I grew up with fudge on the holidays - my mom used to make it every year. This year she isn't up to it for health reasons, so I decided to carry on the tradition myself. And if you've been around here for a while, you know that I feel the need to make anything and everything in my Instant Pot. So Easy Instant Pot Fudge should be a no-brainer, right?
I wish I'd known how easy this recipe was a long time ago, because I would have relieved my mom of her fudge making duties way back then. (By the way Mom, if you're reading this you still have to make the cheese log!) Anyway, it's basically a dump and go recipe, with lots of stirring in between. And super inexpensive. I paid less than $5 for the entire batch.
Ingredients for Easy Instant Pot Fudge:
1 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
½ stick of butter, cut into chunks
1 cup of water (for under the bowl, not to be mixed with ingredients)
First, you have to find an Instant Pot safe bowl that fits inside your pot. This might be the hardest part of the entire recipe. I do have the Instant Pot brand dishes that go inside, but I felt that they were a little bit small. So I used a metal mixing bowl.
I started by dumping a bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips into the bowl.
Next, I dumped a can of sweetened condensed milk on top.
Once that was in there, I cut a half stick of butter into chunks and added that too.
Then I mixed the chips, the condensed milk, and the butter chunks together. Can you believe that this recipe only takes three ingredients? Here I thought it was difficult process.
Next, I covered the bowl in foil.
I poured a cup of water into the Instant Pot and set a trivet in there. On top of the trivet I set the bowl.
Finally, I closed the lid and set the Instant Pot on high pressure using the manual setting for 10 minutes.
While that was cooking, I lined a baking dish with parchment paper. This not only makes the fudge easier to slide out, but it makes for very little cleanup when you're done.
When the Instant Pot beeped, I quick released the pressure, took out the bowl (carefully!) and stirred it all together. You'll find that the butter is floating on top so you have to really mix it well.
Once it's all mixed in, I poured the mixture into my baking dish.
Then I refrigerated the fudge overnight. You can get away with refrigerating it for only a few hours, but I prefer to let it set well, and that takes overnight. Convincing my family to stay out of it for 12 hours is an entirely different ballgame!
Variations to Instant Pot Fudge:
This is where the fun part comes in. Because I'm a plain jane kind of girl, I left my fudge plain. Most people like to put additions in there. To add something to your fudge, you'd mix it in when the fudge comes out of the Instant Pot and before you pour it into the baking sheet. Some of the things people like to add to fudge are:
- peppermint candy pieces
- Reese's pieces
- and many more!
The list is pretty endless. Basically anything you think goes great with chocolate would be perfect for this Easy Instant Pot fudge recipe.
Can I freeze it?
You absolutely can! The fudge freezes well and will be just as tasty when it thaws. One caveat - make sure that you seal it in an airtight container. I like to store mine in FoodSaver bags just so that I know there won't be any freezer burn. Just about anything frozen lasts longer that way too.
Holiday baking just got easier! This Instant Pot fudge is a dump and go recipe that will have your guests begging for more!
- 1 12 oz bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
- ½ stick butter, cut into pieces
- 1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
- 1 cup water
- Pour the water into the Instant Pot.
- Combine all of the remaining ingredients into a heatproof bowl or Instant Pot accessory Insert.
- Place the bowl on a trivet, close the lid. and set for 10 minutes on high pressure.
- While the Instant Pot is going, line a baking pan with parchment paper.
- When the Instant Pot beeps, quick release the pressure and stir the chocolate mixture well. The butter will have floated to the top - this is normal. Just stir it right in. This is also the time to stir in any nuts or candy pieces you want to add.
- Pour the fudge into the baking pan.
- Add toppings as desired.
- Refrigerate to set.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 122Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 69mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 0gSugar: 7gProtein: 1g
Nutrition information may not always be accurate.