Easy Festive Chocolate Cinnamon Fudge, with Schwartz

cinnamon chocolate fudge

Some of my most cherished childhood memories are from my grandmother’s kitchen.

My grandmother was one of the best women I ever knew.

Back in the 1930s, she attended Glasgow University, studying for a year before her parents pressured her to drop out and get a job to help support the family. She combined raising four children with a successful career as a nurse, and had a life-long passion for crossword puzzles and poetry.

When my own Mum was working, I would spend two or three nights a week with my grandparents. I remember listening to Radio 2 in the morning, while Grandma talked about school, and books. She would serve up hot toast with her home-made bramble jelly, which we made together after foraging trips to gather berries.

I was always a little sad that Grandma died before she could see me graduate from Glasgow University, fortunate to be born into a generation that valued education for women.

At Christmas, Grandma came into her own. There was ginger beer and shortbread, and peppermint creams. And there was always fudge – my grandfather had a wicked sweet tooth, dipping into a bag of fudge while he completed his latest Daily Telegraph cryptic puzzle.

Today, I’m sharing a recipe based on my grandmother’s fudge recipe – it’s ridiculously simple, using dark chocolate and condensed milk – with just a little cinnamon to provide some warmth.

We make this at Christmas, and it’s a great gift to package up for family and friends. The prep is very simple – just 5 minutes or so – and it’s perfect for cooking with children.

We hope you enjoy Grandma’s fudge as much as we do! Do you have a favourite Christmas recipe? Check out the Schwartz Christmas website for loads more inspiration on great festive recipes to try this year.


cinnamon chocolate fudge recipe

Chocolate Cinnamon Fudge

  • 700g dark or bitter-sweet chocolate (70%)
  • 330ml sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temp
  • 3 teaspoons Schwartz ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Maldon Sea Salt
  • Optional sprinkles, to decorate

easy chocolate fudge recipe


  • Start by preparing an 8×8 inch baking tray. Grease the tray, and line with baking paper. Allow the baking paper to slightly extend over the top of the baking tray
  • Bring 2 inches of water to a low simmer in a large pan
  • Meanwhile, chop the chocolate into small pieces and put into a bowl with the vanilla, cinnamon, butter and condensed milk
  • Rest the bowl on the pan, over the water (making sure the water doesn’t touch the bowl) and melt the chocolate – this will take around 5 minutes
  • Once the mixture is smooth, tip it into the lined baking tray, using a spatula to smooth the top of the fudgey paste.
  • Sprinkle half a teaspoon of the salt over the fudge – you can skip this if you prefer but it absolutely MAKES the fudge, so I recommend trying it!
  • Add sprinkles for a festive touch!
  • Put the fudge into the fridge for 2 hours, then remove carefully and slice into small cubes to serve.
  • If not eating right away, you can store these in an airtight container for 1-2 weeks. You can also make this fudge ahead and freeze for three weeks

Check out the Video

Here’s a video of the two of us making this fudge if you want to see the recipe up close:


Disclosure : This is a commissioned post for Schwartz.


Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She’s also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world’s coolest ten year old.

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  1. 3rd December 2016 / 8:36 am

    I was hoping that you’d be posting the recipe after seeing a photo of you preparing to make this the other day. I’m off to the supermarket today so will make sure I’ve got everything to make a batch or off this.
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  2. 4th December 2016 / 10:45 pm

    This sounds properly amazing. Fudge, chocolate and cinnamon are all my favourite things. I’d love to say I’m creative enough to get around to making it but I’m not. So I’ll sit here being jealous of your fudge instead.
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