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Simple Four-Minute Fudge Recipe (AKA Joelle’s Fudge)

Christmas might technically be over, but as long as my kids are home I’m still looking for ways to entertain them! And maybe even myself just a little bit. This week I’m pulling out the big guns: we’re baking. And by baking I mean microwaving up this simple four-minute fudge recipe my friend Joelle shared with my mommy group 13 years ago. Here’s the story behind the simple four-minute fudge recipe & why we try to make a batch every year. 


Simple four minute fudge recipe: you'll thank me for this holiday favorite! Easy recipe for homemade gifts & treats.

Fudge by Kim Ricks, April 05 momma


I spend a lot of my life online. Maybe too much time- but that’s not for this particular post to dissect!

It’s where my friends live for the most part. So it’s where I socialize.

My internet friendships have blossomed over the years into real-life besties.

I don’t know if this is weird, but the people I’m still in touch with that I first met in person are pretty limited. Limited to, oh, 5 people? Including 2 neighbors I met in the past year.

Apparently, I don’t get out much. Ha!

This is the brief (I’ll try to be brief, I swear!) story of my first group of ride or die women who I’ve known for 13 years now. And how I look forward to sharing Joelle’s fudge with them every holiday season.



The April 2005 Mommas

Before there was Facebook or even Twitter, I was hanging out with all the hormonal and judgy mommies and mommies-to-be on Baby Center.

To be fair, we weren’t all judgy. But… to be honest? Most of us were. Ahem.

Ahhhh, youth.

During those late nights with “morning” sickness, insomnia, and worry over every twinge and tweak our bodies put us through, friendships were made. Secrets were shared. Confessions given. And tons of LOLs occurred.

All because we all got knocked up in August 2004 and expected April 2005 babies. What a time to be alive!


My April 2005 baby in December 2005. Claire’s pregnancy not only brought my first daughter, but about 100 aunties who I love.


Through my pregnancy with my daughter Claire, my lifelong tribe of friends from around the world formed in the April 2005 Mommas.

These ladies have held me up in my darkest hours when Jacob died; they’ve cheered my success; they’ve supported my blog and my travel business.

I love them. And I know for a fact that they love me. They may not always like me (hey, I still get judgy at times, so you know, it’s cool) but I know they love me fiercely.

Friendships like these are what I hope my children find someday.

It freaks me out sometimes to think I trust so much of my life and heart with people I’ve never met in real life, but when someone shares their favorite simple four-minute fudge recipe with you (thank you, Joelle!), it just instills trust, you know?

We’ve got a tradition of sharing fudge variations online and man, some of these are creative and amazing. Here’s the basic four-minute fudge recipe to get you started; but trust me when I say the variations are only limited by your creativity.

(Speaking of Christmas— if you are looking for a Gluten-free Christmas Cookies recipe, check that one out!)


Simple Four-Minute Fudge Recipe

Four-Minute Fudge Ingredients

  • 1 stick unsalted butter
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 2 bags chips (any combination that you want based on the desired flavor)

My family loves the simple four-minute fudge recipe: rocky road version. This simple four-minute fudge recipe uses 2 bags of semi-sweet chocolate chips, mini marshmallows, and chopped walnuts.

It’s truly simple enough even the littlest of helpers can assist in making this deliciously sweet dessert.


Simple four minute fudge recipe: you'll thank me for this holiday favorite! Easy recipe for homemade gifts & treats.


Mix everything in a glass bowl and start heating up in the microwave in 30-second increments.

You want to pull the bowl out, mix and scrape the sides, and make sure you don’t burn it!

Once it’s melted, pour into your pan.

I like an 8X8 pan lined with parchment paper. This makes it easier to remove the fudge after it’s set.

If you are adding special additions (like the marshmallows and walnuts) add them in before you pour into the pan.

Set in the fridge or freezer until solid.

See- simple four-minute fudge!

And oh so good.


Simple four minute fudge recipe: you'll thank me for this holiday favorite! Easy recipe for homemade gifts & treats.

Fudge by Kim Ricks, April 05 momma


Some suggested flavors for your own simple four-minute fudge recipes:

Milk chocolate
Oreo (crushed Oreos with white and dark chocolate layers)
Kahlua (topped with chocolate covered espresso beans)
Chocolate peanut butter
Maple bacon pecan
Almond Joy
Snickers (with a homemade nougat layer)
White chocolate candy cane
Dark chocolate toffee
Birthday cake
Mint chocolate Oreo
Butterscotch with marshmallows
Chocolate with walnuts and coconut
Chocolate with Butterfinger candy bar prices
White chocolate candy cane


Simple four minute fudge recipe: you'll thank me for this holiday favorite! Easy recipe for homemade gifts & treats.

Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)

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Patty Holliday

Patty is a 40-ish mother of four living in Virginia. A bit geeky, sometimes sarcastic, lover of a candid confession. She's trying to love running, she swears. But much like her marathon, it’s taking a very long time. Ahem. She's searching for the perfect way to balance family, work, travel, and fitness. Perfect defined as high on fun, low on guilt.

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