Beat the Summer Heat: 6 Fudge Recipes That Only Require the Fridge

When summer rolls around, no one is in the mood to bake. Heat in the kitchen can take just about anybody’s appetite away, and that’s why no-bake desserts are key. Fudge is an easy, utensil-free, no-bake dessert that everyone can get their hands on, and similar to ice cream, its flavors are completely customizable. Instead of pre-heating your oven (and house) this summer, consider whipping up one of these six fudge recipes.

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1. Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

Starting out with the classic, we come to this recipe for old-fashioned chocolate fudge from All Recipes. Requiring just five ingredients, this recipe will make 60 squares.


  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions: Grease an 8-by-8-inch square baking pan. Set aside. Combine sugar, cocoa, and milk in a medium saucepan. Stir to blend, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer. Do not stir again.

Place candy thermometer in pan and cook until temperature reaches 238 degrees Fahrenheit (114 degrees Celsius). If you are not using a thermometer, then cook until a drop of this mixture in a cup of cold water forms a soft ball. Feel the ball with your fingers to make sure it is the right consistency. It should flatten when pressed between your fingers. Remove from heat.

Add butter or margarine and vanilla extract. Beat with a wooden spoon until the fudge loses its sheen. Do not under beat. Pour into prepared pan and let cool. Cut into about 60 squares.