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Small Batch Microwave Fudge

This is the easiest Microwave Fudge Recipe! All you need are chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, and chopped nuts to make this rich single serving dessert. Perfect for gift giving or to satisfy a chocolate craving.

Seven squares of fudge on a brown table with scattered walnuts around the fudge.

This easy microwave fudge recipe delivers a rich, smooth, incredibly delicious homemade chocolate fudge. One bowl and a microwave are all you need to make this scaled down version of my favorite fudge recipe!

Why I Love This Recipe

  • Fudge is a dessert you can enjoy year round, not just during the holidays. I can think of many times during the year when I'm hit with a craving for chocolate and a thick, rich piece of fudge certainly satisfies.
  • Since this fudge recipe is so easy to make, you can enjoy fudge any time you want. A small pan of fudge also makes a lovely gift to give someone.
  • This a scaled down version of a recipe I always use when making big batches of fudge. It yields enough for one person - or two, if you feel like sharing.
  • You don't need a candy thermometer to make this quick fudge.

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a large square of fudge on a sheet of aluminum foil next to a red ribbon.

Ingredient Notes

The ingredients needed for a small batch of fudge are:

  • 3 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips (1/2 cup): I recommend using good quality chocolate chips. Brands I use often are Guittard, Ghirardelli, and Nestle's Toll House.
  • 3 ounces sweetened condensed milk: See below for ways to use up extra sweetened condensed milk as well as other ingredients.
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts: Optional, but preferred. Feel free to use chopped pecans instead.
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

See below for ways to use leftover ingredients.

How To Make Microwave Fudge

  1. Microwave the chocolate and milk together until the chocolate has mostly melted.
  2. Stir in chopped nuts and pour into a small dish. I like to line the dish with a sheet of aluminum foil or parchment paper with the ends extending over the sides of the dish. This makes it easier to remove the fudge from the dish when it has firmed up.
  3. Refrigerate the fudge until firm, about an hour to an hour and a half. Slice into small squares and enjoy!
slicing a block of fudge with a big knife on a cutting board.

Ways To Use Leftover Ingredients

You can use ingredients left over from this fudge recipe in any of these single serving and small batch recipes:

You might also consider adding it to your morning coffee or drizzling over fresh fruit. You can also freeze the condensed milk in an airtight container for up to 3 months. It can be thawed overnight in the refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • I like to line the bottom and sides of the dish I'm using with aluminum foil. You can use wax paper, if you prefer. I think the aluminum foil makes it easier to lift the firmed fudge out of the pan.
  • If you'd like to give the fudge as a gift, place it in a new dish and cover with decorative paper or colorful food wrap.

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slicing 4 strips of fudge into squares on a brown cutting board.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Size Dish Do You Use To Make A Small Batch Of Fudge?

For this homemade microwave fudge recipe, I use a small baking dish. The one shown measures 5-inches by 5-inches (25 square inches). A 4-inch by 6-inch will work well too. For best results use a dish of similar size.
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How Long Does Fudge Take To Firm Up?

You'll need to refrigerate the fudge for at least 1.5 hours or up to 3 hours.

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Small Batch Microwave Fudge

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Chill: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Dessert
Keywords: chocolate, fudge, microwave fudge
Servings: 6 pieces
Calories: 119kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk


  • 3 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips (1/2 cup)
  • 3 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts (optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Line a small baking dish with aluminum foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter or spray with oil spray. Set aside.
  • Combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a medium, microwave-safe bowl.  Microwave 30 seconds.
  • Remove bowl from microwave and stir until chocolate chips are completely melted.
  • Stir in chopped walnuts and vanilla.
  • Spread into prepared pan.  Cover; refrigerate 1-1 1/2 hours or until firm.
  • Lift fudge from pan using foil ends; cut into squares.


Expert Tips
  • I like to line the bottom and sides of the dish I'm using with aluminum foil. You can use wax paper, if you prefer. I think the aluminum foil makes it easier to lift the firmed fudge out of the pan.
  • If you'd like to give the fudge as a gift, place it in a new dish and cover with decorative paper or colorful food wrap.


Serving: 1piece | Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 4mg | Sodium: 14mg | Potassium: 115mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 0.8mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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42 thoughts on “Small Batch Microwave Fudge”

  1. 5 stars
    This is very yummy! I used the one in the cookbook I received in my email. It says to use butter or spray on the foil… I didn’t do that so I did have to peel the foil off the bottom.. BUT, it turned out really good! I am so glad to have small disserts… keeps me from eating too many sweets. Perfect!

  2. I’m so excited to have found you, Joanie. This fudge recipe is not only easy to make it’s so creamy delicious. I used milk chocolate. I can’t stop making and eating this.
    Thank you much

  3. Joanie you are a genius! Sitting at home (Covid-19 quarantine) and wanting something sweet, preferably chocolate. I only had half a bag of chocolate chips, so checked out Pinterest for a recipe. Along came yours, I had all of the ingredients except walnuts which was fine with me. This was the fastest, easiest fudge I have ever made and living alone it was the perfect size for one. Although I know it will be gone by tomorrow. When the fudge cooled a bit I threw in a small amount of mini marshmallows, Perfect!

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