Five Minute Fudge Wreath



  It’s crunch time people!!  Are you still scrambling for a really quick really easy really GOOD homemade food gift? Don’t be surprised if you make a batch of this fudge and discover you have way more friends than you used to!  Be sure to make a batch for yourself!  I first saw this Five Minute Fudge Wreath on the Rachel Ray show several years ago, and every year we make several to give away! This is a perfect Holiday Gift for your neighbors, friends and co-workers.  I promise that whoever you give this to will love you forever!

How to make a Five Minute Fudge Wreath

This is all you need! (full recipe at the end of the post)

You could replace the candied cherries for another red and green candy, such as Dots or M&M’s (they are just an optional garnish)

You could also add nuts, raisins or currants.  But when I’m giving as a gift, I leave these out, unless I know the recipient likes them.

We’ve made other flavors, by replacing the peanut butter chips with mint or butterscotch or the vanilla for Jack Daniels! **you can use any flavor or flavor combination of chips you want!

Place chocolate and peanut butter morsels and milk in a heavy pot and stir until morsels are melted and milk is combined.


Be sure to save the empty condensed milk can!

Line a round cake pan with plastic wrap, and give it a light coat of cooking spray.  Cover the empty  milk can with plastic wrap and place in center of cake pan.

Spoon fudge into pan around can, making sure to center the can if it drifts.  The fudge will start to set, so quickly garnish with “holly” made from cut candies (have them cut ahead of time).  I sometimes sprinkle red or green sugar over the fudge as well.


Chill covered (I just cover with more plastic wrap) in the refrigerator.

After fudge is fully set, remove from pan, discard empty can and plastic wrap and place on a pretty holiday plate or platter.

Store covered in cool place.

Serve room temperature.

Gift Wrap Fudge Wreath

If you want to give it as a gift, place fudge on holiday plate and cover with holiday cellophane.  Tied up with a pretty wired ribbon and ornament or pin.

This year I tied on the Poinsettia pins I made.


Five Minute Fudge Wreath

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Five Minute Fudge Wreath

A super easy delicious fudge that has become a holiday tradition!


  • 1- 12 ounce bag semisweet chocolate morsels (12 ounces)
  • 9 ounces peanut butter morsels (3/4 of a 12 ounce bag)
  • 1- 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk *SAVE the empty can!
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 8 ounces chopped nuts of choice (optional)
  • Candied red and green cherries, for garnish (optional)


  1. Place a heavy pot on the stove and pre-heat it over low heat. Add chocolate and peanut butter morsels and milk stir until morsels are melted and milk is combined. *Save the empty condensed milk can.
  2. Stir in the vanilla and remove the fudge from heat. If adding nuts stir in immediately.
  3. Line round cake pan with plastic wrap and lightly coat with cooking spray. Cover the empty condensed milk can with plastic wrap and place in center of cake pan.
  4. Spoon fudge into pan around can, making sure to center the can if it drifts.
  5. The fudge will set up almost immediately. Garnish can only be added in the first minute or two that the fudge is in the pan, so work quickly. Decorate your wreath with “holly” made from cut candied red and green cherries. Sometimes I sprinkle with red and/or green sprinkles as well.
  6. Chill covered in the refrigerator. Remove the can from the center, remove fudge from pan, discard plastic wrap and place on decorative plate, and cover.


Variations: Use mint or butterscotch morsels in place of peanut butter for other flavors.

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Happy Holidays!


Just for fun…………I’d love to hear what is your favorite holiday song!



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  1. Such a fun and easy idea. Love it!!

  2. This is sooooo cute! Won’t you be my neighbor?!

  3. What a great idea! I have everything to make this:)

  4. Did you just make an entire WREATH made of fudge? I think I just went to my happy place. I would be on cloud nine if I got this for a gift!! WOW!!

  5. What a great idea! I’m going to try to make smaller wreaths…off to hunt up smaller items to use for the mold. I know I’ll have to work quickly, though, since the fudge sets up so fast. It’s worth a try!

  6. all that chocolate and in 5 minutes…oh you speak my language!

  7. This is one of my favorite treats from R.R. Plus its pretty and everyone love it. I love making it. Jen

  8. Thanks for sharing. I am putting this on my list to make. 🙂

  9. Yum and so cute!! This week we definitely need easy!!

  10. I have only looked at 4 of your Blog entries and I love you already!!

  11. I live in Nepal, and I’d love to make this, but can’t get hold of the butterscotch, peanut butter, mint choc bites at all… but I can get the other things. What else can I substitute it with? White choc?
    Love all your entries btw. Merry Christmas!
    Sally X

  12. YUMMY! And sooooooo pretty! LOVE this idea Cheryl! Merry Christmas!

  13. What a great gift to give!

  14. Whoa….chocolate-peanut butter fudge?!? Sign me up! I’ve never seen a fudge wreath, but pretty sure I could eat the entire thing by myself! Cute idea!!!

  15. This is the first wreath I’ve seen made from fudge. I love it, love it, love it!

  16. My mother has always made a similar recipe but I’ve never thought to shape it into a wreath!

  17. Soooo creative & FUN Cheryl 🙂

  18. Wow! What a great tutorial! My husband loves peanut butter and chocolate. Will have to make one (or several) of these soon!
    My favorite Christmas song is “White Christmas!”

  19. this is such a fun idea ! delish…..

  20. I know what I’m taking to Friday afternoon’s party! Yum

  21. WOW that is super simple and awesome. I ended up making Rugelach for this year!

  22. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!!!! What a wonderful presentation. No better gift 🙂

  23. What a great idea!! And it look beautiful! If I made this, it might not end up being a gift at all. LOL

  24. I love this! So creative and so pretty, Cheryl!!

  25. How fun is that?? Love this idea, what a fun and delicious gift!

  26. Love this! Just featured it on our Fun Finds!

  27. How far in advance can you make? How long does it keep?

  28. So Making this.
    Favorite Christmas Song “Mary did you know?”

  29. Wow, this brings back memories! I made this in college in 1974. I don’t like candied cherries, so I used candy sour cherry balls. (this was before the sour candy explosion). I think I used green m&m’s fork “leaves”. It was VERY popular in the dorm! Note to KI, it kept well, but the we ate it pretty quickly.

  30. This is SO CUTE!! Hope you can link up at my trendy tuesday party!!

  31. I found her recipe a few years ago and have made it several times and everyone always loves it! It really is inexpensive, easy and thoughtful gift! I haven’t gifted one yet, only made them for holiday parties and Christmas Day at my in-laws home but since they rave about it all the time I might have to make them some and put it in a pretty tin. 🙂

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    • It has become a tradition for me to make this fudge wreath every year for the wait staff of a local diner. This Saturday morning I’ll be delivering it. Just a nice way to say thanks to the staff for their great service throughout the year.

  36. Great recipe and gift idea, Cheryl!

  37. What a neat idea! Easy AND impressive.

  38. do you think you could make in this pan without to much trouble for smaller wreaths

  39. Hello. Could this be made of ALL chocolate chips, do you think? I’m going to add the nuts, but just want the chocolate flavor to go with them. Thanks for the recipe!

  40. I love this !  I rinse out the milk can, place it with the open end up, and weight it with whatever is heavy, navy beans, a stone, a glass– it keeps the ” hole” in the wreath centered. I also use a smaller soup can and a smaller pan for gifts for neighbors. We like peanut M& M’s for the holly & berries ! !   Thanx so much for posting ! ! ! 

  41. Great, thanks! I did see the option to change flavors, but I didn’t know if using all chocolate rather than the flavors would change things. Didn’t know if they all had the same fat content and whatnot as the chocolate.

  42. Do you use the vanilla regardless of the flavor changes? I was thinking coconut and almonds or mint chips and crushed oreos….. 

  43. OR white chocolate and candy canes! Such a great recipe, thanks for sharing!

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