A creamy, smooth hot chocolate fudge — made without a candy thermometer! This cozy hot chocolate fudge is made with two types of chocolate, mini marshmallows, and a packet of hot chocolate right in the mix, and is as easy as it is delicious!
Winters here on the Mason Dixon line have been a little funny the past two years. Not a lot of snow, which is good/bad, depending on how badly I need to travel the roads.
We had a 70-degree Christmas last year, and have been recently waffling between weather that swings wildly between above average and bitter cold, between sunshine and snow squalls that rip-roar their way across the skies, disappearing as abruptly as they arrive.
Recently I’ve found myself hopefully scanning my weather app for snowflakes — real snow that will cover the ground and maybe even require a shovel for the driveway (a selfish thing to hope for when your husband does all the shoveling). The skies seemed to be promising something, it’s been so drab, overcast, and Punxsutawney Phil promised another six weeks of winter, so maybe a snowstorm will come in time.
I’m ready for some cozy weather in the next six weeks, the kind that absolutely requires a cup of hot chocolate just to make it through the day.
I’ve had hot chocolate on my brain a lot, recently, and after re-discovering a love for easy (read: no candy thermometer required) fudge recipes, I thought I’d try incorporating the flavor into an easy batch of hot chocolate fudge.
This recipe calls for only 7 simple ingredients.
I used both semisweet chocolate and milk chocolate chips in this hot chocolate fudge to give it a good balance and keep it from being too dark or too sweet (as milk chocolate has the tendency to do). There’s also a full packet of hot chocolate mix stirred right in for ultimate hot chocolate flavor.
I used “mallow bits”, which are adorable little hot chocolate marshmallows that you should be able to find in your grocery store alongside the hot chocolate mixes. The marshmallow has a wonderful effect on the final fudge — it makes it extra creamy, rich, and fudgy, and gives it a real melt-in-your-mouth quality.
It’s a sweet and simple hot chocolate fudge, and pretty darn enjoyable, snowstorm or not.
Hot Chocolate Fudge
Creamy hot chocolate fudge made in just ten minutes with real hot chocolate and mini marshmallows -- no candy thermometer required!
- 1 14-oz can sweetened condensed milk (396g)
- 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips (175g)
- 1 cup milk chocolate chips (175g)
- 1 Tablespoon butter
- 1 pouch hot chocolate mix I used a .73 oz Swiss Miss packet
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 1/2 cup mallow bits* divided (60g)
Line an 8x8 pan with aluminum foil and lightly grease or butter the foil. Set aside.
Combine sweetened condensed milk, semisweet chocolate chips, milk chocolate chips, and butter in a medium-sized saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir frequently.
Once chocolate begins to melt, stir in hot chocolate mix. Stir well until hot chocolate powder is dissolved, chocolate and butter are melted, and ingredients are well combined.
Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract.
Stir 1/2 cup (20g) of the mallow bits into the fudge mixture and immediately pour into your prepared 8x8 pan.
Pour the remaining mallow bits over the top of the fudge immediately, press down slightly so that they stick to the surface.
Allow fudge to cool completely before cutting (this will take several hours at room temperature, or you can speed up the process and refrigerate 1-2 hours).
* These are the mallow bits I use (affiliate link), but I have been able to find them in WalMart in the hot chocolate aisle, too.
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