Milky Way Fudge

Milky Way Fudge

Now that the holiday season is officially here, it’s time to make homemade gifts and get them all ready to go. In other words, it’s time for fudge!

In a week or so, my kitchen will be overflowing with pans of fudge. I’ve been known to have 20 pans sitting on my counters, getting sliced up and mixed into assortments for family and friends. Somehow, everyone always looks forward to fudge with so much excitement that I have a hard time gifting anything else.

As long as we’re talking holidays, I might as well admit that I have some leftover Milky Way bars left over from Halloween. Or I should say, I had some. Now they’re all in this fudge!

Milky Way Fudge

Yesterday I had the most epic of baking fail days. We’ve all had them, and we pray that they’re few and far between. With this one, I actually wound up on the kitchen floor sobbing, while my daughter patted my back and said, “Mommy, just do it again.”

The “it” she was referring to was the cake I made three times in one day. Three. And it was a delicious cake all three times, but it seemed reluctant to get out of the pan without crumbling. On the final try, I was smart enough to use a different pan.

Milky Way Fudge

Still, by the time all was said and done, I was covered in a bag of flour (which exploded without any provocation whatsoever), there was a sink piled high with spatulas and mixing bowls, and I’d gone through a couple of pounds of butter. Thank heaven I know people who will eat the failed cakes so they don’t go to waste.

At the end of the day, the kitchen was clean, I had two packaged cakes ready to head to work, and one that didn’t fail. While I was proud of myself for not giving up, it was still way too tempting to stay on the kitchen floor and eat chunks of ugly failed cake.

Milky Way Fudge

We all have bad days, and I’m just lucky that when they happen, I have kids to pat me on the back and Kenny to play with them so I can keep on keeping on. Otherwise, the whole operation might fold and crumble.

In all my years of baking, fudge has never let me down, and I don’t expect it to. I love it too much, and I hope the feeling is mutual.

Milky Way Fudge

When you make this, be sure to use milk chocolate chips. Anything darker wouldn’t work as well with the creaminess of the Milky Way bars. And also be sure to layer half of the candy bars on the bottom evenly, to ensure a wonderful bite of Milky Way from top to bottom.

Milky Way Fudge

As the holidays near and our baking frenzies reach  fever pitch, we’re all bound to have a few failures. I hope it doesn’t happen, but if it does, roll with it. Or cry on the kitchen floor, whichever suits you. The important thing is to eventually get up and keep baking!


Milky Way Fudge


2 cups milk chocolate chips
14-oz. can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat free)
12 fun-sized Milky Way bars, chopped into thirds


  1. Line an 8 x 8 pan with aluminum foil, using enough to hang over the sides. Coat with cooking spray.
  2. Layer half of the chopped Milky Way bars evenly along the bottom of the pan. Set aside.
  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, melt the chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk together for two minutes.
  4. Remove and stir until smooth. Spread the fudge carefully over the Milky Way bars in the pan. Press another layer of Milky Ways on top of the chocolate fudge.
  5. Chill for 2-3 hours until set. Allow to come to room temperature. Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.



I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

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  1. Danielle

    Baking fails are the absolute worst, it’s definitely one of the hardest parts of food blogging. I love easy fudge too, because it always turns out perfectly. I’ve never thought to add milky ways to it, but I definitely need to give it a try!
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    1. Mir

      Yep, those days are definitely tough. I’ve had a run of luck lately, but it was bound to end!

  2. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    That happens to me way too often. Today I turned on the mixer with powdered sugar in it and unsoftened butter. THAT made me cry!! This fudge is the perfect example – easy, fast, and SO GOOD.
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    1. Mir

      Oh no! Did you get completely covered in powdered sugar? Aaaah. I hate that. It’s when things like that happen that I need Netflix pronto!

  3. Manali @ CookWithManali

    I love easy fudge recipes like this! perfect for the Holidays!
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    1. Mir

      They sure are, Manali. Thanks!

  4. kristy

    I love baking also at the holidays and sharing as gifts! Your pics looks great and I look forward to reading more on your blog! Thanks for sharing these wonderful pics!

    1. Mir

      Thanks so much, Kristy! I’m glad you found the blog!

  5. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    I’ve definitely had my fair share of baking fails, too. So glad you finally perfect your cake! And this fudge is so creative, Mir! I love the idea of using milky ways in a classic recipe. I have a feeling this would be gone in no time!
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    1. Mir

      It was definitely one of those days when I wonder why I’m doing this to myself, Gayle! 🙂

  6. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    Not being much of a baker, I have a lot of baking fails.
    I know about 30 people that would love a gift like this at Christmas, so I guess I have some fudge making to do. Although, I may just eat it all before it gets to them.
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    1. Mir

      They come together quickly, Dannii! I always cut the edges to be nice and even with a sharp knife, and then I get those uneven bits that come off!

  7. Amy

    I think my son will be more than happy to find one of these under the tree.
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    1. Mir

      One? I can never stop at one! 🙂

  8. Kate @ Framed Cooks

    TWENTY pans of fudge on your counter?? I’m trying to figure out how quickly I can get there! Hope this is one of them. 🙂
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    1. Mir

      It takes almost no time, Kate, or I could never. My colleagues and students have come to expect the fudge!

  9. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    This fudge would be a great addition to my holiday gift bags. It’s easy and I just know everyone will love it!
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    1. Mir

      I love using it in gift bags, Jen!

  10. annie@ciaochowbambina

    I cannot wait to make this!! I imagine any candy bar will do? Hubby loves Snickers…’twould be a great surprise! Thanks for sharing your tried and true to make our holiday gift giving that much easier! 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Any candy bar will certainly do. Snickers are one of my faves, too. He’ll love it, Annie!

  11. Amanda

    I once made a brownie bottom custard cake and in the custard layer I forgot to add the milk. Forgot MILK in CUSTARD. How? I have no idea. That fail cake was particularly hard to eat. It was basically egg on top of brownie. Yikes. 🙂 This fudge looks great. I know some milk chocolate lovers who would absolutely love this. And I am a lifelong member of Team Milky Way.
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    1. Mir

      Oh, that is so sad! But yep, does it ever happen to all of us. I’m a milk chocolate lover, so this fudge is my happy place!

  12. Aria | Purrfectly Inspired

    Two words. Yum, and Hungry.
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    1. Mir

      Me too, Aria. 🙂

  13. mira

    I love holiday baking, but I’ve had way too many fails lately 🙂 Love fudge ! So easy to make and I love the Milkey Way in there!
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    1. Mir

      There must be something in the air, Mira. I hope the fails end for us both soon!

  14. Liz

    I love Milky Way fudge—and it’s so much less stressful than a cake! So glad you persevered and had a success. Your daughter is a sweetie!
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    1. Mir

      SO much less stressful, Liz! She was a sweetie, but I swear, I was just done by that point. At least it all turned out well!

  15. Medha @ Whisk & Shout

    Baking fails are the WORST. You always end up feeling gross from being covered in various ingredients and kinda sick from all the tasting you’ve been doing :/ This fudge looks amazing though- I kinda forgot about fudge, I gotta make some when I get home!!

    1. Mir

      Yes! I do get sick from all the tasting. It’s so true! And then you never want to look at another mixing bowl again. 🙂

  16. Cakespy

    The existence of this recipe has already made my life better; I’m sure the reality of tasting it is bound to make it even better 🙂
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    1. Mir

      So true, Jessie. You are wise!

  17. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, Your daughter sounds amazing!! 🙂 so sweet! well, glad you stuck it out and got the cake to work!! I loev that your family helps out and supports you and gives you the room to work. When I get crazy, my family knows to give me my space so I can work through it in the kitchen . . or sometimes, my husband has to help me. Anyways, can’t wait to see the cake!!! and yes, I love fudge!!!!! who can say no to fudge right?!!!!! This fudge looks amazing!
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    1. Mir

      It’s important to have a family who helps! Kenny can’t cook to save his life, but he’s the best at distracting the kids and keeping me from totally losing it. Here’s to the good guys!

  18. Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary

    Aww, girlfriend, Kitchen fails are a part of life… unfortunately. Everyone hates them, but it is so cute that your kids are there to support you! Makes my heart melt! And I’m super proud and impressed that you kept on keeping on and in the end you had a kitchen success! Way to rock it out, my dear! Now fudge, Boy looooves it. And he also loves milky way, so I know he will flip his lid over this milky way fudge! Obviously I need to pin this for later. This would make a fabulous gift as well! Cheers doll! <3
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    1. Mir

      I’m so glad Boy loves it! It’s super chocolatey, and very easy. I think he’ll owe you if you do this for him!

  19. Linda @ Today She Loves

    Yum, total drool. Milky Way bars are one of my favorite candy bars!

    1. Mir

      They’re crazy good, Linda! Yay for Milky Way!

  20. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    Oh no Mir, I’m sorry that happened with your cakes. I know the feeling! But THIS fudge…it looks divine. I’ve never been good at making fudge but I will try your recipe. 🙂
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    1. Mir

      Try it, Michele. It will work!

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