This rich, chocolate-y 2-Minute Quick Fudge is so easy that children can make it all by themselves. Even better, its main ingredients are store cupboard and refrigerator staples: powdered sugar, cocoa powder, butter and milk. It’s perfect for slumber parties and the unexpected midnight munchies when your sweet tooth starts poking at you.
I miss the days when my daughters still lived at home and we’d have a fairly steady stream of overnight guests and sleepovers on the weekends. I was in my absolute element cooking and baking for a crowd.
One of our favorite sleepover meals was homemade pizza. I’d make the dough and pizza sauce and set out all of the toppings. Each girl would get a ball of dough to spread out on a pan so she could top her own custom made pizza. It took a while to make and bake them all so the pizza was both entertainment for part of the evening, and dinner.
As they got older, I’d head off to my room to read after we ate, knowing that they were quite capable of baking up a pan of brownies and more on their own, if the munchies hit. The muted giggles and games and music from downstairs were joy to me. Of course, their father and I would make the occasional pass through to make sure all was well.
When this week’s Sunday Supper theme of Sleepover Food was announced, I was determined to find a quick fudge recipe that children could make on their own with simple ingredients. No condensed milk or marshmallow fluff since a lot of folks don’t keep those in the cupboard. I didn’t want the stove involved either. Flames and unsupervised children should never mix. Unfortunately, most quick fudge recipes call for one or both those things. Until I found this one in my archives.
I’d love to give credit where it’s due, but the source wasn’t in my notes. They did say that nuts were optional. I had scratched through Nuts to write Pecans. Because pecans are my favorite nut. And I added the mini M&Ms. The bottom line is, you can eat the base quick fudge all on its own. It’s perfectly chocolate-y and rich. Or you can add in whatever you like. Chopped candy bars, mint chips, peanut butter chips, mini marshmallows, other nuts? Use the seasonal M&Ms for Halloween, Valentines Day, Easter, Fourth of July or Christmas. They’d all be excellent!
- 1 lb or 450g confectioner’s or powdered sugar
- 1/2 cup or 40g unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
- 1/4 cup or 60ml milk
- 1/2 cup or 113g butter
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/2 cup or 57g chopped pecans plus more for decoration, if desired
- 1/2 cup or 100g mini M&Ms plus more for decoration, if desired
Grease an 8 x 8 in or 20 x 20cm pan or line it with baking parchment across the bottom and up at least two opposing sides, so that the fudge can be lifted out of the pan by those ends.
In a large microwaveable mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa and salt in mixing bowl.
Add milk and butter. Do not mix.
Cook uncovered in a microwave oven on high for 2 minutes.
Remove bowl from microwave and stir well to mix the ingredients together. Isn't it amazing how cocoa can turn that sugar and butter into rich chocolate?
Add the vanilla, pecans and mini M&Ms. Stir until blended.
Pour or spoon the fudge into your prepare pan.
Sprinkle on the extra nuts and/or M&Ms and press on them lightly so they stick.
Place in freezer for 20 minutes to cool and set.
Cut into small squares and serve.
Store in airtight container.
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