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If you’re looking for a super quick and simple chocolate fudge recipe, look no further! My Five Minute Microwave Fudge is one of my most popular recipes during the holidays because it tastes SO GOOD and literally anyone can make it – it’s that easy!

I’ve been making this holiday treat for Christmas every year. The recipe has been viewed over 1 million times! It’s about as sweet as Granny’s Monkey Bread, which also gets made every year during the holidays.

stack of chocolate fudge with walnuts.

This has always been one of my favorite fudge recipes, but my brown butter pecan fudge and peanut butter fudge (also made in the microwave oven) are always a hit too!

And don’t take my word for it… just read the hundreds of comments from readers who also love this easy microwave fudge recipe!

Why This Recipe Works

  • Simple ingredients: All you need is powdered sugar, unsweetened cocoa powder, butter, milk, walnuts, and vanilla extract. You don’t even need to mess around with melted chocolate chips! These pantry staples come together in perfect harmony to create a velvety, indulgent treat. 
  • Easy to make: The magic happens in a large microwave-safe bowl, eliminating the need for complex tools like candy thermometers or a double boiler traditionally used when making homemade fudge.
  • Holiday treat: If you were looking for an easy fudge recipe that you can include in your Christmas cookie tins, this is the best fudge that will satisfy any sweet tooth!
homemade microwave fudge cut into squares.

How to Make Microwave Fudge

Step 1: Whisk together the cocoa powder and confectioners sugar in a large microwave safe bowl. Try to eliminate any lumps. You can always sift the sugar and cocoa powder to eliminate any lumps, if you want.

Step 2: Add the butter and milk but do not stir the mixture.  

Step 3: Microwave it on high for a few minutes until the butter has fully melted. You will then need to quickly stir the fudge until everything is well combined.

Step 4: Stir in the walnuts and vanilla extract.

Step 5: The warm fudge is then poured onto an aluminum foil lined baking sheet or square pan. 

Step 6: Once the pan of creamy fudge sets, you can transfer it to a cutting board to cut it into individual pieces.

Recipe Tips

  • Sifting the confectioners’ sugar and the cocoa powder is an optional step. It’s not necessary, but should be done if your sugar has lumps.
  • You only need to microwave it long enough to melt the butter. To be on the safe side, you can always microwave in 30-second intervals to ensure the mixture is heated gently.

FAQs

Do I have to add nuts to the fudge?

Nope! I prefer nuts because of the flavor and the crunch, but you can leave them out of the recipe.

Can I store the fudge for later?

Certainly! Cut the fudge into bite-sized pieces, store them in an airtight container with parchment paper between layers, and enjoy for days.

Is it possible to customize the fudge with different flavors or add-ins?

 Absolutely! Add peppermint extract for a minty twist. Feel free to mix in crushed Oreo cookies, coconut flakes, mini marshmallows, candy canes, peanut butter chips, etc. for variety.

Can I use a different milk in this recipe?

Yes, regular whole milk is my preference, but evaporated milk or lowfat milk also work great. 

How long does it take to make microwave fudge?

The microwave fudge comes together in minutes. All you need is about 10-minutes, start to finish, not counting the time it takes to set.

Can I double the recipe for a larger batch?

Certainly! Adjust the quantities accordingly and use a larger microwave-safe bowl for doubling the recipe. Pour the fudge onto a baking sheet or use two 10-inch pans.

Do I need a candy thermometer for this recipe?

No, this microwave fudge recipe eliminates the need for a candy thermometer. The microwave does all the work for you.

Can I freeze leftover fudge?

Yes, you can freeze leftover fudge in a freezer bag. I happily enjoy a bite here and there when it’s still frozen, or you can thaw before enjoying.

stack of homemade microwave fudge.

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Five Minute Microwave Fudge

Prep2 minutes
Cook3 minutes
Time needed to set1 hour
Total5 minutes
Servings 80 servings
Unlock the magic of easy microwave fudge—indulgent, quick, and utterly delicious. No candy thermometer needed. Perfect for sweet cravings in minutes!

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Equipment

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • 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. If the mixture seems like there are small clumps, you may sift it after its been measured.
  • Pour milk over sugar mixture but do no mix. Place cubes of butter on top. Microwave on high power 3-4 minutes until the butter has almost completely melted. If unsure, you can always microwave in short intervals to avoid over cooking the mixture.
  • Immediately remove mixture from microwave and stir well until thoroughly combined. You need to work fast because you want to spread the mixture while its still hot, but you want it to be fully mixed.
  • Once chocolate mixture is thoroughly mixed, stir in the walnuts and vanilla.
  • Immediately pour the warm fudge into prepared dish and spread to desired thickness. If using a baking sheet, you can form the fudge so that it only takes up a portion of the surface. It will only spread as far as you want, so make it as thick as you'd like the individual pieces to be. Alternatively, if you use a 10×10-inch pan, it will cover the entire surface.
  • Allow the fudge to fully set at room temperature. Our house is always freezing, so it doesn'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 the fudge to a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut into squares.
  • Store in airtight container or plastic storage bag. Use parchment paper to separate layers, if needed.

Notes

Makes 80 small pieces, serving size is once piece

Recipe Tips:

  • All microwaves perform differently so be sure check on the mixture and stop cooking as soon as all the butter has melted.
  • Sifting the sugar and cocoa powder is additional and optional step, but recommended if either your sugar or cocoa powder has lumps.
  • Whole milk is recommended, although lowfat or nonfat will work. Evaporated milk in a can will also work.

Nutrition

Calories: 83kcal, Carbohydrates: 12g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 1mg, Potassium: 29mg, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 75IU, Calcium: 6mg, Iron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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I originally posted this fudge recipe in November 2014 and have since updated it to include better photos, recipe tips, and helpful information. Don’t worry – I didn’t change the recipe!

Hi! I’m Krissy.

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262 Comments

  1. I divided everything by 8 and made it in a mug for a quick late night study snack. Sooo good! Used butter and had no problem with it setting, and I live at a high altitude 🙂

  2. Are you sure it’s not supposed to be 2 teaspoons of vanilla? I just made this, and 2 tablespoons of vanilla seems like way too much. I tasted it before I added the vanilla and it was good, but not so much anymore. Too much vanilla.

    1. Hi Katie, I’m a huge lover of vanilla and add as much as I can to allow it to still set properly. You can definitely reduce or omit in this recipe if you’d like. -Krissy

  3. 4 stars
    really great, 1st time I made fudge without melting some kind of chocolate. I used Dutch cocoa. mmm mmm mmm. Set ok but I would halve the milk next time. thanks for a great recipe.

    1. Hi Kerry, Thanks for the dutch cocoa tip! YUM!!! Glad you liked it. Mine maybe sets well because we keep our house so cold all the time! -Krissy

  4. 5 stars
    Wow !! It looks so, so delicious. I can’t explain to you how they look good and seems to be tastier. I love this food very much and especially with milk and sugar combination. Great recipe, can’t wait to try making this awesome recipe on later today.

  5. Would I be able to add in some peanut butter somehow? Like melting some in the buyer and milk? Would I need to substitute it for a portion of the butter so the ratios stay the same?

    1. Hi Bethany, I’ve never tried but I’m sure you could! I would probably soften the peanut butter in the microwave and swirl it in at the end. You could also look at how I made this snickers peanut butter fudge and kind of mold the two recipes together: selfproclaimedfoodiecom.bigscoots-staging.com/snickers-peanut-butter-fudge/ -Krissy

  6. i just made this and did not even pay attention to the 8 cups. I bought just one 32 oz bag of sugar that’s what I read, and I think 8 cups is a lot more than a 32oz bag. Luckily I found a half of bag in my cabinet and added it, I hope it was enough. I have been craving fudge for a week now 🙂 fingers crossed !!!!

  7. This turned out perfect! My kids wanted to make fudge themselves but I didn’t want them to have to deal with a candy thermometer. This was so easy for them. It is officially my favorite fudge! Now I want to try adding crushed peppermints or nuts or peanut butter or…..