Crock-Pot Chocolate Fudge

Crock-Pot Chocolate Fudge

Each year my family and I make about 100 batches of Christmas fudge. But this year I have been sick as a dog and really just did not have the energy to do one big day of cooking and slaving over a hot stove making batch after batch of traditional fudge. So instead of giving our friends, neighbors, teachers, etc fudge this year I opted for a few different homemade treats like candy bark, Chex Mix, etc.

But I personally LOVE fudge and wanted to make at least one batch for us (OK OK me). So I turned to my crock-pot. I wanted this to be easy because  it is the season for bronchitis and my energy is just sapped.

This recipe could NOT get any easier folks. There are just two ingredients. Chocolate chips and a can of ready made store bought frosting.

I used semi-sweet chocolate chips and a dark fudge chocolate frosting and the results are a VERY chocolaty fudge. I love chocolate so it suits my tastes just fine. However my 16 year old daughter though it was too much. You could make this with milk chocolate chips too if that is your thing.

I had a bag of peppermint candies already on hand so I crushed them up in a zipper baggie and whacked them with my rolling pin. This was to sprinkle on top and add a little holiday flare. But you can totally omit that and just make plain fudge. Or you can top them with sprinkles or other candies.

Two ingredients, about 1 hour cooking time and you have fudge. How could it get any easier than that?

Step By Step Directions

Step One: Gather your ingredients – One 10 oz. package of chocolate chips and one 16 oz can of chocolate frosting. I used Betty Crocker brand Rich and Creamy Chocolate Frosting

Crock-Pot Chocolate Fudge - 2 Ingredients

Step 2: Frosting – Scoop out the chocolate frosting into the bottom of a 3-quart slow cooker.

Crock-Pot Chocolate Fudge - Frosting

Steps 3, 4 & 5: Chocolate chips – Add the bag of chocolate chips. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 1 to 1.5 hours.

Crock-Pot Chocolate Fudge - Chocolate Chips

Step 6: Prepare your pan – While your slow cooker fudge is cooking, line a 8×8 inch baking pan with parchment or wax paper and set aside. I did a layer in one direction with plenty of overlapping paper and then another layer going the opposite direction. The extra paper allows you to easily lift your cooled fudge out of the pan so you can cut it.

Crock-Pot Chocolate Fudge - Lined pan

Step 7:  Pour your fudge – Cook your fudge in the slow cooker just until everything is nicely melted together and give everything a stir. Carefully pour your melted chocolate mixture into your prepared pan and spread with an offset spatula to smooth everything out and make it even.

Crock-Pot Chocolate Fudge - In Pan

Step 8: Optional toppings – at this point you can just toss your fudge into the refrigerator and let it cool. Or if you want to add some crushed peppermint candies, sprinkles or whatever your heart desired on top this is the time to do. Sprinkle away and then press lightly with your hand to make sure the topping makes contact with the warm fudge. I opted for some peppermint candies to add a little holiday flare.

Crock-Pot Chocolate Fudge - Peppermint Topping

Step 10 – Cool and cut – Refrigerate your fudge until it is cool – about 2 – 3 hours and then cut with a sharp knife. I had no problems with the fudge sticking to my knife but if you do run the blade under hot tap water, dry it off with a paper towel between cuts.

I didn’t take a picture of this process…but you get the general idea right?

Step 11 – Serve or package up for gift giving – I plated up some of the fudge for us to eat that afternoon. And then rest I packaged up into sweet little tins I found at Dollar Tree. The tins came with a pretty green ribbon attached and for a buck, you cannot beat the price!

Crock-Pot Chocolate Fudge - Packaged for gift giving

And that is it folks! Easy crock-pot chocolate fudge with just 2 ingredients!

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Crock-Pot Chocolate Fudge

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

Yield: 30

Serving Size: 1 square of fudge

Crock-Pot Chocolate Fudge

This easy to prepare chocolate fudge is perfect for any time you have a sweet tooth or need an easy recipe for gift giving. With only 2 ingredients and about an hour of cooking it could not get any easier!

Ingredients

1 (10 oz) package chocolate chips (either semi sweet or milk chocolate)
1 (16 oz) can of prepared cake frosting

Instructions

  1. Scoop chocolate frosting into the bottom of a 3 quart slow cooker.
  2. Add the chocolate chips.
  3. Stir to combine.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 1 to 1.5 hours.
  5. While chocolate mixture is cooking prepare an 8X8 inch baking pan by lining it with parchment or wax paper, leaving paper on each side overhanging.
  6. Once chocolate mixture is melted, stir well to make sure everything is well combined.
  7. Pour into prepared pan and spread with an offset spatula.
  8. Sprinkle top with crushed peppermint candies, sprinkles or topping of your choice (optional) pressing topping lightly with hand to make sure it sticks to the fudge.
  9. Place pan in refrigerator and let cool 2-3 hours.
  10. Cut cooled fudge with a sharp knife and serve or package for gift giving.

Notes

Topping options - crushed peppermint candies, sprinkles to match your holiday, nuts, dried fruit, chopped candy bars.

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Comments

  1. Dana McCallister says

    Hi Heidi! I’m gonna try this recipe tomorrow for sure! I just wanted to ask if you’ve tried the crockpot liners. I think they’re wonderful, as I love to use my crockpot, but I hate clean-up. Hope you’re better & Merry Christmas.

    • says

      Hey Dana, thanks for dropping by and commenting. I hope you enjoy this recipe. I use crock-pot liners all the time and you can totally use them in this recipe. I just happened to be out of liners when I made this recipe. However, it did not stick at all. So if you don’t have a liner just an FYI this is one where the fudge just sort of slides right on out of the crock.

    • says

      I have not yet personally tried other frosting flavors – this recipe really was on the fly using ingredients I already had in the pantry. But I am 99.9% sure you can use whatever frosting/chip combination you want. I will be doing some more experimenting after the holidays and after my bronchitis clears up for sure!

  2. Kate says

    This looks like the easiest dessert recipe ever. Unfortunately my family are not huge chocolate lovers. What is your opinion re: whether this could be done with like peanut butter chips (but then what flavor frosting, I wonder…) or any other flavors/ingredients?

    • says

      Hey Kate I totally get that Chocolate is not everyone’s thing. I am going to be trying some other flavor combinations in the next few weeks. But I am pretty sure you can use whatever flavored frosting and chips that you like. One of my friends said she makes it with white chocolate chips and strawberry frosting. So yeah that should work!

    • says

      Hi Kim, thanks for dropping by. It does not need to stay refrigerated. I just put it in the fridge to chill it quicker so I could get it cut and packaged up. It should be OK for about 1 week at room temp. But for longer storage toss it in the fridge.

  3. says

    Hello Heidi from Ireland,

    I love love love your posts on Facebook. I look forward so much to all of your offerings and have even converted some of my friends to tge crock pot life! Wishing you and your family a a wonderful Christmas and every good wish for the new year, Gabrielle xxx

  4. says

    Hello Heidi from Ireland,

    I love love love your posts on Facebook. I look forward so much to all of your offerings and have even converted some of my friends to tge crock pot life! Wishing you and your family a a wonderful Christmas and every good wish for the new year, Gabrielle xxx

    • Kate says

      The reason the bag of chips in the picture has only 10 ounces is because they are dark chocolate chips. (Milk chocolate chips also come in 10 oz bags.) Semi-sweet chips come in 6 oz and 12 oz bags. You’ll need about 1 2/3 C semi-sweet chips to equal 10 oz.

  5. Bonni Chapman says

    Does this fudge come out “hard” or “gooey”? Most fudge is a bit to gooey for my taste, I like it hard, sugary, almost crumbly.

    • says

      Hi Bonni,

      I would say that this fudge is neither hard nor gooey. I have had super gooey fudge and some super crumbly fudge as well and I would not say this is either. It is hard yet a little soft in texture.

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