Easy Homemade Holiday Fudge

Nothing beats a slice of fresh chocolate fudge! This easy homemade holiday fudge is perfect for parties, gift giving or Santa’s cookie plate!

Easy Homemade Holiday Fudge | lifemadesimplebakes.com

Fudge was never a Christmas tradition in our home, but it was for my husband. It was one of the very first things we made together, and after a few failed attempts, we finally figured it out! 😆 Baking at a high altitude can be tricky. Candy making can be even trickier. We live at about 4,200 ft. which means we have to either boil the mixture for a minute or two less, or at a slightly lower temperature. Now that we know, we’ve been making all sorts of variations of this classic fudge.

Easy Homemade Holiday Fudge | lifemadesimplebakes.com

But let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Today we’re keeping things simple. Chocolate + toasted nuts. We like to switch between walnuts and pecans, however, chopped peanuts or almonds would be yummy too!

Easy Homemade Holiday Fudge | lifemadesimplebakes.com

When the fudge is in the pan and ready to rest in the refrigerator, give it a good 45 minutes to an hour before slicing it up. I was in a bit of a rush (to beat the setting sun… because daylight savings is a food blogger’s nightmare) and it was still soft when I cut it at the 30 minute mark. Thus the less than clean cut slices pictured above. Sometimes you just have to roll with it. 😬 I promise it looks picture perfect after chilling for the proper amount of time! When you’re ready to slice it, cut it into 36 pieces, store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. This delicious, decadent fudge is the perfect homemade treat for holiday parties, gift giving or Santa’s cookie plate!

Easy Homemade Holiday Fudge
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Nothing beats a slice of chocolate fudge! This easy homemade holiday fudge is perfect for parties, gift giving or Santa's plate!
Yield: 36 pieces
  • 1 (7 oz.) jar marshmallow creme
  • 1½ c. granulated sugar
  • 1 (5 oz.) can evaporated milk
  • 4 tbsp. (1/2 stick) unsalted butter
  • ¼ tsp. salt (or a pinch or two more to taste)
  • 1 (12 oz.) package semisweet chocolate chips
  • ½ c. chopped nuts (toasted/roasted walnuts, pecans, peanuts, almonds)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  1. Line a 9x9-inch baking pan with foil. Lightly spray or butter; set aside.
  2. In a medium heavy-bottomed sauce pan set over medium heat, combine the marshmallow creme, sugar, evaporated milk, butter, and salt. Stir frequently, until to allow the sugar to dissolve.
  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Remove from the heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted, then add the nuts and vanilla, stir to combine. Pour into the prepared baking pan, place in the refrigerator for 1 hour before cutting into squares.
-I find that at high altitude I only need to boil the mixture for 4 minutes instead of 5. However, my mother-in-law lives at sea level and she boils the mixture for the full 5 minutes.

Recipe source: Life Made Simple family recipe

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