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Easy 3 Ingredient Salted Butterscotch Fudge

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5 from 2 votes
This 5-minute Salted Butterscotch Fudge gets rich, warm flavors from butterscotch combined with cream cheese and topped with salt flakes.
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 4 minutes
Squares of salted butterscotch fudge on a white background.

This 5-minute Salted Butterscotch Fudge recipe is loaded with warm notes of brown butter and molasses from the butterscotch chips. The chips are combined with a silky smooth whipped cream cheese icing and topped with salt flakes for a decadent fudge like no other!

This smooth, rich, sweet, and salty 5-minute butterscotch fudge is so flavorful and delicious no one would ever guess that it only requires three ingredients! Salted Butterscotch Fudge is one of my favorite holiday desserts to make because it’s so quick and easy, yet the results are incredibly decadent.

Squares of salted butterscotch fudge on a white background.

All you need are butterscotch chips, whipped cream cheese icing, and finishing salt. I love that this recipe doesn’t use condensed milk making it even more simple. It takes about 5 minutes to make and then needs just a few hours in the fridge before you can enjoy some fudge!

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  • Requires only three ingredients. How easy is that?!
  • It’s a perfect combination of sweet and salty flavors.
  • Takes 5 minutes to whip up, then you just let it sit in the fridge until it’s ready. The hardest part is waiting for it to chill!
  • So impressive your guests will think you spent all day in the kitchen.

Equipment You’ll Need

  • 8-inch square pan
  • Parchment paper
  • Medium microwave-safe bowl
  • Spatula or large spoon
  • Knife to slice fudge

About the Ingredients

Ingredients to purchase for the recipe.
  • Butterscotch Melting Chips (Choose a high quality brand of chips for best results.)
  • Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting (Recommend Duncan Hines brand.)
  • Coarse Sea Salt (Or any flaky, finishing salt you like.)

You’ll find detailed measurements for all ingredients in the printable version of the recipe at the bottom of this post.

How to Make Easy 3 Ingredient Salted Butterscotch Fudge

Let’s Go Step-by-Step

I always like to show you the photos and step-by-step instructions for my recipes to help you picture how to make them in your own kitchen. If you just want to print out a copy, you can skip to the bottom of the post where you’ll find the recipe card.

Prep the Pan

STEP 1: Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.

Butterscotch chips in a glass bowl.
STEP 2.

STEP 2: Place the butterscotch chips in a medium bowl and microwave at 50% power for 2 minutes pausing every 30 seconds to stir the chips. Continue until smooth and creamy.

STEP 3: Remove the top of the frosting package and microwave it for 45 seconds or until liquified.

STEP 4: Pour the frosting into the melted chips and stir until well combined.

STEP 5: Pour the butterscotch and frosting mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly.

STEP 6: Sprinkle the top of the fudge with coarse sea salt.

STEP 7: Cover the pan and place it in the refrigerator for 3 hours or until set.

Squares of salted butterscotch fudge on a white background.
STEP 8.

STEP 8: Slice into 1-inch squares and enjoy!

Storage

To store: Place the finished, completely cooled fudge in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator. Keeps for about two weeks.

To freeze: Cut into squares, place in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to two months.

Note: This fudge does not keep well at room temperature. I recommend serving it cool from the fridge. The texture becomes very soft at room temperature.

Recipe Tips

  • I add half of the salt to the top of the fudge before chilling and then the other half after chilling.
  • Be careful not to overheat the butterscotch chips. They will seize and clump up if you do. It’s important to stir every 15-30 seconds when being heated to ensure this doesn’t happen.
  • If you want thicker salted butterscotch fudge, use a smaller square pan.
  • This fudge recipe is easy to double or triple for larger batches.
  • For perfect fudge squares, use a large, sharp knife heated under warm water. You may wish to trim off the outer edges.
Squares of salted butterscotch fudge on a white background.

Substitutions and Variations

Want to add a crunch to your 5-minute fudge? Try mixing in chopped, toasted pecans. Or add them to the top with the salt – YUM!

Frequently Asked Questions

Does the icing have to be “whipped”?

For this salted butterscotch fudge recipe, you need the whipped frosting to get the correct consistency.

Can I use Pink Himalayan Salt?

You can use any kind of “finishing” salt you like. Pink Himalayan salt is great, as is Maldon salt, and Black Hawaiian salt.

Can I melt the butterscotch chips on the stove?

To melt butterscotch chips on the stovetop, it’s best to use a double boiler (or a heatproof bowl placed over a medium saucepan. You’ll need to watch carefully and remove the chips as soon as they’re melted.

Do I need a candy thermometer?

As long as you watch the chips carefully as they melt, you won’t need to use a candy thermometer for this recipe.

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Recipe

Squares of salted butterscotch fudge on a white background.

Salted Butterscotch Fudge

This 5-minute Salted Butterscotch Fudge gets rich, warm flavors from butterscotch combined with cream cheese and topped with salt flakes.
5 from 2 votes
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Course: Desserts, Snacks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Chilling Time:: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 32 servings
Calories: 93kcal
Author: Lana Stuart

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces butterscotch chips (2 cups)
  • 14 ounces whipped cream cheese frosting Recommend Duncan Hines
  • 1 tablespoon coarse sea salt or finishing salt of your choice

Instructions

  • Line an 8-inch square pan with parchment paper.
  • Place the butterscotch chips in a medium bowl and microwave at 50% power for 2 minutes pausing every 30 seconds to stir the chips. Continue until smooth and creamy.
  • Remove the top of the frosting package and microwave it for 45 seconds or until liquified.
  • Pour the frosting into the melted chips and stir until well combined.
  • Pour the butterscotch and frosting mixture into the prepared pan and spread evenly.
  • Sprinkle the top of the fudge with coarse sea salt.
  • Cover the pan and place it in the refrigerator for 3 hours or until set.
  • Slice into 1-inch squares.

Notes

Ingredients:
  • Choose a high quality brand of butterscotch chips for best results.
  • I Recommend Duncan Hines brand Whipped Cream Cheese Frosting
  • You can use any kind of “finishing” salt you like. Pink Himalayan salt is great, as is Maldon salt, and Black Hawaiian salt.
Storage:
  • To store: Place the finished, completely cooled fudge in a sealed container and store in the refrigerator. Keeps for about two weeks.
  • To freeze: Cut into squares, place in a freezer-safe container and freeze for up to two months.
  • Note: This fudge does not keep well at room temperature. I recommend serving it cool from the fridge. The texture becomes very soft at room temperature.
Recipe Tips:
  • I add half of the salt to the top of the fudge before chilling and then the other half after chilling.
  • Be careful not to overheat the butterscotch chips. They will seize and clump up if you do. It’s important to stir every 15-30 seconds when being heated to ensure this doesn’t happen.
  • If you want thicker salted butterscotch fudge, use a smaller square pan.
  • This fudge recipe is easy to double or triple for larger batches.
  • For perfect fudge squares, use a large, sharp knife heated under warm water. You may wish to trim off the outer edges.
Substitutions and Variations:
Want to add a crunch to your 5-minute fudge? Try mixing in chopped, toasted pecans. Or add them to the top with the salt – YUM!

Nutrition Information

Serving: 2squares | Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 283mg | Potassium: 5mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 11IU | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is calculated by software based on the ingredients in each recipe. It is an estimate only and is provided for informational purposes. You should consult your health care provider or a registered dietitian if precise nutrition calculations are needed for health reasons.

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