FIVE MINUTE FUDGE

This Five Minute Fudge is our very favorite of any fudge, and you can make it in a snap. It’s the perfect holiday treat! This is also a wonderful gift for friends and family during the holiday season!

Five Minute Fudge

If you love fudge you will want to give this Penuche Fudge a try too. It’s an old-fashioned classic and one everyone loves.

❤️WHY WE LOVE THIS EASY RECIPE

This fudge is one of our most popular recipes during the holiday season! Every year we make homemade food gifts for our neighbors, which is always included. You can make this up in no time and put it in the fridge to let it set and go on about your day and a great treat for Christmas. We have made it with peanut butter and butterscotch. Someone commented they did half chocolate and half peanut butter and it was a big hit.

🍴KEY INGREDIENTS

  • White granulated sugar
  • Evaporated milk
  • Miniature marshmallows
  • Butter
  • Chocolate chips – we use semi-sweet but you can use milk chocolate.
  • Vanilla extract
Five Minute Fudge

🍽️HOW TO MAKE

You will see that this fudge is very easy to make and we even included a video in the video player below.

COOKING STEPS

Step 1
Combine sugar, milk and marshmallows in a pot on top of the stove. 

Step 2
Bring to a boil and then turn to a low boil for 5 minutes or until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage between 235-245 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer.  I just cook mine for 5 minutes stirring constantly to dissolve marshmallows.

Step 3
While sugar mixture is cooking combine butter and chocolate chips in a microwave bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute until almost all melted. 


Step 4
Remove and add vanilla extract and stir.  Once sugar mixture is ready pour the two together and stir until smooth. 

Step 5
Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray or line with foil and pour in fudge mixture.  Refrigerate for at least one hour. 

Step 6
Makes about 36 pieces depending on size you cut them.

⭐TIP

You can use salted or unsalted butter in this recipe. We normally use salted.

RECIPE VARIATIONS

Make this fudge peanut butter or butterscotch by just switching out the chips. This five minute fudge is so versatile and absolutely delicious. 

❓FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I use splenda in the place of the sugar?

I can’t advise we have only ever made it the way the recipe is written.

How do I make it peanut butter?

You can use peanut butter chips, just like the chocolate chips, they make peanut butter ones. That is what we use to make it peanut butter.

STORING

We keep our fudge in the refrigerator just because we prefer it cold. You don’t have to keep it in the fridge, it will keep just fine in an air-tight container.

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SERVING SIZE

This fudge makes 4-6 servings depending on how you cut the pieces.

Five Minute Fudge

Anne Walkup
This Five Minute Fudge is so easy to make and you only boil the mixture for 5 minutes! Great reviews and perfect for the holidyas.
4.74 from 19 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course candy
Cuisine American, southern
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 1 3/4 cups white granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Instructions
 

  • Combine sugar, milk and marshmallows in a pot on top of the stove.  Bring to a boil and then turn to a low boil for 5 minutes or until mixture reaches the soft ball stage between 235-245 degrees fahrenheit on a candy thermometer.  I just cook mine for 5 minutes stirring constantly to dissolve marshmallows.
  • While sugar mixture is cooking combine butter and chocolate chips in a microwave bowl and microwave on high for 1 minute until almost all melted.  Remove and add vanilla extract and stir.  Once sugar mixture is ready pour the two together and stir until smooth.  Spray an 8 x 8 baking dish with cooking spray or line with foil and pour in fudge mixture.  Refrigerate for at least one hour.  Makes about 16 pieces depending on size you cut them.

Video

Notes

Make this fudge peanut butter or butterscotch by just switching out the chips. This five minute fudge is so versatile and absolutely delicious. 
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35 Comments

  1. linda wingo says:

    Love you girls! What a gift that you both have the love of cooking and baking! I have 3 sisters and I’m the one that’s in the kitchen “my happy place”
    Merry Christmas 5 stars

    1. Merry Christmas to you Linda and thank you so much for the kind comment! Grateful that cooking brings so many wonderful people together! Thank you for being here.

  2. Can these be shipped to another state?

    1. As long as it doesn’t get warm in shipping it should be fine. I haven’t shipped fudge, so I can’t really advise. 🙂

  3. Going to make this recipe, then make it again using peanut butter chips….. I have been looking for a simple fudge recipe…. thank you!

  4. On the recipe for Fudge, are you using semi sweet or milk chocolate? Please

  5. Definitely going to try this! Re butter- salted or unsalted? Thanks!

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Either will work just fine.

  6. Do you use salted or unsalted butter? After the initial time in the refrigerator does the final product need to stay refrigerated? I am hoping to add fudge to my gift cookie tins this year. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      You can use whichever butter you prefer, I usually use salted. No the final product doesn’t NEED to be stored in the refrigerator but I normally do. You can put it in an airtight container and it will do just fine.

  7. Do you use semi sweet chocolate chips or milk chocolate chips?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I used semi sweet, but you can use whatever you like.

  8. Do you use semi-sweet or milk chocolate chips?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      I use semi sweet but you can use whatever you like.

  9. Best fudge I’ve ever made!!! I’m making another batch today for gifts! Thank you!!5 stars

  10. Anu Riley says:

    Thank you so much for this wonderful recipe! I confess I held onto it for about a year; I had tried making fudge a good few years ago, and for some reason it was hit and miss! So I wasn’t too eager to try again, but I am glad I did. I halved the recipe just to try it but still used the 8X8 pan (fudge was very thin). I chilled it overnight; since the mixture was fairly hot when I poured it, I figured it would need more than an hour? I stayed on the safe side! Again, thank you for sharing and am excited to make it again and give it away!5 stars

  11. Marsha Foster says:

    So great and creamy! Love this fudge!5 stars

  12. I make this every Christmas and everyone loves it. Peanut butter is my favorite. I also like using half chocolate chips and half peanut butter chips. I made it with butterscotch chips last year and it was good, but very sweet.5 stars

  13. Can you use Splenda in place of white sugar

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      We only make the recipes the way they are written.

  14. Can I double the recipe to make a 13×9 pan?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      Yes, the recipe can easily be doubled.

  15. Seriously! My most favorite fudge. I make it every year!5 stars

  16. Why would you use chocolate chip to make white fudge?

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      There is no white fudge on this recipe.

      1. Tracy Whitlatch says:

        Can I use Jet Puff 7oz. to replace marshmellows?

      2. The Southern Lady says:

        I have no idea, I have never made it that way. You can try it.

      3. Debbie evans says:

        Is it okay to freeze?

      4. The Southern Lady says:

        Yes, it should freeze well.

  17. Ghislaine Lloyd says:

    Hi the peanut utter fudge recipe calls for chocolate chips where is the peanut butter in the recipe and how does the chocolate chips not make it chocolate fudge Can you please clarify? thank you

    1. The Southern Lady says:

      This recipe is for chocolate fudge but it says in the entry and the recipe card: “Make this fudge peanut butter or butterscotch by just switching out the chips. This five minute fudge is so versatile and absolutely delicious.” I hope this helps! 🙂

  18. Best fudge I’ve ever made! Super easy and my family loved it! Just signed up for your newsletter! I just love your recipes.5 stars

  19. I ❤️ Chocolate says:

    I made this fudge dairy free and it came out amazing! I substituted extra creamy oat milk for evaporated milk and used vegan butter. I also added a some expresso to up the chocolate flavor. This fudge came out absolutely perfect.5 stars