Just Like Velveeta Fudge

Fudge. “Oh, fudge!” Once the battle cry of Ralphie (well, that’s what the censors let us hear in “A Christmas Story”), this is a call to chocolaty arms from hungry cocoa bean lovers everywhere who want to know, “Why the F…udge is there no believably delicious sugar-free alternative for the holidays?”

Well, it is fall and I am ready to bring the dense, sweet, chocolate bites of decadence right into your kitchen. I love to make things, but I was a little bit concerned about this one. The thought of putting processed cheese

in a chocolate candy at first was a little revolting. Once I considered the flavors, it started to make sense, and I set out to recreate the rich, melt-in-your-mouth delicacy based on what a reader sent as a challenge.

Tip: For this recipe, prepare my confectionery sugar recipe in advance (or use your own), along with this processed cheese recipe for a decadent “Velveeta Fudge” based on this recipe.

The result of these ingredients is impressive! The calorie count is fairly low, at only 85 without nuts, and in terms of carbohydrates, each candy ‘costs’ only 2.3 net grams! Not bad. This means you can give these to everyone who’s been on your nice list for Christmas and know they will positively try harder to remain there next year, too.

Here, as you can see, I package each little 1″ x 1″ square in a mini petit four/cupcake wrapper. This makes less mess when eating, but it also means a cute presentation when placed four to a box for your friends. Don’t have friends (or none you want to share with? I’m not judging)? Then freeze the pieces for later enjoyment and to help you from overdoing it. Those calories can add up, and you don’t want to stimulate cravings.


Just Like Velveeta Fudge

This easy-to-make candy is perfect for holiday gifts, special treats, and Birthday bashes. You can halve the recipe and turn the batter into a greased bread pan as well.

Serves 36.

1 cup (2 sticks) softened butter
8 ounces processed cheese recipe
5 cups confectionery sugar equivalent in a substitute
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup plain or vanilla* protein powder
2 tsp vanilla extract*
2 cups chopped nuts (I used pecans and walnuts)

In a large saucepan over medium heat, melt butter and processed cheese together, stirring frequently to prevent sticking and burning on the bottom of the pan. Remove the pan from heat.  In a large mixing bowl, gently combine powdered sugar and cocoa to prevent particulate from making a mess. Add the cocoa and sugar mixture to the cheese and butter mixture. Add the protein powder, vanilla, if not using vanilla protein powder, and nuts. Stir to incorporate all ingredients. Pour into a greased 8 x 8 x 2 pan. Chill. Cut into squares.

YIELD: 36, 1″ x 1″ servings

NOTE: *If using the vanilla-flavored protein powder, cut vanilla extract by half or eliminate based on taste.

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER PIECE: Calories: 128,  Carbohydrates: 3.2 grams, Fiber: .5 + .17 alcohol grams, Net Carbohydrates: 2.5 grams, Protein: 5.1 grams, Fat:  10.3 grams.

WITHOUT NUTS PER PIECE: Calories: 85,  Carbohydrates: 2.3 grams, Fiber: 0 + .17 alcohol grams, Net Carbohydrates: 2.3 grams, Protein: 4.3 grams, Fat:  6 grams.



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  1. What is the cheese spread? Velveeta?

  2. Seriously? Velveeta in fudge……

    • It. Is. Fabulous. And considering what goes into the Velveeta (cheddar cheese), it’s a really nice ingredient to pair with the chocolate. It is tremendous. Simply fudgy and fantastic!

  3. This is just wacky enough to be awesome! Can’t wait to try it!

  4. What sugar substitute did you use?

  5. Unbelievable! I had to read both your posts TWICE…kept waiting for the declaration that it was April Fool’s Day! This is the MOST jaw dropping thing I have ever read! And…I just made some confectioner’s xylitol a few minutes ago. Let’s see…I do have cheddar in the fridge….I will check to see if I have all ingredients! Oh, boy! Fudge!


  6. What does the asterisk after vanilla powder and vanilla mean?

  7. I made the cheese and the fudge recipe and it’s just.. weird. You can still taste the cheese and I used Splenda so there’s a strong sweetener aftertaste. It tastes like artificially sweetened cheddar cheese with a hint of chocolate. 🙁 I even added a bit of extra cocoa so that wouldn’t happen! I donno.. I guess I was expecting it to taste like regular fudge.

    • Really? I swear to you mine tastes just like fudge to me. Extra cocoa will add to the bitterness. If anything, I might try to re-melt it and add heavy white cream and butter.

      Which sweetener did you use? Maybe I need to be specific about my sweeteners. I just typically want people to choose the ones they like best…

  8. Would it be possible to use actual velveta in place of the cheese mix?

  9. What brand of unflavored protein powder do you use?
    BTW, I LUV-LUV-LOVE your website!

  10. Wow I would never have thought to put cheese in fudge! Think you could replace they protein powder with something else as an alternative? I dislike the texture it tends to give things, although there’s not much of it in this recipe comparatively. Thoughts?

  11. OK, what are some choices for this “5 cups confectionery sugar equivalent in a substitute” most everything I find is corn starch. Thanks.

  12. Wow! I happened to stumble into here a couple of weeks ago when I decided to start Adkins. Every recipe I’ve tried has been phenomenal! I tried this fudge recipe today and OMG! It’s sooooo good and I would never know it was made with velveeta! Keep up the great work.

  13. the worst ever….used 5cups of splenda….it was too salty from the butter and had horrible aftertaste from the splenda….don’t waste your time with this using splenda


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