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Easy Caramel Fudge {2 Ingredients}

Easy caramel fudge recipe, homemade with 2 simple ingredients in microwave. No condensed milk necessary. This candy has a smooth, soft, creamy texture.

This is not a dream. This is in fact a recipe for homemade candy using only 2 ingredients and a microwave. The holidays are magical times friends, just like this recipe! I love to give homemade gifts, and people love to receive them too. However, life can just feel too busy and crazy to actually make that happen sometimes. Let’s take the complication out of homemade gifts with this recipe then. You can have your homemade gifts, and eat them too! If you want a variety of fudge to offer this season, then try this Condensed Milk Fudge {Cranberry & Pistachio} and this Maple Fudge {With Maple Syrup}.

Stack of Easy Salted Caramel Fudge With 2 Ingredients on Black Base

How to make easy caramel fudge with caramel sauce in microwave? On stovetop?

Microwave instructions

  1. Heat white chocolate chips– In the microwave.
  2. Pour caramel sauce– Mix until combined.
  3. Pour into a pan– Lined with wax paper.
  4. Cover and chill– Until firm.
  5. Cut small pieces– With a sharp knife.

Stovetop instructions

  1. Heat white chocolate chips– On the stovetop in nonstick saucepan.
  2. Pour caramel sauce– Mix until combined.
  3. Pour into a pan– Lined with wax paper.
  4. Cover and chill– Until firm.
  5. Cut small pieces– With a sharp knife.

Salted caramel fudge add ins

Nuts– Such as finely chopped and toasted cashews, walnuts, pecans, or peanuts.

Mini chips– Such as dark, milk, or white chocolate, peanut butter, or butterscotch chips.

Dried fruit– Such as finely chopped cherries, cranberries, or even apricots.

Swirls– Such as warmed nut butters, marshmallow creme, or dark chocolate swirls to give a marbled look and additional flavor.

Bacon bits– For a sweet and salty flavor combination.

Mini marshmallows– Add towards the end so they don’t melt, and also remain visible in the fudge.

Shredded coconut– For added texture and sweetness.

Why is my fudge grainy, dry, crumbly? 

This could be the result of a number of issues including the chocolate being burnt, incorrect ratios of ingredients, or the ingredients were not mixed or dissolved properly.

Why didn’t my fudge set?

It could be that it hasn’t chilled long enough to set. Leave it to chill in the fridge longer, ideally overnight, and check back later. Another reason could be the addition of too much caramel sauce.

How long does it take for fudge to set?

Typically, it takes about 6-8 hours overnight for the best firm structure.

Partially Eaten Microwave Fudge on Rustic Black Base

Variations for 2 ingredient microwave fudge

Add extracts– Such as vanilla, bourbon, rum, or maple extracts.

Add spices– Such as cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice.

Make it spicy– Add a little cayenne pepper for a spicy version.

Add sprinkles– For a fun colorful addition.

Add cookies– Such as Oreos, chocolate chip cookies, oatmeal cookies, or another of your favorite cookies that are finely chopped.

Use salted caramel– Omit the sea salt if you use salted caramel.

Dip each fudge piece in melted chocolate– Use dark or semisweet chocolate for an additional flavor profile

Use a can of Dulce de leche– Instead of caramel sauce.

Add coffee–Add in a small amount of instant coffee to the mixture for even more depth of flavor and caffeine too.

Tips and technique

Sea salt is optional– Just omit it if you prefer sweet all on its own.

You must use thick caramel sauce– This Homemade Caramel Sauce can be used. 

You must line pan with wax paper– Because this prevents the fudge from sticking to the pan, and allows you to cut it cleanly and neatly.

How to cut clean slices? Remove the fudge from the pan, and while chilled, use a sharp knife to cut small pieces.

The color of fudge can vary based on the color of your caramel sauce– Some are darker than others. Some unfortunately have artificial colors and that can also alter the end color.

How to package fudge? Since this is a popular item that people give to one another during the holidays, look at these Easy Food and Cookie Packaging Ideas. If you are packing them individually use plastic wrap and wax paper, and then they can be packed into beautiful gift boxes.

Don’t use a serrated knife– Because the cuts are not smooth. There are ridge marks left in the chocolate then, and it doesn’t look as beautiful.

For more precision, use a ruler– Because this allows you to mark out exact sizes for the candy resulting in uniform pieces.

Closeup Shot of 2 Ingredient Fudge on Rustic Black Base

Storage

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 1 week.

Freeze– Double wrap and store it in an air tight container to prevent freezer burns. It can also be stored as a whole block and then sliced after being thawed.

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Easy Caramel Fudge (2 Ingredients)

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Easy caramel fudge recipe, homemade with 2 simple ingredients in microwave and no condensed milk. This candy has a silky smooth, soft and creamy texture.
Yield: 25 Pieces

Ingredients

  • 2 bags White chocolate chips, 12 oz. each
  • 1 cup Thick caramel sauce, If you are using Smucker's caramel ice cream topping, use only 3/4 cups of that because it has a much thinner consistency
  • 1 tsp Sea salt, Optional, For sprinkling on top if you like

Instructions 

  • In a large mixing bowl, add white chocolate chips.
  • Heat in microwave until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Make sure to mix with a spatula every 30 seconds to prevent the chocolate from burning.
  • Pour caramel sauce and mix until combined.
  • Spread mixture evenly in an 8 or 9 inch square pan, lined with wax paper. Use 8 inch pan for thicker fudge pieces. Use 9 inch pan for thinner/ flatter fudge pieces.
  • Optional step: Sprinkle sea salt on top to create a salted caramel flavor, if you like.
  • Cover and chill in fridge overnight to allow the mixture to set and become firm.
  • Use a sharp knife to cut small pieces. Enjoy.

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 1 week. 
     

Nutrition

Calories: 147kcal, Carbohydrates: 16g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 6mg, Sodium: 117mg, Potassium: 78mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 16g, Vitamin A: 8IU, Vitamin C: 1mg, Calcium: 54mg, Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Calories: 147
Author: Abeer Rizvi

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