Aunt Barbara’s Old-Fashioned Fudge
This Old-Fashioned Fudge recipe is so easy to make in under 20 minutes! Made from scratch with condensed milk, marshmallow, you’ll love this rich chocolate fudge.
As long as I have known Anne, I have known about her fudge making holiday tradition. The second the calendar switches over to December 1st, the famous recipe comes out and the chocolate making commences. I think for her, the act of making it surpasses the sheer joy of eating it. For each batch she makes, she gives away 50-75% to friends, family, and coworkers. By January 1st, the pan goes away, not to be seen for another 11 months.
I decided to try my hand at making her famous recipe this year. Once she sent it to me, my first instinct was “this is it”? Just a few ingredients and very simple instructions for that magical pan of joy she makes?
Aunt Barbara passed away from cancer when she was only in her 30’s. Anne asked her uncle for the recipe after her aunt passed away, and makes it each and every year. She would make it for her cousins when she visited and they would eat warm fudge, hug, and cry.
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.
I would invite you to try a batch of this simple 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.
What Are the Ingredients in Fudge?
- evaporated milk
- semi-sweet chocolate chips
- marshmallow cream or mini marshmallows (related: try homemade)
- vanilla (related: try homemade)
- hazelnut extract (optional and not in the original recipe I was given)
Making this recipe or others?
This Old-Fashioned Fudge recipe is so easy to make in under 20 minutes! Made from scratch with condensed milk, marshmallow, you'll love this rich chocolate fudge.
Butter a 9x13 glass baking dish. Set aside.
Combine butter and evaporated milk in a large pot over medium heat.
Once melted, stir in sugar. Stir frequently. Once it reaches 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.
Pour into the buttered dish and smooth to distribute evenly. Allow to cool a bit to set before cutting. Store at room temperature.
The original recipe calls for marshmallow cream. I didn't have any on hand and used homemade marshmallows in my first batch and store-bought mini marshmallows on my second batch. They both worked great and were considerably cheaper than marshmallow cream.
For my second batch, I added 1 tsp of hazelnut extract to try to make "Nutella Fudge". The hazelnut flavor wasn't very strong, but it added an amazing depth of flavor to the batch.
Homemade Vanilla Extract recipe here.
Homemade Marshmallow recipe here.
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