In our opinion, fudge always tastes better when it’s made from scratch. Once you’ve tried our fantastic one-bowl microwave fudge recipe, you’ll never go back to making it the old-fashioned way on the stovetop. Made with semisweet and bittersweet chocolate, this fudge is thick, rich, and slices easily into neat little squares for giving. It’s a recipe that easily doubles or triples, perfect for big-batch shower or holiday gifts. Surprise someone with classic chocolate fudge or get creative by mixing in other ingredients—the recipe includes three different flavor ideas: Peanut-Pretzel, Cherry-Almond, and Marshmallow-Pecan. Once you prepare the melted chocolate mixture and pour it into a pan, all you have to do is wait for it to completely set in the refrigerator. Don’t rush this step, or the fudge won’t cut into squares cleanly. Easy Fudge can be made up to three days in advance and stored in an airtight container.
Pretzel-Peanut Fudge: Omit bittersweet chocolate chips. Prepare recipe as directed, stirring in 1 cup peanut butter chips with semisweet chocolate chips. Stir in 1/2 cup coarsely crushed pretzels and 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dry-roasted peanuts along with vanilla and salt.
Cherry-Almond Fudge: Omit vanilla. Prepare recipe as directed, stirring in 1 tablespoon cherry liqueur, 1/2 cup coarsely chopped dried cherries, and 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted slivered almonds along with salt.
Marshmallow-Pecan Fudge: Prepare recipe as directed, substituting 1 cup (6-oz.) milk chocolate chips for bittersweet chocolate chips. Stir in 1/2 cup coarsely chopped toasted pecans and 1/2 cup miniature marshmallows along with vanilla and salt.