Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Fudge

This old fashioned fudge recipe is super easy to make and was shared by my grandma on her farmhouse table for many years.

Simple ingredients mix up to make every bite of grandma’s Old-Fashioned Farmhouse Fudge smooth, rich and delicious. Anyone can follow the instructions and make this easy chocolate fudge recipe at home!

Close up of old fashioned fudge cut with a bench scraper into squares.

Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe

A cross between frosting and fudge this old-fashioned dessert recipe is rich and sweet! This fudge is just like our Peanut Butter Chocolate Fudge, which is perfect when cut into small almost bite-sized squares.

Our family’s homemade fudge only requires six simple ingredients. I love that a candy thermometer or any other special tools are not required to make this easy fudge.

My grandma made this fudge recipe every year around Christmas to share with her friends, the ladies at the post office, bank, card club and beauty shop.

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Big batch of an old-fashioned fudge recipe made with mini marshmallows, evaporated milk and semi-sweet chocolate chips cut in squares on wax paper.

She taught me how to make this old fashioned marshmallow fudge. Grandma would always pick up a few fun Christmas tins or festive containers to package the fudge in and we would spend time together making the deliveries.

My grandma always made her fudge with semi-sweet chocolate chips, but sometimes I like to use a mixture of semi-sweet and milk chocolate chips. Dark chocolate chips would work too.

Ingredients Needed To Make Grandma’s Fudge Recipe

  • Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – We like to get Nestle or Ghirardelli chips for a higher quality than some of the value brands.
  • Butter – Use real butter for full flavor, skip margarine in this recipe.
  • Granulated Sugar
  • Evaporated Milk – Any brand is fine.
  • Mini Marshmallows – Mini marshmallows are easiest to melt into the chocolate.
  • Vanilla – Real vanilla extract will enhance all of the other flavors.

Recipe Tips

  • Follow the steps in the recipe very closely
  • A metal pan with square edges will make more uniform pieces
  • Using parchment paper makes the fudge much easier to remove from the pan
  • Fudge will set-up quickest in a cool spot like the refrigerator, garage or an enclosed porch
  • Use a bench scraper to cut uniform pieces as easily as possible
  • 1/2 to 1 cup of chopped nuts can be stirred in and/or sprinkled on top of the fudge just before pouring it into the pan if desired
Chunk of grandm'as old-fashioned smooth chocolate farmhouse fudge on parchment paper.

How To Make Old Fashioned Fudge

Be sure to read through all of the steps and understand the flow of the recipe before beginning.

Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper and set aside.

Set a heavy pan on the stove on medium heat.

Turn the heat down to medium low and continue to stir often.

Be sure to stay close by the stove and attend to this mixture the entire time the heat is on. This is not a great time to get distracted.

Make sure your chocolate chips, vanilla and mini-marshmallows are next to the stove and ready to stir in after this step.

Once the mixture has boiled for 7 minutes remove from the heat.

The sugar mixture in fudge needs to boil to melt the sugar and make a smoother consistency.

Immediately add chocolate chips, mini marshmallows and vanilla. Stir continuously and stir well until the chocolate and marshmallows have melted.

As soon as the color of the fudge is consistent and the texture is smooth poor into a 9 x 13 pan.

Tap the pan several times on a firm, flat surface until the fudge is smooth on top.

Stack of rich homemade fudge made with evaporated milk on a red napkin.

Can Marshmallows be Substituted for Marshmallow Fluff

Yes! A 7 ounce container of marshmallow fluff or marshmallow creme can be substituted for a 10 ounce bag of mini-marshmallows.

How to Make Smooth Fudge

The key to making smooth fudge is to understand that once the sugar mixture is removed from the heat and the additional ingredients are added the fudge will begin to set-up VERY quickly.

Knowing that the mixture will set-up very quickly be sure to plan ahead. Have the bag of marshmallows cut open, the chocolate chips measured out and the vanilla measured out or at minimum next to the stove with a measuring spoon ready.

Also be sure that a pan or multiple pans are ready to pour the warm fudge into IMMEDIATELY after the marshmallows and chocolate chips have melted.

Once the fudge is poured tap the pan several times quickly and firmly until the fudge looks smooth on top.

Do NOT use a utensil to try and smooth out the fudge on top.

Fudge poured into parchment paper lined 9 x 13" dish

I stopped too many times to take pictures and this fudge set up quickly. Continue tapping until the fudge is smooth or will no longer move in the pan.

How Do You Know When Fudge is Done Without A Thermometer?

Follow the directions closely and boil this recipe for 7 minutes over medium low heat.

Since sugar can burn, stir often to prevent the fudge from burning or sticking to the bottom.

How to Cut Farmhouse Fudge

Using a bench scraper is the easiest way to cut fudge. This Amazon scraper has measurements on it that can help when cutting small, uniform squares of fudge.

If you don’t have a bench scraper or chopper, a long, thick knife can be used. One hand will stay on the handle of the knife and the other hand will help put pressure on top of the knife to make a more even cut.

Old fashioned fudge recipe with evaporated milk on parchment paper and a baking sheet cut into cubes.

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Square cubes of classic fudge on parchment paper and a red napkin

Old-Fashioned Farmhouse Fudge

Servings 56 squares
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Simple ingredients mix up to make every bite of Old-Fashioned Farmhouse Fudge smooth, rich and delicious. Anyone can follow the instructions and make this easy chocolate fudge recipe at home!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Time to Set-up 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes

Ingredients
  

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 12 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 10 ounces mini marshmallows
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 18 ounces semi-sweet chocolate chips 1 1/2 bags

Instructions
 

  • Measure out marshmallows, chocolate chips and vanilla; set aside. Lightly grease a 9 x 13 inch pan or line with parchment paper.
  • Over medium heat melt butter in a heavy pan then stir in sugar amd milk.
  • Turn to medium low and bring mixture to a boil. This will take a while, about 10 minutes. Stir often.
  • Boil mixture for 7 minutes. Stir gently and stir often.
  • Remove from heat and add marshmallows, chocolate chips and vanilla. Once this step has begun stir firmly and continuously until the marshmallows and chocolate chips are melted. Then quickly pour into a pan and put the pan in the refrigerator or a cold location until set-up.

Notes

  • Follow the steps in the recipe very closely
  • A metal pan with square edges will make more uniform pieces
  • Using parchment paper makes the fudge much easier to remove from the pan
  • Fudge will set-up quickest in a cool spot like the refrigerator, garage or an enclosed porch
  • Use a bench scraper to cut uniform pieces as easily as possible

Nutrition

Calories: 154kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 1gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 4mgSodium: 19mgPotassium: 70mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 44IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 22mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional Disclaimer

“Plowing Through Life” is not a dietitian or nutrition professional. Any nutritional information shared is an estimate and can vary greatly depending on specific products are used. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator of your choice.

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Originally shared on December 6, 2020 with updates made on December 1, 2023.

5 Comments

  1. Valarie Sanford says:

    5 stars
    Wonderful and easy, made several batches this year! Ty so much!

  2. If I have a half bag of miniature marshmallows and a partial bag of large marshmallows, can I substitute some large marshmallows to make up the 10 oz bag?

    1. Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life says:

      Hey There! This could be tricky, so you could chop up the large ones before adding…or add the large one and get partially melted before adding the small ones. I hope you enjoy this recipe 🙂

  3. Vicki Bolding says:

    5 stars
    This is an amazing fudge recipe. So easy to make and it is delicious! Thank you!

  4. 5 stars
    I made this fudge recipe using milk chocolate chips instead of semisweet chocolate. It was perfect!!

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