15 Minute Butterscotch Fudge

by megan on September 26, 2009


I had all intentions of making pumpkin fudge, but when I got to the store…..the pumpkin lover’s nightmare happened! There was no canned pumpkin on the shelf! Are there that many people out there already whipping up pumpkin treats in their kitchens already? I had all the other necessary ingredients in my cart, so I decided that I would just skip the pumpkin step and make a different flavored fudge. I decided on butterscotch, which has always been one of my favorite flavors.


This was my very first attempt to make fudge. Fudge recipes have always intimidated me because I have no experience with candy thermometers and “soft ball stages”. I searched for a recipe that was not difficult and didn’t require any of those “scary” elements. RecipeZaar fulfilled my need with this Easy Butterscotch Fudge recipe. It truly was ready to pour into the pans with only 15 minutes of prep time. It does require a lot of stirring, so be ready to have tired arms….but it is all worth it for these smooth, sweet, buttery candy treats. Enjoy!


Easy Butterscotch Fudge

3 cups sugar
3/4 cup butter
2/3 cup evaporated milk
12 ounces butterscotch chips
7 ounces marshmallow creme
1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. Combine sugar, butter (or margarine) and milk in a 2 1/2 quart saucepan.
  2. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly.
  3. Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium/medium-high heat, stirring.
  4. Remove from heat, stir in butterscotch chips until melted.
  5. Add marshmallow creme and vanilla; beat until blended.
  6. Pour into greased 13×9 inch pan.
  7. Let cool and serve. (Best results if you refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving)
  8. Store fudge in the refrigerator.


{ 33 comments… read them below or add one }

VeggieGirl September 26, 2009 at 12:16 pm

Who needs pumpkin fudge when you can have BUTTERSCOTCH fudge?!??!! Mmm, love it!

Lindsay September 26, 2009 at 1:49 pm

That looks soooo good! My stores haven’t had pumpkin either. They said it some kind of problem with their distributors. Huge bummer!

Alisa - Frugal Foodie September 26, 2009 at 2:20 pm

Oh my goodness! This looks heavenly.

I must figure out how to make dairy-free butterscotch fudge!

Stephanie September 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm

Ugh, I had that happen to me too – I wanted to get lots of pumpkin and apples for all sorts of autumn baked goodies, and no canned pumpkin!! This fudge looks so delicious, though, even if there is no pumpkin in it. :-)

Rosey Rebecca September 26, 2009 at 3:15 pm

Oh man! I always get my fudge from the Jersey Shore but this recipe looks too easy! I may have to try it!

Pam September 26, 2009 at 4:14 pm

Love butterscotch…sweet!

Seth @ Boy Meets Food September 26, 2009 at 4:58 pm

From what I hear, there is kind of a canned pumpkin shortage right now. It appears to be from the bad weather from last year that ruined a significant portion of the harvest. Of course, there is always the fresh option… just cook it and puree it yourself. It tastes better and you don’t have to eat all the preservatives!

The fudge looks great!

intheskinny September 27, 2009 at 12:30 am
Runeatrepeat September 27, 2009 at 2:32 am

Same thing happened to me – No pumpkin at the store earlier this week :(
I finally found some today and am happy :)

Amy September 27, 2009 at 4:59 am

Apparently there is a pumpkin shortage this year.

I bought mine on Amazon. Kind of pricey, but I’ve gotta have me some pumpkin.

Patty September 27, 2009 at 2:25 pm

This fudge looks fantastic! I have to make this. I live in WI and have been having a hard time finding canned pumpkin. It’s like there’s a shortage of it for some reason. I buy it to add to my dog’s food. He needs the fiber and he loves it!

Lizzy September 28, 2009 at 1:55 am

this fudge looks amazing! any flavor would be great!

Jenny September 28, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Looks incredible and easy! What a perfect combo. I’m all over this recipe :)

Dolce September 28, 2009 at 5:48 pm

I don’t think I actually *need*to know how to bake these in 15 minutes, that’s wayyyy to dangerous!

Jessica @ How Sweet September 28, 2009 at 6:03 pm

Looks delish! My grandmother always used to make butterscotch fudge. So Yummy. :)

carolinebee September 29, 2009 at 1:43 am

SO delicious!! I’ve heard of pumpkin being out in random stores, hahah HUGE problem!

heidi October 1, 2009 at 1:12 am

this looks great, and so easy! can someone tell me how this can be made into pumpkin fudge?

Joel October 3, 2009 at 1:43 pm

I don’t even care about the fudge, I Stumbled upon this site. It’s more about the women! Every girl on this site looks sexy. Keep up the good looks!

Hugging the Coast October 5, 2009 at 12:16 pm

This looks like the easiest fudge recipe I’ve seen yet. Will definitely be taking this recipe out for a test drive soon!

Liesl October 5, 2009 at 7:12 pm

I love fudge and I am so glad that fall is here because I feel like I can get away with making it more often!! This recipe sounds delicious!

Jordan November 19, 2009 at 6:46 pm

i just made this and it was absolutely unbelievable. thought i burned it on the first step, but it ended up turning out amazing. also, the chips don’t really melt in, but it worked none the less. i will make this again and again.

jordan December 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm

this fudge is amazzzzzzing.

Laura October 14, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Hey, it looks great and i’d love to try it, but is there a substitute for the Marshmallow Creme? mainly because I can’t get it where I am

lauren November 27, 2011 at 8:48 am

mmmm…. delicious!

Hannah February 13, 2012 at 8:10 pm

I have to try this I am giving it to people for valentines day thank you so much I finally found an easy recipe:)

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mary ann December 13, 2013 at 5:26 pm

I just made this and it is soup what did i do wrong

megan December 13, 2013 at 10:27 pm

I am not sure! I have never had trouble with it. How long did you let it set in the refrigerator?

Sally December 31, 2013 at 12:57 am

If the fudge didn’t set up…you probably didn’t boil it enuf…if you don’t have a candy thermometer, be sure it’s at a rolling boil for at least 5 minutes…and I’d do at least 6…make sure you stir it constantly.
I’ve made this and it is awesome. I don’t like butterscotch but my mom and others do, and they loved it.
I also made chocolate and peanut butter fudge…both were hits, however I didn’t boil the peanut butter enuf … so it was soft…set but soft. I’ll try again.

This was my first time to make fudge and glad most was a success!

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