Slow Cooker Fudge

 Creamy, easy homemade fudge made right in your crock pot! Top it with coarse sea salt for extra richness and elegance! 

Slow Cooker Fudge

 My wedding was…. well, long. Not the actual wedding, but the wedding day was really really long. Fantastic! But long. I just remember standing in our reception line and thinking “all I want to do right now is sleep and if I have to hug another stranger….”.

Slow Cooker Fudge

We had our reception indoors because it was the beginning of February and around here February means snow.  If our wedding had been during the warmer summer months, I would have really liked to have our reception at a place called Gardner Village. It’s this little old …. village? Ha! It’s just a bunch of shops on the banks of this little stream. There’s a restaurant where I’ve eaten many-a-time with my madre, and seriously the best candy shop ever called Sweet Afton’s.

Slow Cooker Fudge

Sweet Afton’s was recently bought out by another candy store and when I was last at Gardner Village with my mother and grandmother (awwww, three generations shopping together….) we were shocked to see that the store was completely different. We’ve been buying fudge at Sweet Afton’s for years and they always had sample bags at the cash register. Basically what happens is that when they are trimming the sides of the fudge blocks, they put the “scraps” in little bags and then sell them for a couple of dollars. They were amazing because each bag had 8-10 different varieties of fudge so you’re getting a sample of all of them! The new candy shop has had so many people asking about the sample bags that they started doing the same thing.

Thank heaven. I just gotta have my sample fudge.

Slow Cooker Fudge

But I can’t be running down to Former Sweet Afton’s every time I get a hankering for fudge, it’s just not economical what with gas prices being what they are and my schedule being as hectic as it is. And most of you probably don’t live next door to a candy shop either, so you totally get where I’m coming from. But it’s okay! Because now you have slow cooker fudge that you can whip up any old time your little heart is aching for fudge. Brilliance? Absolutely. Let’s walk through the steps…

1) Toss chocolate chips, heavy cream, and honey into the crock pot.

2) Come back in 2 hours, give or take a few. Stir in the remaining chocolate chips and vanilla. Pour into baking dish.

3) Try to be patient while your fudge cools. (It’s hard, I know.)

4) Chop your fudge into squares and devour.

Slow Cooker Fudge

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Creamy, easy homemade fudge made right in your crock pot! Top it with coarse sea salt for extra richness and elegance!
Recipe type: Dessert
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • optional: coarse sea salt
  1. Add milk chocolate chips, heavy whipping cream, and honey to the slow cooker. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. (Keep the lid on the whole time!)
  2. Add white chocolate chips to the slow cooker and stir until white chocolate melts (you may need to cover and allow to cook for 10 minutes or so, then stir again). Stir in vanilla.
  3. Pour melted chocolate into an 8x8 (or smaller for thicker fudge pieces) foil-lined baking dish or tubberware. If desired, sprinkle coarse sea salt over chocolate. Allow to cool completely (1-3 hours). Cut into squares. Store in airtight container at room temperature.
*Recipe adapted from Recipe Crock


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It would be so hard to give this fudge away because I just want to eat it all! Love the slow cooker idea!

    I made this and after 1 hr I added 1/2 cup peanut butter & vanilla & cooked for 15 min it was delicious . My husband said with the sea salt it was yummy. I left it in frig over night
    Before we cut in pieces. It turned out perfect . Firm. Now I am going to make and use white choc.. Expecting it to also be good. I did use crunchy pb.

Okay it is dangerous how easy this recipe is. There is no way I can have a slow cooker filled with fresh fudge laying around unless there’s at least 5-10 people around devouring it before I do! I can relate to small fudge shops like the one you and your family went to. As a child we always ventured out to the same fudge store in this small little town and they made it right in front of you and gave you a fresh sample that was still slightly warm and melty. So so good!

Wait… You can make fudge in the SLOW COOKER?? This is dangerous. So, so dangerous. As in my slow cooker is sitting on the counter right now… And I have NO self-control around chocolate! Yikes. 😉 And I’d totally love those sample bits of fudge. Now I want to go visit! Pinned!

It seems you can make almost anything in a slow cooker! This fudge recipe is definitely the perfect excuse for me to pull out and use my slow cooker.. thanks for sharing it!

I came for the fudge, but your photos (especially of the fingers/hand picking up the fudge) blew me away! Great lighting and clarity! So jealous! I’ll have to try out the fudge recipe soon!

I was so excited when I saw your pictures and recipe on pinterest and rushed to the store to get the stuff to make it…..and it turned out hard. Must try again.

    Hi Corrie – sorry it didn’t turn out how you expected it would! It’s actually supposed to be hard… because fudge is usually firm. Not soft like caramel. Sorry though, I hope it turns out how you anticipated next time! 🙂

May I have a silly question? : ) How else to make the fudge if I haven’t got a slow cooker? Just heating up the mass in the pan for 2 hours, checking if it’s not burning? ; )

Guess I am one of your more resolute readers – someone who does not care for chocolate fudge.
Would you happen to know of any slow cooker fudge recipes that are not for chocolate fudge?
Specifically, a slow cooker recipe for brown sugar fudge.

Thanks in advance,

    I don’t have a town sugar fudge recipe, but I’m sure that Google would turn up some great results!

Is there an ingredient missing? This is just melted chocolate chips. And after 2 hours on high the chocolate is burning and congealed.

    Yep, it’s melted chocolate – aka fudge, but some crockpots get hotter than others, I wonder if yours needed less cooking time.

Ok to double the recipe??

    You should be able to double it! Just keep a close eye on the chocolate – it’s ready when it’s completely melted!

Found this on a buzzfeed list for slow cooker desserts, and tried it tonight! It was SO easy, I almost wonder what the catch is! I have my tins (I made two batches) in the fridge now… They’ve been there for an hour, and I tried to cut a piece to sample but it’s still SO soft. I hope it hardens up nicely like in your pic since they’ll be going in treat tins for gifts tomorrow. Hoping they won’t melt and turn into a big old mess! The COLOUR is a little different than your pics too… But it’s tasty as all heck!! Thank you! 🙂

I loved the idea of this recipe, but it didn’t turn out quite as good as it could have. Looking back at the recipe now, the version I printed out said 2 hours on high, which I think was much too long (it looks like the recipe only says 1 hour now, which is good). The fudge had an odd taste – which I think was both from the honey and from a slightly burned flavor. I think it would have been helpful if the recipe specified that the chocolate should only be in the slow cooker JUST until it melts – rather than cooking away for hours (I didn’t know if it needed to “cook” or just melt)….. I think I’d also try to use sweetened condensed milk next time instead of honey, for a more traditional flavor….

Instead of white chocolate chips, can I use caramel chips or chunks?

    Hi Leigh Ann – I haven’t tried anything but chocolate in the fudge so I’m not sure how caramel will affect the consistency of the finished product but you could always try it?

Oh my goodness. I’ve made this several times and each time it’s perfect!! Last time, I replaced the vanilla extract with orange extract… mmm, it tasted like those chocolate oranges you have to smack open.

We have a family friend who makes fudge and sells it online as a side business. It takes so much time and effort and butter and sugar… that when I saw this recipe, I was skeptical but willing to try. Soo glad I did! I would never tell them, but I like this fudge better than theirs…

My husband’s lactose intolerant, so I’ve played with a little substitution to make it friendlier for him… I’m not good at math and so it’s not a perfect substitute, but 2 tbsp of almond milk and 1.25tbsp of butter, still comes out great!

Today, I am getting “crazy” and trying it with butterscotch instead of dark chocolate… can’t wait to see what THAT tastes like. 😉

This recipe looks delicious! Can the milk chocolate be substituted for dark chocolate? Thanks

Note: If you read the full description it says cook for 2 hours and lower down it says cook for 1 hour.
It also says in the description add chocolate chips in at the end of the cooking and the recipe says add white chocolate chips.
I will try this with orange extract though and maybe at the end add some nuts. If I have a chance will come back to this sight and leave a comment.
Can’t wait to try it and hope it will be real creamy without being gritty as some I have tasted.
Thanks for putting this on line.
Only thing I am concerned with is how to take it out of crock pot fast enough due to crock pot being heavy and mine is medium size.

This looks delicious and I’m going to try it! Do u have any advice on how to do a coffee one?

    Hi Joanne! I wish I could be more helpful but I never cook with coffee so I don’t have any experience with that – so sorry!

LOVE this! I am making this recpe to go along with cookies I am making for Christmas 🙂 Can’t wait to see how it comes out! Thanks for the recipe!!

I’m confused. Your verbal directions say 2 hours, give or take but the recipe itself says one hour. Which is it? I did it for one. Maybe that’s why it would not set at room temp and I had to refrigerate?

I tried this yesterday, and I really liked it! You can’t beat the simplicity of this recipe. I liked the fact you can put everything in the slow cooker and not have to monitor it closely. I thought the sea salt added a nice flavor and texture. My three year old devoured it! I think the next time, I’ll try it with dark chocolate. Thanks for the recipe!

Just tried this recipe, my fudge came out tasting okay but looking not that great. I don’t know if it’s because I was trying this in the UK and our chocolate is a little different, but the heat/time was obviously a bit much and some of the chocolate pieces ended up a little ‘singed’ and unmelted when I went back to it after an hour. Definitely something to be aware of if you’re trying this with UK chocolate – I used chopped up Galaxy for reference.

HI – It’s really hard to find white chocolate chips here – would this work with regular chocolate chips in their place?
Also. could I put mint extract in place of the vanilla?

Without a video/YouTube video to show (step-by-step) this recipe actually works, as awesome as the plated fudge in the photo “appears”…I’m calling bs.

The only change that I made was dark chocolate, the darker the better.