(Should be Famous) Cocoa Microwave Fudge

Should be famous cocoa fudge may very well be famous, but I hadn’t heard of it until now. This simple, made in the microwave, cocoa and powdered sugar fudge is truly incredible!


Microwave fudge, anyone? Who would have thought? This simply amazing cocoa and powdered sugar fudge recipe is a huge favorite of mine.

Let it be said that though I do love chocolate truffles and champagne, I adore chocolate cocoa fudge. And after finding this recipe, I’m afraid I might begin to adore this easy homemade fudge a little bit too much.

My love affair began during the Christmas holidays, which is the time I’m looking for gifts for the neighbors. As a child I recall making marshmallow fluff fudge to give away. Standing at the stove, while constantly stirring, remains in my head. It was so worth it.

But somehow I never had amazing success with that recipe in Colorado. I’m guessing it has to do with the fact that our boiling point is lower here, which throws the whole 5 minute fudge thing out of whack. I briefly tried a recipe called perfect fudge when I decided I’d master the candy thermometer. It was perfect…when it turned out!

And then I started trying a variety of condensed milk recipes for fudge, but they never seemed to have the taste that I recalled.

Cocoa Microwave Fudge

I’ve eaten a bit of fudge in my day. Christmas might seem like the fudgely time but vacations always found us scoring fudge too. Think about it. Every boardwalk and mountain town always has a store that makes fudge.

Just thinking of those glass cabinet fronts lined with every possible variety of fudge always makes me drool. And the aroma that comes out of those usually wood framed doors with big brass door knobs is pure heaven, if you are a chocolate lover like me. 

So whether fudge is to Christmas or to vacations, I don’t really care. The point is that this microwave fudge is for anytime and this year I am choosing Valentine’s Day to be that time.

I just couldn’t hold back. I’ve had these photos since Christmas and this easy fudge recipe. In fact, this recipe has probably been out there for at least as long as microwaves have been commonplace in one’s kitchen. But somehow I didn’t get the memo.

This is fudge to be reckoned with and it is so damn simple to make that it deserves your attention. I hope I got it!

This cocoa fudge could be called Hershey’s cocoa fudge, or it could be called easy fudge, but honestly? I just call this “should be famous cocoa fudge”…because really it should be!


Why this fudge recipe? Perhaps it was the ingredients that caught my attention. I’d never heard of powdered sugar in fudge. And regular milk? Nope. Usually fudge calls for condensed milk or evaporated milk, but thanks to this recipe all of the ingredients were on hand in my pantry when I spontaneously decided I needed more gifts.

Plus, I was able to double the recipe easily, which made an enormous pan of chocolate cocoa fudge. Yes, I must admit that if the fudge didn’t turn out, I knew I’d have to throw a lot away, but I’m a bit courageous in the kitchen when trying something new.

So Valentine’s Day easy homemade fudge anyone? Much easier than making truffles, no special trips to the grocery required, and if you are like me you have a leftover unopened bottle of champagne from New Year’s that should be drunk.

I’m totally down with this. Champagne and this soon to be famous cocoa microwave fudge? I think I’ll leave the recipe out for Manservant to find!

Happy Valentine’s Day to all. And to all a Good Night!


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(Should be Famous) Cocoa Fudge

  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 10 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 - 25 Minutes
  • Yield: 1 15 x 10 pan 1x
  • Category: Candy
  • Method: Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


Should be famous cocoa fudge is simple to make in the microwave. Cocoa, powdered sugar and butter makes this fudge taste like old fashioned fudge!



32 oz bag of powdered sugar

1 c cocoa

2 sticks of salted butter or 16 T at room temperature

1/2 c milk

1 1/2 c chopped toasted walnuts

2 T vanilla


Line a 15 x 10 baking sheet  or a 13 x 9″ if you want thicker fudge, with foil, leaving enough hanging off the edges so you can remove the fudge easily from the pan.

In a large microwaveable bowl combine powdered sugar and cocoa. Stir until all major lumps dissolve or to be on the safe side you could sift this. SInce I do not own a sifter, I use a mesh strainer which does the job! If you have found you still have lumps after removal from the microwave, I have found that an immersion blender works really well to break them up. Therefore sifting is the best thing if you want to avoid lumps.

Pour milk over sugar mixture but DO NOT STIR!

Cut the butter into cubes by slicing the butter in half lengthwise. Turn it on its side and slice again. Now slice the butter as you normally would and you should end up with 4 cubes to a slice. Place the butter cubes on top of the milk.

Now microwave on high for three to five minutes or until the butter has melted entirely. Make sure to lightly cover your bowl with plastic wrap or a paper towel in case you have a splattering accident! Check at three minutes for melting and then add a minute. Check again. Add another 30 seconds to a minute. Just get that butter melted.

Now stir well and incorporate all that sugar with all that butter. Mixture should become shiny. Now add vanilla and nuts and stir again. Spread in pan and chill until cool.

Damn! How easy is that?

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  • Sissi
    February 20, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Your fudge looks to addictive! I like both the texture and the presence of chocolate and also walnuts. I tried making fudge several times but it never worked… I think I didn’t add enough sugar (I always cut down the sugar content by half because I am not used to very sweet food). Yours looks perfect!

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      February 20, 2019 at 12:33 pm

      Thanks Sissi! I must say though that fudge is supposed to be sweet and if you cut down on the sugar the consistency will not work. This is a forgiving recipe though, and if you tried cooking the sugar I can guess that your ratios were probably off. I love nuts in fudge and hope you give this a try! Tastes like old fashioned fudge but made a modern way!

  • Pam
    February 18, 2019 at 11:50 am

    Sure am glad to find your blog again! This fudge sounds addicting and the recipe is unique for sure with milk and powdered sugar. Never have used them in fudge. It’s damn easy too! You’re right, every touristy town seems to have a store that makes fudge. The best one I’ve come across is a candy store in Holland, MI, their fudge is to die for!!!
    Have a wonderful week, Abbe!

  • mimi rippee
    February 17, 2019 at 8:14 am

    I just can’t eat fudge. It’s just too sweet for me! When a certain friend of mine still lived in town, every Christmas she would make chocolate fudge, and I couldn’t eat it. And I felt so bad about it… I can’t really tell from your recipe if yours would be as sweet….

  • Lynn Elliott Vining
    February 16, 2019 at 11:40 am

    Ooooooooooo! My Valentine would so gobble up all that fudge in one setting! Love it! Thanks!

  • Marissa
    February 15, 2019 at 5:52 pm

    Not only does your fudge look perfect, I can’t believe how simple the recipe is!! My mom always made it with marshmallow cream – I’ve got to turn her on to this recipe!

  • Susan
    February 15, 2019 at 12:47 pm

    Making fudge was one of the first things I learned when I was growing up and I made it often. Sounds like a quick and easy recipe for when the fudge urge arises 🙂

  • sippitysup
    February 14, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Ok. Another childhood memory. Fudge was the only thing my dad ever cooked when I was a kid. I say “cooked”. Though his version required no oven. It may have been the marshmallow version you mentioned. I don’t think he used confectioner sugar because his always had a little grit to it! Me, I’ve never even attempted to make fudge… I guess that will always remain my dad’s territory. GREG

  • Christine
    February 14, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Wow! Sounds good! It’s been a long time since I’ve eaten fudge.

  • Juliana
    February 14, 2019 at 1:38 pm

    Oh Abbe…all done in the microwave? Amazing…and I love the nuts in it, love the combination of creamy and lightly crunch…thanks for the recipe.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • GiGi Eats
    February 14, 2019 at 9:05 am

    THESE really should be famous – not only for how they’re probably AMAZING but for how easy they are with next to no ingredients necessary!!!

  • Liz
    February 14, 2019 at 3:35 am

    Wow, I’ve never even considered making fudge with cocoa powder! This whole recipe intrigues me, too, so I’ll have to give it a whirl!!

  • angiesrecipes
    February 13, 2019 at 11:19 pm

    These chocolate fudges look incredibly delicious with walnuts! My husband is going to LOVE these. What kind of cocoa powder did you use, Abbe?

    • Abbe Odenwalder
      February 15, 2019 at 11:31 am

      I used Hershey’s and Trader Joe’s has a good cocoa, too. They are both a natural cocoa type. Enjoy!

  • John / Kitchen Riffs
    February 13, 2019 at 9:08 pm

    Microwave fudge is da bomb! Only way Mrs KR makes it these days. This looks wonderful — terrific combo of flavors and textures. Thanks!

  • Monique
    February 13, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Looking good!

  • Holly
    February 13, 2019 at 7:33 pm

    Pinned to my fudge board! Looks good!

  • Gerlinde @Sunnycovechef
    February 13, 2019 at 7:32 pm

    I am amazed how easy this fudge recipe is. I will pin the recipe and make it later. It’s raining cats and dogs here and I don’t have any powdered sugar n my pantry.