Easy Chocolate Fudge with Pecans

Easy Chocolate Fudge with Pecans

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This is a winner any time of the year, but especially during the holiday season. This fudge recipe is easy to make and has a lovely creamy chocolate flavor.MORE+LESS-


jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme


cups milk chocolate chips


cup semisweet chocolate chips


teaspoon vanilla extract

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    Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper and set aside.

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    In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine marshmallow creme, sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

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    Remove pan from heat and add milk chocolate and semisweet chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. Add nuts and vanilla.

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    Pour into baking pan. Cover and chill in refrigerator for 2 hours, or until firmly set.

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German Chocolate Fudge

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German Chocolate Fudge is an easy, decadent holiday candy recipe perfect for gifts! Rich, creamy chocolate fudge with a sweet, chewy, coconut pecan topping!

This rich, decadent German Chocolate version of our go-to Easy Chocolate Fudge really takes the cake as the ultimate Christmas Candy Recipe!


German Chocolate Cake is one of those cakes that as kids we tend to pass up and as adults we wonder why we missed out on so many years of pure decadent dessert bliss. After one bite of this new recipe, you’ll be wondering where German Chocolate Fudge has been all your life! It’s the perfect treat for Christmas, birthdays, and other special occasions.

This German Chocolate Fudge recipe has all the flavors of a rich chocolate cake and topped with the same coconut pecan frosting that makes German Chocolate so special. It may seem like a lot of ingredients to make German Chocolate Fudge, but most of them are used in the fudge and the frosting, and you are likely to have them on hand.

To shave a little time and work off making German Chocolate Fudge, use canned frosting instead of homemade. Normally we are all about Homemade Frosting, they are so easy and flavorful, but in a pinch a can of German Chocolate Frosting will work for this fudge. You could also make Rich Chocolate Frosting instead and just sprinkle the top with chopped pecans and coconut shreds.


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Change this German Chocolate Fudge up by layering the coconut pecan frosting between the chocolate fudge. You could even do two layers of pecan frosting like a real slice of German Chocolate Cake! It’s a little trickier to do the layers, since the fudge starts to set fast, but check out the technique in this post to nail it.

If you have read ahead in the recipe before starting, which pro-tip you should always do, you know this recipe calls for a candy thermometer. While a candy thermometer is helpful in fudge and candy making, there’s no need to rush out and get one. Use the cold-water method below to determine when your syrup is ready.

Cold Water Method for Candy Making

Have a cup of cold water and teaspoon handy before you start the sugar mixture. Once the sugar syrup starts to boil, drop a small spoonful of the mixture into cold water. It should drip from the spoon and form a thread in the water at this point. Repeat every 3-4 minutes until a syrup forms a ball in the water but flattens if you remove it from the water. Your sugar syrup is at ready.


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How to brown butter

When substituted for butter in a recipe, brown butter adds a rich, nutty flavor to many dishes, both sweet and savory. It’s easy to make by simply melting butter until it browns. Place your butter in a saucepan with a light-colored bottom, so you can easily note the color of the butter. For the butter pecan fudge recipe, use three tablespoons of butter. Set over medium heat. Swirl the pan or use a spatula to occasionally stir the butter. The butter will foam and then darken to a deep brown. This may only take a few minutes. You will see sediment from the milk solids sink to the bottom of the pan.

Transfer the browned butter to bowl to cool, leaving the sediment behind (if possible). But don’t worry too much about sediment getting mixed in with the brown butter. It doesn’t make a significant difference.

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Chocolate and peanut butter are a great combination of flavors and should be included in this collection of the best! Chocolate- Peanut Butter Fudge (pictured above) is completely amazing! In this fudge recipe, there’s a layer of chocolate fudge topped with a layer of peanut butter fudge. I have another Peanut Butter- Chocolate Fudge recipe where the chocolate and peanut butter are actually cooked together to make one, two-flavor fudge. If you’re a lover of peanut butter cups, you’ll love Peanut Butter Cup Fudge with actual peanut butter cups mixed into the fudge. And of course, if you’re just a pure peanut butter lover, then you’ll enjoy classic and creamy Peanut Butter Fudge.

Can I make dairy-free chocolate fudge?

Yes, you can make this easy fudge recipe dairy free by using the following dairy free fudge recipe substitutes:

For the chocolate chips, use a dairy-free product like Enjoy Life Baking Chocolate Semi-Sweet Mini Chips. Enjoy Life Chips are also gluten-free and vegan.

Dairy free sweetened condensed milk:

You can use sweetened condensed COCONUT milk. This will give the fudge recipe a coconut-like flavor, like a Mounds bar.

Want to make more dairy free fudge? Check out my Dairy Free Pumpkin Fudge recipe.

How To Make This Chocolate Fudge In The Microwave

Start by lining an 8 inch square baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper, leaving a 2 inch overlap on the sides, so you can easily pull out the fudge.

Add the chocolate chips and condensed milk in a large microwave safe bowl, stir together then heat at 70% power for 90 seconds.

Let the bowl rest in the microwave for 3 minutes before stirring. This allows the heat in the bowl to help melt the chocolate evenly.

Stir in the rest of the ingredients, then pour the fudge into the lined pan and spread evenly. Refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from the pan and cut into small square pieces.

What is Fudge

Fudge is an old school dessert that can best be described as a sugar candy that has sugar, butter, and milk as its main components. Fudge is an American dessert and making and giving chocolate fudge is synonymous with the holiday season there.

The best part about fudge is that the flavor possibilities are endless! You can add anything and everything in a fudge. Just make sure that you’re balancing out all the flavors otherwise it can get too sweet to eat.

  • In a mixing bowl of an electric stand mixer using the paddle attachment, add the semi-sweet chocolate chips and marshmallow whip set aside. (My Mother added her ingredients to a large mixing bowl)
  • Take off heat and pour mixture over the semi-sweet chips and marshmallow whip beating on medium speed until mixture is creamy and smooth. (My Mother mixed her's by hand) Be sure not to overbeat. Add pecans and fold in.
  • The mixture will set up as it cools. Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop fudge and lay on prepared waxed paper or you can use two tablespoons scoop with one and push the fudge out with the other one. Continue until all the fudge has been scooped out of the pan.

The fudge can be poured out in a butter sheet pan if you are not able to scoop all the fudge before it hardens. Sometimes I do this if I am making it by myself.

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