Smooth & creamy, White Chocolate Marshmallow Pecan Fudge is easy to make & contains no sweetened condensed milk. Perfect for a snack or gift!
Today is Mother's Day, and I will see both my mother, my mother-in-law, and my daughters...virtually.
And while we physically couldn't be all together (we span the country), we will be eating the same things during our visit...Chocolate Chip Cream Scones and White Chocolate Marshmallow Pecan Fudge.
Why those items? Well, I envisioned us having a tea party while we visited, and those items shipped well.
Besides, who can resist fudge?
Fudge without sweetened condensed milk
I'm trying to use ingredients that I find in the back of my pantry these days. This time I found white chocolate chips, some (admittedly old) mini marshmallows, and a bag of pecans. What could I do with that?
I generally like White Chocolate Fudge, and I knew that would ship well, so that was an idea. When I made Dark Chocolate Whisky Fudge, I used powdered sugar, but I didn't have enough at home.
Ok, how about when I made Kahlua Chocolate Fudge? Uhm...no sweetened condensed milk at hand.
Searching around, I found a recipe for chocolate fudge without sweetened condensed milk...Farm Fresh for Life's Homemade Fudge. Instead of those processed milk products, this semi-sweet chocolate fudge recipe used heavy cream, butter, and mini marshmallows. Hey I had those ingredients!
I adapted this chocolate fudge recipe to use white chocolate chips, less sugar, and no vanilla because white chocolate is very sweet to me, and already has vanilla undertones.
Believe me, White Chocolate Fudge is plenty sweet.
Fudge making tips
This White Chocolate Fudge recipe is really easy to make, and it comes together quickly.
Make your own fudge base
We're going to replace sweetened condensed milk with a homemade base.
Start by heating heavy cream, sugar, butter, and salt to just a simmer. After you begin to see small bubbles an it's steaming, cook the mixture for exactly four minutes.
It's important not to overcook this mixture because it can ruin the texture of your fudge.
Melt the White Chocolate carefully
One issue with using white chocolate is that you have to melt it very gently or it can scorch.
I'm using the same chocolate ganache method as with Kahlua Chocolate Fudge: heat the cream, add in the white chocolate, and stir to melt. No burnt white chocolate!
Mix in your mix-ins
When it's time to add marshmallows, they don't have to melt all the way. In fact, because my mini marshmallows were...ahem...aged, they didn't melt as well as fresh ones would.
That's ok because then they became more of a mix in than a texture enhancer, like Rocky Road ice cream. No worries.
Speaking of mix ins, you can use different mix-ins for the toasted pecans, like dried cranberries, crushed candy canes, crushed Oreos, or whatever you'd like.
Use your imagination!
Finally, just chill the fudge, then cut into squares after it's set.
It's that easy!
Just as yummy as it looks
Smooth and creamy with yummy bites of marshmallows and toasted pecans, this White Chocolate Marshmallow Pecan Fudge is rich and delicious. It's sweet without being overly so.
Even my husband, an admitted non-fan of white chocolate, liked it.
White Chocolate Fudge makes a great gift, perfect for Mother's Day, Christmas, birthdays, or any other day you want to make someone feel special. Even yourself!
Slainté! L’chaim! Cheers!
p.s. Happy Mother's Day to all moms, whether they're close at hand, a virtual visit away, or just loved in memory!
Candy making doesn't have to be hard, and making fudge definitely isn't. And if you want to try your hand at chocolate dipped treats, here's a guide to temper chocolate for that satisfying snap.
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White Chocolate Marshmallow Pecan Fudge
- ⅔ cup heavy cream
- 1¼ cups granulated sugar
- 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 cups white chocolate chips, see Recipe Notes
- 2 cups mini marshmallows
- ½ cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped, see Recipe Notes
- Generously butter an 8- x 8-inch collapsible marshmallow pan. Set aside
- Place sugar, cream, butter, and salt in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to simmer, whisking continuously. Once bubbles appear, turn the heat down to medium and cook over medium heat for 4 minutes, still whisking continuously. Do not overcook.
- After 4 minutes, remove the cream mixture from heat. Allow the mixture to stop bubbling (about 15 seconds).
- Add in the white chocolate chips and stir to start melting them, then add the marshmallows. Continue stirring until all the white chocolate is melted. The marshmallows don’t necessarily need to melt all the way. Finally, add the chopped pecans.
- Transfer into prepared pan and chill in the refrigerator, about 1 hour or until set.
- Remove the fudge from the pan onto a cutting board. Cut into 1- x 1-inch pieces. Savor the goodness and enjoy!