This easy two ingredient vanilla fudge recipe takes just 5 minutes to make! There are so many options for flavors, and it’s easy to customize for any occasion.
Before we go any further, I’d just like to let you know this two-ingredient vanilla fudge tastes just like the Dunkaroos frosting. And if you were a kid in the ’90s, that’s probably all you need to read before scrolling straight to the recipe. For the full effect, you’ll need sprinkles, so technically 3 ingredients. But sprinkles aren’t exactly a requirement, just highly recommended. And even if you didn’t grow up in the era of the Dunkaroo, you’ll still want to make this crazy easy, delicious fudge recipe.
Darlings, it seems I have been living in a baking cave! Until a friend told me about 2-ingredient fudge while we were talking about our holiday baking, I’d never heard of it. Did you know this was a thing?
You won’t even believe the ingredients. Are you ready for this?
A bag of chocolate chips and a can of store-bought frosting. Seriously. So not only is this recipe very easy to make, there’s a chance you may already have the ingredients in the pantry. And I’m all for recipes that allow you to make dessert on a whim.
This super easy vanilla fudge recipe is also a good one to keep around for cookie exchanges, potlucks, movie nights, basically any time you need a simple, gluten-free, no-bake dessert.
First of all because there is no season on vanilla fudge. Want to make it seasonally appropriate? Add sprinkles in coordinating colors. Boom. One recipe, two ingredients, easily adapted for any occasion in all four seasons.
For today’s batch, I just used some rainbow jimmies because the fudge makes me think of Dunkaroos and those had rainbow sprinkles. But if I wanted to make it for a patriotic holiday use red, white, and blue sprinkles. As an easy addition to a Christmas cookie tray, top with Christmas sprinkles. Valentine’s Day fudge gets hearts or pink, you get the idea.
The only thing I wouldn’t recommend is trying to dye the fudge different colors. I tried to separate the fudge to make different color swirls in the batter, and it sets up to quickly. If you’re really wanting that swirled look, your best bet is to put a drop of candy coloring in right at the end after you’ve folded in the frosting. Give the fudge a quick turn to spread out the color unevenly (fake swirls) and then immediately pour it into your foil-lined dish.
Alternately, if you are making a lot of fudge, you can double the recipe, make one batch in one color, one batch in another, and use an 11×13-inch casserole dish to set the fudge instead. This is a great way to make different flavor combinations too. Expect future posts on this.
Second, the ingredients are relatively economical and easy to find. If you’ve made traditional fudge before, you know that buying all the chocolate can get pricey! Even with grocery store sales, chocolate just isn’t a cheap ingredient. Chocolate chips, on the other hand, go on sale pretty regularly and aren’t too pricey anyway.
Third, have I mentioned this is a crazy easy recipe? You don’t even need a kitchen! Even if you only have a microwave, you can make this fudge. I can’t decide if not knowing this was a good or bad thing when I was in college. This would be a perfect dorm room dessert. But it’s okay because I know about it now, and two-ingredient vanilla fudge is the perfect dessert to make with the littles. I, like every mom, am always looking for kid-friendly recipes where they can take the lead. This easy fudge recipe definitely fits the bill.
And finally, fudge is gluten-free. Find the right chocolate chips and frosting, and this recipe is probably dairy-free too. I haven’t made this with dairy-free chocolate chips yet, but it should work. If you do plan to make for friends with special dietary needs, please confirm ingredients with them first, and use caution in your kitchen. Everyone’s comfort level is different depending on their personal situation.
Now if you haven’t already, go check your pantry, fire up those microwaves, and let’s make some fudge!
- 1 16-ounce can of frosting
- 1 12-ounce bag of white chocolate chips
- Optional: sprinkles!!!
- Line an 8x8-inch square pan with aluminum foil or parchment. Leave enough on either side to make "handles" so you can easily lift your fudge out of the pan. Spray with nonstick spray and set aside.
- In a large microwave-safe bowl, combine the entire bag of chocolate chips and the entire bag of frosting. Microwave for 60 seconds at 50% power. Stir. Repeat in 30-second intervals until the frosting and chocolate chips have completely melted.
- Stir in your sprinkles (if using) and immediately pour into the prepared pan. Do your best to spread it as evenly as possible.
- Allow the fudge to set for 2 hours in the refrigerator before slicing.
- Store prepared fudge in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.
- Prepare your pan in advance. This fudge sets up verrrry quickly once the ingredients have melted together.
- This is a soft fudge and so best stored in the fridge. It gets pretty soft at room temperature.
- I have not personally frozen this recipe. BUT, if you are going to freeze it, I would not cut the block of fudge. This will prevent it from drying out. Wrap the completely set block of fudge twice in plastic wrap and once in aluminum foil. Freeze for up to a month and thaw in the refrigerator when ready to slice and serve.
- If you don't want to add sprinkles, you have plenty of other options for mix-ins! Nuts, toasted coconut, mini candies, chopped cookies... get creative!
- Also, you aren't limited to just vanilla. This works with any flavor of canned frosting and any flavor of chocolate chip. The important thing is to be sure the flavors compliment each other well. For example, if you'd like to use butterscotch flavored chips, use a vanilla frosting. Mocha/coffee flavored chips can work with either chocolate or vanilla frosting.
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