Sarasota's Simple Eagle Brand Fudge

"I can't take any credit for this, and I'm sure this recipe has been made over and over, but, I always like to pass it on. At work, I used to take batches in every Christmas, and I was surprised to see how many people had never tried this simple recipe. For those who know me on Zaar, they know I DON'T like to bake and don't unless I have to. I'll bake cookies or a pie at Christmas, and I do bake these "TWO" cakes; rum and eggnog, and beer bread, but that is about the extent of it. Don't get me wrong, I can when I have to ... I just would rather cook. So I have been making this fudge for some 25 years. A simple mix of Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk and Morsels (any flavor). So, below is the basic recipe and some of my favorites. The best part is ... have fun with flavorings and added ingredients (extracts or liquors and dried fruits, nuts, coconut, etc). A quick 3 minutes in the microwave and then poured in a square 8x8 pan lined with foil or parchment and let cool. The easiest fudge around."
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Ready In:
36 Bite Size Pieces


  • Basic Fudge

  • 3 cups baking chocolate (Nestle or any brand of flavored morsels. It can be peanut butter, butterscotch, white chocolate, dar)
  • 1 (14 ounce) can eagle brand sweetened condensed milk
  • 18 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (but you don't have to just use vanilla, add any flavor you like)
  • Options

  • extract (Not just vanilla, such as, mint, peppermint, fruit flavors, almond, you can also use liquors such as)
  • nuts
  • candy cane, pieces
  • marshmallows
  • candied fruit
  • toffee pieces
  • cookie, pieces
  • candy bar, pieces
  • fruit preserves (not jam or jellie)


  • Fudge -- First, line a 8x8" pan with either wax paper, parchment paper or foil (bottom and the sides). I happen to prefer parchment paper if possible.
  • Microwave -- Add the Eagle Brand, flavored morsels on medium heat in the microwave for 3-6 minutes (the size bowl and your microwave can affect the cooking times). Half way through I stir and then continue cooking until creamy and smooth.
  • Flavor -- Remove from the microwave and add in the flavoring and any other additions such as nuts or dried fruits, etc. Anything you want. Stir to combine.
  • Add to your pan. At this point you can add some additional nuts or toppings it you want. Cover with plastic and cool in the refrigerator about 1 hour. Remove from the pan by just turning it over, it will come right out, pull off the foil, parchment paper or wax paper, and cut into squares. You can let it cool right on the counter, but I like to chill mine before cutting, it just makes it a bit easier.
  • Favorites -- 1) Dark chocolate, vanilla flavor, walnuts; 2) White chocolate, amaretto flavor, almonds; 3) A layer of milk chocolate (1/2 recipe), vanilla flavor, a layer of peanut butter fudge (1/2 recipe) with 1/2 cup strawberry preserves and peanuts; 4) Milk chocolate, vanilla flavor, marshmallow cream, peanuts; 5) White chocolate, almond flavor, dried cherries; 6) Milk chocolate, peppermint flavor, mint chocolate cookies, walnuts; 7) Butterscotch, vanilla flavor, pecans; 8) White chocolate, mint flavor, candy cane pieces; 9) Mint chocolate, hazelnut flavor, white morsels to swirl in, hazelnuts; 10) White chocolate, almond flavor, PayDay candy bar crunched up; 11) White chocolate, rapsberry liquor, raspberry preserves, walnuts; 12) Dark chocolate, orange preserves, amaretto flavor, pecans.
  • You get the idea. HAVE FUN!

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  1. This is killer fudge. My hubby calls it fudge crack and it is rich.
  2. fantastic tasting and sooo easy. i threw in a few marshmellows before microwaving it to melt into the fudge. dont like them in after. and i added walnuts... seems like cheating b/c it is so simple and so delicious. the different chips are great too. or even throwing in a little pb in the beginning. (more bulk more fudge!)


<p>Growing up in Michigan, I spent my summers at my cottage in the Northern part up by Traverscity. On a lake, big garden which had all the vegetables you could imagine. My mom taught school, so summers were our vacation time. Gramps and I fished all the time so fresh fish was always on the menu, perch, blue gill, walleye and small and large mouth bass. At age 5 I learned how to clean my own fish and by 10 I was making dinner, canning vegetables and fruits, making pies and fresh breads. Apples fresh picked every fall, strawberries in June and July, Cherries at the Cherry Festival in Traverscity. So fresh foods always were a big part. Mom worked as a teacher during the year so dinner was more traditional with pot roasts, meatloaf, etc, but it seemed we always had fresh fruits and vegetables as part of the meal. Mom also didn't use as many spices as I do, but times were different back then. <br /> <br />So ... My motto is ... There is NO Right and NO Wrong with cooking. So many people thing they have to follow a recipe. But NO ... a recipe is a method and directions to help and teach someone. Cooking is about personal tastes and flavors. I love garlic ... and another person may not. I like heat ... but you may not. Recipes are building blocks, NOT text ground in stone. Use them to make and build on. Even my recipes I don't follow most times --They are a base. That is what cooking is to me. A base of layer upon layer of flavors. <br /> <br />I still dislike using canned soups or packaged gravies/seasoning ... but I admit, I do use them. I have a few recipes that use them. But I try to strive to teach people to use fresh ingredients, they are first ... so much healthier for you ... and second, in the end less expensive. But we all have our moments including me. <br /> <br />So, lets see ... In the past, I have worked as a hostess, bartender, waitress, then a short order cook, salad girl in the kitchen, sort of assistant chef, head chef, co owner of a restaurant ... now a consultant to a catering company/restaurant, I cater myself and I'm a personal chef for a elderly lady. I work doing data entry during the day, and now and then try to have fun which is not very often due to my job(s). <br /> <br />I have a 21 year old who at times is going on 12, aren't they all. Was married and now single and just trying to enjoy life one day at a time. I'm writing a cookbook ... name is still in the works but it is dedicated to those people who never learned, to cook. Single Moms, Dads, or Just Busy Parents. Those individuals that think you can't make a great dinner for not a lot of money. You can entertain on a budget and I want people to know that gourmet tasting food doesn't have to be from a can of soup or a box, and healthy food doesn't come from a drive through. There are some really good meals that people can make which are healthy and will save money but taste amazing. So I guess that is my current goal. We all take short cuts and I have no problem with that - I do it too. I volunteer and make food for the homeless every couple of months, donating my time and money. I usually make soup for them and many times get donations from a local grocery stores, Sams Club, Walmart etc, with broth, and vegetables. It makes my cost very little and well worth every minute I spend. Like anyone, life is always trying to figure things out and do the best we can and have fun some how along the way.</p>
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