[Updated for 2012] This Hit List features a whopping list of ideas for making different types of fudge.
If you love this sweet, creamy candy that’s a sure favorite on the holiday baking tray, every type that you could be possibly craving should be right here on this list!
I’ve handpicked these from around the ‘net and made sure to include simple recipes along with some really interesting ingredient combinations (lime & macadamia nuts anyone?). Each promises to please!
To make browsing easier, I’ve sorted them into separate groups (like Chocolate, White Chocolate, Vanilla, Pumpkin, etc.). Some fit into more than one group but I chose to list them in one section only just to keep things simple.
There are some that are fairly similar but I did my best to make sure they’re all unique. Then at the bottom you’ll find a wonderful mix of assorted varieties with ingredients that don’t really fit elsewhere. Enjoy!
- Vanilla: From Martha Stewart.
- Rose: We used roses to embellish this, but edible geraniums, pansies, violets, or orange blossoms would make tasty substitutions. Found at Delish.
- Cherry: From Food.com.
- Cream: Makes about 64 pieces. From Saveur.
- Vanilla: From BBC Good Food.
- Peppermint: Takes less than 5 minutes to make! Ingredients include white chocolate chips (or high quality white chocolate bar), vanilla frosting, peppermint extract, red food coloring and crushed peppermint candies. From Tablespoon.
- With Walnut: Sweet, smooth and scrumptious. From Very Best Baking.
- Giovanna’s Maple Creams: Giovanna sometimes dips them in bittersweet chocolate, as shown in one of the photos. From David Lebovitz.
- Maple Cream: From Thibeault’s Table.
- With Peanut: Found at MyRecipes.
- With Chocolate: From Hershey’s Chippits.
- With Peanut Butter: It’s creamy and sweet and salty you just have to make it yourself! From Crepes of Wrath.
- With Nut: From Hershey’s Kitchen.
- Butterscotch Walnut: From Taste of Home.
- Traditional: If you have a sweet spot for butterscotch, then try making this wonderful version. From Very Best Baking.
- Pumpkin Pie: From MyRecipes.
- With Nut: From Sweet Peas Kitchen.
- Pumpkin: From Better Homes & Gardens.
- Pumpkin: Yields about 64 pieces (3 pounds), ingredients include light brown sugar, unsalted butter, evaporated milk, canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, white chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, chopped pecans and vanilla extract. From Brown Eyed Baker.
- Cinnamon Pumpkin Milk Chocolate: Made with pumpkin spice marshmallows, evaporated milk, butter, salt, milk chocolate chips, semisweet chocolate chips, cinnamon and vanilla extract. From What Katie’s Baking.
- Salted Rocky Road: The extra salt in this classic cuts the sweetness and makes this utterly dangerous. From Always Order Dessert.
- Baileys Rocky Road: Adults need Christmas presents too and this, with its shot or two of Baileys, is just the thing. From Taste.com.au.
- S’mores: You get a nice mixture of rich chocolate, chewy marshmallow and crisp crackers. From Baking Bites.
- Rocky Road: The crunchy nut contrasted with the soft spongy texture of marshmallows, all encased in delicious chocolate. From Hungry Rabbit.
- Rocky Road (Gluten Free): Foolproof and in the pan in 15 minutes! From Betty Crocker.
- Easy Peanut Butter: Not only is this easy, but it makes quite a bit, so you can save some for yourself. From Peanut Butter & Julie.
- With Jelly: To ensure success, remove from heat just before it reaches the soft-ball stage. From Martha Stewart.
- Peanut Butter: Another chocolate and peanut butter combo that I can’t resist. And it’s surprisingly easy to make, which is always a winner. From Bakerella.
- With Honey: This is a super simple dessert to throw together real quickly to take somewhere…no baking involved. From Heavenly Homemakers.
- Killer Crack: There might even be a ban on this stuff, it’s so addictive. From Cookie Baker Lynn.
- Layered With Chocolate: Has a nutty chocolate base and topped with creamy peanut butter. From Kraft.
- With Marshmallow: The slightly savory flavor of peanuts is a nice counterpoint to that oh-so-sweet base of cream and sugar. From King Arthur Flour.
- Triple Peanut: From Jif.
- Creamy Marshmallow-Peanut Butter: From Kraft Foods.
- Cadbury’s Fruit & Nut: From Omnomicon Makes.
- With Coconut: Vegan version from Eating Is Art.
- Crunchy Mint-Chocolate: Cooked in the microwave. From Canadian Family.
- Spicy With Pecans: You want that crispy, flavorful nut in this, and toasting helps bring out the flavor of all nuts. From Vanilla Sugar.
- Easy Oreo: I think this one is no fail – I don’t think anyone could mess this one up! From Taste and Tell.
- With Cheese: Made with processed cheese (sliced or cubed), butter, pure vanilla extract, chopped nuts, pecans, walnuts, confectioners’ sugar and cocoa. From Paula Deen.
- Salted Cinnamon-Chocolate: The salt and cinnamon do wonderful things to this. From Three Baking Sheets To The Wind.
- Layered Mint: From Taste of Home.
- Dangerously Spicy Chocolate-Chili: It’s still super-fast and very easy to make, and you can use dark chocolate (I do) or milk chocolate, as you prefer. From Miss Ginsu.
- Peppermint Mocha: Also includes a version for Baileys Vanilla Bean. From Not So Humble Pie.
- Rum & Coconut: The sweetened coconut gave this a nice crisp to the otherwise creamy dreamy result. From Steph Chows.
- Choc-Caramel: (Two-toned) Made with sweetened condensed milk, brown sugar, glucose syrup, butter, dark chocolate, golden syrup and white chocolate. From Taste.com.au.
- Velveeta: A serving of this sweet treat is two 1-inch squares. A small portion is all that is needed to satisfy your taste for chocolate. From Kraft.
- With Cinnamon: If you’re not a big fan of cinnamon just leave it out. If you really love nuts, just add 1 cup of chopped nuts at the end right before you pour it in the pan. From A Cozy Kitchen.
- With Walnut: Is creamy, dense, and melts in your mouth. From Worth The Whisk.
- 3 Minute Version: (microwave) From V and Co.
- CARNATION’S Famous Version: This five-star version makes an unforgettably delectable holiday gift – one family, friends, and coworkers won’t soon forget. And with easy variations, you can make milk chocolate, butterscotch, or peanutty chocolate. Found at Very Best Baking.
- Creamy Nut: From Sweetcakes Bakeshop.
- Chocolate Walnut: Found at Lovin’ From The Oven.
- Creamy: Has a very creamy and smooth texture. Found at Tracey’s Culinary Adventures.
- The Easiest, Healthiest, Most Scrumptious: This truly is one of the easiest to make, and it truly is richly delicious. From The Nourishing Gourmet.
- Candy Cane: The peppermint flavor came from both the candy canes, and the extract. From Erin’s Food Files.
- Festive: Chocolate and cream cheese topped with festive holiday sprinkles. From Disney Family.
- Absurdly Easy Chocolate: From The New York Times.
- Triple Chocolate Sour Cherry: Milk chocolate, semisweet chocolate and chocolate hazelnut spread flavor this decadent sweet and sour treat. It holds up well when wrapped tightly and kept refrigerated, so make this a few days in advance, if needed. From Whole Foods Market.
- With Pistachio: Found at Stone Soup.
- Peppermint Pistachio: It’s very rich, so small pieces are perfect to serve your guests. Found at Mango Power Girl.
- Cherry Polka Dot: Here’s a fast and easy way to get your chocolate fix. From montcarte.
- Bittersweet Chocolate & Walnut:
Espresso powder makes this creamy version taste more intensely chocolatey. Any nuts you prefer (such as pecans or macadamia nuts) can stand in for the walnuts. From Bonappetit.
- Heavenly Hash: From Paula Deen.
- With Peppermints: Add this to your repertoire of holiday delights. You’ll find the topping with pieces of crushed peppermint hard to resist. From Very Best Baking.
- Rainbow: Yields about 2 pounds, rainbow colored miniature marshmallows are added. From Eagle Brand.
- Christmas: This is super easy to make, and you can dress it up with just about any topping you like. From What’s Baking.
- Creamy White With Nuts: From Eagle Brand.
- Cinnamon White Chocolate: Makes about 20 one-inch squares, or 40 smaller rectangles. Found at Sugarlaws.
- White Chocolate & Blueberry: The white chocolate and blueberries meld together and provide a wonderful compliment for each other. If you’ve got a white chocolate lover and/or fruit lover on your Christmas list this year, then this is the one for you! From Dianne’s Dishes.
- White Chocolate Peppermint: From Taste of Home.
- White Chocolate Cranberry: From Reader’s Digest.
- Baileys & White Chocolate: This deliciously creamy version makes a lovely gift, just wrap it in cellophane, then finish with a stylish ribbon. From BBC Good Food.
- Cranberry Orange: Ingredients include a tube of cream cheese frosting, orange extract, grated Valencia orange zest, dried cranberries, macadamia nuts. From Lick The Bowl Good.
- White Chocolate & Salted Lemon: Incorporates a little sweet, sour and salty to keep it interesting. Found at Lemon Pi.
- Vanilla-Macadamia Nut: One try and you’ll add this rich, creamy white version with macadamia nuts to your holiday table this year! From Very Best Baking.
- Cookies ‘n’ Cream: Beloved chocolate sandwich cookies stud a vanilla landscape. Found at MyRecipes.
- White Chocolate-Cranberry-Pistachio: The colors are perfect for Christmas and it’s ridiculously easy to make, and of course it tastes great and incredibly rich, just like it should. From Elly Says Opa
- Eggnog: This is a quick and easy version that is made mainly out of white chocolate (I used Ghiradelli), marshmallow creme fluff and, of course, eggnog. From Framed Cooks.
- Eggnog with White Chocolate & Almonds: Made with granulated sugar, evaporated milk, unsalted butter, pinch of salt, marshmallow cream, white chocolate chips, bourbon, dark rum, vanilla extract, nutmeg and toasted walnuts. From Serious Eats.
- Gumdrop: These look so festive! Ingredients include white candy coating, sweetened condensed milk, salt, pure vanilla extract and chopped gumdrops. From Taste of Home.
- Funfetti Cake Batter: Made with sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate chips, vanilla extract, almond extract and rainbow sprinkles. From Pursuit of Hippieness.
- Pina Colada: The macadamia nuts and pecans add a nice crunch, while the dried pineapple adds a chewy factor. The toasted coconut flakes are kind of a hidden surprise. They add to the overall texture but they don’t overwhelm it. Found at Lick The Bowl Good.
- Lime With Macadamia Nuts: Makes 64 small squares. From Technicolor Kitchen.
- Coconut Milk [Coconut Brigadeiros]: These candies are infinitely tweakable. Personally, I think they’d be fantastic with a pinch of cinnamon, Mexican or otherwise. My mother wanted to try them with a drop or two of almond extract. I think vanilla could work well in there, too. And you can roll them in the suggested toppings — coconut, pistachios and sprinkles — or use your own. Crushed cookie crumbs, anyone? From Smitten Kitchen.
- Tootsie Roll: It’s made with melted Tootsie Rolls, crushed gingersnaps, and ground pecans. From Food Blogga.
- Candied Cherry Opera: Made with sugar, milk, half-and-half or light cream, light-colored corn syrup, salt, butter, vanilla, candied red cherries. From Better Homes and Gardens.
- Cranberry Orange with Almonds: This also makes sweet little gifts when poured into holiday shaped cookie cutters and wrapped up with some ribbon. From One More Moore.
- Creamy Lemon: Made with butter, lemon pudding mix, milk, confectioners’ sugar and lemon extract. From Taste of Home.
- Red Velvet: This yields 25 small squares. From Amanda Bakes.
- Divinity: This isn’t like traditional fudge that you would normally cut a chunk off of and eat, it is more like mini soft meringues. From Adrienne’s Blog.
- Three Different Versions: Cinnabun, Chocolate and Peanut Butter. From Southern Plate.
- Candy Corn: A vanilla version with colored layers like candy corn. From Taste And Tell.
- Pomegranate: Also includes one for Chocolate Espresso. From Not So Humble Pie.
- Espresso: From Fisher & Pakel’s Our Kitchen.
- Rose Petal & Coconut: No heavy full-fat cream here people, so eat away. From Cook Republic.
- Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough: Makes 36 squares. From Sally’s Baking Addiction.
- Orange Dreamsicle: Made with sugar, evaporated milk, butter, white baking chips, marshmallow creme, orange extract, yellow and red food coloring. From Life Should Be Delicious.
- Butter Pecan: Found at Sweetnicks Food & Life.
- Cherry Almond: Promises to taste just like ice cream! From Betty Crocker.
- Dynamite Cookies & Pretzel: Cookies and cream on top, and salty pretzels sandwiched in dark chocolate. These babies are best enjoyed in small dosages, but make the toothache soo worth it. From Chocolate Fool.