Gift giving for the holiday can be stressful. Let’s put it this way, there is more than one person on my shopping list for whom I have no idea what to buy. When in doubt, baked goods are always the way to go. And if you’re going to gift goodies during the holiday season, homemade fudge is a no-brainer. It’s easy to make and your gift recipients are sure to love it — so the only real question is, which of our 23 favorite fudge recipes will you choose? Life’s full of tough question, isn’t it?
Give me a break of that Kit-Kat fudge, please. For the person who can’t get enough of this crunchy candy (or its catchy jingle) this Kit-Kat stuffed fudge is a must.
Summer might be long gone, but you can at least trick your taste buds with these pineapple upside down cake fudge. Perfect for your fruit-loving friend who’s counting down the days until they can put their bikini back on.
Anyone who has ever eaten raw dough straight from the roll will appreciate this decadent dessert. This sweet white chocolate fudge is littered with pieces of gooey, chocolate chip cookie dough. This is all I want for Christmas, personally.
Lovers of Reese’s will flip for this peanut butter chocolate fudge…which of course is decked out with mini Reese’s peanut butter cups. There’s no other way to do it, in our opinion.
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Not only does this cherry chocolate fudge combine two of our favorite flavors, but it presents beautifully for a Christmas present as well.
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You had us at “cream cheese.” This silky smooth fudge combines that perfect tang of cream cheese with the sweet crunchiness of America’s favorite cookie, Oreos. Truth: everything is better when Oreos are added.
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The classic combination of caramel, pecans, and chocolate (often referred to as “turtle”) is a love story as old as time. Well, maybe not quite, but it’s a classic combo that works wonders in a batch of holiday fudge.
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Few things scream the holiday season more than a frothy mug of eggnog. Whether you love or hate the stuff, you’re bound to fall in love with this picture perfect eggnog fudge, which is basically the best holiday sweet you could gift somebody.
Nothing says winter, Christmas, or cuddling on a snowy evening quite like a cup of hot chocolate— unless it’s Hot Chocolate Fudge! That’s right, in the great tradition of all our favorite fudge recipes, we’ve taken a delicious favorite and turned it into squares of delectable, easy-to-make fudge.
For this one, we’re turning to another kind of dessert entirely – ice cream! – for inspiration, and capturing one of the most classic flavors. Yes, it’s Rocky Road Fudge, and it’s easier to make than you think!
Bring back that campfire flavor with the taste of s’mores in this unbelievable layered fudge. The best three flavors in the world (chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker, of course) combine to create a fudge that will grant Christmas wishes everywhere it’s gifted. (Fine, it might not do that, but it will make your friends and family VERY happy.)
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Eggnog not really your thing? Then you’re probably more of a hot cocoa person. If that’s the case, imagine your favorite wintertime beverage, with a spicy Mexican kick, in a creamy batch of fudge. That, friends, is our Mexican hot chocolate fudge in a nutshell.
The season of pumpkin is not over, not until we say it is! Stretch this favorite flavor for as long as you can with this indulgent peanut butter pumpkin fudge. For your friend who can’t get enough of their pumpkin spice lattes, this is the perfect goodie.
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One of the go-to flavors of the holiday season is, without a doubt, peppermint. This double hot chocolate peppermint fudge captures that delicious taste with the added bonus of rich cocoa. Best of all, this is a no-bake recipe, so it’s as simple as it is delicious.
For something a little trendier, salted caramel fudge is about as chic as you can get (while still being this delicious.) Gooey caramel on top of a thick fudge, finished with a sprinkle of coarse sea salt? Trust us, it looks as amazing as it tastes.
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If your friend of family member is nuts about the sweet taste of shredded coconut, put their favorite candy bar in fudge form with this Almond Joy fudge.
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Maple walnut has a flavor all its own, with a very loyal hoard of followers. So for that person who ALWAYS gets maple walnut ice cream, despite the scoffing of others, this maple walnut fudge will be their Christmas dream come true.
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If you thought chocolate and caramel taste good salted, wait until you try TOFFEE salted. This classic English candy has a homey feel that’s perfect for the holidays, making this toffee fudge (with a twist) the perfect holiday gift.
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Peanut butter and chocolate, sure. This classic combo will always hold a special place in our hearts. But what about peanut butter and Nutella, swirled into a mind-blowing fudge? Well…turns out we have some room for a new favorite, too…
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Break out of the fudge mold and gift someone a really creative recipe, like this pecan buttermilk fudge. The buttermilk is sure to make this the creamiest fudge you’ve ever tasted, the pecans add just the right amount of crunch, and the white chocolate flavor is divine.
- Lemon & Mocha
At the end of the day, there’s nothing wrong with going for classic, chocolate fudge. But if you’re going to go with and old favorite, upgrade it with this super smooth recipe.
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There’s a lot going on here. This sweet white chocolate fudge is filled with exquisite Macadamia nuts and finished off with thick coconut shavings. It’s a pretty nutty concoction, but it just might work.
- Spoonful of Flavor
For a great juxtaposition of flavors and textures, cranberries are a great ingredient to add. Their subtle sourness, plus their chewy consistency, makes for a really surprising twist in an otherwise ordinary fudge.
Do any of these fudge favorites catch your eye? Is there a fudge recipe you make every year, without fail? Share your thoughts and your favorite recipes in the comments section below.