Today, we're going to get sweet and simple as we dive into an incredibly easy fudge recipe. If you're a regular here, you know how much I adore crafting delicious treats that are both scrumptious and straightforward. The hero of today's post is the delightful, melt-in-your-mouth 2-Ingredient Vanilla Fudge. It's a dessert that fits the bill for 'easy desserts' and 'special occasions'. And, trust me when I say, this is a recipe card you'll want to bookmark!
This 2-Ingredient Vanilla Fudge recipe is the perfect sweet treat to satisfy your sweet tooth without turning your kitchen upside down. So, whether you're a seasoned baker or trying your hand at making fudge for the first time, this recipe is for you!
The Magic Duo: White Chocolate and Sweetened Condensed Milk
You might be wondering, "Can it really be as simple as it sounds?" The answer is a resounding yes! The magic of this vanilla fudge recipe lies in its two simple ingredients - a 12-ounce bag of semi-sweet white chocolate chips and a 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. That's it!
The sweetened condensed milk provides the fudge mixture with a rich, velvety base, while the white chocolate chips deliver that lush vanilla flavor. Think of it as the dynamic duo of easy desserts - easy to find at grocery stores and a breeze to work with.
2-Ingredient Vanilla Fudge
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Cook Time: 2 Minutes
Chill Time: 4 Hours
Yields: About 16 1-Inch Pieces
This 2-Ingredient Vanilla Fudge is so rich, decadent, perfect for a holiday gift. Takes only a couple minutes to throw together, which makes it great for making a quick dessert ahead of time. Add some sprinkles to the top to make it match any occasion.
- 1 14-Ounce Can Sweetened Condensed Milk
- 1 12-Ounce Bag Semi-Sweet White Chocolate Chips
- 8x8 Baking Pan
- Parchment Paper
- Line an 8x8 pan with parchment paper. Set aside.
- Place the chocolate chips in a medium mixing bowl and microwave on high for a minute, then stir. They won’t be fully melted, but that’s fine.
- Add the sweetened condensed milk to the bowl with the chocolate chips and microwave for another minute or until the chocolate chips turn smooth when stirred.
- Stir well to combine all ingredients.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread even, tapping the pan on the counter to flatten.
- Place in the fridge for 4 hours or until set.
- Using a sharp knife, slice the fudge into 1-inch pieces and enjoy!
- Be careful to not overcook the chocolate chips. They will get hard and clumpy, which isn’t the best for fudge and appearances. I tend to pause and check the mixture every 30 seconds while in the microwave, just in case.
- Store fudge in a sealed container in the fridge or in a cool, dry spot for up to 1 week. Freeze in a sealed container for up to 3 months.
- You can choose any flavor of chocolate chips to mix up the flavor of the fudge.
- Use a 16-ounce can of vanilla frosting in place of the sweetened condensed milk, if you need another option in its place.
- Don’t just use nonstick spray on your pan as it doesn’t work. I know this, because I did it and it was so tough to get the fudge out. Parchment paper is the only way to go.
- If your fudge won’t set up, it means you didn’t use enough chocolate chips. If the fudge is too hard, it means you use too many chocolate chips.
Cooking with Care: 2-Ingredient Vanilla Fudge
Now, onto the method. It's as straightforward as the ingredients list. However, the best results come with attention to detail and a little patience. Here's where I bring in a quick treat for you - our beloved microwave. Yep, no candy thermometer or double boiler required! Just a simple, microwave-safe bowl and a couple of minutes of your time.
But before we get into that, let's discuss the importance of preparing our 8x8 inch pan. Lining it with parchment paper is the only way to go. I once tried just using a nonstick spray, and let's just say, it was not the best part of the experience. The fudge stuck to the pan, making it tough to remove. Parchment paper, my friends, is our saving grace!
After lining the pan, melt the white chocolate chips in the microwave. I recommend doing this in 30-second intervals, stirring after each one, to avoid overheating and hardening the chips. Then, pour the warm condensed milk into the same bowl and return it to the microwave until the mixture is smooth.
Pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan and smooth it out. A gentle tap on the counter will ensure the fudge is evenly spread and helps remove any air bubbles. Then, into the fridge it goes for about four hours. Once it's set, you're ready to cut it into small pieces using a sharp knife and serve!
Now, who's ready to dive into the most creamy, dreamy, vanilla fudge you've ever tasted?
Here are some of our favorites (click the link for the recipe):
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- 2-Ingredient Caramel Fudge
- 2-Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge
- 2-Ingredient Chocolate Fudge
- More 2 ingredient fudge variations
The Art of Customization
Another best part of this recipe is its flexibility. You can easily switch things up without compromising the quality of your fudge. Want a nutty twist? Try using creamy peanut butter or almond butter instead of sweetened condensed milk. Or go for a different type of chocolate like dark chocolate chips or mint chocolate chips. The possibilities are endless!
The Beauty of Storage
Your delicious fudge can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week, making it a great recipe for those who love to plan their desserts ahead. If you happen to have leftover fudge, you can freeze it in a sealed container or a freezer bag for up to three months. Just remember to bring it back to room temperature before indulging!
Tips for the Perfect 2-Ingredient Vanilla Fudge
While the process is straightforward, there are a few tips to ensure your fudge turns out perfect every single time:
- Be attentive while microwaving your chocolate chips. Overcooking them could lead to a hard and clumpy fudge, which we don't want!
- Stir your fudge mixture well to ensure the condensed milk and the melted chocolate are well combined.
- Always use parchment paper to line your baking pan. It makes removing the fudge so much easier!
- Experiment with flavors! Swap the sweetened condensed milk with a jar of creamy peanut butter or almond butter. You can also try different types of chocolate chips to change up the fudge flavor.
- Storing your fudge properly is essential. Keep it in an airtight container at room temperature or freeze it for future sweet cravings.
- The 2-Ingredient Vanilla Fudge recipe is a simple, yet decadent treat that can be made quickly using just a microwave.
- The recipe requires only two key ingredients: a bag of semi-sweet white chocolate chips and a can of sweetened condensed milk.
- You can customize the recipe by experimenting with different types of chocolate chips or swapping the condensed milk with creamy peanut butter or almond butter.
- Always store your fudge in an airtight container at room temperature or in the freezer for longer shelf life.
1. Can I use a different type of chocolate for this fudge recipe? Absolutely! Feel free to substitute the white chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, or even mint chocolate chips to add a refreshing twist.
2. I don't have sweetened condensed milk. What can I use instead? No worries! You can use creamy peanut butter, almond butter, or even a can of vanilla frosting as a substitute. It will give your fudge a unique flavor profile.
3. Can I add toppings to my vanilla fudge? Definitely! Sprinkles, crushed candy canes, or even a sprinkle of sea salt can take your fudge to the next level. Just make sure to add them right after you pour the mixture into the pan, so they stick well.
4. How can I cut my fudge neatly? Using a sharp knife is crucial. To make it even easier, warm your knife under hot water, dry it off, and then cut your fudge into squares.
5. Why did my fudge turn out too hard or too soft? The consistency of your fudge greatly depends on the ratio of your ingredients. If it's too hard, you probably used too many chocolate chips. If it's too soft, it might be because you didn't use enough chocolate chips.
Conclusion: 2-Ingredient Vanilla Fudge
In conclusion, this 2-Ingredient Vanilla Fudge is the epitome of simplicity and deliciousness all in one square. Whether you're looking for a quick treat to satisfy your sweet tooth or a versatile recipe to impress guests during the holiday season, this fudge recipe is the way to go.