The Easiest Recipe for Fudge, EVER – only two ingredients

Do you wish to be the hit of your Christmas party? Do you often want to look like a baker, without actually taking the time to become one? Are you short on time and need a dessert for a party you are attending? Look no further that this fudge hack. Keep reading for the recipe for The Easiest Fudge to make.

The Easiest Fudge in a 8 X 8 baking pan
Easy and delicious fudge!

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Published December 9, 2021
Updated March 28, 2022
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The One I Cannot Make

Today I was looking to nibble something sweet, but without a long enough time set aside to bake cookies or something more complex, I busted out this super easy fudge hack. This recipe involves only two ingredients and takes just a few minutes; compared to traditional fudge that can take up to an hour with many more hours to cool in the fridge.

To be honest, the times I have attempted fudge have always failed. Looking back, I can say with certainty that not having a candy thermometer was my downfall. However, I had my super-sweet kitchen helper Elliana with me today making this delicious dessert!

Elliana and Monica in the kitchen
Princess Elliana helped make fudge!

The Importance of a Thermometer

Traditional fudge needs to be cooked to a certain temperature for several minutes and when done, cooled in a pan in the fridge for up to 2-hours. Each time, in the past, that I have attempted to make it, it has been not solid. If you make fudge and it does not come out properly, you can try to add a splash of evaporated milk, cook it to temperature again, and cool it again with hopes and prayers to the baking god.

Properly cooked fudge needs to be brought to a boil to a temperature of 234 degrees, and if you do not have a candy thermometer, bring the mixture to a boil for 7-8 minutes, but NO longer than 9 minutes!

This is the actual Candy Boil Thermometer that I use. It is made by Good Cook and has a hook to attach to any pan with a very easy to read level. The case not only helps to protect the glass while stored, but also has a list of temperatures necessary for foods to cook to.

Now I am excited to try to make traditional fudge with my candy thermometer! If you have an amazing and delicious no-fail fudge recipe that even I could do, please feel free to drop it in the comments! I would love to try it!

What you will need

8 X 8 pan
wax paper
2 clips
spatula
mixing bowl
peanut butter
frosting

That is it! Honestly, no boiling, no cooling for 2 hours, no thermometers and no hot pans. And if your kids are also the dish washers at the end of the day, complaining about the mass of dishes, they will be excited to not have a ton to wash.

Cost breakdown for this recipe

With this recipe being only two ingredients, the cost is incredibly easy to figure out.

Frosting $1.35
Peanut Butter $1.39

The total cost for this recipe is $2.74! And I used the “good peanut butter”, that is natural and without any ridiculous ingredients. For a delicious and super easy to make fudge recipe, that cost is fantastic!

Easy Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

1 16-oz jar of peanut butter
1 16-oz jar of frosting

As for the frosting, you can literally choose whichever you wish. For example, some of the flavors of frosting to use are vanilla, chocolate, cream cheese, cherry, coconut, and more! There are SO many different flavors to purchase. I do not always have pre-made, but for fun and easy projects, it is really nice to have one or two jars sitting in the pantry.

All the things and ingredients you need to make The Easiest Fudge
Ingredients.

Directions

1. Unscrew the tops of both peanut butter and frosting jars.

frosting and peanut butter in containers with spatula to make the easiest fudge
Remove the lids.

2. Remove the seals entirely off of the jars before placing them in the microwave. This by far is the most important step, as any seals or wrappers that contain metal will cause fireworks in your microwave.

remove labels from frosting and peanut butter containers
Remove ALL seals!

3. Place both of the jars into the microwave making sure that none of the seals remain on the jar. This vintage microwave came with the house when we moved into it in 2019. I cannot wait to work on our kitchen so we can get an above the stove one with a proper vent hood! But for now, it is free, works and sometimes clean.

put peanut butter and frosting containers in microwave without lids or seals
Place the jars in the microwave.

4. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until almost liquid.

warmed frosting and peanut butters to make the easiest fudge

5. While the jars are melting in the microwave, place a piece of wax paper into the 9 X 9 square baking dish. Use two clips to stabilize the wax paper so it stays in place. These clips are so versatile! They literally help the wax paper stay put while the mixture is added to the pan, and the wax paper is so the fudge does not stick to the pan.

6. Pour the frosting into the Pyrex Measuring bowl and then use a spatula to scrape the sides of the jar so every drop is used!

pour melted frosting into a Pyrex measuring bowl and use a spatula to get any and all remaining bits out of the jar
Pour the frosting into the mixing bowl.

7. Pour the peanut butter into the Pyrex Measuring bowl when it is liquid and no longer solid. To test the consistency of the peanut butter, tip it slowly over the bowl to make sure it can freely pour. If the peanut butter will not pour out, place it in the microwave for an additional 15-20 seconds.

8. Using the spatula, mix the frosting with the peanut butter until completely combined.

9. Pour out the mixture into the prepared 8 X 8 baking dish and then use an offset spatula to smooth out the mixture.

10. Finally, let The Easiest Fudge rest in the pan to cool, cut and serve!

when hard, use a butter knife to cut the easiest fudge

Enjoy!
~Monica

Recipe for The Easiest Fudge

Ingredients for The Easiest Fudge

1 16-oz jar of peanut butter
1 16-oz jar of frosting

Directions for The Easiest Fudge

1. Unscrew the tops of both peanut butter and frosting jars.
2. Remove the seals entirely off of the jars making sure no seal bits remain.
3. Then, place both of the jars into the microwave.
4. Cook for 3-4 minutes or until almost liquid.
5. While the jars are melting in the microwave, place a piece of wax paper into the 9 X 9 square baking dish. Use two clips to stabilize the wax paper so it stays in place.
6. Pour the frosting into the mixing bowl and use a spatula to scrape the sides of the jars so every drop is used and gets out of the jars.
7. Pour the peanut butter into the mixing bowl when it is liquid and no longer solid. To test the consistency of the peanut butter, tip it slowly over the bowl to make sure it can freely pour.
8. Using the spatula, mix the frosting with the peanut butter until completely combined.
9.Pour the fudge into the prepared 8 X 8 baking dish and then use an offset spatula to smooth out the mixture.
10. Let it rest in the pan to cool, then cut and serve!
~Monica

the easiest fudge on a plate

Published by Monica's Scratch Kitchen

I have not always had the skills to cook and bake from scratch. As a young wife, I bought every meal frozen or boxed and presented it to my husband with a flourish, believing myself a decadent cook. As our budget shrunk, and our family grew, I looked for ways to stretch our money to nourish our kids with the best for their hungry appetites. Hoping to find recipes and meals that they would love to eat. Through the last 5 years, I have learned so many cooking and baking lessons, and experienced many wins and failures. Come along with me on this journey as I share my recipes that work, how to make them on the cheap, and my tips and tricks to get my kids to eat homemade deliciousness! I will also share updates to our house that we have done in the last year since our move. With one income, we do most of the work ourselves and with amazing family and friends to help out, cutting costs but keeping style and money in the bank! I am a wife and mother of 3 boys and 1 princess. When I was a kid, I remember being asked what I wanted to be or do when I grew up. My response was, "a mom", and I am proud to grow up and be a mom to 4 amazing kids! Samuel is 11, Matthew is 8, Levi is 4, and Elliana is almost 2. We have been blessed to have kids who love to explore foods, to try new recipes, and enjoy helping us around the house. With 4 kids, you better believe they help clean! My husband Tyler and I have been married almost 13 years. We love our kids, we love outdoors, camping, canoeing, grilling, watching movies, and just hanging out making memories. A few years ago I gifted Tyler with his own "menu" book, where we write meals and foods we have loved to eat. Weekly our family decides what our meals will be and I make up a grocery list with what we need. It literally is my favorite chore! I love to shop, so shopping for food on a budget is my biggest win! Thank you for taking the time and visiting my site, Subscribe so you do not miss a post! Keep coming back to hear about new recipes, updates on our home, fun times with our kids, and how to make homemade deliciousness! ~Monica

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