Chocolate Fudge [Week 12 of 12 weeks of Christmas]

chocolate fudge recipeI love when people share their holiday recipes and traditions with me. When I lived in North Carolina, I met my best friend Kathryn. In her family, they make and eat pierogi during the holidays. She invited me over to make pierogi with her, and we spent the day laughing, cooking, and covered in flour. We made potato, cheese, prune, there were pierogi everywhere. Every time I see a pierogi, I think about her and that day in her kitchen. Traditions like these, are the ones that make the holiday for me. I cannot tell you what I got for Christmas that year, but I remember everything about that day. I have a photocopy of her grandmother’s recipe, and it makes me feel special that she shared a family recipe with me.

I got this fudge recipe from my friend Jen. She lives down the street, and over a conversation one evening, she mentioned that she makes this fudge recipe every Christmas. A few days later, a scanned copy of this recipe was in my inbox (thank you Jen), and whenever I make it, I will think of her. Food is funny that way, it evokes so many memories. This fudge is fool-proof, it was so easy. Jen says that she has made this with peanut butter and that it is wonderful. A white chocolate and peppermint version might be next for me.

Can you believe that we are already at week 12 of the 12th week of Christmas? It flew by. This weekend, gingerbread houses, sugar cookies, and some serious rest.

chocolate fudge recipe2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon salt
6 Tablespoons butter
1 cup cream
3 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 teaspoon vanilla
sprinkles (optional)
crushed peppermint (optional)

chocolate fudge recipeAdd the sugar, salt, butter, cream, and marshmallows to a large saucepan.

chocolate fudge recipeCook the mixture over medium heat until the marshmallows and butter begin to melt, about 5 minutes.

chocolate fudge recipeOnce the marshmallows have melted, bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes. It will begin to brown and will bubble all over the place. Take the pan off of the heat.

chocolate fudge recipeAdd the chocolate chips and vanilla.

chocolate fudge recipeMix it all together until the chocolate has melted and everything is nice and smooth.

chocolate fudge recipePour the mixture into a 9×13 pan that is lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray.

chocolate fudge recipeI add a sprinkle to just about anything, so I added some festive sprinkles to one side, and some crushed candy cane to the other. Let this sit at room temperature for 3 hours before you slice.

chocolate fudge recipeCut into squares, I got about 48 squares out of my 9×13 pan. This fudge will keep at room temperature for 10 days in an airtight container.

Chocolate Fudge

Chocolate Fudge

Yield: 48 squares

I don't normally eat chocolate fudge, but a friend made me some and I immediately asked her for the recipe to share with you. Creamy, chocolately, rich - everything you want in fudge.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 6 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup cream
  • 3 1/2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • sprinkles (optional)
  • crushed peppermint (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the sugar, salt, butter, cream, and marshmallows to a large saucepan.
  2. Cook the mixture over medium heat until the marshmallows and butter begin to melt, about 5 minutes.
  3. Once the marshmallows have melted, bring the mixture to a boil, and boil for 5 minutes. It will begin to brown and will bubble all over the place. Take the pan off of the heat.
  4. Add the chocolate chips and vanilla.
  5. Mix it all together until the chocolate has melted and everything is nice and smooth.
  6. I add a sprinkle to just about anything, so I added some festive sprinkles to one side, and some crushed candy cane to the other. Let this sit at room temperature for 3 hours before you slice.
  7. Cut into squares, I got about 48 squares out of my 9×13 pan. This fudge will keep at room temperature for 10 days in an airtight container.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0 Total Fat: 0g

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41 Comments

  • I have been debating about doing fudge this year. This recipe tipped the scales! Sounds easy and the texture looks right (not grainy, not dry). All without a candy thermometer! For the peanut butter version, would you just substitute peanut butter chips? Thanks!

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    • Yes I would sub peanut butter chips. This fudge is so easy, make it and I promise that it will be a new tradition.

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      • rats- mine turned out crumbly. The sugar re-crystallized at some point. Was I supposed to stir the mixture during the 5 minute boil or not? That may have been my problem – I stirred.

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        • I made it last night and mine turned out dry and crumbly, too. I’m not sure what went wrong. I am very fudge challenged and was so hoping I could finally get a fudge recipe right!!! I stirred mine as well. I would think it would burn if you didn’t! I wasn’t sure about the stirring part either. I might try it again.

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          • Happened to me too 🙁 It does taste delicious, so I want to figure out what I did wrong. Over cooked it perhaps?

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            • I looked back at the original recipe and it does not say to not stir. I really have no idea why it happened. Sorry!

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          • I think that maybe you overcooked the marshmallow mixture? Did you set a timer?

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            • I did set a timer. I am going to try again after the holidays. I am determined to get it right. I have a gas cooktop and am thinking I cooked mine at too high of a temperature. Someone else suggested using a double boiler and that might help. Not sure. I just think I overcooked the mixture. I am not giving up!! I will learn to make delicious fudge!!!

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              • Good for you Dixie! Way to keep at it. You sound like me when I was learning to burn caramel!

        • I looked at the original recipe and it does not say not too… did you overcook the mixture? Maybe set a timer, that is what I did.

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  • This is stunning! I love anything with sprinkles… I could easily un-hinge my jaw and eat the entire pan!

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  • Beautiful…I’ll take a dozen squares 🙂

    Saw it on FG. Congrats!

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  • This looks so good! Any other suggestions for good toppings to pretty things up?

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    • White chocolate chips, nuts, candy, Marshmallows, you name it, it is a great base for other flavors so you can make it into anything!

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  • Lacking my grandmother’s fudge recipe, I was undecided about making fudge but this looks like a wonderful substitute. Please thank Jen for me too!

    Stacy

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    • It is a really good recipe. Fudge is not really my thing, but it was easy, and resulted in the perfect texture.

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  • The recipes sounds great, and I especially love the colorful sprinkles on top.

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  • Oh man, I bought all the ingredients and ran out of time to make this! I’m bookmarking it for Valentine’s treats 🙂

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  • Love this. I’ve never made fudge or any kind of candy before but I happened to have all the ingredients…except I had a tray of Candi Quik leftover from another project so I used it instead of chips. I don’t know anything about timing for the sugar but it appears to have come out right. I tasted a stray strand when I was flattening it in the pan and I think it tastes OK. I love the idea of using small cookie cutters and may cut mine into itty bitty Christmas trees.

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  • I brushed down the sides of the pan when boiling with a wet pastry brush as I’ve seen that done before. I think that helps with a grainy mixture. Not sure about the science of that but mine seems to have worked out.

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  • Whoops. Used milk chocolate chips instead. Still was yummy. And made a white chocolate version.

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    • Did the white chocolate work okay? Sometimes it can be really temperamental.

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