It doesn’t get much faster, easier, or sinfully delicious than this Five Minute Fudge. Even Jimmy Fallon talked about it on The Tonight Show!
Edit: I made this fudge last year for the holidays as I do for every year. I popped in to edit the post to show how Jimmy Fallon recently poked fun at it on The Tonight Show. I love Jimmy Fallon and am absolutely thrilled that he mentioned my recipe. That moment will definitely live on as one of my highlights!
I, too, think its hilarious that Pinterest added my prep time and my cooking time to give a total of 9 min. Pinterest obviously doesn’t understand how efficient I am in the kitchen and that my prep time and cooking time usually happen simultaneously!
Okay… back to your regularly scheduled post:
Welcome to day one of my 12 Days of Holiday Treats! What better way to start off than by sharing my fudge recipe with you, right?
I’ve been making and eating this fudge pretty much my entire life. I think its how my grandma made it, or at least that’s what I remember, but I’m not entirely sure. Does it really take five minutes to make? Well, I suppose that depends on how quick you are with a spoon. Did I time myself? No. Did I think Five Minute Fudge was a catchy title? Yes. Is it in any way, shape, or form healthy? Nope. Should you make this fudge and will everyone love it? Duh.
I make Christmas cookies every year. Then, I package them up and send them off to my family. Who are the lucky recipients? I have a waiting list of about 27 people, but the folks who always get them are
1) my grandpa – who is 97 years old and has a bigger sweet tooth than anyone I’ve ever seen
2) my dad – who tells me every year he shouldn’t have them, and I know he shouldn’t, but I send them anyway
3) my sister – who always gives me honest critique and ranks them in preferred order, yet 100% of them never fail to be eaten
4) my stepson – who is a proud young Marine and burns like 16,750 calories a day
When I make these holiday treats to share with family and friends, I try to mix up a few of the recipes I choose to make each year to add some variety, but this fudge happens every single year. Why? Because its delicious, of course. But why else? Because by the time I’m cursing the beautiful, yet ever so time consuming, cookies that I had to mix, refrigerate, roll, cut, shape, frost, and try not to burn because I got distracted… I start cursing the holiday treat making process. But, this quick and easy fudge always restores my faith and redeems the entire process because it yields a ton, people love it, and its downright quick and easy. The biggest problem I have with this fudge is the inability to keep it out of my mouth.
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- 32 ounce bag powdered sugar (about 8 cups)
- 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 cup unsalted butter (2 sticks)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 1/2 cups raw walnuts
- 2 tablespoons vanilla
- Line a baking sheet or casserole dish with foil.
- In a large bowl, combine powdered sugar and cocoa powder and stir until they seem reasonably well mixed.
- There are two options for heating the dairy. If you prefer to use the microwave, add butter and milk to powdered sugar and cocoa and microwave on high until the butter is completely melted, 2-4 minutes. If you prefer to heat on the stove, heat butter and milk over medium heat, swirling pan occasionally, until melted, about 4 minutes. Then add melted mixture to powdered sugar and cocoa. I've made this fudge both ways - it turns out the same using either method.
- Stir hot melted butter and milk into the sugar and cocoa mixture until very well combined. You need to work fast because you want to spread the mixture while its still hot, but you want every spec of sugar to be well incorporated.
- Once chocolate mixture is thoroughly mixed, stir in walnuts and vanilla.
- Immediately pour warm fudge into prepared dish and spread to desired thickness. I only used about 60% of the surface of my baking sheet and made a 10x10 inch square with my fudge. It will only spread as far as you want, so make it as thick as you'd like the individual pieces to be.
- Allow to fully set at room temperature. Our house is always freezing, so it didn't take much time. If you live in a warm house, it may take several hours or even a bit of refrigeration.
- Lift foil out of dish and transfer fudge to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut squares.
- Store in airtight container.