Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge, creamy and slightly crumbly this melt in your mouth homemade fudge is the best.
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Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge, creamy and slightly crumbly this melt in your mouth homemade fudge is the best. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Total Time1 hr 15 mins
Course: Dessert, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate fudge, fudge, homemade fudge, old fashioned fudge
Servings: 20 pieces
Calories: 154kcal
Author: Rosemary Molloy / An Italian in my Kitchen


  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 2/3 cup cocoa (unsweetened good quality)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • 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 and continue to cook without stirring until temperature reaches 234 °F.  Approximately 30 minutes.
  • Remove pot from heat, add the butter and vanilla.  Do not stir.  Cool to room temperature (110°F), 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!



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 


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