Hot Cocoa Fudge

I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love hot cocoa.  It doesn’t just taste like chocolate – it has it’s own unique flavor that you immediately recognize as soon as you taste it. There are so many hot chocolate desserts out there, and while they are chocolatey and delicious, they oftendon’t taste like hot chocolate.  But this Hot Cocoa Fudge tastes just like hot cocoa!

What you’ll need

All you need is a medium to large pot and a spoon or spatula, and then a square pan (I use 8×8) and parchment paper, wax paper, or nonstick foil to line the pan.


powdered hot cocoa
evaporated milk
jar of Fluff
chocolate chips

angled top down view of a really cute penguin mug filled with mini marshmallows and two squares of brown hot cocoa fudge on top, and with mini marshmallows and fudge surrounding the mug.

How to prepare your pan

Line an 8×8 pan with parchment paper. I like to use binder clips on the edges of the pan to hold the paper in place.

How to make Hot Cocoa Fudge

Combine sugar, hot cocoa, salt, butter, milk, and fluff in a large saucepan, heating over low heat while stirring. Once blended, increase to medium heat and bring to a boil. Stir constantly for 5 minutes while it boils, then remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and chocolate chips. The chocolate chips will melt quickly and may even burn a bit to the bottom of the pan.  Stir as best as you can.  You’ll notice the chips look slightly different from the rest of the mixture, so you’ll want to keep stirring until the mixture is fully combined. Then pour it into the pan and toss it into the fridge for a couple hours.  Once chilled, carefully cut into pieces and enjoy!

Common Questions

Should Hot Cocoa Fudge be refrigerated?

Once the fudge has chilled it does not need to be stored in the fridge, but should be kept in a zip top bag or air-tight container.

What’s the difference between evaporated milk and regular milk?

Evaporated milk is milk that has been heated to evaporate out some of the water. You can make evaporated milk with regular milk if you don’t have a can of evaporated milk, but you can also check out my Substitutions Guide for other milk options! Please note, I have not specifically tested the milk substitutes in this recipe, but these are substitutes that generally work for milk and should work for evaporated milk as well.

Side few of cubes of brown hot cocoa fudge surrounded by mini marshmallows

Looking for other fudge recipes? Check these out:

Salted Caramel Fudge
Smoky Bourbon Chocolate Fudge
Ice Cream Fudges

Looking for other hot cocoa recipes? Check these out:

Hot Cocoa Pie
Hot Cocoa Rolls

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Hot Cocoa Fudge

Prep Time20 mins
Chill Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 20 mins


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 cups hot cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk
  • 7.5 oz jar Marshmallow Fluff
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 12 oz bag chocolate chips


  • Line a square (8×8) pan with parchment paper.
  • Combine sugar, cocoa, salt, butter, milk, and fluff in a large saucepan.
  • Heat over low heat, stirring till blended, then increase to medium heat and bring to a boil.
  • Stir constantly for 5 minutes while the mixture boils.
  • After 5 minutes, remove from heat and stir in vanilla and chocolate chips until melted, smooth, and fully combined.
  • Pour into pan and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • Once chilled, cut into pieces and enjoy!

This post was updated in January 2021 with an improved recipe, new photos, and additional information about the recipe.


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