A little confession I have a bit of a sweet tooth, especially when it comes to chocolate and one of my favourite chocolate flavoured treats is fudge – but I’ve also been a bit terrified of making any after reading my great-grandmother’s book of everything where temperature is so important to make it successful I threw my hands up and walked away. But, I have a friend who has been making basic fudge for a while and says it is EASY – so I gave it a go and here it is Slow Cooker Fudge Recipe so easy even a 3-year-old can make it.

chocolate fudge made in the slow cooker
Chocolate Fudge made in the Crockpot

Making Fudge in the Slow Cooker

Fudge as I said used to terrify me to cook. All the temperature monitoring it was likely to fail especially in a busy house like ours.

However, discovering that chocolate fudge could be made in the slow cooker and it was so simple that even our 3 year old could make it was a revelation.

It’s turned into our goto gift for teachers at Christmas time and we will either make this simple slow cooker fudge or one of our flavoured favourites. Scroll down and we have more that you can make. I’m partial to the Baileys.

The key to making it in the slow cooker is that you have to stir it every so often once it melts so that it thickens up nicely.

Ingredients for Slow Cooker Fudge

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For the quantities of ingredients look at the recipe at the bottom these are links to the specific ingredients that we use for our fudge.

Chocolate – we use a combination of plain dark chocolate and milk

I’ve tried cheap Vanilla but in the end we have discovered you pay for what you get so we use Madagascan vanilla extract

The small quantity of unsalted butter helps to make the slow cooker fudge that little bit creamier.

And the key ingredient is sweetened condensed milk.

How to make Crockpot Fudge

This was such a simple recipe that my youngest whilst off school recovering from a stomach bug was able to help me make it.

preschoolers making fudge in the slow cooker breaking the chocolate into pieces
Preschooler breaking the chocolate into the slow cooker to make homemade fudge

Start off by breaking up the chocolate into smaller pieces – you can use any mix of chocolate you want – I love a mix of plain and milk as it makes the fudge a little less sweet but for Christmas, we like to make white chocolate fudge with cranberries in which is a little bit sweeter.

kid making fudge pouring a can of sweetened condensed milk into the slow cooker
Pouring in a tin of sweetened condensed milk into the slow cooker.

We ran out of condensed milk last time we made the recipe so I used this making your own sweetened condensed milk instead and it worked just as well.

The key is stirring the fudge regularly around about every 10 minutes over the course of the time in the slow cooker.

fudge in a silicone tray setting
Slow Cooker Chocolate Fudge ready to set.

I use an 8″ square silicone tray lined with greaseproof paper for the fudge to set in. This seems to make the perfect bite-sized portions when cut up.

cutting up fudge made in the crockpot with a sharp knife on a yellow chopping board
Slicing the fudge into bite-sized portions.
a pile of fudge pieces
Slow Cooker Chocolate Fudge sliced and ready to eat.

Watch this Chocolate Orange Fudge Recipe Video and discover the full ingredients at the end and how you can adapt it to make in the slow cooker too!

Shop the Slow Cooker Fudge Recipe

slow cooker liners
silicone baking tray

To avoid your meals tasting of the last thing that you cooked I find it really useful to use Slow Cooker Liners – these can be used and then disposed of – reducing washing-up and also meaning that flavours don’t mingle.

I have a large selection of cake tins and baking trays for the slow cooker fudge I like using my Silicone 8inch square tray. As it is much easier to clean up – don’t forget to line it though – although not necessary to stop the fudge sticking this makes it easier to remove the fudge and cut it up without damaging your baking tray.

Simple 4 ingredient Fudge recipe that you can make in your slow cooker or crockpot. So easy even the kids can do it!

Slow Cooker Fudge

Cerys Parker
A delicious chocolate fudge made in the slow cooker which is so easy to make.
4.84 from 6 votes
Cook Time 2 hrs
Setting Time 4 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Dessert, Fudge
Servings 30
Calories 130 kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker
  • Metal Spoon

Ingredients
  

  • 500 g chocolate chips half plain and half milk is ideal
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 395 g sweetened condensed milk

Instructions
 

  • Place all the ingredients in your crockpot on a low heat.
    Slow Cooker Fudge Making So Easy Kids Can Do it too
  • Stir every 10 – 15 minutes using a metal spoon. Carry on for 2 hours.
  • Pour into a lined baking tin or square tin.
    4 ingredient slow cooker fudge recipe that is so easy even kids can make
  • Refrigerate.
  • When set, cut into cubes and store in your fridge until you gift wrap it or eat it yourself.
    Simple 4 ingredient Fudge recipe that you can make in your slow cooker or crockpot. So easy even the kids can do it!

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 130kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 2gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 28mgPotassium: 49mgFiber: 1gSugar: 18gVitamin A: 84IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 57mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Easy Fudge Recipe, Slow Cooker Fudge
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White Chocolate and Cranberry fudge looks Christmas like and tastes amazing. The cranberries are needed because if you don’t it’s a little too sweet.

Our Chocolate Orange fudge tastes even better than Terry’s Chocolate Orange in fact it’s the one treat that I can make and know that everyone in the family will eat it.

Simple 4 ingredient Fudge recipe that you can make in your slow cooker or crockpot.
Simple Slow Cooker Fudge Recipe to Cook with Kids
Author
Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

10 Comments

  1. Well hello! Don’t know how I stumbled across your blog today. Will have to backtrack to find out how. Another marine biologist who loves cooking. Gosh! (I am a macrobenthic specialist and nobody else but you and me on your blog will know what the hell that means!). Seeing a friend and her 2 year old daughter Monday – so fudge recipe is going into slow cooker tomorrow. Love and hugs to you.

  2. Is this fudge very smooth, and not gritty? I have made old fashioned real fudge and there are tricks to get it right.
    thanks I will try this.

    1. I make it with cheap chocolate (30p in Lidl), much better than more expensive chocolate which will make it quite greasy.

  3. When you say chocolate do you mean bakers chocolate, melting chocolate or a chocolate bar like Hersheys?

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