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Easy Homemade Fudge Recipe

Updated on September 30, 2012
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Homemade fudge can be a very tasty snack or on a large scale a great dessert for a celebration or dinner party. Or if you're like me and you just need something to satiate your sweet tooth every now and then. But before we make some sweet fudge it is always good to gain a little knowledge on our dessert.

Fudge has its origins in Britain, Europe, similar in ingredients to the fudge we know today it was at the time called tablet. Mention of the confectionery began to appear in texts from the 17th century forward with wide variations in the recipe. The beginning of fudge using chocolate started in North America at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. From that humble beginning it spread throughout America and eventually the world.

Though fudge has been a long time in reaching its current form one can see why it has become a staple of dessert tables. Below are the ingredients to my fudge recipe enjoy it and have fun with it!

Cook Time

  • Prep time: 15 min
  • Cook time: 45 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: Serves 100


  • 5 table spoons Butter
  • 3 cups of sugar
  • 3/4 cup of cocoa
  • 1 1/2 cups of milk
  • 2 tea spoons of vanilla
  • 1 cooking thermometer
  • Sauce pan
  • Baking pan
  • Wooden spoon
  • Other misc. utensils


  1. Use butter to grease the baking pan before starting with any of the other ingredients, make sure you use butter or pan spray liberally as fudge can get stuck on the pan very easily.
  2. Place the cocoa milk and sugar in a sauce pan and place on the stove.
  3. Bring to boil while continuing to stir the mixture throughout the process. Consistency is key to making excellent fudge so keep your attention on the stirring.
  4. Once the mixture reaches a boil cease stirring and allow to settle on low heat. Do not stir while on low heat.
  5. If making the fudge without a thermometer take a small amount of the mixture and place it in a cup with cold water. This allows the hot mixture's temperature to lower and you can feel the texture of what your finished product will be like.
  6. If using the thermometer place in sauce pan and cook the mixture until it reaches a temperature of 115 Celcius or 238 degrees Fahrenheit.
  7. Next take the saucepan mixture from the stove and add butter and vanilla extract to the ingredients. Mix thoroughly with the wooden spoon until the the fudge is no longer shiny and begins to thicken slightly.
  8. Pour all of the mixture into the prepared, greased pan and let sit to solidify.
  9. After cooling you may cut fudge into individual squares. We recommend 100 squares, if you are health conscious you could cut smaller pieces. If you love fudge you may cut big pieces.

Optional Ingredients

When making fudge one doesn't necessarily need to do it exactly like the recipe suggests, sometimes it can be extra tasty to add other ingredients.

  • Nuts truly enhance the fudge eating experience, we recommend walnuts or possibly almonds for best results.
  • If the fudge isn't already rich enough for your tastes you can add candy into the mix, bits of toffee, smarties and other types of candy can be used.
  • If looking for something that can really add taste to the fudge try fruit, blueberries, strawberries and even banana bits, they work very well.


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      TheKatsMeow 4 years ago from Canada

      This looks great! I think I will try this tonight! Whenever I make fudge I always just estimate when it is ready...never use a thermometer, but the last time I made it, It didn't work out properly, so maybe it's time to buy one.

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      Katheryn 4 years ago from United States

      Looks irresistible; glad it's at your house and not mine unless you tell me it's low fat low carb. LOL I will try your recipe next time I make fudge. I have a thermometer I have never used :)

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      TheKatsMeow - it can be a good thing when making fudge for sure :) Hope it works for you.

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      kelleyward 4 years ago

      This looks great. I also have a thermometer and will bookmark this. I usually make fudge around thanksgiving and Christmas. Take care, Kelley

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      Joanna 4 years ago from Valley Springs

      And I just brought home a couple of pack of butter from the supermarket! Perfect timing! Desert tonight, FUDGE from terrektwo's kitchen to mine! Thank you!

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      TravelAbout - they are not the healthiest thing to eat for sure but occasionally it is ok to treat ones self I think :)

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      Sueswan 4 years ago

      Hi terrektwo

      I love fudge. Time for me to buy a candy thermometer.

      Voted up and awesome.


      Take care :)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Great recipe for fudge. I will join the rest and purchase a candy thermometer:) Thanks for sharing this and voted up and awesome.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have never made fudge, thank you for this recipe, I am looking forward to trying this!

      Voted up

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      kelleyward - holidays are an opportune time for dessert making for sure, thanks for checking out my hub, appreaciate it :)

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      Msmillar - glad to be of service :)

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      no problem :)

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      vocalcoach - thanks for checking it out :)

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      Sueswan - thanks for checking out my fudge recipe :)

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      lemonkerdz 4 years ago from TRUJILLO, PERU

      Being from britain, i have to appreciate this hub. What more can you ask for than good chocolate in the form of fudge.

      i guess once you have a basic recipe the world is your oyster. you could add so many flavours, orange, chilli,mint. thanks for the hub.

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      lemonkerdz - for sure, the sky is the limit on fudge variations, I really love fudge especially around Christmas :)

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      DommaLeigh 4 years ago

      I love making fudge, your recipe looks so much easier than the family recipe that has been handed down to me. I can't wait to try yours.

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      Candle Hour 4 years ago from North America

      DommaLeigh - fudge is great, I love it!

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