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Aunt Barbara’s Old Fashioned Fudge

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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 old fashioned fudge recipe made with condensed milk.

old-fashioned fudge in a bowl with a glass of milk on a wooden board

I believe almost each of us has one recipe that identifies us. For my mom, it was Nordy Bars and Almond Roca for my Nana. For my friend Anne, it is her Aunt Barbara’s Old-Fashioned 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?a bowl of homemade old-fashioned fudge

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.

a bowl of homemade old-fashioned fudge and a glass of milk in front of a christmas tree

What Are the Ingredients in Old-Fashioned Fudge?

  • butter
  • evaporated milk
  • sugar
  • 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)

Pro Tips/Recipe Notes

  • Don’t rush the heating/cooking process as high heat will result in grainy fudge.
  • I have tried using vegan marshmallows and while it turned out ok, the texture was not as creamy as traditional marshmallows.
  • Need to use up some of the leftover evaporated milk? Try Slow Cooker Hot Chocolate or Cinnamon Pancakes {Snooze Eatery Copycat}.

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a bowl of homemade old-fashioned fudge
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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.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fudge
Servings: 30
Calories: 204 kcal
  1. Butter a 9x13 glass baking dish. Set aside.

  2. Combine butter and evaporated milk in a large pot over medium heat.

  3. Once melted, stir in sugar. Stir frequently. Once it reaches a rolling boil, stir constantly for 4 minutes.

  4. 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.

  5. Pour into the buttered dish and smooth to distribute evenly. Allow to cool a bit  to set before cutting. Store at room temperature.

Recipe Notes

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.

Nutrition Facts
Aunt Barbara's Old-Fashioned Fudge
Amount Per Serving
Calories 204 Calories from Fat 72
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8g 12%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 14mg 5%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Potassium 75mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 28g
Protein 1g 2%
Vitamin A 3.2%
Vitamin C 0.1%
Calcium 2.2%
Iron 3.6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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10 comments on “Aunt Barbara’s Old Fashioned Fudge”

  1. Thanks for this yummy recipe. I pinned it.

  2. That is the exact recipe (minus the hazelnut extract option) that I grew up with. If memory serves, it is called Fantasy Fudge and was printed on the jar of marshmallow fluff. Side note…I grew up in Springdale, AR…aka the chicken capital of the world…there are also Cargill plants there that made feed. The smell made by the boiling evaporated milk and butter nauseates me because it (to me anyway) smells exactly what it smells like near the feed plants. However, the end product of melt in your mouth fudge is worth the smell memories that get triggered by the making of it.

    • Isn’t it crazy how the power of scent works in the human mind?

      The smell of the corn syrup, sugar, and butter boiling in my Nana’s Almond Roca also nauseates me for some reason. I’m glad to hear that we can both power through. 🙂

  3. I’m making my 12th 13×9 pan since December 1. Is that bad? I’m keeping the sugar farmers in business!

    This fudge is best eaten hot! Once it’s cooled it’s time to give it away and make a new batch 🙂

  4. Hello Sarah, you don’t know me, but I’m a massive fan of your blog. What is the texture of this fudge like? I’m hoping you are going to say it’s kind of slightly chewy……

    Do you reckon I could use giant marshmallows, as I have those in already? Bought in a moment of keenness when I saw them, should my daughter’s Girl Guide unit want them for campfire!

    • Thanks for reading Pauline!

      When the fudge is warm it is a bit chewy. Once it is totally cool, it is melt in your mouth smooth. I think giant marshmallows would be fine as well. I wouldn’t use more than 11 oz.

  5. This is the thing I look forward to getting each year in my Christmas box!

  6. Rich and creamy. So good!