Paula Deen’s 5-Minute Fudge is a delectably rich and creamy chocolate fudge that can be prepared in a remarkably short amount of time, ideal for those sudden cravings or unexpected guests. This recipe is a perfect example of simplicity and speed in dessert making, without compromising on taste.

The process begins with combining semi-sweet chocolate chips, a staple ingredient in many fudge recipes, with a can of sweetened condensed milk. This blend creates the fudge’s velvety and dense texture. Sweetened condensed milk, with its thick consistency and sweet flavor, acts as both the sweetener and binding agent, eliminating the need for sugar and cream.

To this mixture, a generous amount of vanilla extract is added. Vanilla is a classic flavor enhancer, imparting a warm and comforting aroma that balances the richness of the chocolate. It’s crucial to use real vanilla extract rather than imitation for the best flavor.

The fudge is further enriched with chopped nuts, typically walnuts or pecans, which introduce a delightful crunch and nutty flavor. This addition is optional, and the fudge can be kept nut-free if preferred.

One of the most appealing aspects of this recipe is its no-cook method. The ingredients are combined in a large bowl and then microwaved, typically in 30-second intervals, stirring in between until the mixture is smooth and well combined. This method is a departure from traditional fudge recipes that often require cooking sugar to a specific temperature.

Once the mixture is smooth, it is quickly poured into a prepared pan, often lined with parchment or wax paper for easy removal. The fudge then needs to set, usually in the refrigerator, until firm. This setting process typically takes a couple of hours, but for those who can’t wait, a short stint in the freezer can speed it up.

Once set, the fudge is cut into small squares. The result is a decadently smooth and rich chocolate fudge with a melt-in-the-mouth texture, a perfect balance of sweetness, and a hint of vanilla and nuttiness if nuts are used. Paula Deen’s 5-Minute Fudge is an excellent example of a quick and easy dessert that doesn’t sacrifice flavor or texture for convenience.


  • 1 and ⅔ cups white sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (6 ounce) packages milk chocolate chips
  • 16 large marshmallows
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts

How To Make It

Step 1: Add the sugar, milk, butter and salt together in a saucepan. Then cook for 5 minutes, while stirring constantly.
Step 2: Add in chocolate chips while stirring and cook until it melts. Then remove from heat, add marshmallows, vanilla and nuts and stir well.
Step 3: Pour into an 8-inch pan, leave it to cool and cut into squares. Serve!

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