When life gives you lemons, you make this smooth and creamy lemon fudge. It’s a delicious sweet treat and, using a homemade easy lemon simple syrup, sweetened condensed milk and white chocolate, this fudge is super easy to make at home.
You’ll love this strawberry fudge too.
You may (or may not) have come across my recipe for lemon fudge before. I wanted to get some gorgeous new shots of this fudge and at the same time, I did some extra testing to make the recipe easier and even better than it was originally. Well, I’m happy to say, I succeeded in both.
This updated recipe is now even easier to make than the original version and it uses the flavour of real lemons, turned into a simple syrup instead of the lemon extract that the original called for. The flavour of this fudge is like lemony white chocolate and it’s lovely.
Once you’ve made a lemon simple syrup – which just happens to be wonderful on everything from waffles to pancakes, in cocktails and over cakes – you just need three more ingredients – butter, white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk.
I add a touch of yellow food colouring to brighten it up, then sprinkle over white and yellow sprinkles. I’ve also added edible yellow glitter before, to make it fun and sparkly.
Is This Traditional Fudge?
If you’re looking for a traditional fudge recipe, this is not it, however, it does have the classic fudge texture and richness. This is a cheats version, and I’m ok with that since success in trying to master the traditional method has so far eluded me. It ends up in tears. Real big girl sobs 🙁 No, not really but it can be seriously frustrating. That’s why I love this recipe. It’s pretty hard to go wrong.
How To Make Easy Lemon Fudge
The lemon simple syrup just takes some lemon juice, sugar and lemon zest, boiled in a pan for around 10 minutes until it’s reduced by half and thick and syrupy. See more about this simple syrup here.
In a fresh pan, melt together the sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate and butter. Once it’s smooth add in the lemon syrup and zest and give it a good mix.
Pour it into a lined 8 inch square baking tin, then scatter white and yellow sprinkles all over the top. Let it sit at room temperature for half an hour, then transfer to the fridge to set for at least 6 hours or overnight.
Turn It Into Lemon Meringue Fudge
You can turn this easy lemon fudge into lemon meringue fudge, just by crumbling up some shop-bought meringue and scattering in the baking tin before or after you pour the fudge in.
How To Store it
This bright and zesty fudge is quite soft which is what makes it so creamy and smooth but this does mean it should be kept in the fridge at all times. Left out at room temperature, it will soften and become a little sticky.
Let the fudge set in the fridge overnight so it’s super cold, then use a sharp knife to cut it into squares. At this point, I like to wrap each one with a little rectangle of baking paper, just so that it’s not so sticky to handle.
After that, it’s fine stored in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
It can also be stored in the freezer for up to 3 months, again in an airtight container. It can be eaten straight from the freezer as it never freezes rock hard due to the sugar content. The texture of fudge that has been frozen will be ever so slightly grainy but still totally delicious.
Great For Gifting
Lemon fudge makes a great food gift since it keeps so well. Pack it up in a cute box and gift it for Mothers Day, Birthdays, Easter or Christmas. You can use this simple gift tag too – just print it out on some quality paper, cut them out and fold in the centre. Just punch a little hole and tie it with a pretty ribbon.
After my Salted Caramel Fudge, this is definitely my favourite fudge recipe. Since fudge is very sweet, the lemon tang is a lovely contrast. I don’t know about you but I have a lot of lemon lovers in my life, so being able to give these little easy lemon fudge squares as a gift is so fun.
Click the image below for the lemon fudge gift tag. You can print many of them by pasting this image into a Word doc or Google docs.
More Easy Fudge Recipes
- Butter Popcorn Easy Fudge
- Caramel Peanut Fudge
- Easy Dark Chocolate Fudge
- Salted Caramel Fudge
- Strawberry Fudge
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- 3-4 lemons (notes)
- ½ cup white granulated sugar
- 1 can (395ml / 14oz) sweetened condensed milk
- 115 g unsalted butter
- 550 g (2 3/4 cups) white chocolate, roughly chopped
- zest of 1/2 a lemon, extra
- Yellow food colouring
- Sprinkles or edible glitter
For best results, always weigh ingredients where a weight is provided
- Line an 8×8 inch square baking tin with baking paper.
- To make the lemon simple syrup, use a peeler to peel just the yellow part of one lemon (you don’t want the white part).
- Juice the lemons until you have ½ cup of strained lemon juice (make sure it's free of pulp and pips).
- Place the peel from one lemon, lemon juice and sugar in a small heavy-based saucepan over medium heat.
- Bring it to a boil and cook stirring every so often for 10-12 minutes, until thickened and reduced by about half. It should be a pale honey colour. Set aside.
- Combine the sweetened condensed milk, butter and white chocolate in a medium heavy-based saucepan. Stir over low-medium heat, without boiling, until everything is melted and combined.
- Take it off the heat and add the lemon syrup, lemon zest and a drop or two of yellow food colouring (if using). Mix to combine.
- Pour the mixture into the lined baking tin. Top with sprinkles.
- Leave for 30 minutes to cool at room temperature, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
- Cut into squares and serve.
- For the lemon syrup, you’ll use just the peel of one and 1/2 cup of lemon juice. Peel or zest all the lemons and you can freeze it for use in the future or for adding a little zing to fried or roast chicken.
- Turn this into Lemon Meringue Fudge by adding crushed up shop-bought meringues to the pan before or after the fudge has been poured in.
- Get the gift tag and make a gift of it.
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