Browned butter fudge is a delectable and rich confection that combines the nutty, caramel-like flavor of browned butter with the traditional sweetness of fudge. With a unique blend of flavors and textures, it is a sweet treat that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser! If you are ever intimidated by Browned Butter I have a great step-by-step recipe and tutorial that will turn you into a brown butter pro!

Pieces of Brown Butter Fudge in a White Baking Dish on a White Counter.
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Ingredients and Substitutions

Browned Butter: Browned Butter is the process of cooking unsalted butter until the water has been cooked out and it has a nutty and toasty taste. It is delicious from everything sweet to savory! I’ve used it for sweet treats like Browned Butter Toffee Cookies and Pumpkin Sandwich Cookies with Browned Butter Buttercream. And then, it’s perfect for savory recipes like Ravioli with Garlic Browned Butter Garlic Sauce and Browned Butter Pork Chops, just to name a few.

Evaporated Milk: Evaporated milk is milk that has had 60% of the water removed. It can be called ‘unsweetened condensed milk’ (as opposed to sweetened condensed milk, which has added sugar). It is perfect for fudge recipes because it withstands the heat without curdling.

White Chocolate Chips: In this fudge recipe, you could use ‘real’ white chocolate (at least 20% cocoa butter), white chips, or morsels. 

Marshmallow Fluff: Marshmallow fluff, or marshmallow creme, is a sweet, ooey-gooey concoction that tastes like marshmallows. You can buy it at the store or make homemade marshmallow fluff.

Steps for Making Brown Butter Fudge in a Saucepan with Brown Butter, White Chocolate Chips, Marshmallow Fluff, and Vanilla.

Can I Substitute Sweetened Condensed Milk for Evaporated Milk?

No! Evaporated milk is unsweetened, so in this fudge recipe, it is combined with granulated sugar and other ingredients for the fudge. Do not substitute sweetened condensed milk for evaporated milk; they are not interchangeable. Keep in mind that there are fudge recipes that use sweetened condensed milk (like my Cookie Dough Fudge and Fluffernutter Fudge, just to name a few). But, in those recipes, the same rule applies–do not substitute evaporated milk for sweetened condensed milk.

Pouring Fudge into Pan to Make Brown Butter Fudge.

How to Harden Fudge

Allowing browned butter fudge to come to room temperature will solidify it and make it easy to handle. This takes a couple of hours. You can also pop it into the refrigerator for a couple of hours or even the freezer for about 30 minutes. Fudge is best consumed at room temperature though, so be sure to take it out a few minutes before you want to eat it.

Can I Make Fudge Without a Candy Thermometer?

If you are going to be making more fudge or sugary recipes, a candy thermometer can really save you from your fudge failing. However, you can still get this recipe made without one. After you have browned the butter, here are some tips and tricks if you are planning to make browned butter fudge without a candy thermometer:

  • Add the sugar and evaporated milk to the browned butter. While the mixture is coming to a boil, set a medium-sized bowl of ice water and a small metal spoon (your everyday silverware spoon) next to the stove. When the mixture has been bubbling for a few minutes, do your first test.
  • Dip the spoon into the mixture and coat the tip. With one hand, dip the coated spoon immediately into the ice water and then grab the cooling sugar mixture with your other hand. Remove from the water and roll it around between your fingers and thumb and see what it feels like. If you’re looking for the “soft-ball” stage, it should form a ball that holds together but still feels a little squishy and can be flattened when you press on it (like a gooey caramel).

This process will take a few tries at least, but you can see (and feel!) it moving through the stages to give you an indicator of how close you are. This is just a really fun science experiment in your kitchen!

Small Stack of Squares of Brown Butter Fudge with the Top Piece with a Bite Taken Out of It.

How To Store Browned Butter Fudge

If you are planning on eating it within a week or two, you can store the browned butter fudge in an airtight container. I like to separate the layers with parchment or wax paper. You can also store fudge in the refrigerator for a few weeks. Again, an airtight container with separated layers is best. But, before serving, let the fudge come to room temperature to soften it. If you need longer storage, like a few months, the freezer is the best option. First, tightly wrap the fudge with plastic wrap. Then, place it in an airtight container or freezer-safe plastic bag. Be sure to write the date on it!

Pieces of Brown Butter Fudge in a White Baking Dish on a White Counter.
4.75 from 4 votes

Browned Butter Fudge

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Browned butter fudge is a delectable and rich confection that combines the nutty, caramel-like flavor of browned butter with the traditional sweetness of fudge. With a unique blend of flavors and textures, it is a sweet treat that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser!


  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks / 170 g) unsalted butter
  • 3 cups (600 g) granulated sugar
  • cup (168 g) evaporated milk
  • 2 cups (364 g) white chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow fluff
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Line an 8×8-inch baking dish with parchment paper.
  • To a large, heavy saucepan over medium-high heat, add butter.
  • Melt the butter and continue to cook it until it is a rich, golden brown. Keep a close eye as it cooks, stirring it every few minutes so that it does not scorch the bottom. The butter should smell toasty and have a beautiful nutty color.
  • Reduce heat to medium. To the browned butter, add the sugar and evaporated milk.
  • Bring the mixture to a boil. Leave on the heat until the mixture reads 234°F-238°F on a candy thermometer (about 10 minutes).
  • Once the temperature reaches 234°F, remove from heat. Stir in the white chocolate chips until mostly combined.
  • Fold in the marshmallow fluff and vanilla.
  • Transfer the fudge to the prepared pan. Let it cool for at least 2 hours before cutting and serving.

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What the Test Kitchen had to say about this recipe:


The browned butter adds some amazing flavor to this fudge. It is sweet, creamy, and completely indulgent, just like a good fudge should be!


Browned butter adds some nuttiness to this sweet fudge. If you have a sweet tooth, this is your kind of treat!


Browned butter makes everything better, it adds such a depth of flavor to this lovely fudge. Must try!


If you're a fan of fudge, you are going to like this recipe. The browned butter adds a depth of flavor and it is so noticeable!


This fudge is perfect for anyone who loves sweets! It has a good texture, the flavor of the browned butter, and the sweetness you look for in a good fudge!


If you're a fan of fudge, you are going to like this recipe. The browned butter adds a depth of flavor and it is so noticeable!


This fudge does not disappoint. Super sweet but the flavor of the perfectly browned butter shines through!

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Reader Comments

  1. Delicious..I can’t stop making it. I’ve been playing with the temps for softer and harder fudge, depending on my mod at the time. I’ve been adding vanilla powder to the powdered sugar to amp up flavors. I’ve browned the butter to a varing degrees. I love playing with different aspects of it.. it’s so good!

  2. The flavor is amazing, but we had to eat it with a spoon. I followed the directions but it seemed to take forever to hit 238 on my thermometer. I believe it finally did. It just neve4 set up. Please let me know what I did wrong.

  3. May I suggest adjusting the granulated sugar to corn syrup ratio? More sugar, less syrup will probably get you the texture you’re looking for.

    1. Hi, Jodie! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Make sure that the fudge is cooked to a temperature between 235-245°F on a candy thermometer. After it has reached that temperature, remove it from the heat and let it cool to room temperature before continuing. Don’t try to speed up the cooling process by putting the fudge in the refrigerator or an ice water bath. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

  4. I like a creamy fudge, so this is good… I have a comment about your nostalgia regarding your G-ma’s fudge. Look up Scottish Tablet. It is a fudge-like confection that tastes almost exactly like Old-fashioned fudge but comes out dry and crumbly.

  5. Anytime you combine powder sugar to a recipe already with Granulated sugar and Karo it makes the recipe a smooth & silky texture. remove the powder sugar completely and the texture will become more to the crumbly side you spoke about liking. Or you could use the powder sugar and remove the Karo completely. I made several batches and I got the crumbly texture on all the batches made leaving out one or the other but a smooth & silky texture following your recipe using all 3 combined.
    Big fan – thanks for sharing

  6. My son is a complete fanatic fudge maker ! !…He makes it a Christmas special every year for the whole family, so I make copies of all your fudge recipes and give them to him! !…He tries every one of them ! !…So far my very favorite one is the salted carmel fudge ! !…Thank you so much ! !

    1. Hi, Betty! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. One stick of butter is 1/2 cup or about 113 grams. I hope this helps, and have a great day!

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