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Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge, this is the best, creamiest chocolate fudge, made the old fashioned way! And only 6 ingredients. The perfect Homemade Chocolate Candy, one everyone will love.

Fudge pieces on parchment paper.


 

I have been a big Candy lover for a long time, especially anything Chocolate such as these Easy Homemade Filled Chocolates or these Italian Chocolate Kisses / Baci.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge is everything a homemade fudge should be, so get your candy thermometer ready.

I have been searching and searching for the chocolate fudge that I had tasted when I was about 8 or 10 years old, if you can believe that! This fudge melted in your mouth and was just a little bit crumbly.

I can remember going to the Christmas Bazaar at the Church on Saturday afternoon with a couple of my school friends. I bought my dime bag of chocolate fudge and I still remember thinking “this is the best Fudge I have ever eaten”.

And when we went back to get another bag, the lady was sold out. A sad day for me!

I think in my quest for “the One”  I tasted fudge from any and all chocolate stores. And unfortunately they were all the creamy types usually made with sweetened condensed milk, just like my Double Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge or this Easy Walnut Fudge I wanted that crumbly melt in your mouth fudge!

Fast forward to a few weeks ago and I decided I would google until I discovered my Chocolate Fudge. And discover I did, thanks to Hershey’s, apparently it is their Recipe that gives you that divine fudge.

fudge leaning against another.

Recipe Ingredients

  • Sugar – granulated
  • Cocoa powder – unsweetened dutch processed
  • Salt
  • Milk – whole/heavy milk
  • Butter – I use salted – room temperature

How to make Chocolate Fudge

Line a square pan with buttered parchment paper. In a medium heavy saucepan stir together the sugar, cocoa and salt, then add the milk and stir with a wooden spoon (not a whisk or metal spoon).

Cook over medium heat stirring continuously until mixture starts to boil, a strong boil. Turn heat to low medium and continue to cook without stirring until the correct temperature is reached.

2 photos of making chocolate fudge, the mixture before boiled and when boiling

Remove the pot from the heat, add the butter and vanilla. Do not stir. Cool to room temperature. Then beat with a wooden spoon just until mixture begins to lose some of it’s gloss.Spread the fudge quickly in the prepared baking dish and let cool completely, even overnight (at room temperature). Cut it into squares.

Adjusting the Fudge Recipe for High Altitude

To adjust the temperature to your altitude, deduct two degrees from the temperature required for every one thousand feet of altitude above sea level. For example, in this Fudge recipe, if you live 5,000 feet above sea level, you would deduct 10 degrees from 234 degrees.

How to Store Homemade Chocolate Fudge

Wrap the cut pieces in parchment paper or aluminum foil and store in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag. Fudged stored at room temperature can last from 7 – 14 days.

Fudge can also be stored in the refrigerator wrapped and placed in an airtight container. In the fridge fudge will last 2 – 3 weeks.

How to freeze it

Freeze the fudge in a double bag, well wrapped. You can freeze it either in pieces or the whole slab. Fudge will keep for up to 3 months in the freezer.

pieces of chocolate fudge.

What to make with fudge

If by chance you have some leftover fudge or for some reason your fudge doesn’t turn out, don’t despair and certainly don’t throw it out! Cut up some fudge add it to some hot milk and stir until smooth and there you have some amazing hot chocolate, maybe the best you have ever had?

Or melt some of the fudge, either in the microwave or over a pot of boiling water and drizzle it over some ice cream or as a ganache on a cake. Hot fudge sauce never tasted so good.

Fudge makes a wonderful gift idea. Wrap it with some transparent wrapping and tie with a bow, or place on a decorative plate or how about place a stick in the middle and make fudge pops!

Can I add Nuts or Peanut Butter

Yes you can add nuts such as walnuts, hazelnuts, pecans, pistachios, peanut butter, mini marshmallows, dried cranberries or even broken candy canes. The best time to add these ingredients is when you add the butter and vanilla. I would also recommend roasting the nuts first to give the best flavor to your fudge.

If you prefer peppermint fudge then substitute the vanilla extract with peppermint extract or even almond or orange.

How to roast nuts

Place nuts in a single layer on an ungreased baking / cookie sheet. Bake in a pre-heated 350F/180C oven for 5 to 8 minutes or until they are golden brown, remove immediately from the pan to a clean bowl to cool.

Candy on parchment paper.

How to keep your fudge from being gritty or grainy

  • Make sure the sugar has dissolved.
  • It could be the fudge wasn’t beaten long enough or hard enough.

Does the weather affect fudge?

Yes it does, on a humid day, once the candy has cooled it may start to absorb moisture from the air, so on a humid day the candy will end up being softer than it is supposed to be.

Therefore it is always better to make candy (fudge) on dry sunny days. Although if you have no choice and you must make it on a humid day, then cook it to the highest recommended temperature, which is 237-240F / 114 – 115C.

Cool weather also helps the candy cool faster that way it has a lesser chance of forming crystals.

Why is my fudge soft?

Most of the time the reason is because your fudge has not reached the right temperature, it is very important to use a good candy thermometer for this.

I hope you enjoy this Homemade Chocolate Fudge! And let me know how you like it. Enjoy!

A piece of chocolate fudge.

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A piece of chocolate fudge.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

Rosemary Molloy
Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge, creamy and slightly crumbly this melt in your mouth homemade fudge is the best. 
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Cooling Time 8 hours
Total Time 9 hours 15 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 20 pieces
Calories 154 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa (unsweetened dutch processed)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter* (I use salted) (room temperature)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

*if you use unsalted butter then increase the salt to 1/4 teaspoon.

Instructions
 

  • Line an 8 inch square pan with buttered parchment paper.
  • In a medium heavy saucepan stir together sugar, cocoa and salt, then add the milk and stir with a wooden spoon (not a whisk or metal spoon).
  • Cook over medium heat stirring continuously until mixture starts to boil (a strong boil), approximately 15 minutes.
  • Turn heat to low medium and continue to cook without stirring until temperature reaches 234 °F (112C)  Approximately 30 minutes.
  • Remove pot from heat, add the butter and vanilla.  Do not stir.  Cool to room temperature (110°F/43C), approximately 30 minutes.  Then beat with a wooden spoon just until mixture begins to lose some of it's gloss (approximately 6-8 minutes).
  • Then spread quickly in prepared cake pan and let cool completely, even overnight (at room temperature).   Cut into squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
  • You can also freeze the fudge in a double bag, well wrapped.  Freeze either in pieces or the whole slab.  Can be frozen up to 3 months.  Keeps in an airtight container for approximately 2 weeks or in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.  Enjoy!

Notes

To store the fudge, wrap the cut pieces in parchment paper and store in an airtight container or sealable plastic bag. Fudged stored at room temperature can last from 7 – 14 days.
Fudge can also be stored in the refrigerator wrapped and placed in an airtight container. In the fridge fudge will last 2 – 3 weeks.
To freeze it – freeze the fudge in a double bag, well wrapped.  Freeze either in pieces or the whole slab.  It can be frozen for up to 3 months. 
For High Altitude – to adjust the temperature to your altitude, deduct two degrees from the temperature required for every one thousand feet of altitude above sea level. For example, in the recipe that follows, if you live 5,000 feet above sea level, you would deduct 10 degrees from 234 degrees. https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1988-01-28-8803260034-story.html 
Helpful tips
“Rub the sides of the sauce pan you’ll be using with butter. Apparently if one grain of uncooked sugar gets in with the sugar mixture, it will turn the cooked sugar back into grandular sugar, and make it grainy again. The butter will melt as the pan gets hot, causing the sugar to slide into the pan. I’ve used butter to rub the sides of my pan for years. Also never scrape the sides of your pan while cooking. This really works. The fudge comes out as a very smooth texture”.  Rhonda
“Absolutely loved making this. I doubled the batch and the temp took a little over an hour to get there. Adjusting the temp to almost a medium on our ultra heat burner. Then I placed my pot by a cracked window to allow the cold air to help cool it down to 110. When it’s only 9° out this helped! Added almond slices and coconut flakes”. – Krista
“I use to always use this Hershey recipe, but it’s has been years since I’ve made fudge. Tried a batch this weekend and it reminded me of how I used to fix the fails I’ve been reading about. If the fudge never sets or turns to concrete in a pan, do not despair. If too soft, heat it up again to temp (234 F for Hershey recipe – if too soft your thermometer was probably off). If it was too hard add a little milk as it melts, I cook just until melted. Remove from heat, add a pat of butter on top and let cool and beat as before. I used to call it my special twice cooked fudge recipe”. Gustavo

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 43mg | Potassium: 67mg | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 100IU | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 0.4mg
Did You Make This Recipe?Please leave a comment below or pin it to your Pinterest account!

Updated from November 18, 2017.

320 Comments

  1. I cooked this on low med heat for nearly 1.5 hrs to get it to the right temp and set overnight on the counter and it is still liquid. Great flavor. Suggestions?

  2. 5 stars
    I used “unsalted butter” and also, “half-n-half” in place of whole milk.
    It came out very soft, so i ate it right out of freezer. Thankfully, so good! Good recipe! And quite easy too. Thank you so much Rosemary and the “An Ital. in my Kitchen” team!

  3. 5 stars
    Just made this wonderful fudge. I used Hersheys Dark cocoa and added crushed walnuts before turning into the cake pan. Yummy

  4. 4 stars
    Once I got to the cooled stage, it thickened up so fast that I couldn’t couldn’t beat it anymore. I had to pour it into the dish. What did I do wrong? Then it set before I could it spread it out.

    1. Hi Kristy, it could be that you cooked it too long once it reached the correct temperature. Be sure to test your candy thermometer to make sure it reads correctly. Let me know.

  5. 5 stars
    I learned from an old Homes and Garden cookbook when I was younger, to rub the sides of the sauce pan you’ll be using with butter. Apparently if one grain of uncooked sugar gets in with the sugar mixture, it will turn the cooked sugar back into grandular sugar, and make it grainy again. The butter will melt as the pan gets hot, causing the sugar to slide into the pan. I’ve used butter to rub the sides of my pan for years. Also never scrape the sides of your pan while cooking. This really works. The fudge comes out as a very smooth texture.

  6. My mom used to make fudge in the 60’s and 70’s with condensed milk instead of whole milk. Would this work in this recipe or would It be too rich and thick? Thanks!

    1. Hi, replying to myself in order to get an add on question to my previous one I just sent you. It may not have been condensed milk, possibly evaporated milk. But either way could I use one of them, probably evaporated as condensed would be too sweet?

      1. Hi Sandy I have never made this recipe with either evaporated or condensed although I have heard people use evaporated. You could try and let me know how it goes. I do have a quick recipe here using condensed milk to make fudge. https://allthingsbread.com/easy-walnut-fudge-recipe/ . Take care.

  7. I’m having a really hard time… maybe it’s because I’m using an electric stove… help I’m doing everything said step by step

    1. Hi Courtney, I can’t really help because I don’t know what your really hard time is. Is it heating too quickly? Then you should lower the heat a bit. Did you watch the video? That might help. Let me know.

  8. I don’t know whether it’s just me or if everybody else experiencing problems with your blog. It appears like some of the text in your posts are running off the screen. Can somebody else please comment and let me know if this is happening to them as well? This might be a problem with my web browser because I’ve had this happen previously. Thanks|

    1. Hi Alex, can you send me a screenshot and send it to my email address, rosemolloy59@yahoo.ca? Thanks, I will check it out.

  9. 5 stars
    Hey I want to try this recipe but we don’t have any whole milk, will any kind of milk work or should I run to the store :)?

    1. I used 1 % millk and it was fantastic. Followed the recipe exactly but had to cook it a bit longer than 30 minutes to reach the required temperature.

  10. 5 stars
    THANK YOU! I have tried at least half a dozen recipes for fudge over the last 3 years and they have all been various levels of fail… NOT this one! Perfectly melt in your mouth creamy! The thorough instructions really helped me out.

  11. 5 stars
    This is the first fudge recipe I’ve ever attempted, and the results were uniformly loved by all. The fudge was slightly softer and more melty than I expected, but that may have been because it took a lot longer than 30 minutes for my mixture to reach 234° (I suspect because my house is cold). In the end, sightly increasing the heat and partially covering the pot got me there. The soft fudge was perfect for truffle centers, but we didn’t end up trying that out, because they were too delicious to stop eating!

    1. Hi Natalie, thanks so much, yes the time can vary so much with your house, your stove even the pot. Glad you liked it. Happy New Year.

  12. My fudge never hardened it’s still runny and it’s been 24 hours please help I was going to give this as a gift

    1. Hi Veronica, a reader gave these helpful tips. “I use to always use this Hershey recipe, but it’s has been years since I’ve made fudge. Tried a batch this weekend and it reminded me of how I used to fix the fails I’ve been reading about. If the fudge never sets or turns to concrete in a pan, do not despair. If too soft, heat it up again to temp (234 F for Hershey recipe – if too soft your thermometer was probably off). If it was too hard add a little milk as it melts, I cook just until melted. Remove from heat, add a pat of butter on top and let cool and beat as before. I used to call it my special twice cooked fudge recipe”. Hope this helps.

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