Top 10 Easy Fudge Recipe With Cream Cheese 2021

Top 10 Easy Fudge Recipe With Cream Cheese 2021

This See’s Fudge Recipe is the easiest, most foolproof fudge recipe ever! It never gets grainy and comes out perfectly every time.  

As far as we know this is the real See’s Fudge Recipe. We have had many people write to us to tell us that they have the actual recipe and they could be right, but this recipe came from a See’s employee.

I got this See’s Fudge Recipe several years ago from one of my very best friends, Heidi (actually it is her Mom’s recipe – thanks Sue)! Even though I have had this recipe for years, I didn’t want to share it until I had permission.

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Finally I broke down and begged Heidi to let me share it with all of you. She graciously agreed and I couldn’t be more thrilled to share it here on Favorite Family Recipes with you! This is a true See’s Fudge recipe that was given to Sue by an actual See’s worker years ago. I don’t know if it is the exact same recipe they use today but, oh man, it is incredible!

Top 10 Easy Fudge Recipe With Cream Cheese 2021

A few years back I made a batch then went to See’s so I could do a side-by-side comparison. Guess what? Everyone who did the comparison (a blind comparison I might add) along with me agreed that THIS recipe tasted better! It is the easiest, most foolproof fudge recipe ever.

It comes out smooth every time, never grainy. I have tried other recipes that take MUCH longer to prepare and trust me, it is so unnecessary! You really don’t need more than 15 minutes for perfect fudge! Give it a try and see for yourself. It will quickly become your favorite too.

Thanks again, Heidi and Sue! I know some of you out there will insist on adding nuts. All I have to say is “if you must.” I am not a big fan of nuts in my fudge but if you MUST add some, go on ahead.

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Top 10 Easy Fudge Recipe With Cream Cheese 2021

INGREDIENTS

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
¼ cup butter
1 cup chopped walnuts (Optional)

DIRECTIONS

  1. Place chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and butter or margarine in a large microwaveable bowl. Zap in microwave on medium until chips are melted, about 3-5 minutes, stirring once or twice during cooking. Stir in nuts, if desired.
  2. Pour into a well-greased 8×8-inch glass baking dish. Refrigerate until set.

Can I Use Marshmallows Instead of Marshmallow Fluff (Creme)?

In a word, no. We have had readers try it and they say it doesn’t turn out right. We haven’t tried it before but I can tell you it won’t be the same.

Some say that they have melted marshmallows down or used a recipe to actually make marshmallow fluff but again, we haven’t tried this so we can’t tell you for sure that it will work. We like to keep things simple and always stick to this original fudge recipe.

Can I use a sugar substitute for this recipe?

We don’t recommend using less sugar or using sugar substitutes for this recipe. In fact, we don’t recommend substituting any of the ingredients for anything low-sugar or low-fat. It just won’t set up the way it is supposed to.

Can I freeze fudge?

Yes! This fudge recipe freezes great! Just cut it into squares and wrap in freezer paper and put it in a freezer container to freeze. Once frozen you can transfer to a freezer-safe Ziplock bag. When ready to eat, just thaw in the fridge until soft. I like to thaw it in the fridge

Tips For Making This Fudge Recipe

  • Follow the recipe – This might seem like a no-brainer but with fudge, you want to be pretty exact. Substitutions do not fare well with this recipe. We have had readers that have swapped ingredients out or left them out and they have been disappointed with the results. 
  • Stir and scrape the sides when mixing – You want to get all that chocolate melted and smooth. Be sure to use a good, heavy rubber spatula to help you accomplish this. Make sure to scrape way down to the bottom of the bowl to incorporate it all. Make sure your fudge is completely smooth before pouring it in. You also want to stir until the sheen is gone. You don’t want it to look dull, not shiny. It will become thick and harder to stir. That’s a good thing!

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Top 10 Easy Fudge Recipe With Cream Cheese 2021

  • Keep it cool – For this fudge recipe, you will want to keep it refrigerated so it keeps its form. Keeping it at room temp will make the fudge too soft and the texture won’t be right.
  • Be patient – Wait until the fudge sets before cutting. You will get nice, perfect squares if you wait until it has completely cooled through.
  • Pour it in quickly then leave it alone – Pour the hot fudge into your glass pan and quickly smooth it over while it is still hot. It will begin to set FAST and it won’t look as smooth if you keep running your spatula over it. Also, try not to bump your pan after it begins to set. It will cause ripples in the fudge (I learned this the hard way). Try to quickly set it somewhere it won’t get bumped or moved until it has cooled enough to put in the fridge.
Fudge Recipe
Fudge Recipe

Why Didn’t My Fudge Set?

The reason I love this recipe is because it isn’t as temperamental as other fudge recipes. The reason it doesn’t get grainy is because you don’t cook the chocolate on the stove and that keeps it from getting too hot. Pouring the hot liquid over the chocolate is JUST enough to melt it and get it to the temperature you want without overheating. 

That being said… sometimes the hot liquid you pour over it doesn’t get hot enough, causing the fudge to not set properly. You want to make sure you get a nice rolling boil when you heat the sugar and evaporated milk.

Make sure you are heating this in a LARGE enough pot because it will bubble up and expand. You WANT this to expand to be a rolling boil so it gets hot enough to pour over your chocolate.

Otherwise, it won’t get up to the right temperature and it won’t set right. Just watch it closely and stir constantly so it doesn’t burn.

Another factor that can cause your fudge to not set is humidity. If it is a very humid day when you make your fudge, it may have a difficulty setting. 

What is the secret to making fudge?

To sum up…six tips to successful fudge

  1. Use a heavy pan that distributes heat well or the mixture may stick during cooking. …
  2. Brush the sides of the pan with a wet brush at the beginning of cooking to dissolve sugar crystals stuck to the sides.
  3. Never stir the mixture during cooking or sugar could crystallize again.

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Can I use evaporated milk instead of condensed milk for fudge?

Unfortunately, there is no substitute for it in a fudge recipe. While you can use evaporated milk in place of regular milk in many circumstances, the same is not true in reverse. Also, be sure you do not confuse evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk, as they are two entirely different products.

How long does it take to cook fudge?

Determining when the fudge is done.

Start checking the fudge for doneness after 10 minutes of boiling. If you are using a thermometer, your fudge is ready when it reaches 235°F.

Do you refrigerate fudge after making it?

Fudge will keep at room temperature just fine. It does not need to be refrigeratedYou can keep it in the refrigerator if you feel that you like it cold–and some people prefer it that way. In this case, just make sure it is airtight, as cold air will surely dry out your fudge quicker.

What do you do with fudge that won’t set?

If it’s overcooked (resulting in grainy fudge) or undercooked (resulting in poor setting) all you really need to do is add a bit of cream, reheat the fudge to the target temperature, and let it set again.

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