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Armpit Fudge Recipe


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No-cook fudge, aka "armpit fudge," is a camping classic made with the magic of American cheese.

No-cook fudge, aka "armpit fudge," is a camping classic made with the magic of American cheese.

What Is Armpit Fudge?

Armpit fudge is a classic Girl Scout camping recipe that is mixed in a zippered plastic bag. It got its name because chilly campers sometimes put the bag under their arm to warm it up for better mixing. For the most part, the heat from your hands is enough to blend the ingredients to turn it into fudge. The recipe does not require any cooking.

This recipe uses American cheese singles, like Kraft singles or other brands. It works like magic to transform everything into fudge.

Kids love to make armpit fudge, though they may need help in the last few minutes of mixing to ensure that everything is well mixed. The recipe yields about 27 half-inch thick pieces of fudge, fewer if you make the it one inch thick.


Ingredients and materials for armpit fudge.

Ingredients and materials for armpit fudge.

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  • 1/4 cup butter, (1/2 stick)
  • 2 slices American cheese singles, (19 grams per slice) Do not substitute
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, good quality works best

You will also need:

  • 2 gallon-sized zippered plastic bags
  • Refrigerator or a cooler


  • Mix-ins, such as mini chocolate chips, toffee bits, coconut flakes, birthday sprinkles.

Instructions for Making No-Cook Fudge

  1. Slice butter into small pieces. Put the pieces into one of the zippered plastic bags.
  2. Slice or tear the American cheese into small pieces, and add to the same bag as the butter.
  3. Push as much of the air as you can from the zippered bag and seal it. Then put the bag inside of the other zippered bag, just in case the first bag tears, remove excess air and seal the second bag.
  4. Squish the butter and American cheese in the bag until the two ingredients are well blended and you can't see pieces of cheese or butter anymore. If you have a buddy, take turns squishing the bag. This step takes about 5-10 minutes. The butter mixture should not be completely melted.
  5. Open both bags.
  6. Add the powdered sugar and cocoa powder to the cheese and butter mixture.
  7. Reseal both bags, remembering to squeeze out as much air from the bags as you can.
  8. Squish the dry ingredients with the cheese and butter mixture until everything is well mixed and fudgy-looking in appearance. You should not be able to see any white or yellow color. This step takes about 5-10 minutes.
  9. Remove the bag of fudge from the outside zipper bag. The fudge at this point will pull away from its bag and have the consistency of soft Play-doh. Add 2-3 tablespoons of mix-ins at this point if you want and squish well to distribute. Shape the fudge in the bag into a block about 1/2 inch thick, and 3"x9" in size.
  10. Lay the fudge bag flat in the refrigerator (or in a cooler) for about 30 minutes until firm enough to cut.
  11. Remove the fudge from the bag and slice into 1" pieces. Makes approximately 27 pieces.

Things to Do With Friends While Making Armpit Fudge

If you're making armpit fudge with your friends, take turns squishing the bag. To make it interesting, try the following:

  1. Play hot potato.
  2. Sing, dance and squish to the beat.
  3. Squish only with your knuckles.

Even though it's called "armpit fudge," it isn't recommended to actually squish the fudge in your armpit.

Serving Suggestion for Armpit Fudge

Enjoy armpit fudge!

Enjoy armpit fudge!


KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on April 28, 2017:

Spanish Food, The taste of cocoa prevails over the taste of mild cheese. It's important to use American cheese singles, not "cheddar flavor" or other type of cheese product. Thanks for reading my Hub!

Lena Durante from San Francisco Bay Area on April 28, 2017:

I wonder where the name came from. I certainly hope nobody was actually making this with their armpits! In any case, really interesting recipe with the inclusion of the cheese. How much do you taste it in the final product?

iguidenetwork from Austin, TX on May 21, 2013:

The title of this fudge instantly caught my attention! It looks really, really easy and fun to do! My kids will probably love this recipe. Thanks for sharing. :)

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on May 19, 2013:

I wrestled with the name - it's an old scout recipe that my Girl Scout troop made when we went camping back in the 1960s. I don't think today's scouts have ever heard of it, or have made it. With the nice zippered plastic bags, it's so easy to make. If I recall correctly, we did not have them back in the day - we had these foldover plastic bags called "baggies" which made fudge making very messy st the campsite!

Ceres Schwarz on May 19, 2013:

Interesting recipe though the name doesn't really sound very appealing, does it? But the image of the fudge does make up for it because those images look really good and delicious. And your step-by-step instructions on what to do coupled with all the pictures is really great and helps to show readers exactly how to make the fudge recipe. It does seem like a fun recipe that's also real easy to do considering it doesn't require any cooking.

KA Hanna (author) from America's Finest City on May 18, 2013:

Thank you! I appreciate your comment. This recipe is a fun kids recipe that is especially good for camping trips, since it does not require cooking.

Susan from India on May 18, 2013:

This fudge looks amazing. You have written the hub very well with all the amazing pics that you have attached. Thank you for sharing.

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