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Fantasy Fudge: the Original Marshmallow Cream Recipe - Chocolate or Vanilla, take your pick!

Updated on December 19, 2017
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Creamy vanilla or traditional chocolate fudge - choose your favorite, or do like I do and make both!

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Marshmallow Creme "Fantasy Fudge" in Vanilla or Chocolate: One Recipe that Works Two Ways

When I was growing up in the late 60's and 70's, my grandmother, or "Granny" as we called her, would make fudge every Christmas. The fudge was rich, creamy, dense and delicious, and one of the highlights of the holiday. I looked forward to her Christmas visits. She was my grandmother, so of course I wanted to see her and spend time with her, but I also wanted to get my paws on some of that fudge!

Years passed and when my grandmother was no longer physically able to cook, I took over fudge-making duties. It was partially a tribute to my grandmother, and also because I didn't want to see this family tradition die. Eventually I had children of my own, and I'm so glad they get to experience the excitement of the annual "fudge-making day" at our house. I use the Kraft "Fantasy Fudge" recipe -- the same recipe my grandmother used. In addition to the traditional chocolate fudge she made ever year, I also make vanilla fudge -- or I guess you could call it white chocolate fudge. It is my personal favorite.

In the past, Kraft printed the "Fantasy Fudge" recipe on their Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Creme jars (some call it "marshmallow fluff"), but one Christmas I was surprised and slightly panicked to find that they had stopped including the recipe on the label. The jar was printed with a recipe Kraft was calling "Fantasy Fudge," but they had changed the ingredients and it was absolutely not the same recipe! I had never saved a copy of my beloved fudge recipe, as I foolishly assumed Kraft would print it on their jars forever. Luckily, I was able to locate the original recipe and am sharing it here. I have no intention of ever losing this recipe again.

I do have a few of my own preferences when making Fantasy Fudge. Kraft specifies using margarine; I use only real butter. The recipe also calls for semi-sweet chocolate chips; for the vanilla/white chocolate fudge, I substitute white chocolate chips. Also, the recipe states that nuts are optional, but I never use them. My kids don't really like them, and I prefer the taste of pure chocolate without the distraction of nuts. Other than that, this recipe is perfect and I don't change a thing!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups white sugar
  • 3/4 cup (1 and 1/2 sticks) real butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • One 12-ounce package semi-sweet chocolate chips or white chocolate chips
  • One 7-ounce jar marshmallow cream
  • 1 teaspoon real vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts, optional

Instructions

  1. Lightly coat the bottom of a 13x9-inch baking pan with cooking spray or butter; set aside.
  2. Over medium heat, combine sugar, butter, and evaporated milk in a 3-quart saucepan. Place a candy thermometer in the pan so that the bottom tip of the thermometer is well into the mixture but does not touch the bottom of the pan.
  3. Heat, stirring, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. You'll know the sugar has dissolved when the mixture feels smooth rather than grainy as you stir.
  4. Continue cooking and stirring the mixture over medium heat, allowing it to reach a full, rolling boil. As you stir, drag the spoon across the bottom of the pan to prevent the mixture from scorching or burning.
  5. Stir constantly as the mixture boils, until your candy thermometer reads 234°. If you don't have a candy thermometer, boil and stir the mixture for 5 minutes.
  6. Remove pan from heat. Add chocolate chips to hot mixture and stir until melted.
  7. Stir in vanilla extract, marshmallow cream and nuts (if desired) until evenly blended.
  8. Pour mixture into greased pan and allow to cool. Cut into squares; store fudge in an air-tight container for optimal freshness.

Note on Making Vanilla (White Chocolate) Fudge

If you're using white chocolate chips instead of chocolate chips, you'll find the white chips don't melt as quickly. As the directions say to do, take the pan off the heat and stir the chips in to melt them as much as you can, but know that you will probably need to put the pan back on the heat in order for them to melt more completely. Even then, the chips are often be stubborn and do not melt entirely. Stir to get the mixture as smooth as possible, then remove from the heat once again and add the vanilla and marshmallow cream.

This recipe is easy to double. Doubling is often a must to keep up with demand. Get the recipe started by combining the butter, sugar and milk in a suacepan over medium heat.
This recipe is easy to double. Doubling is often a must to keep up with demand. Get the recipe started by combining the butter, sugar and milk in a suacepan over medium heat.
Bring the butter, sugar and milk to a full rolling boil.
Bring the butter, sugar and milk to a full rolling boil. | Source
Remove pan from heat; add vanilla, chocolate chips and marshmallow creme.
Remove pan from heat; add vanilla, chocolate chips and marshmallow creme. | Source
Stir until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is well blended.
Stir until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is well blended. | Source
Pour fudge into greased pan and allow to cool.
Pour fudge into greased pan and allow to cool. | Source
Cut into squares and enjoy.
Cut into squares and enjoy. | Source

Tips for properly using and cleaning a candy thermometer:

How did you like this fudge? Please rate it, and specify whether you made chocolate or vanilla fudge.

4.5 stars from 8 ratings of Original Fantasy Fudge

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      Great chocolate fudge recipe hub! I'll take both anytime. This looks delicious and easy to make as well. Yummy photos!

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      SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

      Brakel12, it warms my heart to read your comment! Thank you so much! I'm so glad I was able to provide you with this meaningful recipe. I remember my own grandmother making it every Christmas and was dumbfounded and siappointed when Kraft quit printing the recipe on the MM Creme jars. Thank goodness for the internet! Enjoy your fudge and your grandkids, and thanks for stopping by!

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      Audrey Selig 5 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

      My mother used to make this all the time in the 60s and on until she died. It was the original recipe. I wish I had kept her cookbook. When she died, I was distraught and hardly kept anything. Anyway, you are a lifesaver, as my grandkids love that recipe. Now I can make it the way she did. She also made peanut butter fudge. Thanks so much for bringing my past back to me. Happy writing.

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      Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      I was surprised! I got the email and it showed that many repins, lol. I have never had one snatched up like that! So the hub link with each repin (behind the picture..that can not be changed)and from those pins others probably will repin it. Like the Domino effect!

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      SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

      No kidding?! Wow! Thanks so much for pinning it!

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      Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      That sounds wonderful SmartAndFun. I got a message that 20 people had already re-pinned this pin! Amazing!

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      SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks Dale! I am working on my getting my pinterest account going. I will find you when I do and share some of your cool stuff!

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      Dale Hyde 5 years ago from Tropical Paradise on Planet X

      What a delicious sounding treat! I will have to give this one a try for sure! I can almost smell the Fantasy Fudge, lol. I have had to pin this on Pintrest under my recipes there. :) Great hub! Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

      Thanks, Becky, both for stopping by and for sharing!

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      Becky Katz 5 years ago from Hereford, AZ

      I haven't made this fudge for several years because I could not find the recipe. THANK YOU!!! And thank you wheelinallover for sharing. I would not have found it if you hadn't. I shared also.

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      SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

      Well aren't you the sweetest thing EVAH, Mr. Wheelinallover. Thanks for caring and tweeting! I promise that begging for views was not the intent of my forum post, LOL. If you were local I'd wip you up a big batch of fudge right now! For sure I'm gonna follow you, though. Thanks again!

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      Dennis Thorgesen 5 years ago from Central United States

      Those on my social networks are in for a surprise. I personally could eat fudge until I explode. It is a good thing I believe in moderation. One of my good friends used to give me a batch of fudge for my birthday. I usually ate the last piece with Christmas dinner. Christmas is two and a half months after the gift was received.

      I like your comment to moonlake. My fudge gifts were received when I lived alone so there was no one to share with. Voted up, interesting and SHARING this with my favorite twitter followers.

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      SmartAndFun 6 years ago from Texas

      Well moonlake, you'll have to make some for yourself sometime! And if your family asks you to share, remind them that they don't like it! Thanks for commenting!

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      moonlake 6 years ago from America

      I didn't know the recipe wasn't on the jar anymore. I love this fudge but my family doesn't. They want Papa's Old Fashioned Fudge, so that is what he makes.