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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
- 500 g of chocolate – we use 250g of plain and 250g of milk
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter
- 1 can sweetened condensed milk 395g
- Place all the ingredients in your crockpot on a low heat.
- Stir every 10 – 15 minutes using a metal spoon.
- Carry on for 2 hours.
- Pour into a lined baking tin or square tin.
- When set, cut into cubes and store in your fridge until you gift wrap it or eat it yourself.
Delicious Slow Cooker Fudge Recipes to Make for Christmas COoking
Why not try one of these delicious variations of fudge next time.
A little treat is our Baileys and Pecan Fudge in the slow cooker. Easy to make and tastes amazing!
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.