If you’re looking for a truly fast homemade treat, party sweet or last minute chocolate gift for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day or any other occasion, this incredibly quick and easy, crunchy-munchy, rocky road faux fudge is a perfect choice.
Technically, it’s not really fudge because sweetened condensed milk stands in for the boiled-down caramelized milk-sugar mixture in authentic fudge recipes. It’s a bit reminiscent of certain heavenly hash candy bar recipes. Still, it’s tempting and fudge-like enough to satisfy all but the most finicky fudge fans. You can also see the fudge when I featured it on a holiday tv segment here.
If, on the other hand, you have time to make real fudge (which frankly is even better) my pretty nearly foolproof recipe is here.
Tip: Be sure to use chocolate mini-morsels. If the fudge is chilled, the regular-size morsels become too hard to easily bite into.
- 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate morsels
- 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
- 3 to 4 cups mini-marshmallows, as desired
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, or a mix of nuts
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate mini-morsels
- Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil, allowing it to overhang on 2 sides. Place condensed milk in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat just till hot, stirring. Add chocolate morsels and unsweetened chocolate chunks. Lower heat to very low and warm, stirring, just until chocolate melts.
- Remove from heat; stir in marshmallows, vanilla, nuts, and chocolate morsels until evenly incorporated and marshmallows just begin to melt. Immediately turn out into pan. Smooth surface with a lightly greased table knife. With lightly greased hands, press mixture into pan until smooth and compact. Let stand on a wire rack until completely cooled. Refrigerate about an hour before cutting. Lift fudge slab from pan; peel off foil. If desired, trim off and discard uneven edges of slab. Using a sharp knife, cut slab crosswise and lengthwise into 1- by 2-inch pieces (or as desired). Pack airtight with wax paper between layers.