Chocolate Cinnamon Fudge

in Chocolate, Desserts

Can I tell you something? I’ve cheated before. It happened when I was in 5th grade and taking a social studies test. I didn’t know the capitol of South Dakota, or what its major exports were, and so… I cheated. And then after school I broke down crying in front of my mom; I’m really not that good at keeping these kinds of secrets. So yeah, based on past experience I didn’t really think cheating was going to be a good thing. However, this time there were no tears and I wasn’t grounded from watching TV for two weeks. Instead, there was fudge. Lots and lots of awesome fudge.

Until now, I had never made fudge. The reason I have never made fudge before is because I thought it was difficult and involved scary and unknown objects like candy thermometers. Whenever I see a recipe that mentions a candy thermometer, I turn the page as quickly as I can. Seriously, things like that make me nervous. However, this was easy, easy fudge. By easy, I mean it took less than 30 minutes and only 5 ingredients. There were no thermometers of any kind involved. I took it to a party and everyone went on and on about how they couldn’t believe I made fudge for them, and I sort of felt like a cheater, knowing I didn’t really spend as much time or effort on this as they all thought. I guess sometimes cheating can be a delicious thing to do.

Chocolate Cinnamon Fudge

Adapted from Giada De Laurentiis

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Okay, I know I’m on a bit of a Giada kick, but you’re gonna thank me when you try this. If you’re not a big fan of cinnamon just leave it out. If you really love nuts in your fudge, just add 1 cup of chopped nuts at the end right before you pour it in the pan.

1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound (about 2 cups) bittersweet or semisweet chocolate chips
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch pieces, at room temperature, plus more for greasing the pan

Butter the bottom and sides of an 8 by 8-inch baking pan. Line the pan with a sheet of parchment paper, allowing a couple inches of parchment paper to hang over the side.

In a medium glass or stainless steel bowl, combine the condensed milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Stir in the chocolate chips and butter. Put the bowl on a saucepan of barely simmering water and stir until the chocolate chips have melted and the mixture is smooth, about 6-8 minutes. (add nuts at this point if you like them) Using a spatula, scrape the mixture into the buttered pan and smooth the top. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours until firm.

Holding the edges of the parchment paper that are hung over the pan, life the fudge out of the pan and onto a cutting board. Peel off the parchment paper and cut the fudge into 1-inch pieces. Store refrigerated in an airtight container or freeze, if you don’t eat all of it while standing in the kitchen.


{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Alisa March 6, 2010 at 5:39 am

It looks so easy to make!I also steer away from desserts that require me to use candy thermometers :)I’m sure to make this one real soon!


Memoria March 8, 2010 at 3:29 am

Woah!! This looks great!!! YUM!


Cooking Foodie March 8, 2010 at 5:22 am

I too am scared of candy thermometers… this recipe is easy and I love fudge… will surely make some…


grace March 10, 2010 at 4:43 am

cinnamon is the end-all, be-all for me, and i just so happen to be a fudge addict. that said, i think you’re my new favorite person. :)


Caroline March 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm

haha, thanks Grace! Again, I can’t take too much credit cause this is seriously the easiest fudge you’ll ever make, enjoy!!


Ngoc August 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Made this last weekend to wonderful feedback! It will definitely be going on the holiday list. :)


joudie's Mood Food September 27, 2010 at 1:19 am

I am so glad i bumped into your blog. I have been looking for a nice fudge recipe that does NOT involve a candythemometor and this seem s to be just perfect. How simple. I cant wait to try it. Looks Yumm!


Kristen November 11, 2010 at 9:29 am

** drool **


Cindy December 22, 2010 at 8:28 pm

Wow! I’m a fudge junkie and this sounds like a lot of fun to make. Do you know how long it will last before going bad?


Dani December 17, 2012 at 8:41 am

Great recipe! I brought some to a party and it was a hit! Thanks!


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