Microwave boozy fudge

Microwave boozy fudge

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(21 ratings)

Prep: 5 mins Cook: 12 mins


Makes about 24 pieces

Also known as miracle fudge, this indulgent sweet treat is made in minutes in the microwave, and makes for an ideal last-minute edible gift – no sugar thermometer required

Nutrition and extra info

  • Gluten-free

Nutrition: per piece

  • kcal170
  • fat7g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs26g
  • sugars26g
  • fibre0g
  • protein1g
  • salt0.2g
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  • 400g golden caster sugar
  • 397g can condensed milk
  • 140g salted butter, chopped into pieces
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tbsp coffee liqueur (or another alcohol of your choice - amaretto or brandy works well)



    Brandy is a distilled spirit made from virtually any fermented fruit or starchy vegetable.…


  1. Grease and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment. Put the sugar, condensed milk and butter in a large heatproof bowl (the mixture will bubble up as it cooks to roughly double its size), add a good pinch of salt and stir together.

  2. Heat the mixture in the microwave on High for 10 mins, stirring every 2-3 mins. Keep an eye on the mixture, as it will bubble up and may go over the sides of the bowl.

  3. Add the vanilla and liqueur to the mixture, whisk together and heat on High for another 2 mins. The mixture should be caramel-coloured and thickened. Scrape into the tin and set aside for 45 mins to 1 hr until cool and firm before cutting. Pack into a box and eat within 3 weeks.

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Ann Howard's picture
Ann Howard
15th Dec, 2019
Okay if you have your own teeth and like treacle toffee - I do recommend booking a dental appointment before trying it!
16th Jun, 2019
It took me longer to microwave than suggested - probably a total of 16-18 mins. But it produced a decent vanilla fudge (I didn't put the alcohol in) - and is so much quicker and easier than the stovetop method. I'll use the method for every type of fudge from now on.
23rd Dec, 2017
After reading the comments I was worried that it would be gritty so I beat the mixture after each 2 minutes in the microwave. I added Baileys at the end, then whisked the mixture for about 4-5 minutes. The result is creamy fudge. Perfect.
3rd Mar, 2017
This is delicious but is more of a Scottish tablet than a fudge. The texture is crumbly as per the picture and not soft and pliable as fudge would be. It is worth making though and will do so again. I haven't used alcohol but added chopped walnuts instead. Very nice and would recommend if you are happy with a crumbly texture ..... a lot less of a faff than normal fudge making!
foodie is me
11th Jan, 2017
The fudge turned out perfect and crumbly, just the way I like it. Cutting was difficult given that it was crumbly, but it tasted great. I left the alcohol out btw.
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27th Dec, 2016
Delicious and super quick and easy. My test batch was sticky and a bit crystalised once fully set, so for the second attempt I beat the mixture by had for several minutes after all the cooking until it was starting the really thicken and om the verge of wanting to set. The result isn't a crumbly fudge, but instead is gorgeously smooth!
22nd Dec, 2016
I have just put this back in the microwave after 1 hour was too sticky. Have followed recipe exactly. It tastes of condensed milk. I am hoping that the second heating solves the problem. These are for gifts!!!
20th Dec, 2016
I made this fudge last night. It turned out great! I also was a bit worried by the comments. Mine took about 14-15 mins to cook so, a little bit longer than the recipe, I waited till it had turned golden before adding the baileys. ( I may add an extra tablespoon next time). Would definitely recommend this recipe, so easy !
1st Dec, 2016
Just tried this and wondered how it would turn out after reading the comments. I couldn't see anything about wattage for the microwave and the highest setting is different depending on your microwave. So l just hoped my highest power level was right. I beat every two minutes. I made it exactly as per recipe but whisked it at the end, perfect and very crumbly. A little too crumbly, l think l whisked too much. I had been watching the set on a saucer each time l stirred. At earlier stages it was sticky and more like caramel or toffee, so l am sure those who found the finished result that way just needed to cook a little longer. It is actually really good fudge and very, very easy.
1st Oct, 2016
What a great recipe! I have made this twice now - with and without the booze and both versions were delicious. I beat my fudge until glossy at the end of the cooking, but found that when I stirred the air out of the mixture during the cooking process the mixture was more crumbly.


26th Nov, 2017
Could you place all ingredients in slow cooker on low for 2 hours and stir every 15 mins instead? Would this also work by putting juice from an orange in instead of alcohol? Try I g to adapt recipe for children at school to make. Thanks
goodfoodteam's picture
27th Nov, 2017
Thanks for your question. This recipe is not designed to work in the slow cooker. We have recipes designed especially for kids here. we hope you find something you like: https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/collection/christmas-kids
23rd Dec, 2016
Can you replace condensed milk for coconut milk and would you need to reduce the sugar?
goodfoodteam's picture
24th Dec, 2016
Thanks for your question. No unfortunately you can't replace coconut milk with condensed milk in this recipe. Making fudge is a fine balance and we would always recommend following the recipe.
19th Dec, 2015
Made this as per instructions but apart from the middle square inch it just didn't set! The rest was more like caramel. What went wrong? Thanks
20th Dec, 2016
I found it needed longer than the recipe, mine took about 15 mins :)
14th Dec, 2015
I have loved in the US for seven years and have never managed to track down golden caster sugar: would regular white sugar produce the same results? I want to try this out for last minute colleague gifts
13th Dec, 2015
Really disappointed with this recipe - has this really been tested multiple times?! It's a sticky mess - any suggestions for how to save it before the whole lot goes in the bin?
20th Dec, 2016
It probably needed longer than the recipe. Mine didnt start bubbling until the 10mins and wasnt ready until about 15!
goodfoodteam's picture
14th Dec, 2015
Hi there, sorry to hear you're not having success with this recipe. All our recipes are triple tested however microwaves do differ slightly so if it is still very soft after being left to set for 45mins-1hr transfer the mixture back into the heatproof bowl and return to the microwave for another 2-3 mins. Store in a cool, dry place but not in the fridge as this can make it sticky.


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