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Homemade Sweet Treats, Chocolate Fudge

So far in the 31 days of Homemade Sweet Treats series I have shared easy to make, no candy thermometer needed recipes. While the majority of the recipes I will be sharing in this series will be really easy, this recipe for Chocolate Fudge does involve using a candy thermometer.

But don’t let that scare you away. If you don’t have a candy thermometer check out this handy video for determining when you are at the soft ball stage using a dish of cold water.

Making your own candy isn't really that hard. This recipe for chocolate fudge is really good and easy too.

It’s really easy to make fudge with frosting and while that fudge is good, I think this recipe for fudge is great. This recipe is one my family has been using forever. It does involve marshmallow cream so it’s not totally a from scratch recipe, but it allows you to get the full homemade flavor with a little help from packaged items from the store. I have made fudge fully from scratch and it turned out good, but I wouldn’t say it was better than this recipe.

Fudge Ingredients

To make sure this recipe turns out great, the main thing you need to remember is to boil the sugar/milk mixture to a soft ball stage. Too little of time and you will have runny fudge. Too long of time boiling and you will have more brittle fudge.

I haven’t ever made runny fudge, but I have overcooked it before and ended up with brittle fudge. But if you use a candy thermometer or the technique in the video link above you should be just fine.

This fudge is melt in your mouth good. So yummy and makes a great gift too.

I usually will mix in some chopped almonds as I think the combination of almonds and chocolate is great. But don’t limit yourself to just nuts. I have made this fudge with dried fruit mixed in and I think the toffee candy pieces you can get would also be a great addition.

It might also be good to drop some melted peanut butter chips on top of the fudge while it’s still warm and swirl it in. Which would make a really yummy peanut butter cup fudge? Yum!

A yummy homemade recipe for chocolate fudge.

Here’s the basic recipe to give a try,

This fudge is melt in your mouth good. So yummy and makes a great gift too.

Chocolate Fudge

Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 80 pieces
Author Shelly


  • 4 cups Sugar
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 tablespoons Butter or Margarine
  • 12 oz Chocolate Chips
  • 8 oz jar Marshmallow Cream
  • 1 cup chopped Nuts


  • Mix sugar, milk, and butter in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • Cook while stirring until the mixture reaches the soft ball stage or 235 degrees.
  • Remove from heat and quickly stir in marshmallow cream and chocolate chips. Stir until well incorporated.
  • Stir in nuts and then pour into a greased 9 by 13-inch pan.
  • Let cool.
  • Cut into squares.


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This post is part of my 31 days of Homemade Sweet Treats series.


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3 thoughts on “Homemade Sweet Treats, Chocolate Fudge”

    1. Bev, I hope my recipe works out for you. Make sure to cook it to the soft ball stage. If I use my candy thermometer, I cook until it reaches 237 degrees. The fudge turns out creamy but not brittle or too soft.

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