Microwave Vanilla Fudge vanilla fudge 24 1 x 385 g can condensed milk 250 g butter 500 g caster sugar 5 ml vanilla essence 5 ml vinegar

Microwave Vanilla Fudge

Microwave Vanilla Fudge

This is a most unusual recipe for me to share.  You see, I do not much like fudge; Microwave Vanilla Fudge or any other kind really.

I find fudge sickly sweet.  Fudge falls into the food category I like to call Absolutely Avoid.  It sits alongside many other things that pull at my throat and tug my face into a grimace.  Things like milkshakes, candy floss and sour anythings.  I simply do not agree that food should be powerful enough to make your face twist beyond which you are able to control it.

I got to thinking about fudge this last week having received a request letter from Pretty Girl’s gymnastics club for donations for an upcoming event to be held at their club. Like anything on home turf this event provides an opportunity to raise much needed funds for gymnastic equipment.  Equipment which as you might guess does not come cheap.

Microwave Vanilla Fudge

Microwave Vanilla Fudge

This simple request for brownies or cupcakes or fudge to sell on the day took me back to my own school days when Fund Raising still meant cake sales at big break or buying tombola tickets next to the White Elephant Stall at the school fete.

Do you remember those?  Fun filled crazy hey days when school fund raising could rely on second hand book stalls and pop-balloons-with-darts walls to buy a new overhead projector for Mrs. So and So’s class.   And you went along to the fete and spent a full R5 because the promise of having a day when Mrs. So and So did not squeak a new piece of chalk down the board so loudly that it sent shivers down your spine was too good a cause not to support.

Well, yeah, so those days are gone.  This week alone I received notification of five different fund raising events (that will happen when your children are in different school phases and also take part in non-school type events).  R 800 from fete stalls are just not gonna cut it anymore.  We need up-sized Fund Raising in 2015. And for that parents, you will need nerves of steel.

Basically, I will now be selling fudge so that I can raise funds to give to all the Raising Funds people who are sending me emails needing to raise funds.

In case you find yourself in the same boat, here is the recipe – mind your fingers.

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Microwave Vanilla Fudge
Serves: 24 pieces
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  • 1 x 385 g can condensed milk
  • 500 g caster sugar
  • 250 g butter
  • 5 ml (1 t) vinegar
  • 5 ml (1 t) vanilla extract / essence
  1. Place the condensed milk, sugar and butter in a large and microwavable bowl. Do not stir or mix.
  2. Microwave on high (100 % power) for 2 minutes.
  3. Stir until all of the ingredients are well mixed using a wooden spoon.
  4. Microwave on high (100 % power), stopping to stir the mixture at regular 2 minutes intervals, for about 12 minutes in total or until the fudge colour changes from pale to golden brown.
  5. Take care during this process as the fudge will bubble and both the bowl and the mixture will be extremely hot.
  6. Remove the bowl from the microwave and place on a heat resistant surface.
  7. Stir in the vinegar and vanilla. Take care as the fudge will bubble up when the liquid is added.
  8. Pour the fudge immediately into a dish that has been sprayed with non-stick spray.
  9. Allow to cool for a few minutes until firm enough to cut but not yet set.
  10. Portion the fudge into even sized squares.
  11. Leave to cool and set completely.


16 Comments on Microwave Vanilla Fudge

  1. Heaven
    April 23, 2015 at 6:25 pm (5 years ago)

    You can’t go wrong with selling fudge! At our Christmas fairs, the fudge table rakes in the money while so many other women just sit behind their tables playing their phones …. because everyone is buying fudge!

    • sam
      April 25, 2015 at 3:34 pm (5 years ago)

      Everyone buys fudge because they think its so very hard to make!! Thanks for stopping by Heaven.

  2. survivingjonkersville
    April 23, 2015 at 7:27 pm (5 years ago)

    Thanks for the recipe Sam. I’m definitely going to try this the weekend so that I can have it perfected by my next fundraiser.

    • sam
      April 25, 2015 at 3:35 pm (5 years ago)

      I would love to know how it turns out Celeste. Just be sure to cook the fudge until you see the change in colour and you can’t go wrong. Good Luck!

  3. Annalise
    April 24, 2015 at 12:48 pm (5 years ago)

    Good idea, Sam! Thanks for the tip – my girls are always asking what they can sell at our school’s Market Day.

    • sam
      April 25, 2015 at 3:36 pm (5 years ago)

      You heard it here first 🙂 This one may need more supervision than most kiddies bakes as the fudge gets super hot!

  4. ayelet
    June 23, 2016 at 12:51 pm (3 years ago)

    condensed milk, with or without sugar?

    • sam
      June 23, 2016 at 4:07 pm (3 years ago)

      Hi Ayelet – I use condensed milk with sugar.

  5. Doreen
    June 15, 2017 at 7:31 am (2 years ago)

    Is the milk sweetened condensed milk or evaporated. Milk?

    • sam
      July 26, 2017 at 1:03 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Doreen, it is condensed milk. hope it turns out great for you.

  6. Tina
    September 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm (2 years ago)

    My fudge turned out yummy but quite grainy.could this be because i used granulated not caster sugar?

    • sam
      September 8, 2017 at 10:52 am (2 years ago)

      Hi Tina. Yes indeed. Please try again with castor sugar which dissolves quickly before it starts caramelizing. Sam

  7. Sharon
    March 17, 2018 at 7:49 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi, can I add bailey, for an adult version.

    • sam
      March 19, 2018 at 2:45 pm (2 years ago)

      Hi Sharon. I haven’t really experimented much with this recipe, but I am all for it. I would add the Baileys at the end of the cooking along with the vinegar and hope for the best. Let me know how it goes. PS I found this recipe though which looks fab https://amandascookin.com/baileys-fudge/

  8. Shelagh
    August 18, 2019 at 10:25 am (4 months ago)

    This is fabulous. My mom and I have both made it and think it’s a winner. It went down a storm in my office. The only thing I did a little differently was to cook it for 14 mins and not 12, as it seemed to make it a little easier to cut. I have tried to give it 5 stars but the star rating won’t let me go above 4 🤓

    • sam
      August 28, 2019 at 1:06 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you Shelagh – great tip too especially as microwaves all vary. Thank you for stopping by.


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