Chocolate Fudge

This chocolate fudge is incredibly easy to make from scratch from chocolate, evaporated milk, marshmallows, vanilla, and sugar. An old-fashioned candy that still has a place in modern gift-giving…though we won’t judge if you save it all for yourself.

Squares of chocolate fudge on a rimmed baking sheet with a knife resting beside them.

When I was in my full-blown homemade-Christmas-celebration years, I would make lots and lots of candy. The candy was always a hit simply because most people had never tasted homemade. Some of it came from my childhood—Mom’s favorites were popcorn balls, bourbon balls, and divinity. Of these, I liked only popcorn balls, which I often used as tree decorations. Divinity was too sugary—even for me—and I have never liked any sweet that is flavored with alcohol. Most of the other candies I made were recipes I had gathered from old cookbooks or good home cooks. Peanut brittle and chocolate fudge were at the top of my list. Of all of these goodies, chocolate fudge is the only one that I continue to make every Christmas. Now with bittersweet chocolate and nuts for me, and with no nuts for my daughter-in-law Laurel.–Judith Choate

Chocolate Fudge

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  • 30 M
  • 1 H, 30 M
  • Makes 64 squares
5/5 - 4 reviews
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Lightly butter a 6-cup baking pan such as an 8- or 9-inch square pan or an 11-by-7-inch rectangular pan.

In a large, heatproof bowl, combine the chocolate with the nuts, if using, butter, and vanilla.

Combine the marshmallows and sugar in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. Stir in the evaporated milk and place over medium heat. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Continuing to stir pretty much constantly, boil the mixture for exactly 6 minutes. You want the sugar to be dissolved and the marshmallows to be completely melted and incorporated into the chocolate.

Immediately remove the pot from the heat and, beating constantly with a wooden spoon, pour the hot mixture into the bowl with the chocolate. Beat vigorously for a few minutes, or until the fudge is creamy. (If the fudge begins to set, beat in a little extra butter.) Quickly scrape the fudge into the prepared pan, spreading the fudge evenly with the back of the spoon or a spatula.

Let the fudge cool on the counter for at least 1 hour before cutting the candy into small squares. (The time it takes the fudge to set will be different if you used a different size marshmallow). Store the fudge in layers, separated by waxed paper, at cool room temperature for up to 1 week, or in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 weeks. Serve at room temperature. Originally published December 18, 2013.

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Recipe Testers' Reviews

I followed the directions exactly, and the fudge was chocolatey, silken, and delicious. Fudge has never been on my cooking “to do” list, but with a recipe this simple, I’ll definitely be making it more often. I love its bittersweet chocolate flavor (I used Ghirardelli bittersweet chips). It was dangerous making this at home alone; licking the bowl is a tough job, but someone has to do it! The hardest part of the recipe is being patient while waiting for the fudge to cool.

The second time around I played a little with this recipe, reducing the amount of sugar to 2 1/2 cups from 4 and using 8 tablespoons butter instead of 10 tablespoons. The end result was still sweet, fudgy, and delicious. The only difference I could barely detect was the texture and mouthfeel wasm't quite as silky smooth, but it was still outstanding and not at all grainy. My family still loved it and I still think it's a winner of a recipe.

Who can resist chocolate fudge? This recipe was foolproof and pretty darn simple--just basic ingredients, no candy thermometer necessary. The fudge was nice and creamy, and especially delicious with the nuts. This would make great holiday gifts packaged in cellophane bags.

I used a rectangular glass pan, which I made sure held 6 cups, and lightly buttered it per the directions. The fudge was easy to cut and remove from the pan. I was confused when the mixture began to boil and my marshmallows weren’t completely melted, but it worked out perfectly. Just watch the timer for the "exact 6 minutes" and make sure you keep stirring (you can burn a few calories before you recoup them eating the fudge).


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  1. Hallelujah, I no longer have to feel like a fudge-making failure! Since marshmallows keep me from having to worry about soft-ball (there are so many reasons I’m not a pastry chef), this is miles easier than fudge I’ve tried before. I just cut a piece that was a little too warm to be proper, but I won’t tell if you won’t. So good.

    Looking forward to trying this a second time, with less sugar, because son of a biscuit eater, four cups is a lot.

  2. Just finished making three batches of this fudge.. first one was the original – scrumptious.. then I modified the second, adding about 12 crushed Oreos (12 in a milk bag, beaten to crumbs with a rolling pin) just after mixing the hot stuff to the chocolate butter vanilla.. then crushed up some more Oreos and pressed them into the top of the fudge before it set.. then I had a 1/2 batch (just using up the 5fl.oz of evaporated milk left in the cans) and made it with white chocolate, 6 crushed Oreos and additional Oreos on top. The last one was setting really quickly, so you have to move quickly. It’s all for a fudge sale at the high school where I work. I’ll let you know how the kids react to these recipes!

    1. Judith, do keep me posted. and if you can, send photos. You can do so by clicking on the “Have a picture you’d like to add to your comment?

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  3. Being a DIY cook as much as possible, not to mention the sort of cook who generally tries to eschew things like marshmallows, twinkles, etc., I admit to being intrigued by this recipe. I had been weakened by a recipe for tiramisu that contained twinkles of all things and proceeded to buy a package of the ‘new’ twinkles for the dish…but never made it, and gave them to our son for his road trip to LA.

    Marshmallows….I find these so suspicious!

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