Smoky Bourbon Chocolate Fudge

Do you have a super quick, super easy, go-to recipe that you always resort to when nothing else is working?  If you do, share it in the comments! Mine has always been Eagle Brand’s Foolproof Chocolate Fudge.  Now, I don’t believe in the word “foolproof” as I’ve been known to mess up “foolproof” recipes or projects, but this fudge just always works.  It takes no time at all to make, and then you just throw it in the fridge and you’re done. You don’t even have to turn on the oven!

Chocolate Chips and Sweetened Condensed Milk in saucepan over heat

Well, this was one of those weeks.  One where I had a recipe I was really excited about, but no matter what I did, I just couldn’t get it to work.  So I thought I would do a reset.  Reset my mind.  Reset my baking. And what better way to reset than to make something that I know will work?  But even though chocolate fudge is delicious, it’s also kind of boring. I like to give it a little extra excitement!

Smoky Bourbon Fudge in Fridge

In true Flour de Liz fashion, that means I added alcohol. I used Maker’s Mark, but you could use any bourbon you’d like, or you could probably even use a different alcohol altogether. I also added a bit of liquid smoke.  It adds an extra smokiness that is perfect for the crisp, cool weather. (By the way, where is fall???)

Liquid Smoke Bottle and Makers Mark Bottle

This recipe has always been one of my go-to recipes for holiday gifts. And I know it’s a little bit early for holiday gifts (though, it’s never too early to plan!), but this recipe works just as well for Halloween, Thanksgiving, holiday baking, or anything in between. It’s like having a drink and some chocolate by the campfire!

Smoky Bourbon Fudge with Makers Mark and Liquid Smoke

Smoky Bourbon Chocolate Fudge

Prep Time5 mins
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 25 pieces of fudge


  • 3 cups chocolate chips
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon
  • A few dashes Liquid Smoke (I use 3-5 shakes)
  • A pinch kosher salt Diamond Crystal


  • Line an 8x8 pan with nonstick foil.
  • Over low heat, stir chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk until the chocolate is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  • Remove from heat, and add bourbon, Liquid Smoke, and salt.
  • Pour into lined pan and refrigerate 2-4 hours, until the chocolate doesn't give when pressed lightly.
  • Cut into squares and enjoy!


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