Fudge is a simple and delicious dessert that requires very few ingredients and can be made in a short amount of time. While you might think of fudge as just butter, milk and sugar, there are many variations that can be made. Check out what goes into fudge and how you can make some of your own:

What Is Fudge?

cubes of chocolate fudge

Fudge is soft candy that's generally made from sweetened condensed milk, sugar and butter. Additional ingredients can be added to expand the fudge's flavor -- some common additions include chocolate chips, nuts, butterscotch, peanut butter and white chocolate. Fudge is made by heating and mixing the ingredients together, then letting them cool in a dish before serving.

Three-Minute Fudge

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Need a last minute dessert idea? By following this recipe you can make a fudge mix in three minutes and a delicious end result. All you need is sweetened condensed milk, semi-sweet chocolate chips and vanilla extract. Simply heat the milk and chocolate in a microwave for one minute, add the vanilla extract and stir it all together. Pour the mixture into a pan lined with parchment paper and store in the fridge for one hour. After that, remove the pan, cut the fudge into squares and serve.

Salted Caramel Turtle Fudge

Salted caramel turtle fudge combines the different flavors of caramel, chocolate and salt under one umbrella to create a sweet and salty fudge. Simply toss the chocolate chips and condensed milk into a saucepan over medium heat, then stir in your caramel bits and pecans until the ingredients are completely melted and thoroughly mixed together. Place your fudge mixture in a 9-inch pan lined with parchment paper, top the mix with coarse salt, store in the fridge for one hour and you'll have yourself a wonderful dessert.

Maple Nut Fudge

maple syrup fudge

Toasted walnuts and maple extract are the key ingredients when it comes to maple nut fudge. After baking the walnuts in the oven, heat the butter, sugar and evaporated milk over medium heat before adding in the marshmallow creme and maple extract. Throw in the toasted almonds, mix everything together and pour into a pan lined with parchment paper and place in the fridge in for one hour before serving.

M&M Cookie Dough Stuffed Fudge

This recipe combines M&M's, cookie dough and butter fudge into a delicious fudge. This fudge takes a little more time than other recipes because it requires you to layer cookie dough over fudge that's already solidified. This dish has three layers -- one layer of cookie dough sandwiched between two layers of fudge. The white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk combine to create the fudge base while the butter, sugar, milk, vanilla and M&M's make up the cookie dough. It's then topped with M&M's and placed in the fridge for one hour before it's ready to serve.

Brown Sugar Fudge

brown sugar fudge in a bowl

Brown sugar fudge can be made in 10 minutes and only requires four ingredients -- butter, brown sugar, icing sugar and heavy cream. The butter, cream and brown sugar are heated in a pot over medium heat for five minutes before the icing sugar is added. The whole mixture is then whipped until it is smooth and creamy, where it's then placed in a dish lined with parchment paper and cooled before serving.

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