3-Ingredient Microwave Fudge

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Overhead feature photo of a fluted milk glass dish with about six squares of homemade microwave fudge with colorful sprinkles. There is a small plate with more fudge in the background and a wicker basket and small white napkin to the side.

Make this delicious, melt-in-your-mouth microwave fudge for Christmas, Valentine’s Day, or any time you’re craving something sweet!

I love getting fudge at Kennywood Amusement Park here in PA but sadly, like most fun parks, they’re only open in the summer. They have so many varieties of fudge from peanut butter to salted caramel. I like all of the flavors but my favorite is good ol’ chocolate fudge.

I decided to find a good fudge recipe that we could make at home. I looked at quite a few and soon realized this wasn’t going to be easy and not all fudge recipes are the same.

My son and I made a complicated one that we found in a holiday cookbook and let’s just say it didn’t work out. The taste was great but the fudge never firmed up and the batch was way too big. It filled a 13″ x 9″ pan. Yikes!

After that disaster, I asked my mom for her tried-and-true fudge recipe and I have to say, this small-batch microwave fudge recipe takes minutes to make, comes out perfectly every time, and you don’t need a candy thermometer!

Two more irresistible chocolatey dessert recipes to try… Death by Chocolate and Chocolate Whoopie Pies with Marshmallow Frosting.

Ingredients photo used in 3-ingredient melt in your mouth microwave fudge. Shown is a bag of Ghiradelli semi-sweet chocolate chips. 1/4 teaspoon of salt in a small dish and a can of sweetened condensed milk.
Ingredients used in this recipe.

Tips On Making The Perfect Microwave Fudge

  1. Don’t forget the salt! In my opinion, the salt in this recipe enhances the flavor of the fudge.
  2. Line your 8″ x 8″ pan or Pyrex dish with parchment paper for easy lift-out and cleanup.
  3. Let your fudge cool completely (about 1 hour) before cutting.
  4. Store at room temperature in an airtight container if you plan to eat it over the next week or two.
  5. Storing it in the refrigerator will keep it fresh longer.
  6. Can you freeze fudge? Yes, wrap it well with plastic wrap and place it in an airtight container and it will be good for about three months in the freezer. To thaw fudge, simply let it come up to room temperature.
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3-Ingredient Microwave Fudge



Prep Time

10 min.

Cook/bake time

2 min.



Here's What You'll Need

8-inch square baking pan or Pyrex dish
Microwaveable mixing bowl
Parchment paper


12 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips (about 2 cups)
14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
1/4 teaspoon of salt


Photo of the last ingredient, salt being added to the fudge mixture in a microwave safe glass bowl.
1. In a microwave safe bowl, add the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk and salt and mix together. You can also add finely chopped walnuts if you like.
Photo of three ingredients mixed in a microwave bowl before going into the microwave. In the background is an 8" x 8" parchment lined dish.
2. Line your 8″ x 8″ square pan or dish with parchment paper.
Photo of fully smooth, melted chocolate fudge mixture just out of the microwave, ready to be poured into an 8" x 8" glass dish that is sitting in the background lined with white parchment paper.
3. Microwave for 30 seconds, then take out of the microwave and stir. Repeat this process, microwaving for 30 seconds and stirring, until completely melted.
Smooth and fully melted fudge mixture being poured into a 8" x 8" glass dish lined with parchment paper.
4. Pour into a 8″x 8″ pan lined with parchment paper and spread with a spatula. Work quickly as the chocolate will begin firming up right away. Add sprinkles on top if you like. Note: If some sprinkles are not sticking, use a piece of parchment paper and gently pat them into the fudge.
Fudge being cut into squares with a butter knife on parchment paper on a wood cutting board.
5. Let cool completely in the refrigerator for about 1 hour before cutting into squares.
Horizontal feature photo of a fluted milk glass dish with about six squares of homemade microwave fudge with colorful sprinkles. There is a small plate with more fudge in the background and a wicker basket and small white napkin to the side.
6. Serve or store in an airtight container for later.