Saturday, December 12, 2020

Hot Cocoa Fudge

This easy fudge recipe makes a cozy treat that tastes like hot cocoa with marshmallows! Make some for yourself or to give as holiday gifts.

Title text (shown with a bite taken out of it in feminine hands): Hot Cocoa Fudge

This recipe is SO simple to make! Mix your favorite hot chocolate drink mix with melted chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk for a rich, chocolatey treat.

Then, sprinkle on some crushed peppermint candy to add a festive touch!

Since this fudge recipe with marshmallows makes a smaller batch, it requires minimal effort and won’t take up a ton of fridge space. 

Pair it with some Christmas Candy Cane Fudge, which combines crushed peppermint candy with creamy white chocolate instead.

Mint Chocolate Fudge is bursting with three different kinds of mint candies, for a refreshing treat with plenty of texture.

Or if you’re not a fan of mint flavor, try Reese's Peanut Butter Fudge. It’s the perfect blend of creamy and crunchy, and you only need 4 ingredients to make it!

easy fudge recipe ingredients

Easy Fudge Recipe Tips and Tricks

  • Make drizzling easier. Transfer the melted chocolate to a plastic zip-top storage bag, then snip off the corner to make a homemade piping bag.

    You may want to double up the bags and use one inside another; the drizzle can feel hot to the touch.
  • Need a large batch? Feel free to double or triple the ingredients and use a bigger pan to make more fudge pieces.
  • Tip for crushing candy canes: Place unwrapped candy in a blender or food processor and pulse until they are the correct size. You can also place them in a zippered bag and smash with a rolling pin or the bottom of a heavy pan. Freezing the candy first typically makes it shatter easier.
  • Work smarter not harder. When you’re ready to slice the hot cocoa fudge, lift the foil or parchment straight out of the pan. Place on a flat surface and easily cut into evenly sized pieces.
  • Get smooth, clean edges. Dip a large, sharp knife in boiling water, then dry completely. Press down on the fudge in one smooth motion to slice. The metal will retain the heat from the water and glide through the chocolate without melting it.

pouring chocolate chips into bowl

What You’ll Need To Make Chocolate Marshmallow Fudge
  • 8x8 Pan - Since this one comes with a lid, you can stack it for better refrigerator organization.
  • Double Boiler - Great for melting chocolate, making meringue and custard, or whipping up a Hollandaise sauce!
  • Silicone Spatula - Withstands heat and makes the whole process much easier.
  • Microwave-Safe Bowl - Not only does it make melting chocolate for this easy fudge recipe easier, but you can also use it to quickly steam vegetables!

mixing easy fudge recipe


Recipe Notes + FAQ

Storage and freezing

Keep your chocolate marshmallow fudge in a sealed container in the refrigerator. Otherwise, it may soften and melt, especially if your kitchen is particularly warm.

To freeze, wrap the pieces with plastic wrap first, then place them in a zippered storage bag. Use within 3 months for the best results, and thaw in the refrigerator before serving.

marshmallows on top of fudge


I don’t have a double boiler. What can I use instead?

Make your own on the stove by adding an inch of water to a large saucepan. Rest a shallow, heat-safe bowl, preferably glass, just inside the opening of the saucepan. 

IMPORTANT: You need to be sure that the bottom of the glass bowl doesn’t touch the surface of the water.

  1. Bring the pot of water to a simmer. Next, place the bowl over the pan to create a seal.
  2. Add the ingredients to the bowl and stir just until melted and smooth. The steam will create enough heat to melt the chocolate without burning it.

Be sure not to get any water or condensation inside the bowl. Otherwise, it can cause the mixture to harden and/or become crumbly.

stack of Hot Cocoa Fudge


Is there a substitute for sweetened condensed milk?

Unfortunately, not for this easy fudge recipe. Sweetened condensed milk adds a creamy texture, and it’s also what holds everything together.

However, if you have a can of evaporated milk, you can make homemade sweetened condensed milk

Just bring one 12-oz can of evaporated milk and 1-1/2 cups granulated sugar to a boil in a saucepan over medium heat. 

Stir it constantly as it cooks, stopping when the sugar dissolves and the milk is nice and thick; SO easy!


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fudge recipe with marshmallows

Yield: 16 large 2x2 pieces
Author: Donna Elick
Easy Fudge Recipe with Hot Cocoa Mix

Hot Cocoa Fudge

This easy fudge recipe makes a cozy treat that tastes like hot cocoa with marshmallows! Make some for yourself or to give as holiday gifts.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 20 Minutes (plus 4 hours to chill)


  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 packages of hot chocolate mix (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows, (divided)
  • Crushed candy canes to garnish - about 1/4 cup (optional)


  1. Line an 8"x8” pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a microwave safe bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips, butter, sweetened condensed milk, and hot chocolate mix.
  3. Microwave 1 minute at a time until ingredients are melted and smooth, stirring between each interval, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add vanilla and stir until completely combined. Add 2 cups of marshmallows and stir in. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir.
  5. Pour fudge into the prepared pan and press remaining marshmallows into the top of the fudge.
  6. Refrigerate for 2 hours.
  7. Cut fudge into squares.
  8. Heat remaining 1/2 cup of chocolate in the microwave in 30 second increments until melted and smooth.
  9. Drizzle melted chocolate over fudge and sprinkle with crushed candy canes. Let cool completely.
  1. Double boiler method: Combine 1 1/2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 1/2 cups milk chocolate chips, butter, sweetened condensed milk, and hot chocolate mix. Stir continuously over medium heat until melted and smooth. Continue with recipe as written.
  2. You can transfer the chocolate drizzle to a zippered bag and cut the tip off for an easier way to drizzle on the fudge.
  3. You can use 1/2 cup of your favorite cocoa mix in this recipe. 

Title text (pictured with a bite taken out of it in feminine hands): Hot Cocoa Fudge

Originally published December 2020

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