Indulge in the rich and luxurious flavors of homemade Salted Caramel Fudge. This delectable treat combines the velvety smoothness of fudge with the irresistible sweetness of caramel, all perfectly balanced with a touch of sea salt. Perfect as a dessert, gift, or indulgent snack.
- 1 can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
- 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup store-bought or homemade caramel sauce
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt (adjust to taste)
- Optional: additional sea salt for sprinkling on top
Preparation Time: Approximately 15 minutes Chilling Time: Approximately 2-4 hours
- Prepare a Pan: Line an 8×8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal of the fudge later. Grease the parchment paper lightly with cooking spray.
- Create the Fudge Base:
- In a medium saucepan, combine the sweetened condensed milk, chocolate chips, and unsalted butter over low heat.
- Stir frequently until the chocolate and butter are melted and the mixture is smooth and well combined.
- Add Flavor and Texture:
- Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in the vanilla extract. The mixture should be velvety and glossy.
- Gently fold in the caramel sauce until it’s swirled throughout the mixture.
- Sprinkle in the sea salt and mix until evenly distributed. Taste and adjust the saltiness according to your preference.
- Transfer to Pan:
- Pour the fudge mixture into the prepared baking pan.
- Use a spatula to smooth the top and ensure an even layer.
- Optional Salt Sprinkle:
- If desired, sprinkle a bit more sea salt on top of the fudge for an extra burst of flavor.
- Place the pan in the refrigerator and let the fudge set for at least 2-4 hours, or until it’s firm to the touch.
- Cut and Serve:
- Once the fudge is fully chilled and set, use the parchment paper overhangs to lift it out of the pan.
- Place it on a cutting board and use a sharp knife to cut the fudge into squares or desired shapes.
- Serve and Enjoy:
- Arrange the Salted Caramel Fudge on a serving plate and indulge in its irresistible combination of creamy texture, rich chocolate, luscious caramel, and a hint of saltiness.
Note: Store any leftover fudge in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep it fresh.