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3-Ingredient Homemade Fudge Recipe

By Mitch Gruen 6.3.21

Making candy is both an art and a science. The most skilled confectioners rely on years of experience and a deep understanding of candy chemistry to produce consistent, delicious results. But not all of us own a candy thermometer or have the patience to follow a recipe where a single-digit temperature change can make or break the finished product. If you’re looking to make pro-level candy at home, is there any hope?

You’ll be surprised by the results you get with these microwave (yep!) homemade fudge recipes. With readily available ingredients, quick prep time, and no special tools required, these recipes make it easy for anyone to get into the fudge game.

homemade peanut butter fudge recipe
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Peanut Butter Fudge

This simple homemade fudge base will provide the perfect blank canvas for our upcoming add-ins. It’s even delicious all by itself!


  • 3 sticks unsalted butter
  • 1 ½ cups peanut butter
  • 1 ½ pounds powdered sugar


  • Add the peanut butter and butter to a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for a minute at a time, stirring in between. Have oven mitts at the ready, as the mixture will get extremely hot. Continue microwaving and stirring until the mixture is completely liquified and consistent.
  • Carefully remove the piping hot mixture from the microwave and slowly stir in your powdered sugar. It will thicken quickly, and you’ll need to use an ever-increasing amount of elbow grease to keep everything moving.
  • Finally, pour the mixture into a 9×9 pan, smooth the top with a spatula, and place it in your fridge. Give it at least three hours to set, then cut it into bite-size pieces (or just take a giant bite out of it).
homemade fudge recipe
Jonathan Silverberg

Add Some Oomph

  • Chocolate Chunk: Allow the fudge to cool a bit then add chocolate chips. They will give your dessert a bit of a crunch.
  • Chocolate Marble: Add chocolate chips while the fudge is still hot. As they melt, swirl them through the mixture before pouring it into the pan.
  • Nutty: Add in chopped, toasted nuts of your choice. (Walnuts are a great option.) To toast them, simply spread the nuts across a baking pan and put them in the oven at 350 F for 10 minutes.

But don’t just take our suggestions — feel free to get creative and add whatever you like. With these homemade fudge recipes, your imagination is the limit.

Hungry for more Texas-sized desserts? Here are our favorite pecan pie recipes.

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