Smooth, creamy chocolate homemade 3 ingredient fudge recipe with the sweet and fruity taste of raspberries! With only 10 minutes of work, you can have this sweet and simple treat to serve during the holidays or any time of the year. Plus, squares of fudge placed in festive boxes make great affordable, thoughtful homemade gifts for teachers, neighbors, coworkers, and friends. Or take them to a holiday party as a hostess gift!
👩🏻🍳 Why You'll Love This Recipe
Fudge is one of my favorite easy desserts. Well, to be honest, just about any kind of chocolate will do. I have to confess - I am a classic chocoholic!
However, traditional fudge recipes are a little fussy and complicated (I don't even own a candy thermometer, lol), so I love this super easy shortcut that uses semi-sweet chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and raspberry extract.
The great thing about this easy recipe is that even though it has only 3 ingredients, it still gives you a creamy texture and a rich chocolate flavor that makes it amazingly delicious and practically irresistible. No one will guess that you made this sweet treat using a really easy microwave fudge recipe!
I don't make it often, because it is just too hard to not devour the whole batch within minutes, haha! But when I do make it, I like to come up with different variations, like my Kahlua and Cream Fudge, which is another easy 3 ingredient fudge recipe.
And for the holiday season, it's kind of an unwritten rule in my house that we will have plenty of fudge around as a delicious treat to serve for family and friends.
🥘 Ingredients Needed
- chocolate chips - you can use either milk chocolate or semi sweet chocolate. Milk chocolate will give you a creamier consistency and a more sweet and soft fudge.
- sweetened condensed milk - evaporated milk is not the same, so don't try to substitute it.
- raspberry extract - if you have a hard time finding this, use strawberry extract or another fruity extract. You can even use a black raspberry liqueur.
- optional ingredients - white chocolate chips and red candy melts were used in the photos, but there are lots of different optional toppings you can add (see variations section below).
- Prepare your pan by lining it with wax paper. Use an 8x8 inch baking pan.
- Place the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high one minute and stir. If needed, microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until the mixture is completely smooth.
- Add the extract and mix to combine. Pour it into the pan and smooth with a spatula.
- Optional step: Sprinkle with the white chocolate chips and gently press them into the fudge.
- Place in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours to set.
- When ready, lift out of the pan using the sides of the wax paper, place on a cutting board, and cut into squares with a sharp knife.
Yes. Either one will help with easy removal of the fudge from the pan after it sets.
I like to do it in the microwave, but it can be a little tricky to not overheat. A double boiler is a great way to have a controlled melt.
To make a dairy-free batch of fudge, use 3/4 cup of coconut milk and 2 tablespoons coconut oil in place of the sweetened condensed milk. Make sure to use the semi-sweet chocolate chips instead of milk chocolate, as well.
You can store in in the fridge, but you don't have to. If you like soft fudge, store it at room temperature. Fudge stored in the refrigerator will be a bit harder.
💭 Other Helpful Tips
- For best results, use higher quality chocolate chips. Very inexpensive chocolate chips will generally not give you the best results.
- If your chocolate mixture seizes up, try adding boiling water to it, a little at a time, and mix it in until the chocolate becomes smooth again.
- While I like to use the microwave for convenience, the most foolproof way to melt chocolate chips is with a double boiler. If you don't have one, you can make your own by nesting a bowl on top of a saucepan that contains about an inch or two of gently boiling water.
- After the 3 ingredient fudge hardens, cut into squares with a sharp knife and store in an airtight container at room temperature. Alternatively, place it on a serving platter and loosely cover with plastic wrap.
- To freeze, place the fudge squares in a freezer safe container or a large freezer bag. Separate layers with waxed paper or parchment paper. Fudge can be stored in the freezer for about 3 months.
This kale Caesar salad is easy to customize. Add or omit any ingredients as you please to make a version of the recipe that your family will love!
- Change up the extract: Fruity variations are always a family favorite. You can use any fruity-flavored extract in place of the raspberry extract to come up with your own version. Orange would definitely be a good one to sample! You can also use vanilla extract to produce a more basic version of fudge.
- Vary the colors: Use different colored candy melts or white candy melts with a touch of food coloring to vary the color of the drizzle. Or you can use festive sprinkles to match whatever time of year or occasion you want.
- Get creative with delicious additions: Mix-in or top your fudge with mini marshmallows, nuts, dried cranberries, sea salt, Oreo cookies, chocolate chunks, dark chocolate chips, or whatever you like to add another dimension of texture and flavor to your fudge.
🥮 Suggested Pairings
Wondering what to serve along with the fudge? Besides other sweets, fresh fruit pairs very nicely with fudge. Try this burrata fruit salad or get really fancy with this delicious charcuterie board complete with roasted grapes!
Another great option is this baked brie with jam. So easy and delicious!
Or, include these grape stuffed goat cheese appetizers to really impress your friends and family!
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- Vanilla Wafer Microwave S'mores - Cute, two-bite s'mores you can make in your kitchen in less than 5 minutes. No campfire required - you can make these at any time of the day and no matter what the weather is like!
- Best Homemade Chocolate Sauce - Rich, delicious, easy to make, and much better than store-bought chocolate syrup!
- Malted Chocolate Stout Cake - Amazingly moist and rich with a creamy malted chocolate frosting, this is a perfect cake to make any day special!
- Microwave Pumpkin Fudge - Quick, easy, pumpkin-y and fudgy! It's a good thing this fudge only takes 10 minutes to make, because it takes about that much time for it to get eaten up!
Chocolate Raspberry 3-Ingredient Fudge Recipe
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📋 Recipe Card
Easy Chocolate Raspberry 3 Ingredient Fudge
- 23 oz milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips (1 bag)
- 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- 2 teaspoons raspberry extract
- 1/3 cup white chocolate chips (optional)
- red candy melts (optional)
- Prepare an 8-inch pan by lining it with wax paper (or use parchment paper).
- Place the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a microwave safe bowl.23 oz milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
- Microwave on high for 1 minute and stir. If needed, microwave again, 20-30 seconds at a time, stirring in between, until all the chocolate chips are melted.
- Add the raspberry extract and mix until combined. Pour into the 8x8 inch prepared pan.2 teaspoons raspberry extract
- Sprinkle the white chocolate chips over the fudge and press in slightly (optional). Refrigerate 3-4 hours until set.1/3 cup white chocolate chips
- Cut the fudge into square chunks and drizzle with the melted red candy melts (optional).red candy melts
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