Two Ingredient Caramel Fudge Recipe - What the Redhead said (2024)

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All of our famous fudge recipes so far have used a combination of sweetened condensed milk or a milk free alternative and chocolate. I wanted to make an easy caramel fudge and was looking at using Cadbury Caramel bars or a caramel sauce when I discovered tinned Carnation Caramel and thought that could be just the thing to use – and it worked perfectly, creating a Carnation Caramel Fudge.

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Can you really make this slow cooker caramel fudge recipe without condensed milk?

The Carnation Caramel 397g tins are the perfect answer to making fudge without Carnation sweetened condensed milk. This 2 ingredient fudge is so simple to make, tastes fantastic and has been enjoyed by everyone who has tried it. It’s different – but it works. You just need tinned caramel and chocolate. Easy!

How do you make slow cooker fudge?

This simple two ingredient chocolate fudge is made in just 40 minutes in the slow cooker. Stirring in ten minute intervals, you can get on with other kitchen jobs happily whilst it’s cooking. It’s so easy and something the children love helping with too.

Many people also create microwave fudge but I prefer using the slow cooker or crock pot as I feel like I have more control over the cooking process. It’s also pretty foolproof. As long as you stir the condensed milk fudge regularly and use the right quantities of ingredients not much can go wrong. Make sure you fully line your tin with baking paper for the best results and a nice clean finish too.

If you want to make this into a microwave caramel fudge recipe, heat the caramel and chocolate on short bursts in the microwave using a microwave safe bowl, stirring in between. When the mixture is thick and well combined, continue with the recipe. But, for us the best homemade caramel fudge is made in the slow cooker!

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Can you make this into a salt caramel fudge slow cooker recipe?

We’ve also created an easy salted caramel fudge and you basically follow this recipe but add a little salt into the mix and sprinkle with some salt flakes on top. It’s delicious!

Can you make slow cooker fudge with evaporated milk?

Our slow cooker fudge works because Carnation condensed milk or caramel has a really high sugar content, needed to create that beautifully rich fudge. Evaporated milk isn’t the same, doesn’t have that sugar content and isn’t thick enough to help the fudge thicken and set. You can’t use evaporated milk in these recipes – so get some condensed milk instead.

Do you cook slow cooker fudge high or low temperature?

We always cook fudge on a high slow cooker temperature setting and it takes around 40 minutes in total. You could make it on the low setting but it would take longer and would still need to be stirred regularly. You may as well keep the slow cooker on high and be done in under an hour!

When cooking, is the slow cooker fudge lid on or off?

When making slow cooker fudge, you need to remove the slow cooker lid otherwise excess moisture would be retained in the slow cooker pot and the fudge wouldn’t thicken as it needs to.

How long does this homemade slow cooker fudge keep for?

Slow Cooker fudge keeps well in an airtight container for weeks in the fridge. It never lasts very long in our house but it’s good to know that you can savour it over an extended period rather than eat it all in one go like us!

Home made fudge is such a great gift to make – presented simply in individual clear gift bags tied with a ribbon. It’s so nice to give at Christmas, as an end of term gift or pretty much any other time through the year.

What other slow cooker fudge recipes can we make?

If you’re looking for other easy fudge flavours to try you can see all our slow cooker recipes to date here and we’d have to recommend our Slow Cooker Malteser Fudge, Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge, After Eight Fudge, Terry’s Chocolate Orange Fudge and Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup Fudge too. We’ve also made an easy Chocolate Salted Caramel Fudge too – you really can’t beat slow cooker salted caramel!

If you’re looking for other things to make with Nestle Carnation Caramel I’d suggest banoffee pie or a nice caramel slice with a crumbly shortbread base. You could also drizzle it over ice cream or make a caramel apple tart! You can seeall our Carnation Caramel recipes and ideas here.

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What equipment do you need to make this slow cooker chocolate caramel fudge?

Slow cooker fudge doesn’t need anything special to make it, and you probably already have everything you need at home, but this is the equipment we use:

Once you’ve got everything you need to make the fudge you can just keep making it again and again – in so many different flavours too!

So here’s our ultimate fudge recipe – the super easy Slow Cooker Two Ingredient Caramel Fudge:


  • A 397 ml tinCarnation Caramel
  • 500g chocolate – milk chocolate or white chocolate. Can be bars or chocolate chips at room temperature.


  • Break the chocolate up and add to the slow cooker bowl with the caramel.
  • Turn the slow cooker on to high and leave to cook for 40 minutes with the lid off, stirring constantly, every ten minutes or so.
  • When melted, thick and well combined, remove from the heat
  • Pour the fudge mixture into a baking tin lined with parchment paper or silicone baking tray
  • Put in the fridge to set for 4 hours

If you’d like to pin or print this Slow Cooker Two Ingredient Caramel Fudgerecipe for later you can do so at the bottom of the page. Happy baking!

Slow Cooker Two Ingredient Caramel Fudge Recipe

Making fudge doesn't get much easier than this. Two ingredients and just 40 minutes to get wonderful caramel fudge. Perfect for sharing!

Course Afternoon Tea, Dessert, Snack

Cuisine American, British

Keyword fudge, slow cooker

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 40 minutes minutes

Servings 40 Pieces

Calories 93kcal


  • 397 ml Carnation Caramel
  • 500 g chocolate – milk chocolate or white chocolate. Can be bars or chocolate chips at room temperature.


  • Break the chocolate up and add to the slow cooker bowl with the caramel.

  • Turn the slow cooker on to high and leave to cook for 40 minutes with the lid off, stirring every ten minutes.

  • When melted, thick and well combined, remove from the heat

  • Pour the mixture into a tin lined with parchment paper or silicone baking tray

  • Put in the fridge to set for at least 4 hours, preferably overnight

*Note: Nutritional information is estimated, based on publicly available data. Nutrient values may vary from those published.

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Two Ingredient Caramel Fudge Recipe - What the Redhead said (2024)


What's the difference between caramel and caramel fudge? ›

What is fudge? While caramel usually contains just one key ingredient, fudge is made from a perfectly balanced mixture of sugar, butter, and milk. Plus, it's not heated as high — around 115 degrees Celsius.

What is caramel fudge made of? ›

Essential Ingredients

For this fudge, you'll need brown sugar, sweetened condensed milk, regular whole milk, butter, salt, and vanilla. The salt balances the sweetness of the fudge, you'll need it! It's the holiday season after all! And a little goes a long way.

Why is my 3 ingredient fudge not setting? ›

The main reason is that your Fudge has not reached the optimum temperature. If your mixture only reaches 110 or 112 degrees Celsius it will always be soft. That's why we recommend investing in a sugar thermometer. Another reason your Fudge is not setting is that the ratio of liquid to sugar is too high.

Why did my fudge turn out like caramel? ›

Fudge can turn into caramel due to overcooking or undercooking, incorrect temperatures, or wrong ingredients.

What are the three types of caramel? ›

Caramel can be produced in so many forms such as, sauce, a chewy candy, or a hard candy because of how much of an ingredient is added and the temperature it is being prepared at.

What are the two types of caramel? ›

When creating caramel, there are typically two different versions: wet caramel and dry caramel. Wet caramel refers to caramel that has been made by adding water to the sugar during the heating process.

What are the ingredients in luxury caramel fudge? ›

Luxury Scottish Sea Salt & Caramel Fudge Cartons 150g

Filled with our luxury hand made Sea Salt & Caramel Fudge. The addition of sea-salt enhances the sweet vanilla/caramel notes in each bite of fudge. Ingredients: sugar, glucose syrup, sweetened condensed skimmed milk, palm oil*, flavouring, sea salt (2%), salt.

How do you thicken caramel fudge? ›

Let hot caramel sauce cool.

If you've just finished making your initial batch of caramel sauce and find that it's too thin, let the caramel cool. As the sauce cools, it will thicken. If you're unsure if your freshly-cooked sauce is the right consistency, let it cool first.

What does cream of tartar do in fudge? ›

Cream of tartar is used in caramel sauces and fudge to help prevent the sugar from crystallizing while cooking. It also prevents cooling sugars from forming brittle crystals, this is why it's the secret ingredient in snickerdoodles!

What is the secret to smooth fudge that is not gritty? ›

Once a seed crystal forms, it grows bigger and bigger as the fudge cools. A lot of big crystals in fudge makes it grainy. By letting the fudge cool without stirring, you avoid creating seed crystals.

Why is my old fashioned fudge not hardening? ›

Fudge Didn't Set

If your fudge turned out super sticky, or it didn't set as it cooled, it probably never got hot enough. This mistake is super easy to avoid if you use a candy thermometer and cook the fudge to the temperature specified in the recipe (usually between 234 and 239°F).

What makes high quality fudge? ›

You have to control two temperatures to make successful fudge: the cooking temperature AND the temperature at which the mixture cools before stirring to make it crystallize. Confectionery experiments have shown that the ideal cooking temperature for fudge is around 114 to 115 °C (237 to 239 °F).

Why is caramel so hard to make? ›

You make caramel by melting sugar, and thin pots heat unevenly. This can cause portions of the sugar to burn before the rest of it has melted. Instead, choose a sturdy, heavy-bottomed metal pot (like stainless steel) with tall sides.

When should I stop beating fudge? ›

The fudge should be warm but not burning hot. Stop beating when the surface of the mixture starts to look dull or matte. Pour immediately into a mould that has been buttered or lined with parchment paper and let cool completely.

What's the difference between caramel and caramel caramel? ›

Carmel and caramel are not different spellings of the same word. Caramel is the correct spelling if you're talking about food or colors. Carmel is a misspelling when used in those contexts, but it is a word that can be used as a name for people or places.

Are there different types of caramel? ›

Light caramel has a light golden brown hue, while dark caramel features a dark amber color with a slightly more bitter taste than light caramel. Various candies, confections, desserts, and beverages are made with caramel. Desserts such as flan and creme brûlée even contain a topping of caramel.

What are the different grades of caramel? ›

Caramel Color I (also known as plain or spirit caramel) Caramel Color II (caustic sulfite caramel) Caramel Color III (ammonia or beer caramel, baker's and confectioner's caramel) Caramel Color IV (known as sulfite-ammonia, soft drink caramel, or acid-proof caramel).

What makes fudge different? ›

Although fudge often contains chocolate, fudge is not the same as chocolate. Chocolate is a mix of cocoa solids, cocoa butter and sometimes sugar and other flavorings and is hard and brittle. Fudge is a mixture of sugar, dairy and flavorings that is cooked and cooled to form a smooth, semi-soft confection.

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