Old-fashioned fudge

Old-fashioned fudge is a classic sweet treat that’s rich, creamy, and indulgent. Here’s a traditional recipe for making old-fashioned fudge:


  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 12 ounces (about 2 cups) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (optional)


  1. Grease a 9×9 inch square baking dish or line it with parchment paper for easy removal of the fudge later.
  2. In a large, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the granulated sugar, unsalted butter, and evaporated milk. Place the saucepan over medium heat and stir constantly until the mixture comes to a boil.
  3. Once the mixture is boiling, continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 5-7 minutes or until a candy thermometer reads 234°F (soft-ball stage). If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can test the fudge by dropping a small amount into a cup of cold water. It should form a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and stir in the semisweet chocolate chips until they are completely melted and the mixture is smooth.
  5. Stir in the vanilla extract and chopped nuts, if using, until well combined.
  6. Immediately pour the hot fudge mixture into the prepared baking dish and spread it evenly with a spatula.
  7. Let the fudge cool at room temperature for at least 2 hours, or until it is completely set.
  8. Once the fudge is set, use a sharp knife to cut it into squares.
  9. Store the old-fashioned fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. For longer storage, you can refrigerate the fudge for up to a month or freeze it for several months.

Enjoy your homemade old-fashioned fudge as a decadent treat or give it as a thoughtful homemade gift to friends and family.

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