Guinness Chocolate Fudge

24 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Refrigerate 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes

Guinness Chocolate Fudge is an easy treat for St. Patrick’s Day made with convenient but rich ingredients and ready to refrigerate in minutes.

If you like classic Chocolate Fudge, then this is the perfect Homemade Candy to try out next. It’s just as easy with the same fudgy texture but has the addition of stout beer for a smooth, malty flavor.

Sabrina’s Guinness Chocolate Fudge Recipe

Beer lovers and chocolate lovers alike can come together to enjoy this rich chocolate fudge. Made with just a few ingredients in a couple of steps, this recipe is sure to be a new favorite. You’ll make the smooth chocolate fudge with semisweet and dark chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and Guinness beer. With just those simple ingredients, you get a wonderfully rich fudge with the perfect deep chocolate flavor and silky texture.

Guinness is a famous Irish stout beer, which is why people love using it in recipes around St. Patrick’s Day. The Stout Beer Fudge has a rich malted flavor with a hint of coffee taste. Guinness is also used to make this delicious Chocolate Cake Recipe and the Moistest Brownies ever! If you don’t have Guinness on hand, you can also make this recipe with other dark beers.


  • Semisweet Chocolate: There are three kinds of chocolate in this recipe. The first is the semisweet chocolate chips. They make up the majority of the chocolate fudge flavor and give the perfect rich, sweet, and barely bitter chocolate taste.
  • Dark Chocolate: Along with the semisweet chocolate chips, you’ll also add dark chocolate. There’s a little less dark chocolate in the recipe because it’s not quite as essential of a flavor component. However, they do make the recipe richer
  • Milk: To make the classic fudge, you’ll use sweetened condensed milk. Mix the milk with the melted chocolate to get the perfect creamy fudge consistency. The condensed milk ensures that the fudge sets with a soft texture.
  • Guinness: ½ cup Guinness is plenty to flavor the fudge recipe. Remember that if you don’t have Guinness, you can always use another kind of dark stout.
  • Cocoa Powder: The third element of chocolate comes as an easy topping. Dust the Guinness Fudge with cocoa powder as an easy chocolatey garnish.
Guinness Chocolate Fudge ingredients in bowl

Kitchen Tools & Equipment

  • Baking Pan and Aluminum Foil: You need a baking pan lined with foil for your fudge to cool. 8×8 inches is the perfect size. Anything larger will work but your fudge will be thinner in size. The foil makes your fudge lift out of your pan easily, with very little clean up. You can also use parchment paper to make an easy job out of this fudge.
  • Large Microwave-Safe Bowl: You will melt your chocolate in the microwave so use a microwave-safe mixing bowl that is large enough to hold all your chocolate and condensed milk, plus room for stirring.
  • Spatula or Spoon for Stirring: Your hot fudge will need to be stirred well so grab a spoon or better yet, a rubber spatula that will scrape the sides of the bowl really well.
  • Offset Spatula: In order to smooth out the top of your fudge for neat-looking squares once they’re cooled and cut, you’ll need an offset spatula. It is a spatula that is bent at just the right angle to hold comfortably in your hand, yet glide nicely across the top of the liquid fudge.
  • Knife: Grab your favorite kitchen knife to cut the fudge into squares for serving.

How to Make Guinness Chocolate Fudge

Time needed: 4 hours and 10 minutes.

  1. Prep Time

    Start by lining an 8×8-inch baking pan with tin foil. You want the aluminum foil to cover the bottom and sides of the pan so that the fudge doesn’t stick to the dish.

  2. Chocolate Mixture

    Add the semisweet chocolate chips, dark chocolate chips, and sweetened condensed milk to a large heat-safe bowl. Place the microwave-safe bowl in the microwave and heat at 50% power in 30-second increments. Stir in between heating increments until the mixture is smooth.Guinness Chocolate Fudge ingredients in bowl

  3. Baileys

    Stir the Guinness into the melted chocolate mixture. Mix until it’s creamy and smooth.Guinness Chocolate Fudge ingredients in bowl

  4. Pour

    Pour the melted chocolate into the prepared baking pan. Use an offset spatula to spread the fudge mixture out until it has a fairly even and smooth surface before cooling and cutting.Guinness Chocolate Fudge on counter

  5. Set

    Put the Guinness Fudge in the refrigerator for 4 hours or until it reaches its desirable texture. Sprinkle the fudge with cocoa powder if desired. Then slice the fudge into 2-inch squares and enjoy.Guinness Chocolate Fudge on counter

Can I make Guinness Fudge ahead?

Absolutely! Fudge recipes are great to make in advance. The sugar and cream mixture keeps well, so you don’t have to worry about it losing its flavor or texture. After making Guinness Chocolate Fudge, you can keep it sealed and stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. This is a great option if you’re making the recipe for a party or special occasion and want to get it prepped ahead of time.

Nutritional Facts

Nutrition Facts
Guinness Chocolate Fudge
Amount Per Serving
Calories 259 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 10g63%
Trans Fat 0.02g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.4g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Cholesterol 6mg2%
Sodium 27mg1%
Potassium 278mg8%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 21g23%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 50IU1%
Vitamin C 0.4mg0%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

What to Pair With Guinness Chocolate Fudge

This fudge would make a wonderful dessert following Guinness Corned Beef or Guinness Braised Short Ribs. Enjoy a luscious piece of fudge with a cup of Hot Chocolate if it’s cold outside. If you prefer a cold drink, try this Homemade Chocolate Milk with the Guinness Fudge. If you like coffee with your desserts, you’ll love pairing fudge with this recipe for Cold Brew Coffee. There’s also the classic pairing of chocolate and milk by serving up a cold, tall glass of milk fresh from the refrigerator.

How to Store 

Serve: Make sure to give the fudge time to set in the fridge before serving. Once the fudge squares are set, they can stay good in a sealed container at room temperature for up to 3 days. You want to keep the fudge in your pantry or another dry, cool place. If your home is too warm, the Guinness Fudge can melt at room temperature. In that case, it’s better to store the chocolate treat in the fridge.

Store: To keep it in the fridge, cover the pan or seal the fudge in an airtight container. It can stay good in the fridge for up to 2 weeks. If you layer the fudge squares in an airtight container, make sure to put parchment paper between each layer, so they don’t stick together.

Freeze: To freeze the fudge, wrap each piece in plastic wrap, then seal them all in a freezer bag. They’ll be good for up to 6 months. Let the fudge thaw at room temperature to serve.

Ideas to Serve Guinness Chocolate Fudge

Fudge makes a great dessert and it looks so inviting to any guests who join you for a meal. Set out some fudge on a dessert table and they will certainly stand out. The boozy treat is sure to be a favorite with adults. However, keep in mind that these candies will be alcoholic. You add the beer after melting the chocolate, so none of the alcohol cooks out. If you’re serving a family event, you can put out other St. Patrick’s desserts like Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies and Mint Oreo Fudge for kids to enjoy.

Alternative Cooking Techniques

Stovetop Guinness Chocolate Fudge

Instead of making this simple fudge recipe in the microwave, you can prepare it on the stovetop. Follow the recipe below for the stove instructions:

  1. Start by lining a square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper as usual.
  2. Add chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and half of the Guinness beer to the saucepan over medium-low heat. Stir while the chocolate melts until the chocolate mixture is smooth and creamy. Remove the pan from heat and whisk in the remaining beer.
  3. Pour the mixture into the 8×8-inch square pan. Use an offset spatula to spread it evenly. Sprinkle the top with coarse sanding sugar if desired. Put the dish in the fridge for 4 hours to set completely before cutting the fudge into 2-inch squares.

Frequent Questions

Why does this Guinness Chocolate recipe work?

When you’re thinking of ingredients to pair with fudge, Guinness Beer may not be the first thing to come to mind. But beer and chocolate are such a perfect combination. The malty, caramelized flavor from Guinness beer only enhances the delicious chocolate.

Where does Guinness come from?

Guinness is a famous Irish beer originating in Dublin and now enjoyed worldwide. The Guinness brewery is still one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ireland.

How is fudge made?

You can easily double this recipe. Just double all of the ingredients, however make sure you also use a larger baking dish to cool your fudge, otherwise the batch will be way to thick to cut into small squares. 9×13-inch should work, but you could also use two 8×8-inch pans instead of one larger pan.

Recipe Card

Guinness Chocolate Fudge

Guinness Chocolate Fudge is an easy treat for St. Patrick's Day made with easy but rich ingredients and ready to refrigerate in minutes.
Yield 24 Servings
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Author Sabrina Snyder


  • 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/2 cup Guinness Stout beer
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder


  • Add foil to an 8×8-inch pan and spray lightly with vegetable oil spray.
  • In a large microwave-safe bowl add the semi-sweet chocolate, dark chocolate, and condensed milk.
  • Microwave on 50% power in 30-second increments, stirring in between, until smooth and well combined.
  • Stir in the Guinness until smooth.
  • Add the mixture to the pan and smooth evenly with a spatula.
  • Refrigerate for 4 hours or until firm.
  • Dust with cocoa powder before slicing into 2 x 2-inch pieces.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 6mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 278mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 50IU | Vitamin C: 0.4mg | Calcium: 79mg | Iron: 2mg
Keyword: Guinness Chocolate Fudge

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  • Espresso Powder: The stout beer already brings a slight coffee flavor to the fudge recipe; however, if you want to enhance that, you can add some espresso powder to the chocolate mixture. Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of espresso powder, depending on how strong of a flavor you want.
  • Vanilla Extract: You can also add some warm and comforting flavor to the fudge with vanilla extract. You don’t want the vanilla flavor to overwhelm the chocolate, so 1 tsp vanilla extract is plenty.
  • Salted Chocolate: For a contrasting salty flavor to go with the chocolate, sprinkle large-grain sea salt over the top of the fudge before putting it in the fridge. On the other hand, large grain sanding sugar would also look beautiful and add more sweetness.
  • White Chocolate Fudge: To make an extra sweet white chocolate version, just replace the semisweet chocolate chips with white chips.
  • Dark Chocolate Fudge: Another option is to make the fudge a little more bitter. To do this, replace the semisweet chocolate chips with dark chocolate chips. This will give your fudge a rich, bittersweet chocolate flavor.
  • Nuts: To add some crunch to the Guinness Fudge, you can mix chopped walnuts into the creamy chocolate mixture. Then sprinkle extra walnuts on top before letting the recipe set.

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About the Author: Sabrina Snyder

Sabrina is a professionally trained Private Chef of over 10 years with ServSafe Manager certification in food safety. She creates all the recipes here on Dinner, then Dessert, fueled in no small part by her love for bacon.

Sabrina Snyder is a professionally trained personal and private chef of over 10 years who is the creator and developer of all the recipes on Dinner, then Dessert.

She is also the author of the cookbook Dinner, then Dessert – Satisfying Meals Using Only 3, 5 or 7 Ingredients, published by Harper Collins.

She started Dinner, then Dessert as a business in her office as a lunch service for her coworkers who admired her lunches before going to culinary school and becoming a full time personal chef and private chef.

As a personal chef Sabrina would cook for families one day a week and cook their entire week of dinners. All grocery shopping, cooking and cleaning was done along with instructions on reheating. As a private chef she cooked for private parties and cooked in family homes in the evenings for families on a nightly basis after working as a personal chef during the day.

Sabrina has been certified as a ServSafe Manager since 2007 and was a longstanding member of the USPCA Personal Chef Association including being on the board of the Washington DC Chapter of Chefs in the US Personal Chef Association when they won Chapter of the year.

As a member of the community of food website creators Sabrina Snyder has spoken at many conferences regarding her experiences as a food writer including the Indulge Food Conference, Everything Food Conference, Haven Food Conference and IACP Annual Food Professionals Conference.

Sabrina lives with her family in sunny California.

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