Microwave Fantasy Fudge Recipe

Published on
June 16th 2022
Last updated on March 20th 2024
Jennifer Dodd

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Fudge is a treat usually for special occasions such as holidays or served at family & friends' functions. It makes a whimsical gift when wrapped in treat bags or placed in a fancy tin. 

Many shops & bakeries specialize in different flavors of fudge and experimental home cooks. Here's a small list of flavor ideas to add to your fudge. Holiday candy cane, gingerbread fudge, peanut butter, cotton candy, butterscotch, white, dark, or milk chocolate, pecan, or walnut. A favorite way to eat fudge is digging up the pieces of fudge in a pint of ice cream. 

For Microwave Fantasy Fudge, it only takes 15 minutes to cook with the addition of 20-30 minutes of cooling time. The original Fantasy Fudge recipe was said to have been developed by Kraft over 100 years ago. Guessing they didn't think this many years later, the recipe would be adapted and cooked in a microwave in under 15 minutes!  

The easy-to-find ingredients in this Microwave Fantasy Fudge are butter, Demerara sugar, evaporated milk, dark chocolate chips, toasted and salted hazelnuts, shredded coconut, coconut essence, and of course. This ingredient makes this fudge a fantasy marshmallow cream. If marshmallow cream isn't available, you can substitute it for mini marshmallows. 

You can either go the traditional route and set the fudge in a lined square pan. Or use any fun shapes of silicone molds in your kitchen drawers, cool them in the fridge, and they pop right out. Finally, line some muffin or mini muffin tins with paper and pour the Fantasy Fudge into the containers for portion control and perfect-looking treats. 

If you're a candy fan try out some Homemade Jub Jub Candy

Does Fantasy Fudge need refrigeration?

Your Fantasy Fudge will last in an airtight container for about 2 weeks. The key is to ensure your fudge is completely cooled to room temperature before storing it in your container. This will avoid condensation. Each layer has a waxed or parchment paper sheet in between, so they don't stick together. Store in a cool, dry place in your kitchen, avoiding direct light. 

Why does my fantasy fudge get grainy?

Fudge will get grainy for a few simple reasons. The temperature being the number one cause, when dissolving the sugar, the temperature of a candy thermometer should reach the "softball" stage, which is between 112 and 114 °C (234 to 237 °F). If you don't have a thermometer, drop a small amount of your sugar into an ice-cold glass of water & it should form a soft ball. In this case of microwaving, following the time & temperature is vital. Also, check the wattage of your microwave. This recipe is designed for a microwave with a wattage between 900-1050 watts. These are pretty typical watts for any microwave. If yours is different, you may need to look up a wattage conversion chart to be precise. Also, using clean utensils, contamination of foreign objects, and even minor traces can cause the fudge to be grainy. 

What is the secret to good fudge?

At the end of fudge making is crucial letting the mixture cool to 43 to 45 °C (110 to 113 °F) before beating it. When beating the mixture, you should do it until it looks smooth and matte before folding in the additional ingredients. Again using clean utensils will help with this. 

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Author: Jennifer Dodd
Average: 5 (3 votes)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
12 Pieces


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Using a large, microwave safe bowl, melt the butter in the microwave for 40 seconds on high heat. 

Add in the evaporated milk & sugar. Using a whisk, mix until the sugar is dissolved. 

Place the bowl back into the microwave and cook for 5 minutes on high heat. 

Remove from the microwave and stir the mixture with a silicone spatula, scraping down the edges. 

Place the bowl back into the microwave and cook for an additional 3 minutes. 

Remove the bowl and stir once again, scraping down the edges. 

Place the bowl back into the microwave for an additional 2 minutes. 

Remove the bowl from the microwave and keep stirring the mixture until it has cooled down to 45 C or 113 F. If you don't have a thermometer, test the combination after it has cooled for 2 minutes by using your finger with caution to test the temperature. It should still be warm enough to melt the chocolate but not piping hot. 

Once the mixture has cooled and has a smooth finish, fold in the chocolate chips, marshmallow cream, hazelnuts, shredded coconut, and coconut essence. Fold until the chocolate and marshmallow cream is melted and everything else is evenly combined. 

Line a 9x13 pan with waxed paper or parchment paper to fix the pan. Pour in the fudge and level off the top with a spatula. 

Allow the fudge to cool for a minimum of 20 minutes before cutting into squares. 

Display your Microwave Fantasy Fudge on a serving platter for sharing with the special & lucky people that will enjoy this. 

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