Hattie’s chocolate fudge

Hattie’s chocolate fudge

Lucy's Bakes
64–100 squares
10 mins
Cooking time
5 mins
Jacqui Melville

My lovely niece, Hattie, has adored baking and cooking since she was a tiny dot. One Christmas, when she cannot have been more than about 6 years old, she produced a plate piled high with her homemade chocolate fudge. I am not sure where she came across the recipe but she made it on her own, and made it again and again to the delight of us all! It has become a family tradition at gatherings – thanks Hats!


Quantity Ingredient
25g butter
250g dark chocolate
50g milk
50g full-fat cream cheese
5g vanilla extract
450g icing sugar, sifted
125g toasted nuts, chopped, (optional)


  1. Line a 20 cm square tin with baking paper.
  2. Put the butter, chocolate, milk and cream cheese into a saucepan and melt it together over a low heat. This will be a thick mixture. Stir it all the time.
  3. Once melted, boil for 1 minute and keep stirring. Add the vanilla and icing sugar, stir well and boil again for 1 minute – the mixture should be very thick and sticky. Add the nuts, if using.
  4. Turn the mixture into the prepared tin, spread it out evenly using a wet palette knife and chill for at least 4 hours, or overnight.
  5. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.


  • This recipe is vegetarian and dairy-free.

What the testers say

  • LYDIA CUFFLIN AND SIMON CHILDS – ‘We made some and took it to friends at the weekend – we added 10 g cocoa powder on the second batch to make it even more chocolatey.’

    ANTONIA ARGENTIER – ‘The mixture was really stiff in the saucepan but I boiled it for the stated time and the result was amazing. I am going to make it for gifts for Christmas as I live in France and fudge is quite unusual here.’

    CATHERINE AND MATTHEW SELLS – ‘Brilliantly easy and delicious!’


  • The fudge can be made up to two weeks ahead, so plan it into your pre-Christmas cooking for gifts or if you want to serve it on a special date.
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