Thinking about fudge brings me back to my childhood. Christmas platters full of cookies and fudge were my favorite. However, I chose the fudge over cookies every time. Good times!
Fanny May was a candy store in our mall growing up (no not the loan company for all you young-ins out there) and walking by there and smelling all the fresh fudge during the holiday season was the best! I'm getting all the warm fuzzies inside!
Putting fudge with hot chocolate mix together was a no brainer and a great way to kick off a Christmas countdown. Don't worry, I haven't forgotten that Thanksgiving is next Thursday!
A super rich layer of milk chocolate chips and hot chocolate mix, followed by a layer of white chocolate. Top it off with mini marshmallows and I'm pretty sure Santa wouldn't be disappointed if you left him a piece!
Hot chocolate and Fudge together?
Two of my kiddos are hot chocolate conoisseurs! So making the hot chocolate fudge was almost a given in my household. In addition, a new hybrid dessert was born!
The Swiss miss added to the fudge gave it an extra dose of chocolate. And we all know you can never have enough chocolate!
Homemade hot chocolate fudge really takes no time at all! Only about 20 minutes to prepare and about 2 hours in the fridge to set.
The best part was getting the kids involved. However, anything that involves hot chocolate and marshmallows they were all game!
Ingredients in hot chocolate fudge
- Granulated sugar
- Vanilla Extract
- Milk chocolate chips: Semi-sweet chips or dark chocolate can be used as well
- White chocolate chips
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Swiss miss hot chocolate mix
Step by step instructions
- Grease your pan: With the vegetable shortening be sure to grease your pan all over. You can also use aluminum foil to line the pan.
- Make the chocolate layer: in a pot add the granulated sugar, milk, vanilla, and butter. Let that all melt and sugar dissolve. Once sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and add in milk chocolate chips, hot chocolate mix, and marshmallows. Pour this mixture into the prepared pan.
- Make the white chocolate layer: In a large saucepan, melt the chocolate chips and add sweetened condensed milk. Pour this layer on top of chocolate layer.
- Sprinkle and Set: Sprinkle both layers with marshmallows on top and put in refrigerator for at least 2 hours. Take out and Serve!
Tips for the perfect fudge
- Use a deep sided saucepan or large pot. This will ensure that their will be no boil over.
- A sturdy spatula. It will need to be able to withstand high heats and if the fudge gets super thick a flimsy spatula won't work!
- Line or grease your pan. Fudge will then be able to be removed without sticking.
- Make sure your fudge has either marshmallows, marshmallow cream or corn syrup. The fudge will not crystallize into large particles and will set right.
Substitutions and variations
- Add pecans into the fudge to enhance the flavor
- Use cocoa powder vs hot chocolate mix
- Use homemade hot chocolate mix and add different flavors
Fudge is best stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6-8 weeks. It stays the freshest for up to 4 weeks. If choosing to refrigerate it, store in an airtight container and it will stay fresh for up to 3 weeks.
Hot chocolate fudge
- 1 10x5 pan
- 2 large saucepan
Hot chocolate fudge
- 4 cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup 2% milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 3½ cups mini marshmallows divided
- 1 12oz milk chocolate chips
- 2 1 oz hot chocolate
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 12 oz white chocolate chips
Hot chocolate fudge
- Grease a 10x5 pan with butter or shortening. In a large saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, milk, vanilla, and butter. Melt until the sugar dissolves (2-3 minutes).
- Remove from heat and add in your hot chocolate mix, milk chocolate chips, and marshmallows. Layer into the bottom of the greased pan. Set aside.
- In another large saucepan, melt the white chocolate chips and the sweetened condensed milk. Once melted, remove from heat and pour on top of the chocolate layer. Sprinkle the rest of the marshmallows on top. Place in fridge for 2 hours to set. Serve and enjoy!
Chocolate lovers recipes
- Chocolate cuddle cake
- Chocolate toffee eclair cake
- Christmas chocolate cookies
- The ultimate chocolate chip cookies
Fun fact of the day!
The largest slab of fudge ever made weighed 5,760 lbs! Wowsa!