Microwave Easter Fudge
Forget about sugar thermometers and “soft ball stage”, this Easter Fudge can easily be made in the microwave with just 6 ingredients!
Fudge is one of those treats that has the power to take me right back to my childhood. We often holidayed in Cornwall, home of this sweet, soft, delicious confectionery, so whenever I taste a piece I’m instantly reminded of happy summers by the coast.
As a child, one of my favourite sweet shops on the Cornish Coast made all of their fudge in house. They had a huge display case with what felt like hundreds of different flavours to choose from. All of the fudge was made in house and if you were really lucky you’d be able to catch a glimpse of them making it out back, or you’d be the first person to try a piece of a new batch.
With so few ingredients you’d think that fudge was incredibly simple to make. But, if you use the traditional method it’s a real science as you have to make sure the sugars get to the right temperature or you end up with a sticky, sloppy mess.
I often make fudge using the traditional method and its not as hard as you think. (You can find my traditional vanilla fudge here). That being said, sometimes you need to whip together a batch of fudge as quickly as humanly possible. That’s where the microwave comes in handy…
I’m ashamed to admit that more often than not my microwave is used to heat up ready meals or leftovers but every now and then I use it to make fudge.
In short, all you are doing is melting together the condensed milk and chocolate. Because the chocolate will naturally try and set firm when it cools you don’t have to worry so much about heating the sugars to a high enough temperature to reach the “soft ball stage”.
It also means that you can make fudge with children more easily. The traditional method involves a large pan of bubbling hot sugar which can easily scold little hands.
By making the fudge in the microwave, with a little supervision, kids can help stir the mix as it melts, add the mini eggs and spoon into the tin without you worrying about them getting burnt. Win-win!
An Easter treat!
Of course this recipe is so simple you could flavour it any which way you want but seeing as Easter is just a few weeks away I decided to add chopped Smarties eggs and Cadburys mini eggs to my batch.
As with most Easter treats this fudge is a real sugar overload so definitely one to be enjoyed in moderation!
You could easily add any of your favourite chocolates or sweets to make this fudge all year round.
Microwave Easter Fudge
- Line a tin (20 cm square tin ) with grease proof paper and place to one side.
- Place the condensed milk, chocolate and butter into a microwave safe bowl and place in the microwave for 3 x 30 second intervals, stirring the mix well each time.
- Continue to melt the mix in the microwave at 10 second intervals until the mix has completely melted and is smooth. (This should only take another 30 seconds).
- Sieve half of the icing sugar into the bowl and mix thoroughly with an electric whisk).
- Add the second half of the icing sugar (again sieved) along with 2/3rds of the Cadbury mini eggs and Smarties eggs.
- Tip/pour the fudge into the lined tin and gently push to the sides making it as smooth on top as possible.
- Sprinkle the surface with the remaining Cadbury mini eggs and Smarties eggs.
- Chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour until set, then cut it into squares.
ChocolateIf you want to make the fudge less sweet you can use a mix of milk and dark chocolate or only dark chocolate.
StorageStore in an airtight container in the fridge for up to two weeks (if it lasts that long!).
More Easter inspiration!
If you like this recipe then you’re sure to love my Easter Blondies! Click the image below for the recipe. Or why not head to my Easter Recipe Archive?
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