This Easy Fudge recipe shaped as a Christmas wreath makes a delicious holiday dessert. It also makes a perfect homemade Christmas gift.
Fudge is something I only make once a year…at Christmas. It just seems like one of those traditional things to do. Every year we have our three standard cookies that we make for Christmas. Fudge is one we add in as a fourth every once in a while. Each year I like to try a new recipe if there is time.
Time…something we are always short on in the month of December. Decorating, shopping, Christmas parties and family get gatherings…all in one month. That is a lot!
If you have a Christmas party or family gathering that you need a dessert recipe for…look no further. Make this Easy Fudge Christmas wreath!
How to Make this Easy Fudge Christmas Wreath:
Before you start, line your 9 inch cake pan with foil. This makes the fudge come out easy and also is good for easy clean up.
Place the chocolate and butterscotch chips into a medium pot and pour in the sweetened condensed milk.
Save the sweetened condensed milk can. This will be the center of your wreath. Cover the milk can with foil and set that aside.
Using low to medium heat, melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips and combine with the sweetened condensed milk. Stir often until chips are melted and combined well with the sweetened condensed milk.
Once it looks completely melted and smooth, stir in the vanilla and remove from the heat. Add in the nuts and marshmallows.
Place the milk can in the center of the covered cake pan. Place it in there with the top facing up, just to make sure that any excess sweetened condensed milk doesn’t spill out into your pan.
Quickly spoon the fudge around the can, making sure the can stays in the center of the pan. If it shifts, just move it back to the center.
The garnish needs to be added within a couple of minutes since the fudge will start to set within a short time. I decorated my wreath with candied red and green cherries to look like holly berries. If you would rather not use them, but still want the wreath look, you can add a fabric bow to dress it up.
Chill in the refrigerator for a 3-4 hours or until it is set. Take out the wreath and enjoy! This is great for a holiday gift for someone too!
Be sure to slice the pieces small as it is very sweet. You can always go back for seconds!
Store fudge covered either at room temperature or in the refrigerator. It is not necessary to store the fudge in the refrigerator but some people like it chilled.
Make sure to line your cake pan with foil before you start. Using the foil helps the fudge come out of the pan easier and also makes for easy clean up.
When melting the chocolate chips, make sure to use low to medium heat and stir often. Overheating the chocolate chips will make it too thick. The chocolate mixture should be smooth and creamy.
Save the sweetened condensed can to make the center of the wreath. Cover it with foil and place it in the center of the pan. If it shifts a little while adding in the fudge, just move it back to the center.
Make sure the can is facing up so any excess sweetened condensed milk does not drip out into the pan.
If using the red and green candies, add them immediately after placing the fudge into the pan as the fudge will start to set quickly.
A bow made from fabric or ribbon can be added to make the wreath look more festive.
If you would like to just make the fudge in a regular pan, use an 8×8 pan instead of the round cake pan.
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Easy Fudge is a quick and easy delicious recipe. Making it into a Christmas wreath is so simple. It is great to serve as a holiday dessert and it also is a perfect holiday gift!
- 1 bag (12 ounces) milk chocolate chips
- 1 cup butterscotch chips
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 8 ounces chopped walnuts
- 2 cups marshmallows
- Red and green candies, for garnish if desired
Before starting, cover 8 or 9 inch cake pan with foil.
- Place chocolate and butterscotch chips into a medium sized pot with the sweetened condensed milk on the stovetop.
- On low heat, melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips and combine with the sweetened condensed milk until it is smooth. Stir often.
- Save the empty condensed milk can and cover in foil. Place the can in the center of the covered cake pan.
- Stir in the vanilla and remove pot from the heat. Add in the nuts and marshmallows and stir until mixed in well.
- Quickly spoon into prepared cake pan around the covered sweetened condensed milk can, keeping the can in the center.
- If adding garnish, add it right away as the fudge will set very quickly.
- Chill in the refrigerator for 3-4 hours or until the fudge sets.
- Serve fudge in small slices.
- Store fudge covered either in the refrigerator or at room temperature.
Before you start, line your cake pan with foil. This helps the fudge come out of the pan easier and also helps with easy clean up.
Melt the chocolate and butterscotch chips on low to medium heat, stirring often. You want to make sure the chocolate doesn't overheat as it will become too thick. You want the chocolate chips to be smooth and creamy.
Use the sweetened condensed milk can, covered in foil, to make the center of the wreath. Make sure the can is facing up so that if there is any excess sweetened condensed milk, it won't drip out into the bottom of your pan.
If adding the green and red candies, add them within a couple of minutes of placing the fudge in the pan as it will start to set quickly.
If you are not using the candies to decorate the wreath, you can add a fabric bow to make it look festive.
If you prefer to make the fudge without making the wreath, use an 8x8 pan instead of the round baking pan.
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Update Note: This recipe was originally posted earlier, but was published again in 2018 to include step by step directions and new photos.