Classic Fudge Recipe

Fudge is the kind of candy every chocolate lover can get behind; it's soft enough to melt in your mouth but solid enough to pick up with your fingers, and oh-so rich. The trouble with many fudge recipes, though, is that you have to do all that futzing around with a candy thermometer or a glass of water to see whether your candy really has reached the soft ball stage.

Well, not with this fudge recipe! While you are, in fact, heating some of the ingredients to combine them, it's not crucial that they reach a particular temperature or stage. Instead, the marshmallow creme (aka marshmallow fluff) that's added after the cooking is done will ensure the proper texture. This particular fudge also includes a special ingredient: espresso powder. According to recipe developer Kate Shungu, this ingredient "amps up the chocolate flavor," but she assures us the fudge won't end up tasting like coffee; it just adds a little extra depth. (The stuff works great in brownies, too.) Shungu describes this fudge as "sweet, creamy, and full of chocolate flavor," and says it's "great for potlucks, cookie trays, and gift giving around the holidays."

Collect the necessary ingredients for this classic fudge

To make this fudge, you'll need marshmallow creme, chocolate chips, espresso powder, sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and vanilla extract. If you want some extra texture in your fudge, Shungu suggests you could also "stir 1 cup of chopped nuts into the fudge along with the marshmallow creme."

Boil the first few ingredients

Mix the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and espresso powder in a saucepan and heat it over medium until the mixture is boiling. Allow it to boil (gently), stirring it from time to time. Do this for "exactly 5 minutes," at Shungu's insistence. At that point, turn off the stove.

Add the remaining ingredients

Stir the chocolate chips into the warm butter mixture until they've melted. Add the marshmallow creme and vanilla and stir until you've got a smooth, homogeneous mixture. Grease a 13x9-inch baking pan or line it with parchment or wax paper, then pour the fudge into the pan. Spread the candy out as evenly as possible.

Cool the fudge before slicing

Let the fudge cool completely (which will take a few hours, so be patient), then cut it into 1-inch squares. Shungu does say, though, that if you want to decorate it, you can scatter some sprinkles over the top while it is still warm. As she tells us, "You can customize the color of the sprinkles for any holiday, like red, white, and blue for the 4th of July or orange and green for Halloween." You could also crush up some candy canes to sprinkle over Christmas fudge, as these would not only give it some color but would also add peppermint flavor.

What we're trying to say is this: Chocolate fudge is delicious at any time of the year!

Classic Fudge Recipe
5 from 29 ratings
Fudge is a candy every chocolate lover can get behind; it's soft enough to melt in your mouth but solid enough to pick up with your fingers, and oh-so rich.
Prep Time
Cook Time
fudge squares with sprinkles
Total time: 3 hours, 15 minutes
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter
  • ⅔ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso powder
  • 1 (12-ounce) package semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (7-ounce) jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Optional Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped nuts
  • sprinkles
  1. Combine the sugar, butter, evaporated milk, and espresso powder in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.
  2. Allow the mixture to boil for exactly 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the chocolate chips until they have melted.
  4. Stir the marshmallow creme and vanilla extract into the chocolate mixture. If using, fold in chopped nuts.
  5. Grease a 13x9-inch pan with cooking spray or line with wax or parchment paper.
  6. Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread it evenly. Top with sprinkles if desired.
  7. Allow the fudge to cool and set completely (at least 3 hours) before cutting it into 1-inch squares.
Calories per Serving 336
Total Fat 14.1 g
Saturated Fat 8.6 g
Trans Fat 0.3 g
Cholesterol 23.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 55.3 g
Dietary Fiber 1.1 g
Total Sugars 50.9 g
Sodium 22.2 mg
Protein 1.7 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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