It’s that time of year again. Holiday baking is in full swing, the stores are filled with shoppers looking for a deal, and the kiddos are getting excited about all the presents under the tree! While I love a good cookie or pie for a holiday treat, there’s just something about fudge that feels perfect for Christmas. Rich, indulgent, and usually pretty easy to make, fudge is definitely a go-to in my house over the holidays. I decided to round up some of our most popular fudge recipes over the years. You’ll find a bit of everything on here, so keep scrolling to the end! Which one will you try first?
4-Ingredient Hot Chocolate Fudge
We give you: hot chocolate fudge. This stuff is so tasty, and it’s got the rich creaminess that we love about the classic beverage – along with the marshmallows! If you can use a microwave, you can make this fudge. Prep time is under 10 minutes, so then all you have to do is wait until the fudge sets and you’re in business! If you want a slight departure from the norm that’s as simple to make as it is delicious, this is the recipe for you! Get the recipe here!
Old-Fashioned Brown Sugar Fudge
This fudge is good. It’s not entirely like fudge at all – it’s a little lighter in texture and the flavor comes almost entirely from the caramelized brown sugar instead of additions like chocolate or mint or peanut butter. It’s simple, and as we all know, simple is often best. (That’s the case here.) As with many great things, you’ll start by melting some butter – a full stick of it, in fact. Get the rest of the recipe here!
Creamy Eggnog Fudge
For those of you who love eggnog as much as we do (- and even if you’re not the biggest fan of it), this is the best holiday treat to bring to parties. Believe us, we’re usually all about the candy cane fudge, but we made this last weekend and it blew us away. Not only does it taste just like our favorite winter beverage, but it also tastes exactly like the egg custard we grew up eating for dessert. Deliciously creamy, perfectly spiced, and light-as-air? Don’t mind if we do! Get the recipe here!
Pecan Pie Fudge
This fudge has all the same ingredients you’d expect to find in the pie version, with the addition of white chocolate chips, and it tastes incredible – we even threw some pie crust in there for added flaky goodness! We like our fudge to be extra dense, so we used an 8×8-inch baking dish, but feel free to tweak the measurements if you’re going to use a 9×13-inch dish. If you like pecan pie even the tiniest bit, you need to make this fudge. It’ll blow you and everyone else away, and is a great recipe to have up your sleeve when party season rolls around! Get the recipe here!
Fudge is acceptable at any time of year in our household, but there’s something about the holidays that puts us into fudge overdrive and we start to get more creative with our chocolate combinations. We love all the classics – chocolate, sea salt, peanut butter, etc. – but this time we’re going above and beyond; cherry pistachio coconut fudge. Get the recipe here!
German Chocolate Fudge
German Chocolate Cake is easy to love, what with its contrast of chocolate and signature buttery, sweet, crunchy, coconutty frosting. When you hear the name, you can close your eyes and almost taste it – because there’s no other combo quite like it. This easy fudge borrows that flavor combo, and it does it well, but in a creamier, more concentrated way. Get the recipe here!
White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge
Making fudge during the winter season isn’t uncommon, but you’re much more likely to see something chocolatey than you are to see this snowy little treat. And that’s kind of a shame. It has a delightful combination of sweet white chocolate and tart dried cranberries, and with just five ingredients and only a microwave needed to create it, it’s super simple to whip up. (What I’m saying is, we should all be making much, much more of this White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge.) Get the recipe here!
Dark Chocolate Sea Salt And Toffee Fudge
Nothing says rings in the holiday season quite like homemade fudge. While we love all kinds of chocolate around our house, this dark chocolate sea salt and toffee fudge has a special place in our hearts. Sometimes fudge can be a tad too sweet, but this recipe calls for dark chocolate chips and butter, giving the final product a full, rich chocolatey taste, while maintaining the velvety texture we love so much. Add in some crushed toffee bits and sea salt for a truly addictive treat, perfect for your next party. With only 5 ingredients and 15 minutes, you can whip up this delicious dessert in no time! Get the recipe here!
Red Velvet Swirl Fudge
Red Velvet Cake is one of the prettiest (not to mention tastiest) cakes out there, so naturally we thought we’d try our hand in translating the same flavors and lovely red and white hues into a different sweet treat – fudge! And it worked oh so well. With just a handful of ingredients and an incredibly easy preparation, this sweet fudge is great for gift giving or snacking on all by yourself. (But it really is simple enough that you could go ahead and make it for both purposes!) Get the recipe here!
Old-Fashioned Peanut Butter Fudge
If we were forced to choose, we’d say there’s really not much in the way of dessert that’s better than homemade fudge. And not just any homemade fudge. We’re talking old-fashioned, peanut butter fudge – no cans of condensed milk here! We still love chocolate fudge, but there’s something about peanut butter fudge that really reminds us of our childhood and the version our grandmother used to make for us – she even had an old-fashioned way of testing the done-ness of the fudge while it was on the stovetop, so it didn’t matter if she had a candy thermometer or not! Get the recipe here!
We love caramel fudge as a fantastic winter time treat. This yummy confection brings a pleasing aroma to our kitchen while invoking feelings of holiday shopping at our favorite local candy store. We adore this recipe because it’s easy, only has five ingredients and takes just 20 minutes of prep time before going into the fridge. Just boil a few ingredients on the stove top, mix them together, spread out this tasty treat and then cool the mixture for several hours in the refrigerator. Caramel fudge is great for party favors, snacks at the office, a bake sale entrant, a treat for friends that drop by and gifts for any time of year. The smile on your family’s faces makes this recipe totally worth it! Get the recipe here!
Cranberry, Apricot, Pistachio Fudge
Nothing sings the sweet song of the holidays like fudge filled with festive cranberries and pistachios — the colors of Christmas, and beautiful bits of amber-colored apricots. The creamy white chocolate base is the perfect foundation for these sweet and salty flavors, cut into perfect bite-sized nibbles. We prefer this over fruitcake because the colors are so bright and appealing. Get the recipe here!
Candy Cane Fudge
Fudge is one of those decadent and rich treats that is actually a cinch to make at home! The great thing about it is its versatility; you can cater fudge to basically any occasion, with any flavoring you like, making it one of the most thoughtful edible gifts you could give someone. However, when it comes to those Hanukkah, Christmas or New Year parties, our favorite treat is definitely the Candy Cane fudge! Sweet, mint-y chocolate (with just a touch a salt to cut the sweetness) is absolutely the way to go, and we know if you make it, you’ll love it just as much as we do! Get the recipe here!SKM: below-content placeholder