Velveeta fudge is so soft, creamy, and delicious! This cheese fudge recipe is easy to make and has pieces of pecans throughout for a nutty crunch. It’s the perfect treat to share for the holidays and makes great edible homemade Christmas gifts!
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Velveeta cheese fudge
Fudge is one of my favorite candies in the world. It’s soft, sweet, and just melts in your mouth. I’m a fudge fanatic and have tried all sorts of recipes over the years.
You bet I was pretty intrigued – and a little shocked – when I stumbled upon Velveeta fudge. I know what you’re thinking right now. Chocolate and cheese… are you kidding?!
It has everything you love about good fudge! It’s soft and creamy and has nice little bites of crunchy pecans throughout. And the flavor is deliciously sweet and chocolatey.
The recipe comes together quickly and tastes phenomenal. And no worries, you cannot detect that there’s any kind of cheese in this!
I grew up enjoying all kinds of holiday treats because my grams loved making them. It doesn’t feel like Christmas to me until I’ve made some evaporated milk fudge and Carnation fudge.
A handful of simple ingredients come together to make this decadent fudge. If you have Velveeta, you’ll find the other ingredients in your kitchen too! You can see the exact measurements below in the recipe card.
- Velveeta cheese is so smooth when it melts and gives the fudge the perfect, creamy texture. For the best results, you need the full-fat cheese, not the fat-reduced version.
- Butter contributes to the softness and flavor of the cheese fudge. I like salted butter to balance the sweetness. Of course, unsalted butter and a pinch of salt will also do the trick.
- Powdered sugar provides sweetness.
- Unsweetened baking chocolate helps the fudge to set and gives it a delicious chocolate flavor. Since there’s a lot of powdered sugar in the recipe, unsweetened baking chocolate works best.
- Vanilla extract adds a little flavor and helps the other ingredients shine in this recipe.
- Chopped pecans: Not a fan of pecans? Feel free to use an equal amount of other nuts like walnuts or hazelnuts instead, or omit the nuts altogether.
- Cutting board + paring knife to chop the Velveeta cheese, chocolate, and nuts.
- Double boiler to melt the ingredients. You can also place a heat-resistant bowl over a pot filled with water.
- Rubber spatula or wooden spoon for stirring.
- Large mixing bowl + hand mixer to combine the fudge.
- 9 x 13-inch baking pan to pour the fudge mixture into.
- Parchment paper or aluminum foil and non-stick spray to line the pan.
How to make Velveeta fudge
Velveeta cheese fudge is one of the easiest fudge recipes you’ll ever find! It’s prepared over a double boiler, and you don’t need a candy thermometer. Let’s find out how to make cheese fudge!
#1: Melt ingredients
- Bring water to a boil. Fill a saucepan with 1 inch / 2.5 cm of water and bring to a boil on the stove. Then turn the heat to medium-low, reducing the water to a simmer.
- Set up a double boiler. Place the Velveeta cheese, butter, and chocolate into a heat-safe glass bowl that fits over your pot. Then put the bowl over the pot of simmering water so that the bowl is partially submerged in the water but not directly touching the bottom of the saucepan.
- Melt. Stirring continuously with a rubber spatula, heat until the Velveeta, chocolate, and butter are melted and completely smooth.
#2: Mix fudge
- Combine fudge. Pour the powdered sugar into a large mixing bowl. Add the Velveeta chocolate mixture and beat with a hand-held mixer on medium speed until well blended. Stir in the pecans and vanilla.
#3: Refrigerate & cut
- Pour into pan. Pour the fudge mixture into a lined 9×13-inch pan and smooth the top with a spatula.
- Refrigerate. Refrigerate the fudge for several hours or overnight until firm.
- Cut. Once your Velveeta fudge has completely set up, lift it out of the pan and cut it into 1-inch / 2.5 cm square pieces.
Tips for success
The recipe is pretty easy, and here are a few tips and tricks on making the tastiest Velveeta cheese fudge possible.
- Melt over medium heat: The water bath should simmer but not boil because we don’t want to burn the chocolate and cheese.
- Line the pan: Be sure to line your pan with tin foil or parchment paper. It helps so much when you are taking the fudge out of the pan.
- Spread into an even layer, so the fudge has the same thickness throughout.
- Let cool completely: For clean slices and neat squares, allow the fudge to fully firm up in the refrigerator before slicing. A few hours in the fridge should do the trick.
- Peanut butter: For a peanut version, try my Velveeta peanut butter fudge recipe.
- Flavor extract: Swap out the vanilla extract for butter rum extract, cherry flavor, amaretto extract, butterscotch, or coffee flavor. Or try a combination of vanilla and peppermint for candy cane Velveeta fudge.
- Spices: Stir a teaspoon of ground cinnamon, pumpkin pie mix, or chai spice mix into the fudge.
- Mix-ins: Good options include chopped walnuts, chopped pecans, and other nuts, cinnamon chips, dried fruit (such as dried cranberries, raisins, or Turkish apricots), candies (like gumdrops), and cookie crumbs (e.g., Oreos, Biscoff cookies, or shortbread).
- Toppings: To decorate your fudge cover the top with sprinkles, chopped nuts, crushed candy canes, mini chocolate chips, or a dusting of ground cinnamon.
- Fewer servings: If you have a smaller family, cut the ingredient amounts in half to make a smaller batch.
How to store Velveeta fudge
Velveeta cheese fudge that is kept in an airtight container at room temperature will last for up to 3 days. Refrigerating the fudge can extend the shelf life to 2 weeks.
Can you freeze cheese fudge?
Yes, you can freeze fudge that is made with Velveeta. To do so, wrap your fudge airtight in plastic wrap. Next, wrap the fudge in tin foil. Then place in a larger freezer bag and freezer for up to 3 months.
You can also package individual squares, so grabbing a piece or two is easier when the craving strikes.
To thaw, let the fudge sit out at room temperature for a few hours. It also tastes absolutely delicious half-frozen.
What is Velveeta?
Velveeta is a shelf-stable cheese product. The name references the velvety, melty texture and mouthfeel. Velveeta isn’t technically cheese, but a processed dairy food.
What is Velveeta fudge?
What is cheese fudge? Velveeta fudge is a type of chocolate fudge made from Velveeta, baking chocolate, powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and pecans.
It has a lovely light chocolate color and a rich, smooth texture with a little crunch from the pecans. Cheese fudge tastes buttery and pretty sweet. That’s no surprise, as the recipe contains quite a bit of powdered sugar.
Velveeta fudge history
The exact origins of this recipe are unknown. We don’t know when it was created and who it was created by. I believe early versions trace back to the 1950s.
How many servings does this recipe yield?
This Velveeta fudge recipe makes about 48 pieces. The exact number of servings depends on how large or small you cut your fudge.
Can I make microwave Velveeta fudge?
Yes! To make Velveeta fudge in the microwave, place the cheese, butter, and chocolate chips into a microwave-safe bowl. Heat in 30-second bursts until everything is melted, and stir between heatings.
That said, I prefer melting the Velveeta, butter, and chocolate on the stovetop. The cheese chocolate mixture needs to be hot enough to properly wet the powdered sugar, and I found that more difficult when melting in the microwave.
Is this the original Kraft Velveeta fudge recipe?
Yes, I based this on the kraft Velveeta cheese fudge recipe but made some changes. The original recipe calls for light corn syrup. However, I don’t really care for this ingredient and left it out. I also doubled the amount of vanilla, as it tastes even better that way!
How long does the Velveeta fudge take to set up?
The cheese fudge recipe needs approximately 3 to 4 hours in the refrigerator to set up. I don’t recommend freezing because it can make the texture grainy.
Can I substitute Velveeta?
No, you want to stick with Velveeta for this easy fudge recipe. Velveeta contains emulsifying salts that ensure the cheese doesn’t split and remains ultra-smooth. Other cheeses don’t possess these melting abilities and will not work here.
You could try using another mild-tasting processed cheese, like American cheese, but the results might differ. If you try it, please let me know so I can update the post.
Can I use cocoa powder instead of chocolate?
Yes. It’s possible to substitute 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder for the baking chocolate.
Will margarine work in this recipe?
Sure! You can make this recipe for cheese fudge with the same amount of margarine.