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Irish Cream Fudge

Irish cream fudge with lots of Baileys flavor. Couldn’t be any easier to make and is naturally gluten-free!

Irish cream desserts are my favorite treats for St. Patrick’s Day. Last year I made these Irish cream brownies and wanted to make something equally as chocolaty and boozy this year.

By the way, if you haven’t made this homemade chocolate pudding with Baileys yet, you have to try it! It’s one of my favorite pudding recipes.

What I love about this fudge recipe is that it uses quite a bit more Baileys than other similar recipes I’ve seen. When it comes to boozy desserts, I don’t like subtle!

Something else that makes this recipe a winner for me is how simple it is. You know those fudge recipes that require boiling? I’m terrified of them.

With this recipe, all you do is mix everything together in one pot. So easy! There’s really nothing to mess up, as long as you don’t overheat the fudge mixture.

This fudge really doesn’t need any add-ins but I tossed in some walnuts for a bit of a crunch. I didn’t want a strong nutty flavor so I didn’t toast the walnuts.

If you prefer a stronger walnut taste, spread the walnuts out on a baking sheet and bake for about 5-8 minutes at 350°F or until they smell toasted.

One thing I haven’t experimented with is using a different type of alcohol. If you want to try something else, I recommend going with a cream-based liqueur and not something like rum.

If you love Irish cream as much as I do, try my mini Irish cream cheesecakes. They have a homemade chocolate cookie crust and can be made with all-purpose or gluten-free flour!

Irish Cream Fudge

Irish Cream Fudge

Yield: 64 pieces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Chill Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 15 minutes

Irish cream fudge with lots of Baileys flavor. Couldn’t be any easier to make and is naturally gluten-free!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups (24 ounces) semi-sweet chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup Irish cream*
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions

  1. Line an 8"x8" or 9"x9" pan with a piece of parchment paper or foil.
  2. Mix together all the ingredients, except for the walnuts, in a large saucepan and then turn the heat to low. Using a silicone spatula, stir frequently until no lumps of chocolate remain, being sure to scrape the bottom of the pan often.
  3. It will take about 7-10 minutes. Once well combined, stir in the walnuts, if using.
  4. Scoop the fudge into the lined pan and use the spatula to even it out.
  5. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm before cutting into pieces.

Notes

  • Store in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
  • If you're gluten-free, make sure your Irish cream (and every ingredient you use) is gluten-free. I recommend the brand Carolans.

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abi

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

This is so good! I added a scoop of espresso powder and it’s delicious :)

Jamie

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Abi!

Marlyce George

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

I have made 3 batches of this fudge already and am about to make another using reg. milk instead of Irish Cream. This is so delicious and I know my brother would love it but he is a 39 yr. reformed alcoholic. He will love it! Easy, quick recipe!

Jamie

Friday 18th of December 2020

Glad to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Marlyce.

Wendy

Thursday 17th of January 2019

What do you line the pan with?

Richard

Sunday 13th of December 2020

@Jamie, I tried the recipe and mine didn't set completely even after being in the fridge all night. How long do you need to cook it for?

Jamie

Thursday 17th of January 2019

Hello – You will want to line the pan with a piece of parchment paper or foil. Hope this helps! Happy baking. Jamie

Jess

Wednesday 21st of November 2018

I just finished making this and it’s delicious! Thank you! Do you think it would work using amaretto in place of the Bailey’s? Would I need to add a little heavy cream or would a straight substitution work? My imagination is running wild with boozy fudge options, lol. 

Jamie

Sunday 25th of November 2018

Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe with this substitution, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how it turns out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

pat

Monday 13th of November 2017

how do you get the speckled look if all the ingredients are all mixed? thanks.

pat

Monday 13th of November 2017

sorry i missed out the optional nuts in the recipe Duh!!

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