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Fudge vs. Brownie: Know the Difference

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By Shumaila Saeed || Updated on December 25, 2023
Fudge is a soft, dense, and creamy confectionery made from sugar, butter, and milk or cream, while a brownie is a baked dessert, typically chocolate-based, with a dense, cake-like texture.
Fudge vs. Brownie

Key Differences

Fudge is a rich, sweet confection made by mixing sugar, butter, and dairy, usually cooked to the soft-ball stage in candy making, resulting in a smooth, creamy texture. Brownie, in contrast, is a baked dessert made from flour, eggs, sugar, and cocoa or melted chocolate, known for its dense, moist, and cake-like consistency. Both are popular sweet treats with distinct textures and preparation methods.
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The texture of fudge is typically very smooth and creamy, sometimes with additions like nuts or chocolate chips. Brownies, on the other hand, can range from fudgy to cakey, with possible additions like nuts, chocolate chips, or frosting. Both fudge and brownies offer a range of flavors and textures, catering to different dessert preferences.
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Fudge is often made in a variety of flavors, including chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, and others, distinguished by its melt-in-the-mouth quality. Brownies are primarily chocolate-flavored but can also include variations like blondies (made with brown sugar and no cocoa) or flavored with ingredients like mint or caramel. Both desserts are versatile in terms of flavor adaptations.
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In terms of preparation, fudge requires careful temperature control during cooking to achieve the perfect texture and is often cooled and cut into small squares. Brownies are baked in a pan and typically cut into rectangular or square shapes, with their preparation being more akin to traditional baking. Both require a level of skill to perfect their unique qualities.
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Fudge is often seen as a type of candy and is a popular gift or treat during holidays and special occasions. Brownies, as a baked good, are a common dessert choice for casual gatherings, picnics, and as a comfort food. Both have a special place in the realm of sweet indulgences, each with its own set of avid enthusiasts.
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Comparison Chart

Base Ingredients

Sugar, butter, milk or cream
Flour, eggs, sugar, cocoa or chocolate
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Texture

Soft, creamy, dense
Dense, moist, cake-like
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Flavor Variations

Chocolate, vanilla, peanut butter, etc.
Primarily chocolate, but can include blondies, mint, caramel
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Preparation Method

Cooked to soft-ball stage, then cooled and cut
Mixed and baked, then cut into pieces
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Typical Use

Candy, often gifted
Casual dessert, comfort food
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Fudge and Brownie Definitions

Fudge

Dense, sweet confection cooked to a specific temperature for texture.
The homemade peanut butter fudge was a hit at the bake sale.
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Brownie

A baked chocolate dessert with a dense, moist texture.
She baked brownies for the school bake sale.
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Fudge

A creamy, soft candy made from sugar, butter, and milk.
She made a batch of chocolate fudge for the family gathering.
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Brownie

A square or rectangular chocolate treat, often with nuts or frosting.
The chocolate chip brownies were the first to disappear at the party.
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Fudge

A popular holiday candy known for its melt-in-the-mouth quality.
For Christmas, they always prepare several varieties of fudge.
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Brownie

A type of cake-like dessert that's rich in chocolate flavor.
He prefers his brownies with extra dark chocolate.
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Fudge

A type of soft confectionery, often cut into small squares.
She gifted her neighbors some homemade maple walnut fudge.
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Brownie

A popular casual dessert, ideal for gatherings and picnics.
They packed brownies for their family picnic in the park.
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Fudge

A soft rich candy made of sugar, milk, butter, and chocolate or cocoa.
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Brownie

Often baked in a pan and cut into squares, a favorite comfort food.
After a long day, a warm brownie and a glass of milk was her comfort food.
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Fudge

A similar candy made with other flavorings
Peanut butter fudge.
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Brownie

Brownie A member of the Girl Scouts from six through eight years of age.
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Fudge

Nonsense; humbug.
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Brownie

A bar of moist, usually chocolate cake, often with nuts.
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Fudge

Having a rich chocolate flavor.
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Brownie

A small sprite thought to do helpful work at night.
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Fudge

Having pieces of fudge candy as an ingredient.
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Brownie

A brown trout.
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Fudge

To fake or falsify
Fudge casualty figures.
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Brownie

(culinary) A small square piece of rich cake, usually made with chocolate.
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Fudge

To evade (an issue, for example); dodge.
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Brownie

(folklore) A mythical creature, a helpful elf who would secretly do people's housework for them.
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Fudge

To act in an indecisive manner
Always fudged on the important questions.
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Brownie

(paganism) A household spirit or revered ancestor.
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Fudge

To go beyond the proper limits of something
Fudged on the building code requirements.
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Brownie

Any of various lycaenid butterflies of the Eurasian genus Miletus.
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Fudge

To act dishonestly; cheat.
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Brownie

(informal) A brown trout (Salmo trutta).
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Fudge

A type of very sweet candy or confection, usually made from sugar, butter, and milk or cream.
Have you tried the vanilla fudge? It's delicious!
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Brownie

(informal) The widow rockfish (Sebastes entomelas), a fish in the family Sebastidae.
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Fudge

(US) Chocolate fudge.
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Brownie

A girl in the first level of Girl Guides (US: Girl Scouts).
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Fudge

(uncountable) Light or frothy nonsense.
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Brownie

A tall, long-necked beer bottle, made from brown coloured glass.
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Fudge

(countable) A deliberately misleading or vague answer.
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Brownie

A person of Arab, Indian or Hispanic descent. Sometimes used for a Native American or Pacific Islander.
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Fudge

A made-up story.
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Brownie

An imaginary good-natured spirit, who was supposed often to perform important services around the house by night, such as thrashing, churning, sweeping.
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Fudge

(countable) A less than perfect decision or solution; an attempt to fix an incorrect solution after the fact.
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Brownie

(folklore) fairies that are somewhat mischievous
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Fudge

Fecal matter; feces.
Here comes the fudge!
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Brownie

Square or bar of very rich chocolate cake usually with nuts
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Fudge

(intransitive) To try to avoid giving a direct answer.
When I asked them if they had been at the party, they fudged.
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Fudge

(transitive) To alter something from its true state, as to hide a flaw or uncertainty, deliberately but not necessarily dishonestly or immorally.
The results of the experiment looked impressive, but it turned out the numbers had been fudged.
I had to fudge the lighting to get the color to look good.
Do you fudge your age?
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Fudge

To botch or bungle something.
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Fudge

To cheat, especially in the game of marbles.
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Fudge

Used in place of fuck.
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Fudge

Nonsense; tommyrot.
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Fudge

A made-up story; stuff; nonsense; humbug; - often an exclamation of contempt.
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Fudge

A kind of soft candy composed of sugar or maple sugar, milk, and butter, and often chocolate or nuts, boiled and stirred to a proper consistency.
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Fudge

To make up; to devise; to contrive; to fabricate.
Fudged up into such a smirkish liveliness.
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Fudge

To foist; to interpolate.
That last "suppose" is fudged in.
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Fudge

Soft creamy candy
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Fudge

Fake or falsify;
Fudge the figures
Cook the books
Falsify the data
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Fudge

Avoid or try to avoid fulfilling, answering, or performing (duties, questions, or issues);
He dodged the issue
She skirted the problem
They tend to evade their responsibilities
He evaded the questions skillfully
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Fudge

A rich, smooth sweet treat often flavored with chocolate or vanilla.
He couldn't resist the vanilla fudge from the local candy store.
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Repeatedly Asked Queries

What is fudge?

Fudge is a creamy, soft candy made from sugar, butter, and milk.
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What are the main ingredients in a brownie?

Brownies typically contain flour, eggs, sugar, and cocoa or chocolate.
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What is a brownie?

A brownie is a baked, dense, chocolate dessert, often square or rectangular.
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Can fudge have different flavors?

Yes, fudge can be made in various flavors like chocolate, vanilla, or peanut butter.
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Are brownies always chocolate flavored?

Mostly, but there are variations like blondies made without cocoa.
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Is fudge served as a dessert?

Fudge can be a dessert or a sweet treat, often enjoyed as a snack.
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Are brownies easy to bake?

Brownies are generally easy to bake, making them popular among home bakers.
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How is fudge made?

Fudge is made by cooking sugar, butter, and milk to a soft-ball stage.
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Is fudge considered a type of candy?

Yes, fudge is generally classified as a candy.
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Can brownies be cakey or fudgy?

Yes, brownies can range from fudgy to cakey in texture.
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What are blondies in relation to brownies?

Blondies are a variation of brownies made with brown sugar and no cocoa, resulting in a lighter color and different flavor.
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Can brownies be made without eggs?

Yes, there are eggless brownie recipes available.
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Is fudge a holiday-specific treat?

Fudge is popular during holidays but can be enjoyed year-round.
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Are there nut-free fudge options?

Yes, fudge can be made without nuts for those with allergies.
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Can fudge be homemade?

Yes, many people enjoy making fudge at home.
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What makes fudge creamy?

The creamy texture of fudge comes from the sugar, butter, and milk mixture.
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How long does homemade fudge last?

Homemade fudge can last up to 2 weeks when stored properly.
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Can brownies be frozen for later use?

Yes, brownies can be frozen and enjoyed later.
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How are brownies usually served?

Brownies are typically served as a dessert, either alone or with toppings.
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Do brownies need frosting?

Frosting is optional; some prefer plain brownies while others like them frosted.
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