Grandma’s Secret Ingredient Fudge (Chocolate Cheese Fudge)

Grandma’s secret ingredient fudge is the best chocolate cheese fudge ever. Smooth, creamy and dotted with pecans, this easy chocolate will wow everyone who tries it with its rich flavor.

chocolate cheese fudge squares on a white plate

My grandma was an absolute wiz in the kitchen.

Her meals and treats were the absolute best, but she always found ways to make things easier.

But you’d never know it by tasting her food.

It always tasted like she had worked really hard in the kitchen.

This fudge for example tastes like the fudge you’d find in a candy shop at the beach, and you’d never know it’s so quick and easy to make.

You’d also never guess the secret ingredient is a block of Velveeta cheese!

squares of chocolate cheese fudge stacked on a white plate

What is cheese fudge?

Cheese fudge has a similar consistency to traditional fudge but it relies on processed cheese like Velveeta for its structure instead of marshmallow or condensed milk.

chocolate cheese fudge squares on a white plate

What does chocolate cheese fudge taste like?

I know this combination may sound a little odd if you’ve never heard of it before, but trust me, it’s delicious!

The Velveeta addition is mild and creates a fudgy chocolate cheesecake flavor.

Ingredients

To make this you’ll need:

overhead image showing the measured ingredients needed to make grandma's chocolate cheese fudge

  • Butter– Unsalted is best.
  • Velveeta– Don’t substitute a different type of cheese product or it won’t be as smooth.
  • Powdered sugar– Make sure not to use granulated or the fudge will be grainy.
  • Cocoa powder– Any kind of cocoa powder you have.
  • Vanilla extract– Real vanilla extract works best.
  • Pecans– Both chopped pecans and pecan halves. You can omit them if you don’t like them or are allergic.

How to Make

To make this treat, line a 9×9 pan with parchment paper and set it aside.

chocolate cheese fudge batter in a green mixing bowl

Then, melt the butter and Velveeta together on medium low heat, stirring frequently, until the mixture is smooth.

Meanwhile, mix the powdered sugar and cocoa powder together in a large bowl.

Once the cheese mixture is melted, pour it into the bowl with the cocoa mixture.

chocolate cheese fudge spread in a parchment paper lined square baking dish

Stir in the vanilla extract and mix well to combine everything.

Then fold in the chopped pecans.

Press the mixture into the prepared pan and gently push the pecan halves onto the top of the fudge if desired.

chocolate cheese fudge topped with whole pecans in a parchment paper lined square baking dish

Cover and allow it to chill in fridge for at least 4 hours.

Cut and serve.

Enjoy!

chocolate cheese fudge squares on a white plate

Do I need to store cheese fudge in the fridge?

Yes, I would store this in the fridge even after it sets simply because it contains cheese.

Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

squares of secret ingredient fudge with nuts stacked on a white plate

Tips and Tricks

  • You could switch out the pecans for walnuts or almonds if you prefer.
  • Use a higher quality cocoa powder for a richer flavor.
  • Don’t skip chilling the fudge. This step allows it to set properly.

squares of secret ingredient fudge with nuts stacked on a white plate

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chocolate cheese fudge squares on a white plate

Chocolate Cheese Fudge

Grandma's secret ingredient fudge is the best chocolate cheese fudge ever. Smooth, creamy and dotted with pecans, this easy chocolate will wow everyone who tries it with its rich flavor.
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Course: Appetizer, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 40 squares
Calories: 174kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 8 oz velveeta cheese
  • 8 cups powdered sugar
  • cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¾ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup pecan halves optional

Instructions

  • Line a 9x9 pan with parchment paper; set aside
  • Melt together butter and velveeta until smooth on medium low heat, stirring frequently
  • Meanwhile, mix together the powdered sugar and cocoa powder in a large bowl
  • Once the cheese mixture is melted, pour it into the bowl with the cocoa and powdered sugar, along with the vanilla extract and stir well to combine everything
  • Fold in the chopped pecans, then press the mixture into the prepared pan
  • Press pecan halves onto the top of the fudge if desired, then allow to chill in fridge for at least 4 hours

Nutrition

Calories: 174kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 131mg | Potassium: 57mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 199IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 1mg
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