructions to make the recipe. We start by adding the fudge ingredients to a heatproof jug.
- Add fudge ingredients to jug (Photo 1)
- Microwave (Photo 2)
- Stir (Photo 3)
- Transfer into lined tin (Photo 4)
👩🍳 How to Make Vanilla Fudge
To make the vanilla fudge recipe we start by adding the ingredients to a large heatproof jug. Start with the white chocolate then pour in the sweetened condensed milk, butter and vanilla.
Next place the jug into the microwave and heat it on high for 2 minutes.
Then use an oven mitt to remove the jug and give it a stir.
Next return the jug to the microwave and heat it in 30 second increments, stirring in between each one. You will likely only do this 2-3 times as the whole cooking time for the fudge will be 3 minutes or less.
🍫 Condensed Milk Vanilla Fudge
Once the baking chips or melts have fully melted and combined with the other ingredients, pour the wet fudge into a lined cake tin as you see in the photo above.
- Add sprinkles (Photo 5)
Next scatter the sprinkles over the wet fudge surface.
- Transfer the wet fudge into the fridge (Photo 6)
Once the fudge is decorated you can then place it into the fridge to set.
Generally I like to leave it in there for at least 1 hour to give it time to firm up and make it easier to cut. You can also leave it for longer.
When you are ready to slice the fudge, remove it from the fridge, use the paper overhang to pull it up and out of the tin and then discard the paper.
Next use a knife and cutting board to slice the fudge into even pieces as you see in the photo below.
- Slice the fudge into pieces (Photo 7)
The benefit at this point is that if you used a square tin you can cut the big square into 4 smaller squares and each of those squares into smaller pieces so you can end up with 16 rather evenly shaped fudge pieces 😉👍.
🍽 Serving Suggestions
When it comes to serving the fudge, it is up to you in terms of it being a sweet treat, dessert or gift giving idea.
For gift giving fudge you can portion it into clear bags with a colourful ribbon and card or simply slice and plate the fudge if it is a party treat or dessert type recipe you have in mind for it.
👍 How to Guide
How to Store
Store leftover fudge in a sealed, airtight container in the fridge. It can be kept for 10 days or more.
😉 Substitutions and Variations
Here are my sub ins and outs that you might be thinking about as you read the post and I will tell you if I think they will work or why they won't:
- You can omit the sprinkles from the recipe if you wish too or use another ingredient to decorate such as coconut or toasted coconut.
- Or if you want to make a festive fudge try using Christmas sprinkles with red and green colours.
💡 Tasty Tips
Here are my top tips and tricks that I want to share with you so that you master the recipe from the get go:
- You will find a square cake tin will allow you to have a number of evenly cut pieces of fudge based on cutting the large square into smaller squares. Or you can use a rectangular tin if needed also. The larger the tin size the smaller (height wise) your fudge pieces will be.
- The square cake tin that I use for this recipe measures 24cm x 5 cm or 9.44 inches x 1.9 inches.
- When lining the cake tin (so that the fudge doesn't stick) you will find it easiest to use 2 pieces of overlapping parchment paper (baking paper). I also give the tin a very light spray with cooking oil as a means to stick the paper in the one spot so that it is not moving around when you try and fill the tin with the wet fudge mixture.
- We want to avoid overheating the chocolate. So the way that we achieve this is the initial 2 minutes in the microwave, followed by 30 second increments. You might find that after 2 mins and 30 seconds, your chocolate is all melted in which case, simply stir and allow it to combine with the remaining fudge ingredients.
- I also like to use a fork to 'whisk' the wet fudge together. I find that this helps to reduce bubbles, lumps and ensures that the mixture is consistent before it is transferred into the tin.
- If you love getting your festive bake on, you might also like to try the Christmas Nuts, Christmas Chocolate Crackles, Christmas Chocolates, Christmas Oreo Balls or the Christmas Rocky Road.
- Or if fudge is your favourite thing to no bake then you might like to try the Snickers Fudge, Malteser Fudge, Marie Biscuit Fudge or the Turkish Delight Fudge 😁👌.
🤓 Frequently Asked Questions
What is vanilla fudge made of?
Vanilla fudge is made of white chocolate, sweetened condensed milk, butter and vanilla.
Does homemade fudge need to be refrigerated?
Yes. Homemade fudge needs to be refrigerated. This stops it from melting in hot climates, like Australia.
Do you cover fudge while it sets?
No, it is not necessary to cover fudge whilst it sets. Simply place the tin with the wet fudge into the refrigerator and let it set till it doesn't soften when you gently press the surface with a finger tip.
😍 More Easy Sweet Recipes
If you love getting your bake or your no bake on with sweet recipes that delight, I have some more ideas for you to try:
- Microwave Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding
- Candied Spiced Pecans
- Candy Cane Bark
- Coconut Bark
- 6 Egg Pavlova
- Lemon Polenta Cake
- Sugar Coated Peanuts
Vanilla Fudge Recipe
- 500 grams/1 pound white chocolate Note 1
- 397 grams/14 oz sweetened condensed milk this is 1 standard tin of sweetened condensed milk, Note 2
- 50 grams/ ½ stick butter unsalted, Note 3
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract Note 4
To decorate (optional):
- multi coloured sprinkles Note 5
- Cake tin: use 2 overlapping sheets of baking paper with a 2 cm or 1 inch over hang on each of the 4 sides with a spray of cooking oil to line a 24 cm or 9 inch square cake tin.
- Fudge: add the white chocolate chips, sweetened condensed mill, butter and vanilla to a large heatproof jug.
- Microwave: place the jug into the microwave and use high heat for 2 minutes to begin to melt the ingredients. After 2 minutes remove the jug and use a fork to stir the melting mixture. Then return the jug to the microwave and heat for 30 seconds. Again, remove and stir. If all of the chocolate has melted and the mixture is consistent, use the fork to whisk. Or return the jug to the microwave for further 30 second increments (no more than 3 in total) until the chocolate has melted and the mixture is consistent.
- Prepared tin: pour the wet fudge into the prepared tin and let it spread so that it forms an even layer and reaches all 4 corners.
- Decorate: sprinkle the top surface of the wet fudge with multi coloured sprinkles.
- Set: place the decorated fudge into the fridge and let it set for at least 1 hour.
- Portion: after the hour remove the fudge from the fridge and use the overhanging paper to lift the set fudge up and out of the tin. Then discard the paper. Use a knife and cutting board to slice the large square into 4 smaller squares and then each of those squares into 4 smaller squares. This will give you 16 pieces of evenly sized vanilla fudge.
- Note 1 - White chocolate: you can use either white chocolate chips (as shown in the photo above or white chocolate melts). Whichever you choose, the main point is that it needs to be 'cooking chocolate' not 'eating chocolate'.
- Note 2 - Sweetened condensed milk: sweet, thick and sticky, sweetened condensed milk helps us to achieve fudge with a super soft and creamy texture with sweet tasting flavour. This amount is 1 standard tin.
- Note 3 - Butter: I like to roughly chop the butter into small pieces as I find it is then even more evenly distributed when it is going into the microwave as opposed to one big hunk of butter. Unsalted butter is best for this recipe.
- Note 4 - Vanilla extract: this is how we get the vanilla flavor in the fudge. We only need to use a small amount of this.
- Note 5 - Sprinkles: bright and colourful! These are great to add some vibrant pops of colour to the otherwise plain white vanilla fudge. They are optional however and it is up to you if you want your fudge to be plain white or topped with multi coloured sprinkles.