Hot Chocolate Fudge

Have you tried this hot cocoa fudge yet? It is a hot chocolate flavored fudge that will literally melt in your mouth. Semi-sweet and milk chocolate collide to bring you one fudge. This hot chocolate fudge has pockets of mini marshmallows in it and pressed into the top. You'll be reaching for more than one piece.

fudge on pieces of parchment paper with red and green ribbon behind it


The mini marshmallows are my favorite part of this fudge recipe. Try this strawberries and cream fudge, chocolate marshmallow fudge, white chocolate cranberry fudge, or this Oreo frosting fudge.

I love that this recipe is really easy to make. The marshmallows add a nice texture and let's not forget about that hot cocoa flavor that everyone loves. Like all other fudges, this one also makes a wonderful holiday gift.

overhead photo of hot cocoa fudge on wax paper and mini marshmallows around the fudge

Hot Chocolate Fudge Ingredients

Have you jumped on the hot cocoa craze yet? I feel like I'm finally on-trend with my hot cocoa brownies, hot cocoa bombs, and hot cocoa meringues. Luckily, I just really like hot cocoa.

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Anyway, this fudge calls some basic fudge ingredients but then has a surprise or two in the recipe. I really like using a combination of semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips for that hot chocolate flavor.

The ingredients you'll need for this recipe are:

  • semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • milk chocolate chips
  • butter
  • sweetened condensed milk
  • hot chocolate mix
  • vanilla extract
  • mini marshmallows
  • crushed peppermints (for garnish)
overhead photo of the ingredients laid out to make hot chocolate fudge

How to make Hot Chocolate Fudge

Start by lining your pan with foil or parchment paper. Then spray it with cooking spray to help prevent sticking.

In a double boiler, you are going to add in the milk chocolate and semi-sweet chips. All the measurements are in the recipe card below.

Add in the sweetened condensed milk.

upclose photo adding the sweetened condensed milk to a bowl of chocolate chips and butter

Add in the hot chocolate mix too. Mix up the mixture until creamy and the chocolate is all mixed up.

hot cocoa mix added to the bowl full of ingredients for hot chocolate fudge

Add in 2 cups of the marshmallows and stir for a minute. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

marshmallows being added to a bowl of ingredients

Pour your fudge into the pan, and then press in the remaining marshmallows. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours.

warm fudge in a square pan

Then melt the chocolate and drizzle over the fudge.

How to store Hot Cocoa Fudge

You can store your fudge at room temperature on the counter. Or if you prefer refrigerated fudge, go right ahead. Just make sure your fudge is fully cooled and then place in an airtight container.

How long does Hot Chocolate Fudge last?

In general, the fudge will last 1-2 weeks when stored properly. You will find fudge is best when served within the first week. Just like any other baked good, it will begin to dry out some as it sits.

As soon as you cut your fudge, place it in an airtight container, and store it at room temperature.

If you don't plan to serve the fudge up right away, you can freeze it. Just place in a freezer friendly container and store in the freezer for 3-4 months. Then when you want some remove a slice or two from the freezer and thaw on the counter.

stack of fudge on a piece of wax paper

What kind of hot chocolate mix or hot cocoa mix should I use?

Feel free to use any of your favorite brands of hot chocolate. From a classic Swiss Miss hot chocolate to a Starbucks hot chocolate.

The biggest thing is to use a classic hot chocolate, not one that is flavored. You don't want it to overpower all the chocolate and marshmallows in the recipe.

Can I top with dehydrated marshmallows instead of mini marshmallows?

Dehydrated marshmallows are a fantastic alternative to the topping of this fudge. It will give it a fun look, and tasty texture. Dehydrated marshmallows are a bit crunchier in texture but will make you feel like you are eating more of a hot chocolate fudge for sure.

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Hot Chocolate Fudge

Hot Chocolate Fudge is a hot chocolate flavored fudge that will literally melt in your mouth.
4.75 from 28 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Chill Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 22 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16 squares
Calories 403 kcal


  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips divided
  • 1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 4 packages of hot chocolate mix ½ cup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups marshmallows divided
  • ½ cup Peppermint candy canes or crushed peppermints for garnish


  • Line an 8x8 inch square pan with foil or parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
  • In a double boiler, add 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips, 1 ½ cups milk chocolate chips, butter, sweetened condensed milk, and hot chocolate mix. Stir to combine.
  • Continue to stir over medium heat until the chips are completely melted.
  • Add 2 cups of marshmallows and stir for 1 minute. Remove from the heat.
  • Add in the vanilla and stir until incorporated.
  • Pour the fudge into the prepared pan and gently press the remaining marshmallows into the top of the fudge.
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours.
  • Remove the fudge from the pan and cut it into squares.
  • Heat the remaining ½ cup of chocolate in the microwave in 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval until completely melted.
  • Drizzle over the fudge and let cool completely.


You can transfer the chocolate drizzle to a sandwich bag and cut a small hole in the corner for an easier way to drizzle on the fudge.


Calories: 403kcalCarbohydrates: 59gProtein: 5gFat: 17gSaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 18mgSodium: 81mgPotassium: 220mgFiber: 2gSugar: 49gVitamin A: 181IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 105mgIron: 2mg

(Nutrition facts are an estimate and not guaranteed to be accurate. Please see a registered dietitian for special diet advice.)

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  1. I notice that it says 1/2 cup after the 4 pouches of hot chocolate mix so, out of curiosity, I poured the pouches into a measuring cup and it only took two pouches to equal the 1/2 cup. I went ahead and put all four pouches in and my fudge turned out gritty. Would that be because there's too much hot chocolate mix?

    1. yes that is likely the case. 1/2 cup is the more accurate measurement- I am going to double check the recipe and the coca pouches I have now! Hopefully your fudge was still delicious

  2. How do you get the fudge to be smooth with the hot chocolate mix in there? The mix wouldn't dissolve when I made it.

    1. Hmmm my hot cocoa powder dissolved in the warm chocolate. Different brands have different size granules so maybe your brand was a little too big. I would suggest sifting the cocoa before mixing it into the chocolate.

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