Dummy Fudge

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Servings: 10-15 pieces
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 10 min
Difficulty: Easy

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1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1   (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1 cup butterscotch chips
1 cup chocolate chips
1 cup pecans (any type of nut will work)





Butter a 9 by 9-inch baking dish

Melt chocolate chips, butterscotch chips, and condensed milk in double boiler on medium heat. Once smooth remove from heat. Add vanilla and nuts. Scoop into baking dish and chill in refrigerator until set for approximately 10 minutes.

Prep Time 5 minutes

Recipe courtesy Paula Deen, 2007

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this is the closest I have come to a fudge recipe that we use to make when I was a kid. It is very quick and very easy.

By Anonymous on December 22, 2013


I have made this fudge a couple of times and it always comes out as in my sons words "taffy" what am I doing wrong? I even left it on the stove a little longer this last time I made it, they still eat it though!!!

By Kim on October 20, 2013


I made the Dummy Fudge, followed the recipe to a tee as I never seem to have much luck with fudge. It did not set! What a waste. Well not really as I used it as a topping for vanilla ice cream. But why wouldn't it set??

By Sharon on May 07, 2013


Since I first found this recipe (or maybe I even saw it on Paula's show) I've made this fudge every Christmas. I am not a fan of butterscotch so I trade them out with more chocolate chips. It's a hit every year! It's a true keeper! Thank you Paula!

By PJ on December 13, 2012


I made your Dummy Fudge because I have a similar recipe. Mine is made in the Microwave oven so I thought I ’d try yours the same way. I put all the same ingredients together except that I added about a tablespoon of butter which my recipe calls for. I put it in for 5 minutes and then stirred it really good. And added the vanilla. I didn’t add any nuts this time. I put the mix in an 8 x 8 “ square glass pan. It was too large. I like my fudge thick and this was too thin. The next time I make this, I will either double the recipe or use a smaller pan. I don’t have room in my fridge to cool it so I left it on the counter and it hardened nicely. And the taste was wonderful!! I would rate it a five.

By Arlene Dent on March 05, 2012


Paula I am trying to find a reciept that you showed on one of your earily shows its has a stick of butter and sugar melted and in a separet bowel melted chocolate chips and I think evaporated milk to melt the chocolate chips then you added them together wit vanilla extract and took two spoons and put them on a lined baking pan and they cooled quickley and you could eat them right away .I would like to have the reciept to make for my grandkids because it seens so simple sincerely sherry addington my e main is sdsa2708@hotmail.com

By sherry addington on December 16, 2011


Hi Paula Can yu help! Yesterday (23/08/2011) I made your dummy fudge and something went totaly wrong. I dobble the mix caue it was for a market day at school. But the mix would not set. I even put it in the refrigetrator for more than 10 min. The mix is like toffee. We love your shows and the day me and my son (11) saw this recipe we no that this was the one for us. Can you maybe tell me what I did wrong. Thank you kindly. Teresa

By Teresa Roux on August 24, 2011


im like u i love my sweeties...lol. butter is better in alot of stuff. i came along a recipe its called bananna pudding in stead mike use sweetened condenced mike and a cup of water.....plus whip toping mixed in with it....oh its heavenly.

By michelle wells on December 16, 2010


I have made this several times and have never had it to fail. The first time I made it I accidently used a bag of each of the chips instead of a cup of each and have continued to make it that way with no problems. Some friends have told me it's the best fudge they have ever had and have been asked many times for the recipe. They can't believe how easy it is!!

By Anonymous on August 26, 2010


I made this fudge for my open house for our first Christmas in our newly constructed log cabin. What a hit!!! Everyone just loved it and it was so easy to make...it should be cslled instead of Dummy Fudge.."No mess..no fuss"..Fudge...Thanks Paula!!

By Anonymous on December 21, 2009


This is a weird consistency and the butterscotch does not belong in fudge! I made it for a Christmas party and people made faces as they ate it... blech.

By Anonymous on December 08, 2009


This was so easy and wonderful. I exchanged the butterscotch chips for peanut butter chips and it was fabulous. I left it in the refrigerator about 30 minutes and added 2 cups of nuts instead of 1. It is perfect and everyone loves it!! Great Recipe!!!

By Anonymous on October 28, 2009


This recipe just needs a 1/2 cup more chocolate chips and 1/2 cup more butterscotch chips. This helps it to set up instead of being gooey.

By thedew on December 22, 2008


This was very easy to make but didn't turn out very good. The fudge would only harden if put in the freezer. My husband & kids said it tasted good, but it was the consistency of soft carmel candies. I followed the recipe exactly so don't think I did anything wrong. Ended up throwing it all away.

By maximmb2 on December 16, 2008

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