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Easy Instant Pot Fudge With Condensed Milk

I grew up eating homemade holiday fudge - my mom used to make it every year. And what better way to make it than in the Instant Pot? Easy Instant Pot Fudge with condensed milk should be a no-brainer, right?

Fast and Easy Instant Pot Fudge is basically a dump-and-go recipe, with lots of stirring in between. It's also super inexpensive.

I paid less than $5 for the entire batch. Depending on whether or not you use generic ingredients, this Christmas candy is very budget-friendly.

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Why Use The Instant Pot To Make Fudge:

The great thing about using your instant pot to make chocolate fudge is that it’s essentially a dump-and-go recipe. This cooking method makes it almost effortless. No candy thermometer, no microwaving, and no standing by the stove. It couldn't be easier!

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)

Instant Pot Fudge step by step instructions:

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.

Start by dumping a bag of semi-sweet milk chocolate chips into the metal bowl.

chocolate chips in a bowl

Next, pour a can of sweetened condensed milk on top.

Instant Pot fudge

Cut up a half stick of unsalted butter into chunks and add that to the bowl with the chocolate chips and condensed milk.

Mix the chocolate chips, the condensed milk, and the butter chunks together.

Cover the bowl tightly with foil. This will keep the water out when it's in the pressure cooker.

Can you believe that this recipe uses only 3 ingredients?

Instant Pot fudge ingredients in a bowl

Pour a cup of water into the Instant Pot. Set a trivet in there, and put the bowl with the chocolate chips, condensed milk, and unsalted butter on the trivet.

Close the lid and set the Instant Pot on high pressure using the manual setting for 10 minutes.

While the homemade fudge is cooking, line 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 beeps, Quick release the pressure. Remove the Instant Pot lid and carefully take out the bowl.

You'll find that the butter is floating on top of the mixture. This is normal. Mix it well so that the ingredients are combined smoothly.

Once it's all mixed together, pour the mixture into a baking dish. The size of the dish will determine the thickness of the fudge. A more shallow dish will make thinner fudge.

I prefer to use a loaf pan because it's smaller and fits in the freezer better.

instant pot fudge on parchment paper

Refrigerate the fudge overnight. You can get away with refrigerating it for only a few hours, but it won't be as firm as it is if you leave it overnight.

Convincing your family to stay out of it for 12 hours is an entirely different ballgame!

Once the fudge has set, remove it from the pan and cut it into bite-sized squares.

Variations for 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:

  • crushed candy canes
  • Reese's pieces
  • walnuts
  • pecans
  • peanuts
  • m&m's
  • sprinkles
  • and many more!

The list is pretty endless. Basically anything you think goes great with chocolate would be perfect for this Instant Pot Christmas candy recipe.

Can I use evaporated milk instead of condensed milk for fudge?

I wouldn't recommend it. The sweetened condensed milk is much thicker and much sweeter than evaporated milk.

How do I store fudge?

You can store your Instant Pot fudge in an air-tight container in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.

Can I freeze it?

Absolutely, as long as it's frozen in an airtight container. I like to store fudge in FoodSaver bags just so that I know there won't be any freezer burn. Fudge will last 2 to 3 months in the freezer.


instant pot fudge
Yield: 6

Easy Instant Pot Fudge

Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

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


  1. Pour the water into the Instant Pot.
  2. Combine all of the remaining ingredients into a heatproof bowl or Instant Pot accessory Insert.
  3. Place the bowl on a trivet, close the lid. and set for 10 minutes on high pressure.
  4. While the Instant Pot is going, line a baking pan with parchment paper.
  5. 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.
  6. Pour the fudge into the baking pan.
  7. Add toppings as desired.
  8. Refrigerate to set.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


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.

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Updated 5/12/23

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  1. Have u ever tried it with dark chocolate and if so, any adjustments? Also have u tried butterscotch or white chocolate chips?

    1. I haven't tried it any other way except for adding toppings - my family is pretty picky. However, white chocolate is made from different ingredients so I'm not sure that would set up the same way.

    1. I haven't tried doubling it, simply because I don't have a big enough metal bowl to do that. If you've got a larger Instant Pot, give it a try! Let me know how it goes!

    1. You can use any size baking dish you want - I sometimes use a loaf pan just because I don't have enough room in my refrigerator/freezer. The more shallow the pan, the faster the fudge will set up.

    1. Hi!
      A half stick of butter is also 1/4 cup or 4 tablespoons. I've never tried this recipe with undiluted butter so I don't know if that will work or not honestly.

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