My Mom’s Fudge

This no-fuss fudge recipe is for chocolate purists! It is smooth, creamy, and decadent, and you can’t have just one piece!

For some families, Christmas goodies means cinnamon rolls. For some it’s toffee and candy. Eric’s family does cookies. My family growing up did this:

Boom. Straight up, no messing around chocolate fudge. And by no messing around I mean no nuts, no peanut butter, no peppermint, no swirls, no fuss. Just pure semi-sweet, melt in your mouth goodness. (I have nothing against fudge-embellishments. But sometimes you just can’t beat the classic.)

We made it every year. We would all hover over the stirrer (usually my mom) making sure they didn’t mess anything up. (Our faith is inspiring.) Then as she poured the completed fudge into the pan we would all make non-subtle comments about making sure not to do a too-good job scraping (so that we could attack the pan with our fingers of course). She always poured a little bit into a small bowl, presumably so that it would set up faster for us. We never waited though. My sister Nikki has been known to consume an entire batch of this fudge in a 12 hour period.

IMG_4879Most of the time we would give it away to friends and neighbors, which is of course a very effective way to spread Christmas cheer. One time it backfired on us though. We brought a plate of fudge for some friends and left it on the doorstep, figuring they would be home in a few hours. They came back from vacation a week later with an entire colony of ants on their porch. Nothing says Merry Christmas quite like a pest infestation.

My Mom's Fudge from The Food Charlatan

But don’t think about that. Just think about dreamy, creamy, not-too-soft yet not-too-dry, non-crunchy, beautiful fudge. And go make this right now because it seriously takes like 15 minutes.

My Mom’s Fudge

Yield: Makes 1 8x8 pan.

Recipe from my mom of course!


  • 2 and 1/2 cups white granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 12 ounce package (2 cups) semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 7 ounce jar marshmallow cream (also called marshmallow fluff)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  1. Line an 8 or 9 inch square pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper. Coat with nonstick spray. Set aside.
  2. In a 3 quart HEAVY saucepan over high heat, combine sugar, butter, and evaporated milk. Use a wooden spoon to stir slowly until butter melts, scraping sides of pan to get all the sugar crystals.
  3. Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly with a long wooden spoon. Once it starts boiling, set a timer for 5 minutes and turn the heat down to medium so that you don't burn your fingers off--it should be boiling the full 5 minutes. Stir constantly.
  4. When the timer goes off, remove from heat and add chocolate chips. Stir until all chips are melted and mixture is smooth. Add marshmallow creme and beat with a wooden spoon until well blended. Add vanilla and mix well. Immediately pour into the prepared pan.
  5. Let cool to room temperature. (Good luck with that.)
  6. Slice and serve! Store on the counter covered.


This recipe is easy to double, just use a 9x13 pan.

Microwave your marshmallow creme for 10 seconds to make it easier to scrape out. (Be sure to remove all traces of foil from the safety seal.)

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Cinnamon Honey Butter << this is another great neighbor or host gift! sooo easy

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Caramel Pecan Thumbprint Cookies: These are a Christmas classic!

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Chocolate Honey Chiffon Pie << this is a personal favorite! Chocolate Honey Chiffon Pie from The Food Charlatan

The BEST Chocolate Cake I’ve Ever Had << no joke guys.

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  1. Janice says

    Ooh, I just made an awesome variation! Sub in a 10 oz. package of Andes mints chips and about 1 1/2 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips, keeping everything else the same. Really tasty!!

  2. Anita says

    Love this fudge….it’s been around a long time…it’s the only kind I make. My grandmother found it on the side of the Marshmallow Creme “jar” years ago (I’m 57….and I grew up on this stuff). Thanks for putting it out there….I’m sure more people will fall in love, just like you and I….=) Merry Christmas!

    • says

      I wouldn’t recommend it Jocelyn! That would mess with the sweetness level. If that is all you have on hand, look up “sweetened condensed milk fudge”. there are a ton of recipes out there (that are usually like 3-5 ingredients!) that make fudge using a can of sweetened condensed milk. They are not the same as this recipe, but they are delicious! :) Enjoy!

  3. Donna B says

    A nice hint that I saw somewhere was to mix your fudge using the mixer. I have done it with my kitchenaid mixer for the past 2 years and it is much easier than stirring it by hand. I pour the sugar mixture after cooking it in the mixer bowl and add the chocolate chips, marshmallow creme and vanilla. We make this same recipe every year and it is great!

    • says

      But don’t you need to continue cooking it while you stir? I know there are some recipes out there for fudge that require heavy stirring off heat, but with this one all the stirring happens on the stove. I’m no fudge expert though!

  4. Dee says

    I broke up small chocolate bars as I forgot to buy the chips, melted fine, but mine isn’t as dark! Maybe I need more chocolate! Still creamy, smooth and moreish!

  5. Larissa Sparks says

    I just made this. I’m no baker. This was so easy and made the house smell delicious!
    I’m giving it to my neighbors for xmas. I can’t wait to taste it myself! There are so many of your recipes I’m going to try. They all look so great!

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