BAILEY'S FUDGE -- 3-ingredient Irish cream whiskey fudge recipe (2024)

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A delicious salted Bailey's fudge recipe with only three main ingredients! Chocolate and Irish cream combine for a delicious, no-bake dessert.

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Bailey's fudge recipe

I'm a bit obsessed with boozy fudge, especially since it's so easy to make and so crazy delicious. So far, I've made vodka fudge and Jack Daniel's fudge, and I'm back with Bailey's fudge. If you love Irish Cream whiskey, you'll love this recipe. It has more than twice the alcohol of traditional Bailey's fudge recipes. Hence, I've included a FREE PRINTABLE at the end of this post if you wish to package Bailey's fudge for a homemade holiday gift. It labels the fudge for "adults only."

You'll notice I add coarse salt to the top of this fudge. I find Irish cream whiskey to be sweet, so I like the salt to balance the flavor of the fudge, but adding salt is optional! I also add more liquor to this recipe than I do to the vodka and Jack Daniel's fudge recipes. Irish Cream is a thicker booze, so you need a bit more liquid to make the fudge the perfect consistency.

Scroll to the end for the printable recipe, video recipe, AND a FREE PRINTABLE.Have more questions about how to make fudge? Visit our fudge FAQ page.

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how to make salted Bailey's fudge

  • In a large bowl, place one pound of confectioner's sugar (this is just under 4 cups, or one box of confectioner's sugar) in a large bowl. Pour in ¾ cup of Bailey's Irish Cream Whiskey (or any comparable brand). Whisk the ingredients together very well. It will look like icing.

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  • In a microwave-safe bowl, place 1 ½ cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips. This is 9 ounces, less than a bag. Microwave for 90 seconds at 70 percent power and stir well to use the residual heat to melt the chocolate chips. If needed, microwave for an additional 30 seconds, then 15 second intervals. Stir until the chocolate is very smooth.
    • Alternatively, you can melt the chocolate on the stove-top. Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, being sure the bottom of the bowl doesn't touch the water.

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  • Scrape the chocolate into the sugar and Bailey's mixture.Stir very well and transfer to the prepared baking pan. Spread evenly. Sprinkle 2 to 3 pinches of coarse sea salt over the fudge. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 2 hours. Cut into squares.

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Why is my fudge too thick? Or why is my fudge not setting?

  • I add a bit more booze to this recipe than my other boozy fudge recipes because the liquor is denser. The combination of liquor and chocolate can sometimes stiffen the chocolate quickly. In this case, I scrape the mixture into the baking dish and place a piece of non-stick foil, parchment paper, or wax paper over the mixture. Smooth the top with your hands and remove the foil or paper. Then chill the fudge for one to two hours.
  • Alternatively, if you find your fudge isn't setting as well as you like in the fridge, or it's too soft for your taste, you can cut the amount of booze you use back to about ½ cup.

Why does chocolate seize?

When you mix melted chocolate with liquid (in this case liquor), the chocolate can seize,or stiffen too quickly. Traditional boozy fudge recipes incorporate sweetened condensed milk, which is an ingredient that mitigates the seizing. However, by not using the sweetened condensed milk, I'm able to more than double the booze in the recipe, which gives it the strong taste I prefer. If you want to try this recipe and minimize the chances of chocolate seizing, try these tips:

  • Use room temperature booze. Cold booze can trigger seizing.
  • The key to success is in the chocolate! Chocolate that is too hot or overheated can also trigger seizing. Use the residual heat (or, leftover heat from time in the microwave or on the stove over a double boiler) as much as possible. Stir the chocolate well until the residual heat fully melts all of the chocolate chips. And when the chocolate is melted, let it cool slightly before adding to the booze and sugar mixture.
  • When you mix the booze and the sugar, whisk it very well. It should look like thin icing. If it's at all thick, add more booze, a tablespoon at a time, until it thins. (Check out the video to see what the consistency should look like.)
  • If your fudge has thickened too much to manage, you can try to re-melt the fudge in a heat-safe bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.

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homemade gift idea

Fudge is the perfect homemade gift idea for the holidays, especially boozy fudge. But because the booze does not cook out of this fudge, it's important add a label that the fudge contains alcohol. Package the Bailey's fudge in any container you like, then attach these fun holiday printables to label your fudge for grown-ups only!

Use this TEMPLATE FOR BOOZY FUDGE PRINTABLE TAGS. Print on heavier-weight white paper using a color printer. Cut circles around the gray line (or, use a 3-inch circle punch). Punch a hole for a ribbon and attach to your boozy fudge gift.

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watch this short video on how to make Bailey's fudge

printable Bailey's fudge recipe

Bailey's fudge

Prep Time

10 mins

Cook Time

2 mins

Chill for

2 hrs

Total Time

12 mins

Bailey's fudge: Delicious, salted Bailey's fudge recipe with chocolate and Irish Cream whiskey.

Course: Dessert

Cuisine: American

Keyword: Bailey's Fudge

Servings: 25 pieces

Calories: 151 kcal


  • ¾ cup Bailey's Irish Cream whiskey
  • 1 pound confectioner's sugar
  • 1 ½ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips 9 ounces
  • 2 to 3 pinches coarse sea salt (optional)


  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with lightly greased parchment paper or non-stick foil.

  2. In a large bowl, combine the whiskey and confectioner's sugar with a whisk until the mixture is very smooth.

  3. In a microwave-safe bowl, place the chocolate chips. Melt at 70 percent power for 90 seconds in the microwave. Stir, using the residual heat to melt the chocolate chips. Continue to microwave, if needed, at 30 second, then 15 second intervals.

  4. Alternatively, you may set the bowl of chocolate chips over a saucepan of simmering water to melt the chocolate.

  5. Scrape the chocolate into the liquor and sugar mixture. Stir very well. Transfer to the prepared baking dish and smooth evenly.

  6. Sprinkle salt (if using) over the fudge.

  7. Chill the fudge until well set, about 2 hours. Cut into squares.

Recipe Notes

Combining melted chocolate with liquid (in this case, booze) can be risky. The chocolate can seize and thicken too quickly. To prevent this from happening, make sure to use room temperature alcohol and do NOT overheat the chocolate. Melt the chocolate slowly, using the residual heat as much as possible to fully melt the chocolate chips. Let the chocolate cool slightly before mixing in to the liquor and sugar mixture.

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  1. Alison

    Hi would it be possible to have the metric equivalents for the baileys fudge please. Thank you.


    • Meaghan

      Hi Alison! 3/4 cup of Bailey's is 6 fluid ounces. 1 pound of confectioner's sugar (icing sugar outside the US). 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips is 9 ounces.


      • Margaret Nugent

        1 pound of icing sugar is meaningless to a Canadian, what is that in cups, or grams


        • Meaghan

          One pound is the equivalent of 454 grams and 16 ounces. It's the same as just under 4 cups. In the US, powdered sugar is sold by the pound or two pounds, so it's an entire package. I prefer listing the weight so those who use the metric system are accommodated.


  2. Lila O.

    I am so happy I finally found a boozy fudge that actually tastes like alcohol. Most recipes call for so little booze. This was great.


BAILEY'S FUDGE -- 3-ingredient Irish cream whiskey fudge recipe (2024)


Why is my 3 ingredient fudge not setting? ›

The main reason is that your Fudge has not reached the optimum temperature. If your mixture only reaches 110 or 112 degrees Celsius it will always be soft. That's why we recommend investing in a sugar thermometer. Another reason your Fudge is not setting is that the ratio of liquid to sugar is too high.

Does Baileys fudge have alcohol? ›

Baileys Fudge. This fudge has the perfect balance of chocolate and Irish cream flavor with no harsh alcohol bite. Treat yourself!

What is Irish fudge made of? ›

In the top half of a double boiler melt the 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips, 1 cup white chocolate chips and 1/4 cup butter until soft enough to stir. Stir in the confectioner's sugar and Irish cream until mixture is smooth. Stir in nuts.

How to fix fudge that didn't set? ›

OPTION 3) Sieve together some powdered sugar and cocoa powder, and gradually work this into your unset fudge until it reaches the consistency of dough, then roll out and cut into squares, or shape into balls and then roll in powdered sugar (roll the balls in icing sugar, not yourself).

What to do if homemade fudge doesn t set? ›

How can you fix soft fudge? Put it in a microwave safe bowl that is large enough that it won't boil over. Reheat it to the boiling point and cook for about 3 more minutes. Then you can beat some powdered sugar into it if this doesn't make it set.

How do you make fudge creamy and not grainy? ›

Grainy Fudge

To avoid this issue, swirl the pan instead of stirring it with a spoon. You can use a wet pastry brush to wipe down any sugar that sticks to the sides of the pot.

Do you stir fudge while it is boiling? ›

Brush the sides of the pan with a wet brush at the beginning of cooking to dissolve sugar crystals stuck to the sides. Never stir the mixture during cooking or sugar could crystallize again. The mixture may seize and become grainy. Use a candy thermometer or conduct a cold water test to check if the fudge is done.

What can you do with failed fudge? ›

My current idea is to make brownies, heat the failed fudge until it becomes a sauce and put it in the middle of the brownies.

Is there whiskey in Baileys? ›

Baileys Irish Cream is an Irish cream liqueur made of cream, cocoa and Irish whiskey emulsified together with vegetable oil.

What kind of liquor does Baileys Irish Cream have in it? ›

Baileys Original Irish Cream

Original Irish Cream blends Irish whiskey and spirits with Irish dairy cream and a touch of rich chocolate and vanilla flavours.

What is the main alcohol in Baileys? ›

One of life's most pleasurable indulgences, Baileys Original Irish Cream is the sweetest meeting of fine Irish whiskey and spirits, Irish dairy cream, and rich chocolate and vanilla flavors. The result? Complete deliciousness.

Why is fudge unhealthy? ›

But clocking in at around 130 calories and 5 grams of fat per ounce, this rich treat is far from a healthy choice. ... Fudge also boasts very little in terms of health. Absolutely! Fudge almost always has a pretty high sugar content as well as having some cream in it—both fattening.

What makes Mackinac Island fudge? ›

The team has the process down pat: One person weighs the ingredients—raw chocolate from Germany, sugar from Bay City, and cream and butter—into a copper kettle set over a propane gas burner. The maker constantly stirs with an oak paddle until the sugary mixture reaches a roaring boil, about 16 to 17 minutes.

What would cause fudge not to harden? ›

The most common culprit behind unset fudge is inaccurate temperature control. If the sugar mixture hasn't reached the correct temperature, your fudge won't set. Ensure you use a reliable candy thermometer and follow temperature guidelines meticulously to achieve the desired consistency.

How do you make homemade fudge firmer? ›

​Harden the fudge:​ Place your container or tins in the fridge for 2 hours, which is the time it takes for the fudge to set. Once it's hardened, cut the fudge into 12 pieces or remove it from the muffin tins. Store in the fridge or the freezer (if you don't devour it right away).

What causes fudge to be too soft? ›

Conversely, if the cooking time is too brief and there is not enough evaporation, too much water will remain and the fudge will be too soft. A temperature of 112°C to 114°C (234°F to 237°F) must be maintained. This will ensure the fudge has the ideal concentration of water and sugar. Fudge is difficult to make.

Why is my fudge not soft? ›

For perfect fudge, the syrup should form a soft ball that can be picked up, but easily flattened. If the syrup is undercooked, drops of syrup will sink to the bottom of the glass in threads or simply dissolve. If the syrup is overcooked, the ball will be hard and difficult to flatten with your fingers.

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