5 Minute Fudge Secrets! (31 Days of Delicious Easy Recipes Day #20)

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5 minute fudge!

Let me hurry and share my 5 minute fudge recipe before I change my mind!  This is one of those take-this-secret-to-your-grave kind of family recipes.  People are always impressed when I arrive with this fudge because it’s looks and tastes like I’ve been slaving in the kitchen, but in reality, it’s SO easy to make.  If I share this with you, everyone will know I’m not really a master fudge maker – that my fudge cooks in the microwave for 5 minutes.  Oh well, I just hope you know how much I love you, wifey friend.


I know, it almost looks like a brownie.  When you sink your teeth into these babies, you’ll know the difference, trust me.  Be ready because your adoring fans will be asking you how in the world you made something so spectacular.  This morning I realized that I’ve shared 19 days worth in our 31 Days of Delicious Easy Recipes for busy wives series and I haven’t shared anything chocolate yet!

Heaven forbid!  

Let’s get onto this “Rock Star” 5 minute fudge secrets, shall we?!

How to Make 5 minute fudge

The ingredients and instructions for a printable recipe card are below but here’s the basic idea ->>>

In a heavy, microwavable bowl I add a box of confectioners sugar, cocoa, and a stick of butter cut into pieces.  Pour your liquid flavoring in.   DON’T STIR!  Microwave for 4-5 minutes.  Bowl will be very hot!

Carefully remove bowl from microwave and stir quickly and remove lumps.  Be very careful because scorching hot chocolate will burn the daylights out of you!  We don’t need any death by chocolate!  😉

Anyhoo, work quickly because fudge will start to “set up.”  After stirring well, add vanilla and stir just enough to incorporate.  Pour into a greased 9×9 or so sized casserole dish.  Lick the bowl!  Slice into squares when you are ready.

Here’s your printable 5 Minute Fudge recipe card:

5 Minute Fudge Secrets! (31 Days of Delicious Easy Recipes)
  • 1 lb box of Confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 stick butter cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup liquid flavoring
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • optional: 1/2 Cup nuts
  1. In a heavy, microwavable bowl I add a box of confectioners sugar, cocoa, and a stick of butter cut into pieces.
  2. Pour your liquid flavoring in.
  3. DON'T STIR! Microwave for 4-5 minutes.
  4. Bowl will be very hot!
  5. Carefully remove bowl from microwave and stir quickly and remove lumps.
  6. Be very careful because scorching hot chocolate will burn the daylights out of you!
  7. Work quickly because fudge will start to "set up."
  8. After stirring well, add vanilla (and optional nuts) and stir.
  9. Pour into a greased 9x9 or so sized casserole dish.
  10. Lick the bowl!
  11. Slice into squares when you are ready.
Important:  I want to explain the “liquid flavoring.”  I got the bright idea to try this whole 5 minute fudge in the microwave and used a Hazelnut Syrup the very first time.  As long as you stay strictly to the measurements in this recipe and your “syrup” is the same consistency, you can have fun trying a variation of the syrups pictured below depending on your occasion or time of year.  Have fun!


Optional:  You could even try a sugar-free version although I haven’t tried that yet (could help since we are using a BOX of sugar)!

Warning:  After making this 5 minute fudge, you and I will be in a love/hate relationship.  You’ll love me for sharing this because it tastes so amazing (and you’ll look like a rock star), but you’ll hate me because you won’t be able to stop eating it once you start.  Half the empty dish later …….

Don’t wait for the holidays to make this 5 minute fudge, my friend (& I want to hear from ya when you do)

5 Minute Fudge

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31 days Series:

Day 1: Protein Energy Bites

Day 2: Baked Potato Bar

Day 3: Crockpot Chicken

Day 4: Stir Fry

Day 5: Slow Cooker Soups

Day 6: Quick Red Beans and Rice

Day 7: Jalapeno Cornbread

Day 8: Quick Meatloaf Recipe

Day 9: Homemade Hamburger Helper

Day 10: Best Lasagna Recipe

Day 11: Easiest Pound Cake Recipe

Day 12: Breakfast Burrito

Day 13: How to Make Popcorn

Day 14: Fluffy Pancake Recipe

Day 15: Best spaghetti Recipe

Day 16: How to Cook Asparagus that Tastes GREAT!

Day 17: Homemade Cream of Chicken Soup

Day 18:  Chicken and Rice

Day 19:  Low Carb Cheeseburger Pie

31 Days of Delicious Easy Recipes ROUNDUP!

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  1. Aqib Nazir
    August 24, 2016 / 5:44 am

    This looks yummy. My wife must see this so I could get to eat this soon.
    Thanks for sharing your recipes. Keep it up.

  2. Julia Atkinson
    August 24, 2016 / 9:24 am

    Sounds so good. I will definitely have to try this fudge.

  3. Julie
    August 24, 2016 / 6:02 pm

    I’m not a real big fan of fudge, but this looks so yummy! I totally know what you mean about those recipes that you want to take to your grave. My mom shared one of these with my brother’s wife (not a typo! LOL) and I was furious! Yes, it’s still in the family, but I was like, “Noooo!”

    I’m really not stingy with recipes, for the most part. But there are some I just can’t give away. Good on you for sharing one of yours! 5 minutes? I think I can do that. 🙂

    • Shan
      August 24, 2016 / 6:34 pm

      I love it, Julie. Good for you for being kind to your Sis-in-law. I just want to help wifeys so much – I’m spilling the beans these days!


  4. Amberjane
    August 25, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    I have a huge fan of fudge in the house so will be trying this out on them 🙂 Thank you for sharing with I am Pinnable

    • Shan
      August 25, 2016 / 12:28 pm

      We are fudge-crazy too, AmberJane! I think you will LOVE it!


  5. Jamie Marie
    August 25, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    I love fudge, and chocolate, this looks yummy!
    Thanks for sharing with us on the homesteader hop!

  6. Mother of 3
    September 1, 2016 / 8:00 pm

    This looks yummy and sounds easier than traditional fudge.

    • Shan
      September 1, 2016 / 8:02 pm

      Yes, traditional fudge always intimidated me because it’s so finicky and hard to make. I LOVE easily shortcuts that taste fabulous!


  7. Rebecca Hicks
    October 17, 2016 / 8:25 am

    Yuuum! That fudge looks so good. I always crave it around this time of the year.

  8. candy
    October 17, 2016 / 8:25 am

    I thought these were brownies at first. Chocolate fudge is even better. Five minutes works for me.

  9. Dr. Daisy
    October 17, 2016 / 11:24 am

    Wow! That surely seems easy enough and no worries…your secret is safe with me..I’ll never share how easy it is to make 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  10. Nellqyn
    October 17, 2016 / 11:51 am

    I’m definitely going to have to try this! The one time I tried to make fudge it was a disaster! It ended up more like chocolate soup than chocolate fudge… but you’ve inspired me to try again with this recipe!

  11. Mihaela Echols
    October 17, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Number 10 is my favorite ; ) this looks great! I’m gonna have to pin this one for sure!

  12. Marie
    October 17, 2016 / 3:07 pm

    These look amazing! and will make a great gift!

    thank you!

  13. Krista Nile
    October 17, 2016 / 8:22 pm

    Whaaat?! Who knew fudge could be so easy? I pinned it so I can make it later!!

  14. Caroline
    October 17, 2016 / 9:31 pm

    This look so yummy!! I haven’t had fudge in years

  15. Kathleen Burnett
    October 18, 2016 / 11:11 am

    Looks dangerously fantastic! Can’t wait to try!

  16. Kristi
    October 18, 2016 / 3:23 pm

    That’s seems so quick! I wonder if it would work on the stove. I don’t have a microwave anymore.

  17. Victoria Osborn
    October 18, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Fudge is my favorite! I’ll have to try your recipe because it seems a tad bit easier than the one I make every Christmas! 🙂

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