12 Bakes of Christmas: Easy Alcohol Fudge


Are you stuck for a last minute budget gift idea, or are seeking to satisfy a sweet tooth? This fudge can be made in minutes in the microwave. Cut into cubes, wrap in cellophane bags and tie with ribbon for a beautifully presented (and delicious!) present. For a festive twist, you could also try adding nuts and dried fruit such as cranberries, sultans and raisins. 


  • 400g golden caster sugar
  • 397g can condensed milk
  • 140g salted butter, chopped into pieces
  • 1 tsp vanilla bean paste
  • 2 tbsp coffee liqueur (or another alcohol of your choice – amaretto or brandy works well


  1. Grease and line a 20cm square baking tin with baking parchment. Put the sugar, condensed milk and butter in a large heatproof bowl (the mixture will bubble up as it cooks to roughly double its size), add a good pinch of salt and stir together.
  2. Heat the mixture in the microwave on High for 10 mins, stirring every 2-3 mins. Keep an eye on the mixture, as it will bubble up and may go over the sides of the bowl.
  3. Add the vanilla and liqueur to the mixture, whisk together and heat on High for another 2 mins. The mixture should be caramel-coloured and thickened. Scrape into the tin and set aside for 45 mins–1 hr until cool and firm before cutting. Pack into a box and eat within 3 weeks.

Recipe via BBC Good Food. 

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