Beer and Pretzels Fudge A Sweet, Salty, and Chocolatey

Beer and Pretzels Fudge

Beer and Pretzels Fudge! One of those combinations that just goes together; like peanut butter and jelly, macaroni and cheese, and cookies and milk this is the ultimate bar combo wrapped in fudge.

Fudge Is Such A Gross Word!

I know right? It’s one of those cooking terms, like moist, spatchcocking, and nut butter that sounds much grosser than its actual usage. The word fudge just feels weird rolling off your tongue, just like the phrase Benedict Cumberbatch.

Fudge and Benedict Cumberbatch

Fudge and Benedict Cumberbatch. Both sound really gross but are also really sweet.

Beer And Pretzels, Though, Eh?

Aye! Today we’re going to combine two things that have never been combined and see what happens. Seriously who knows what will result in the fusing of beer and pretzels. We might blow up the freaking planet.

Um. That’s Already Been Done Before At Like Every Bar. Ever.

Oh yeah! Must have really blacked out last time I was at the bar.

Seriously though, beer and pretzels is one of those perfect combinations, like cookies and milk, that just compliment each other so well. Well today we’re gonna take our favorite pub combo and make a decadent, dark chocolate, stout infused fudge out of it. This recipe Is a bit more complex that your standard fudge recipe, but FEAR NOT! It’ll just take you longer than your average 10 minutes.

10 Minutes? But I Want It Now!

Well let’s get started shall we? This recipe begins with one of my most favorite steps; buying beer. Let’s all go down to the liquor store and pick up a 6-pack of Guinness Stout! You’re not going to need all of that beer, but hey you can never have to much beer. While you’re out, you might as well pick up the rest of the ingredients.  Grab yourself a pack of 60% dark chocolate baking chips, and a pack of semi-sweet chocolate chips. You’re also going to need a 14 ounce can of sweetened condensed milk, vanilla extract, and the coup de gras, mini-pretzels.

Now for the hard part, actually making fudge, which isn’t all that hard. The first step is cracking open two of those beers. Measure out two cups and bring the stout to a boil in a medium sauce pan over medium-high heat. Boil for about 25-30 minutes, until reduced to 1/4 cup. That is literally the hardest part of this recipe.

I Measured Out 16 Ounces But 2 Bottles Is 24. What Do I Do With The Rest?

Drink it! I can’t believe you haven’t started drinking already! I have.

While the reduction cools, line an 8×8 inch square baking pan with parchment paper.  Leave extra parchment so you can use them as handles when the fudge is ready to just pull the square out of the mold.

Affix a candy thermometer to the rim of a large pot and heat the condensed milk, semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips over medium heat until the mixture is heated to 225ºF – 235ºF. Everything should be completely melted and mixture should be smooth. Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla and beer reduction. While still warm, place mini pretzels on top of the fudge to make a grid. You should use about 36 mini pretzels (8×8).

Beer And Pretzels Fudge

You Should Have Something That Looks Like this

Refrigerate the whole thing for at least 2 hours. When it’s sufficiently chilled, lift the whole thing out using your handles (see helpful!) and cut squares using your pretzel grid as a guide. It’s OK if you don’t get a perfect grid. You’ve been drinking. We’ve all been drinking.

This recipe requires a little something special.  Here’s a list of what you will need:

Beer And Pretzels Fudge

Beer and Pretzels fudge is your favorite pub combination wrapped in dark chocolate fudge
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Boozy Desserts, Guinness Fudge, Pretzels
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 36 Pieces
Calories 128 kcal
Author Matt Cetta


  • 2 Cups Guinness (Or Other Stout)
  • 1 1/2 Cups 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chips
  • 1 1/2 Cups Semi-Sweet Chips
  • 14 Ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk
  • 1 1/2 Teaspoons Vanilla Extract
  • 36 Mini Pretzels


  1. In a saucepan over medium-high heat, bring the beer to a boil and cook until reduced to 1/4 cup (25-30 minutes). Remove from heat.
  2. While reduction cools. Line an 8"x8" baking pan with parchment paper leaving extras to use as "handles".
  3. Affix a candy thermometer to the rim of a large pot and heat the condensed milk, semi-sweet and dark chocolate chips over medium heat until the mixture is heated to 225ºF – 235ºF. Everything should be completely melted and mixture should be smooth.
  4. Remove from heat and mix in the vanilla and beer reduction.
  5. While still warm, place mini pretzels on top of the fudge to make a grid. You should use about 36 mini pretzels (8×8)
  6. Refrigerate fudge for at least 2 hours.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from The Sweet Chick

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21 comments on “Beer and Pretzels Fudge A Sweet, Salty, and Chocolatey

  1. They say that a salty sweet combo is the perfect food for a woman because we cant decide what we want. They were wrong. Adding Beer to it makes this THE PERFECT choice! Awesome! 🙂

    • HAHA I never heard that one before!

  2. My candy thermometer is broken. I’ll just have to drink all the Guinness on its own.. tragedy… LOL. Actually this is the first fudge recipe that actually made me want to go make it- BEER in fudge? Brilliant ya know?! (And Cumberbatch really is the coolest last name ever)

  3. I cannot show this to my husband because he will absolutely not give me a moments rest until I’ve made several batches of this fudge. Shame on you attacking my thighs like that!

  4. Whoa, I never would have thought to pair fudge with Guinness, I’m totally intrigued!

  5. Definitely my kind of fudge! And seriously, what leftover beer?!

  6. I love that there’s 2 whole cups of Guinness in this! Yeasss!

  7. I want this fudge and beer now! Love the pretzel topping!

  8. This looks purely amazing!! I am going to need one of these ASAP! Also really loved reading your post – its was so entertaining!

  9. oo yes! My husband loves beer and pretzels and I’m a giant fan of fudge! hah so this is perfect!

  10. Man, what I wouldn’t give for someone to come up with a good gluten free beer. I miss Guiness!

  11. Ok my husband was reading over my shoulder as I was reading this, and now I have had to promise to whip up a batch. Lucky St Patrick’s Day is around the corner and we will be stocking up on some Guinness 🙂 These sound amazing

  12. Well, you know how I feel about boozy food, LOL! I am alllll about this, and the combo of salty sweet is the best! I love how quick this recipe is, and I can’t wait to try it out! Cheers to you!

  13. I have a bottle of Cadillac Mountain stout in the fridge with this recipe’s name all over it. Love the salty-sweet combo against the richness of the chocolate. Need. ASAP.

  14. This fudge could not sound any better! I’ve never thought of the word “fudge” as gross before, but now that you have me thinking… it is kind of weird! But this recipe is anything but weird. Now I want an entire pan of this fudge and a giant cold bottle of beer!

  15. Beer and pretzel fudge sounds like the perfect combination! I didn’t know I need this fudge until I saw it. Can’t wait to make this recipe soon!

    • You should try it! It’s super easy!

  16. Uhm, this is simply amazing. I want the whole tray for myself right now. Pretzels and chocolate are my happy place.

  17. Pretzels, beer and chocolate. All my favorite things in one perfect bite! This looks insanely good!

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