This no-boil maple fudge is deliciously smooth and decadent. This recipe is so easy even children can make it.
Maple fudge is a mouth-wateringly smooth homemade treat. Made using an easy no-boil recipe it’s so simple to make even children can help. It’s so delicious it would make the perfect gift for friends and family.
We tried making this a few different ways. A lot of maple fudges use the traditional method of fudge making where you boil it until it reaches the right temperature. I’m not a big fan of letting kids near boiling sugar and it’s also very tricky to get right so didn’t want to try that way.
We also tried adding maple syrup to our favourite no boil fudge recipe but couldn’t get the flavour to come through without adding so much that the fudge didn’t set properly. So we’ve ended up with an easy no boil chocolate fudge with maple extract. It’s smooth, with a delicious hint of maple and as you simply melt everything together and leave it to set, it really couldn’t be easier.
How can kids help to make maple fudge?
Homemade fudge using the no-boil method is really simple, so it’s a great treat for kids to help make. Once your kids have measured out and broken up the chocolate they can melt it together with the rest of the ingredients.
Melting and mixing it all together isn’t a great job for very young children but older children who can be trusted to be safe around a hot pan can help with this job.
Can I add anything to the maple fudge?
Yes. We made a lovely smooth fudge, but it can be nice to things to it to give it some texture and crunch. Nuts are an obvious choice – pecans or walnuts would go wonderfully with the maple flavour. If you want to add some, chop some up and add them to the fudge before you put it in the baking tin to set. You can also add some on top to decorate.
Can you use a microwave?
Yes. I like melting everything together gently on a double boiler as I can see it melting but if you prefer you can use a microwave.
Simply pop everything into a microwavable bowl and heat it at 80% power in 30 second intervals. Stir it in between each microwave blast and stop when everything has melted and come together.
You can also make this fudge in a slow cooker. To find out how, check out our slow cooker fudge recipe.
How do you store fudge?
This fudge will keep for a week or two in an airtight container, which means its perfect for homemade gifts for friends and family.
If you want to keep the fudge for longer, you can freeze it for a few months. Simply wrap it well in cling film, and pop it in a freezer bag or airtight container.
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You might need the following baking tools/gadgets to make this maple fudge:
250g milk chocolate
250g white chocolate
397g tin condensed milk
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tsp maple extract
How to make maple fudge
Line an 8 inch (20cm) square baking tin with baking or parchment paper or tin foil. We find it easiest to cut a long strip and place it in the tin one way then do the same in the other direction. Leave a bit of an overhang to help you remove the fudge from the tin later.
Melt the fudge ingredients together
Start by getting your kids to weigh both of the the chocolates out, break them up and add them to a heatproof bowl.
Pour in the condensed milk.
Finally, get your kids to add the maple and vanilla extract. If you have young children you can hold the measuring spoon while your kids pour in the maple/vanilla or vice versa. Older children with a steadier hand may be able to do this all themselves.
Put your bowl over a pan of simmering water (a double boiler).
Melt everything together, stirring all the time until it comes together in a nice smooth consistency. Be careful as the bowl will get a little hot.
Make the maple fudge
Once the fudge mixture is nice and smooth, get your kids to help pour it into your prepared baking tin. Push the fudge into the edges and corners and smooth down the top with a spatula or the back of a spoon.
Leave the maple fudge to set.
Cover your fudge in cling film/ glad wrap and leave it to set. Once it has cooled down a bit, pop it in the fridge for a few hours to set completely.
Once it has firmed up, cut it into small pieces with a sharp knife (this is a job for grown ups). You might need to remove the fudge from the fridge shortly before you cut it if it’s too hard.
Serve and enjoy!