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Old Fashioned Fudge {Chocolate Fudge Recipe}

Aunt Barbara’s Old-Fashioned Fudge recipe is so easy to make in under 20 minutes! Made from scratch with rich chocolate and marshmallows, you’ll love this creamy chocolate fudge recipe made with condensed milk. Learn the secrets to create a non-grainy chocolate fudge for the most delicious dessert you could imagine!

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I believe almost each of us has one recipe that identifies us. For my mom, it was Nordy Bars and this Almond Roca Recipe for my Nana. For my friend Anne, it is her Aunt Barbara’s Old-Fashioned Fudge.

The fudge rules are firmly set in her house. You start making homemade fudge on December first, end by January 1st and give away 50-75% of what you make.

What Is Chocolate Fudge Made Of?

butter, chocolate chips, marshmallows, sugar, and evaporated milk on a white board

The sugar content is high, and with most recipes, I would adjust it and put something in there that was nutritionally redeeming.

It’s great to hack and adapt recipes at times, but in this instance, the history of this fudge leads me to make it as Anne and Barbara would have made it together.

What Makes Fudge Grainy?

Heating the ingredients too quickly over high heat will produce a grainy fudge that looks dry and will be crumbly. To prevent this from happening, heat consistently over medium heat and pay attention to the instructions when it directs you to stir the ingredients (and for how long).

Additionally, using lower quality chocolate which contains a lot of filler can produce a grainy fudge. When I used vegan marshmallows to make this chocolate fudge recipe for a vegetarian friend, I did notice the texture was drier than normal.

And finally, not allowing the sugar to fully dissolve before it comes to a rolling boil can result in a gritty and crunchy fudge. 

How Long Does it Take For Fudge To Set Up?

This easy fudge is set within 45 minutes under normal kitchen conditions. Warmer kitchens or climates may impact the cooling time.

That being said, many people I know prefer eating the fudge warm before it has fully cooled. To each their own!

How to Make Old-Fashioned Fudge

*You’ll find a printable and detailed (i.e., measurements) recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Butter a 9×13 glass dish. I use the one from this set and it is definitely older than my 10-year-old son. These things last! Pro tip: if you want thicker fudge, use an 8×8 baking dish.

Combine the butter and evaporated milk over medium heat. Pro tip: Use a lightweight but large(ish) saucepan. The first time I made this I used an enameled cast iron dutch oven and it was bonkers awkward and heavy to pour the fudge one-handed.

Once the butter has melted, stir in the sugar. Stir the milk, butter, and sugar mixture frequently. Allow the sugar to fully dissolve, which takes about 5 minutes.

When the mixture has reached a rolling boil, stir constantly for 4 minutes. If the fudge is getting too close to the top of the pan, reduce the heat until you’re able to stir it without it slopping over the side.

Pro tip: use a silicone spatula to stir the fudge. It scrapes the bottom of the pan and it is really easy to clean.

Remove the pan from the heat and add the chocolate chips and marshmallow cream or marshmallows.

Stir gently until it is completely combined and smooth (about 2-3 minutes). Add the vanilla extract (and hazelnut extract if you’re using it), and stir again until smooth.

Pour the fudge into the buttered dish and smooth to distribute evenly. Allow it to cool a bit (if you can!) to set before cutting.

6 photos showing the process of making old-fashioned fudge

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes for Old-Fashioned Fudge

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squares of fudge stacked on a white board with a canning jar of milk

I invite you to try a batch of this easy chocolate fudge today. Find someone you love and make it with them. Making fudge is more than just making fudge; it is also making memories.

And those last well beyond January 1st.

a hand reaching for a dish of chocolate fudge
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Old Fashioned Fudge {Chocolate Fudge Recipe}

Cook Time10 mins
Total Time10 mins
Aunt Barbara's Old-Fashioned Fudge recipe is ready in under 20 minutes! You'll love this creamy chocolate fudge recipe made with just a few ingredients.



  • Combine butter and evaporated milk in a large pot over medium heat.
  • Butter a 9x13 glass baking dish. Set aside.
  • Once the butter has melted, stir in the sugar. Stir frequently, allowing the sugar to fully dissolve (~5 minutes).
  • Once the sugar as dissolved, allow the fudge to reach a rolling boil. Stir constantly for 4 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add chocolate chips and marshmallow cream. Stir until completely combined and smooth.
  • Add vanilla and hazelnut (if using) extract(s). Stir until completely smooth (~2 minutes).
  • Pour into the buttered dish and smooth to distribute evenly. Allow to cool a bit  to set before cutting. Store at room temperature.


Store fudge covered at room temperature for up to three weeks. 
Nutrition Facts
Old Fashioned Fudge {Chocolate Fudge Recipe}
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Fat 8g12%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 14mg5%
Sodium 47mg2%
Potassium 75mg2%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 0g0%
Sugar 28g31%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Vitamin C 0.1mg0%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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23 comments on “Old Fashioned Fudge {Chocolate Fudge Recipe}”

  1. Oh wow! Thus turned out DELICIOUS! Thank you for posting!5 stars

  2. Have just made my 4th batch, this time with chopped walnuts. Another big hit ????. Both the kids and adults can’t get enough of it. Going to hand some out for Easter today. Thanks for an awesome and easy recipe. X5 stars