How to Make Kid Friendly No Peanut Butter Fudge

by Rosenya Faith

    Every season is the perfect season for fudge! Whether you're making fudge for a spring bake sale or baking Santa a special snack, this peanut-free fudge is a scrumptious dessert for you and your kiddo to prepare together -- and it's perfect for any occasion. If you're not exactly known for your prowess in the kitchen, this fudge is simple to make and tastes so good you'll have everyone convinced you're a baking pro.

    Items you will need

    • Square baking pan (8- or 9-inch)
    • Aluminum foil
    • Non-stick cooking spray
    • 3 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • Medium-size, microwave-safe mixing bowl
    • Sweetened, condensed milk
    • 4 tablespoons. butter
    • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
    • 1/3 teaspoons salt
    Step 1

    Line the square baking pan with aluminum foil and coat it with a thin layer of cooking spray. If you're working with a toddler, give her a piece of the aluminum foil to scrunch and explore.

    Step 2

    Pour 3 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips into a medium-size, microwave-safe mixing bowl. You can use your kitchen time together as an opportunity to introduce kitchen math by helping her count each cup.

    Step 3

    Open the can of sweetened, condensed milk and let your kiddo pour it in the bowl. Help her add 4 tablespoons. of butter to the bowl and then mix to combine the ingredients. It's a good time to let your helper do a little taste testing.

    Step 4

    Put the bowl in the microwave and heat it for one minute. Stir the mixture and then microwave for another minute. Stir again to make sure the chocolate has melted completely.

    Step 5

    Add 1 1/2 teaspoons of vanilla and 1/3 teaspoons salt. The melted mixture is hot, so it's best to keep little hands away during this step. Stir until the mixture is well mixed and looks smooth.

    Step 6

    Pour the entire contents of the bowl into the foil-covered pan and then cool the fudge in the fridge for a minimum of two hours. Once the fudge has set completely, cut it up and dig in!


    • Replace the semi-sweet chocolate chips with butterscotch, vanilla and mint-chocolate chips to experiment with different types of fudge.
    • To make marble fudge, prepare a batch of vanilla fudge and chocolate fudge. Pour one type into one side of the pan and the other into the other side. Use a chopstick or a thin wooden dowel to gently swirl the two sides together.


    • The Sweet Book of Candy Making: From the Simple to the Spectacular-How to Make Caramels, Fudge, Hard Candy, Fondant, Toffee, and More!; Elizabeth LaBau

    About the Author

    Rosenya Faith has been working with children since the age of 16 as a swimming instructor and dance instructor. For more than 14 years she has worked as a recreation and skill development leader, an early childhood educator and a teaching assistant, working in elementary schools and with special needs children between 4 and 11 years of age.

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