Make delicious foolproof Nestle chocolate chips fudge recipe in minutes! Not just for the holidays anymore.
I absolutely love fudge! I didn’t grow up eating a lot of sweets or chocolate. Probably why I’m such a choc-o-holic now. But the only time of year I seem to get it, is around the holidays.
Well, that has to stop. This recipe is a simple and quick way to make this scrumptious dessert any day of any month.
Also, I saw some funfetti chocolate chips that I may have to use next time. I’ll keep you posted if I do.
3 Reasons You Will Love This Recipe
- Simple, yet amazing! This is another quick recipe that will only take a few minutes to prep. No wonder it is a famous fudge recipe.
Need to bring something to a potluck or any other gathering? Check! Want to say thank you to your neighbor for watching your house while you were away last weekend? Double check. Need to butter someone up? Checkmate!
- Customize as you like. Seriously, besides vegetables, you can add anything to fudge.
Break up some pretzels for the salty snack lover in your family. Add marshmallow creme and sprinkles for your sweet tooth friend.
Does someone prefer dark chocolate instead of milk chocolate? Try that. The varieties are endless.
And if you are having a holiday gathering, just add some crushed peppermint pieces. Don’t forget to leave some fudge out for Santa.
You don’t even need actual recipes for these customizations. Throw in what you like (1 to 1½ cups of add-ins for best results).
- Great snack. Need a pick me up? I don’t need to tell you about the benefits of chocolate. Grab a piece whenever you feel like it! After lunch, while cooking dinner, etc. There’s never a wrong time of day for fudge.
Tips and Tricks
- Use the microwave. The original recipe for Toll House famous fudge had you sweating over a hot stove with a heavy-duty saucepan and a candy thermometer.
You had to worry about sugar crystals accumulating and the chocolate setting. That is no easy chocolate fudge recipe.
No more! Throw that old recipe out and use the microwave instead. It is the perfect way to get the best chocolate fudge.
Yes, it tastes like the famous fudge recipe. Except this one is quick, easy, and foolproof. Ask any fool!
- Use a microwave-safe glass bowl. I tried melting the chocolate in a microwaveable stoneware bowl. It was a safe bowl for the microwave. But the chocolate took longer to melt than in my glass bowl. So, go with glass.
- Use a food processor. Use a blender or food processor for any add-ins that you need to crumble. Pulse for a second or two until you get the desired consistency.
- Try a loaf pan. When making this, I used a small casserole dish and a loaf pan. I got better thickness in the loaf pan than in the small casserole dish. A more fudge-like quality, if you will.
Nestle Chocolate Chips Fudge Recipe Ingredients
Nestle Chocolate Chips
Use milk chocolate morsels, semi-sweet chocolate morsels, or dark chocolate chips. Every fudge recipe needs chocolate.
- Semi-sweet morsels come in a 12-ounce package.
- Milk chocolate chips come in an 11.5-ounce package.
- Peanut butter and milk chocolate flavor come in an 11-ounce package.
- Dark chocolate chips are in a 10-ounce bag.
If you use a generic brand, package sizes may vary slightly. No problem. There was no noticeable difference in the recipe when using different-sized bags of chocolate chips.
You may also be interested in other recipes with melted chocolate chips.
Sweetened Condensed Milk
A small can of sweetened condensed milk is 14 ounces. You will only need half of the can for this recipe.
Always add vanilla extract after the heating and melting are done. Otherwise, you run the risk of it evaporating. You lost the vanilla flavor before you even had it.
You only need a dash of salt (⅛ to ¼ of a teaspoon salt), but you shouldn’t skip it. Salt helps to bring out a deeper flavor and tone down the sweetness of the fudge.
Butter is optional. But if you add it, make it unsalted. You want to be in control of the salt level. Some salted butter is very salty, which may interfere with the fudge flavors.
Add two tablespoons butter with the milk and the chocolate.
If you like plain fudge, skip this part. But some of the best flavor variations come with the add-ins.
- Solid additions: Nuts, marshmallows, pretzels, peanut butter chips, white chocolate chips, toffee pieces, etc. Combine a couple if you would like.
- Semi-liquid additions: Marshmallow fluff, strawberry sauce, or peanut butter. Try easy butterscotch fudge made with the addition of butterscotch sauce.
- Spice additions: Cinnamon, chili powder, ground ginger.
How to Make Nestle’s Chocolate Chips Fudge Recipe
Step 1: PREP THE PAN
Line 8-inch-square baking pan or a loaf pan with aluminum foil. Make sure the tin foil goes up the sides of the pan, so the set fudge is easy to remove from the pan.
Step 2: MELT CHOCOLATE CHIPS
In a medium-sized safe bowl for the microwave, heat the semi-sweet chocolate chips with the sweetened condensed milk and butter on high for 1 minute.
Step 3: STIR UNTIL SMOOTH
Remove the bowl from the microwave. Stir the chocolate mixture with a silicone spatula until the chocolate is smooth. Avoid using a wooden spoon.
If you give it a little time, the residual heat should eventually melt all the chocolate chips. Stir with patience. If necessary, microwave again in 10-second intervals. But take care not to burn the chocolate.
Add the vanilla and salt and stir until smooth.
Step 4: CUSTOMIZE WITH ADD-INS
Stir any add-ins in (nuts, marshmallows, etc.).
For example, add up to 1¼ cups miniature marshmallows, plus ½ cup of chopped walnuts for rocky road fudge.
Usually, 1 to 1½ cups of add-ins is ideal. But you can go up to 2 cups, depending on the ingredient.
Step 5: SET THE FUDGE
Pour the fudge into the lined square pan. Smooth evenly. Sprinkle extra toppings on the surface if you want.
Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm.
Step 6: CUT AND SERVE FUDGE
Holding the ends of the aluminum foil, lift the fudge from the pan. Invert it onto a cutting board. Then remove foil from the fudge.
Cut the fudge into small pieces. Serve it in a tin lined with parchment paper or on a serving plate.
Step 7: STORE LEFTOVERS
Store the homemade fudge in an airtight container at cool room temperature. If your kitchen is cool, say in the winter, the fudge can stay on the counter.
If you have a hot kitchen or it is the summertime, store the fudge in the fridge.
What to Serve with Fudge
Once you have made a batch of Nestle's chocolate chips fudge recipe, how should you serve it? Check out these ideas.
Fruit. There is a reason you see fruit hanging around a chocolate fountain. Chocolate is the best thing for almost any fruit. So, add some chopped cherries to the mix. Or eat fudge with a fresh fruit salad.
Charcuterie board. You have your cheeses, your meats, your crackers. Throw in some small pieces of fudge to cleanse the pallet.
Bowl of ice cream. Do you need something to liven up that plain old vanilla ice cream you have sitting in your freezer? Chop the fudge into teeny tiny pieces and toss it in with your ice cream. It will liven it up!
Or try it with mint chocolate chip ice cream. Yum!
Hungry for More Chocolate Chip Recipes?
If you love chocolate chips, try these chocolatey desserts.
- Hershey’s chocolate chip cookies. Chop up a Hershey's chocolate bar and make the classic homemade cookies. Perfect anytime. Make sure to store the leftovers correctly.
- Hot chocolate with chocolate chips. Make hot chocolate in under two minutes with chocolate chips and milk. Smooth, creamy, and chocolatey. The drink pairs perfectly with Nestle's chocolate chips fudge recipe.
- Chocolate chip cake. No need to fuss with a difficult cake. Use cake mix and instant pudding to make this festive bundt cake.
Get Your Chocolate Education
- Get the best methods for melting white chocolate chips, including how to melt white chocolate in the microwave.
- Compare white vs. dark chocolate and white vs. milk chocolate. Have more white chocolate questions? Get educated on almond bark vs. white chocolate as well as candy melts vs. white chocolate.
Foolproof Nestle Chocolate Chips Fudge
- 1 11.5 to 12 ounce package of Nestle chocolate chips (milk, semi-sweet, or dark)
- ⅔ cup of sweetened condensed milk ½ of a 14 ounce can
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon of salt
- 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter optional
- ½ to 1½ cups of nuts marshmallows, peanut butter chips, toffee pieces, etc. (optional)
- LINE a loaf pan with aluminum foil. Make sure the tin foil goes up the sides of the pan, so the set fudge is easy to remove from the pan.
- HEAT the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter in a medium-sized microwave-safe bowl on high for 1 minute.
- REMOVE the bowl from the microwave. Stir the chocolate mixture with a silicone spatula until the chocolate is smooth. The residual heat should eventually melt all the chocolate chips. If necessary, microwave again in 10-second intervals. But take care not to burn the chocolate. Stir in the vanilla extract and salt.
- STIR IN any add-ins (nuts, marshmallows, pretzels, etc.).
- POUR the fudge into the lined loaf pan. Smooth evenly. Sprinkle extra toppings on the surface if you want. Cover the pan with plastic wrap or more foil.
- REFRIGERATE for 2 hours or until the fudge has set.
- LIFT the fudge from the pan by holding onto the ends of the aluminum foil. Invert the fudge onto a cutting board.
- CUT the fudge into 1-inch squares and serve.
- STORE the leftover homemade fudge in an airtight container at cool room temperature or in the refrigerator.