Homemade Chocolate Fantasy Fudge Recipe With Pictures

Step By Step No-Bake Dessert

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If you're someone like me who craves rich, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate at a moment's notice, then this Chocolate Fantasy Fudge is a recipe necessity. It's actually a lot easier to make than you'd think. If you can mix ingredients, stir over a stovetop, and patiently wait while your dessert chills in the fridge, you're already ahead of the pack.

Ready to get started? Here's what you'll need:

Ingredients:

  • 1 7 -oz. jar of Kraft marshmallow creme
  • 1 12-oz. bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3 C sugar
  • 3/4 C (1-1/2 sticks) margarine
  • 1 5-oz. can of evaporated milk
  • 1 C chopped nuts (optional)

You’ll also need the following cooking tools:

  • Large bowl
  • Large spoon
  • Non-stick pan
  • Spatula
  • 13x9 pan
  • Aluminum foil
  • Cooking spray
  • Wax paper

Step 1:

Line a 13 x 9 pan (like this non-stick model from Cuisinart) with aluminum foil and spray the pan with cooking spray. This makes cleanup easier and allows you to easily cut the fudge later.

Step 2:

In a large bowl, combine the marshmallow creme, chocolate chips, and vanilla. Combining these ingredients first simplifies the process of combining all the ingredients later on. Also add nuts, if desired. You can use walnuts, peanuts, macadamias, almonds, or any mixture of nuts that you crave.


Step 3:

In a non-stick saucepan, combine the butter and evaporated milk over medium heat. You can pre-melt the butter in the microwave too, but it doesn’t take long to melt butter over the stove, especially when cut up into small chunks beforehand. After the butter and milk are mixed together well, add in the sugar. Stir constantly, scraping the mixture off the bottom of the saucepan so that it doesn’t stick or burn.

Step 4:

Once all three ingredients are combined into a liquid mixture, continue to stir constantly. As with Step 3, make sure to keep the mixture from building up on the bottom of the saucepan and along the sides.


Step 5:

Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil, and boil the mixture for 4-5 minutes. The marshmallow creme jar says 4, but I’ve found I need an extra minute to get it to the right consistency. One way to test the mixture is to drop a bit into a cup of cold water and see if it turns into little balls. The more often you make Chocolate Fantasy Fudge, the more you will be able to tell when it’s ready.

Step 6:

Carefully pour your mixture into the large bowl with the other ingredients. Then quickly (but still carefully) stir all the ingredients together. This step is actually one of the hardest, as it takes some upper body strength.

Step 7:

After you have combined all your ingredients, your fudge should look similar to the picture below (nuts were omitted).

Step 8:

Pour your fudge into the foil-covered baking pan you prepared earlier. Use a large spoon to carefully push the fudge into the corners. Cover the pan with foil and place in the refrigerator so that it hardens quickly.

Step 9:

When you are ready to cut your Fantasy Fudge, lift the foil from the pan. Here's what it should look like when hardened.

Step 10:

Cut the fudge in half, then cut each section in half. Do this until you have small squares, approximately 1 inch in size.

Step 11:

This fudge is very rich in flavor – a little bit goes a long way, so the smaller the better.

Step 12:

Line a container with wax paper and place the bits of fudge inside to store. Use extra sheets of wax paper as layers if you need to stack the fudge bits on top of each other.

Step 13:

Cover with aluminum foil (it’s safe to reuse what you covered it with earlier) and put it back in the fridge.

Step 14:

Enjoy your fudge! If you master this dessert, you should be prepared to cook it often, because your friends and family will always be asking you to make more of it.

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