Old Fashioned Fudge Recipes (2024)

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Check out this collection of Old Fashioned Fudge Recipes. Fudge is not just a delicious treat but it also makes for a great, low-cost holiday gift. There is so many flavors to choose from and its simple to make.

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These Old Fashioned Fudge Recipes are perfect for any day of the year and there are so many fun themed recipes for different holidays. The best part about fudge is that is usually takes only 2-4 ingredients so most recipes take as little as a half hour to whip up.


5 Minute Fudge | Easy 4 Ingredient Fudge

Expert Tips for Making Old Fashioned Fudge

Making delicious, smooth and creamy fudge isn’t as hard as you would think. It takes only a few simple ingredients and can usually be made in less than 30 minutes. The trick to making a great fudge is to cook the ingredients to the correct temperature and cool the mixture properly so it can turn out smooth and firm but still soft enough to cut through.

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  • This Recipe Can be Doubled: Fudge is a great recipe for a crowd and also great for gift giving. Simply increase the ingredients proportionately and split it into two baking dishes before baking.
  • Candy Thermometer: If you need to cook and cool your fudge, its best to use a candy thermometer to ensure it is cooked to the correct temperature to get the perfect fudge. Try out this candy thermometer.
  • Addition Ingredient: One of the best things about fudge is that you can easily add more flavor by topping with nuts, candy, or anything you see fit. You can also easily remove an ingredient topper if you don’t prefer it as much.
  • Cooking Tool tip: While you can easily make fudge in a square baking dish and then cut out squares, try these fudge molds and/or Christmas fudge molds.

2 Ingredient Fudge

These 2 ingredient fudge recipes are the perfect treat to quickly whip up for a holiday dessert or gift.

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White Chocolate Fudge

I’m not sure I’ll ever get over being stunned that a simple mixture of chocolate chips and a can of store-bought frosting make perfect, delicious white chocolate fudge.


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Caramel Apple Fudge Recipe

This caramel apple fudge is so decadent and rich, and no one will believe you made it with just 2 ingredients!


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2 Ingredient Chocolate Fudge

This is an easy fudge recipe. You only need two ingredients and about five minutes to prepare. The chocolate fudge comes out very creamy, chewy and fudgy. It is great for a quick dessert or for gifting.


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2 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge

Creamy, smooth 2 Ingredient Peanut Butter Fudge that you can make in the microwave in about 5 minutes with just 2 ingredients! So little work, so much delicious!


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2 Ingredient Strawberry Fudge

Only 10 minutes of cook time is needed for this strawberry fudge recipe! This easy fudge recipe is the perfect treat for a holiday or just because you want to enjoy some strawberry fudge!


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2 Ingredient Fudge

This 2 ingredient fudge contains NO dairy, NO butter, and NO powdered sugar, yet it’s the most creamy and smooth fudge ever!


No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge

Luscious no bake peanut butter fudge is so simple and yet still so creamy and delicious.

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No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge

This creamy no bake peanut butter fudge uses just 5 ingredients! This simple fudge recipe is so easy and doesn’t require a candy thermometer!


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Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge Bars

Can’t decide if you want PB or chocolate? Make these easy no-bake fudge bars! Chocolate + PB is sooo irresistible.


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No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge

No-Bake Peanut Butter Fudge is a smooth and creamy microwave fudge recipe you can make with 4 ingredients (plus optional toppings) in about 5 minutes. No candy thermometer needed!


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No Bake Peanut Butter Fudge

This no-bake peanut butter fudge recipe is a healthier and completely from scratch version made with homemade sweetened condensed milk.


Sugar Free Fudge Recipe

If you are looking for a treat that isn’t a complete sugar overload, then these sugar free fudge recipes are just what you need. These recipes are still so tasty that you’d never know they aren’t made with sugar.

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Salted Caramel Swirl

This Keto fudge doesn’t taste sugar free (but it is), has an amazing texture, and it won’t raise blood sugar. Try this sugar free recipe!


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Sugar Free Chocolate Fudge

Healthy Chocolate Fudge – no butter, no sugar, & no baking required!


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Sugar-Free Peanut Butter Fudge

This easy 3 Ingredient Sugar Free Peanut Butter Fudge is low carb, keto and dairy free! With very simple ingredients, a peanut butter lover can enjoy a delicious treat for just 3 net carbs!


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Easy Lemon Fudge Recipe

This Easy Keto Lemon Fudge recipe needs just 2 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep! Sugar-free and low carb, this is the best keto fudge recipe!


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Sugar Free Maple Fudge

Do not miss this recipe for How to make yummy and easy Sugar Free Maple Fudge Options for keto low carb, or vegan friendly.


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Easy Sugar Free Fudge

This easy sugar free fudge needs just 5 basic ingredients and very little time in the kitchen. It can easily be made ahead for the holidays and stores well in the freezer.


Chocolate Fudge Recipes

Calling all chocolate lovers, this is for you! Chocolate fudge recipes is creamy, full of flavor, and so easy to make!

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Salted Dark Chocolate Bourbon Fudge

Salted. Dark Chocolate. Bourbon. Fudge. There’s not a single one of those words I don’t like.And when you put them all together in one sweet bite? It’s a little bite of chocolate-bourbon heaven.


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Chocolate Caramel Fudge

Chocolate Caramel Fudge is easy-to-make salted caramel topped chocolate fudge. Hey everyone! Fudge is anabsolute holiday essential for my home! And we love to eat this caramel chocolate fudge all throughout the holiday season.


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Chocolate Amaretto Swirl Fudge Recipe

Chocolate Amaretto Swirl Fudge Recipe. A marvelous blending of chocolate, vanilla, and almond combine to make this lush and decadent Chocolate Amaretto Swirl Fudge Recipe.


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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudge

Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Fudgeis a sweet treat that’s the perfect way to satisfy your cookie dough cravings! I don’t know about you, but I think I actually prefer cookie dough to baked cookies!


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White Chocolate and Raspberry Fudge Recipe

The perfect fudge for a perfect gift. Creamy white chocolate fudge with heart shaped ribbons of raspberry jam.


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Chocolate and Orange Marble Fudge

I combined two of my favorite flavors to create this delicious Chocolate and Orange Marble Fudge. This recipe makes plenty of fudge to give to your family and friends.


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Smore Fudge Recipe

The perfect treat and makes a great holiday gift. Marshmallow chocolate fudge on a graham cracker crust! You must make it!


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Mocha Almond Fudge

This creamy and nutty lightened up mocha almond fudge recipe has no butter and no heavy cream and even includes some pumpkin puree to make it healthy. This easy mocha almond fudge recipe is for all my coffee loving chocoholics out there!


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Microwave Chocolate Fudge Recipe

The chocolate fudge recipe is easy because you make it in the microwave, it’s impossible to mess up and tastes amazing.


Creamy Fudge Recipe

These smooth and creamy fudge recipes are perfect holiday gift for you’re loved ones. There is so many flavors to choose from, there is sure to be something everyone will like.

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Maple Walnut Fudge

A recipe for maple walnut fudge that is foolproof! It’s sweet, creamy, and full of maple flavor, with crunchy walnuts for texture!


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Coconut and Almond Fudge

This Coconut and Almond Fudge is a quick, easy and delicious fudge recipe perfect for gift giving or a special treat anytime! Almost fail-proof!


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Super Easy Strawberry Fudge

This 4 Ingredient Strawberry Fudge Recipe is super easy to make, this creamy treat is made with frosting and white chocolate chips!


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Lemon Cream Pie Fudge

This fudge is ready in sheer minutes! Chock-full of lemon zest, Lemon Oreo cookies, and white chocolate, it’s rich, creamy, and super lemony!


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Creamy Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe

If you are a homemade fudge lover, you have got to try this creamy old fashioned fudge recipe. It is so amazing and perfect for the holidays!


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Creamy Vanilla Fudge

Try our deliciously creamy vanilla fudge recipe. This vanilla fudge would make a great homemade food gift as it’s an easy, simple recipe that’s ready in no time.


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Root Beer Float Fudge

Root beer float meets root beer candy in this recipe! Root Beer Float Fudge is a sweet treat you won’t be able to resist.


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Cookies and Cream Fudge

Easy white chocolate cookies and cream fudge is FILLED with crushed Oreos and creamy marshmallow fluff that will satisfy any Oreo lover!


Christmas Fudge Recipes

These Christmas fudge recipes are so fun and festive. They’re also full of sugar and holiday cheer. Is there a better combination?

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Easy Peppermint Fudge Recipe

This easy peppermint fudge is the perfect Christmas treat. With only five ingredients, it’s easy to make and tastes delicious.


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Easy Gingerbread Fudge

Gingerbread Fudge is an easy seasonally spiced fudge that takes just minutes to make with sweetened condensed milk & white chocolate & loads of warm spices.


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Sugar Cookie Christmas Fudge Recipe

Easy-to-make, 5-Ingredient, Sugar cookie Christmas fudge is a combo of two of my favorite treats: Christmas sugar cookies and fudge.


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Easy Red Velvet Fudge

This spectacularRed Velvet Fudge was a perfect addition to our Christmas goodies! Making batch after batch of fudge is a holiday tradition!


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Easy Eggnog Fudge Recipe

Eggnog Fudge is the perfect holiday fudge recipe! This homemade eggnog dessert recipe combines white chocolate and marshmallow creme.


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Fudge Christmas Trees

Pretty swirls of soft green colored fudge can be decorated with colorful sprinkles and a gold candy star to make these Cream de Menthe Fudge Christmas Trees


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Snowflake and Christmas Wreath Fudge

Snowflake and Christmas Wreath Fudge with 2 soft and creamy layers. Simple to make with just 3 ingredients. Fudge is a great homemade gift!


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Easy Pumpkin Fudge Recipe

Quick and easy pumpkin fudge recipe with gingersnap crust, made with simple ingredients. No bake, rich, creamy and loaded with pumpkin pie spice.


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White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge With Almonds

This White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge with Almonds is an easy recipe that is perfect for the holiday season or any time of year! Tart and crunchy!


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Candy Cane Fudge

Creamy and full of peppermint delight, this candy cane fudge is a wonderful treat to share with friends this holiday season.


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Peppermint Oreo Fudge

Seasonal Peppermint Oreo Fudge is a great holiday treat that is both easy AND yummy. It is kid-friendly and perfect for sharing!!



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What is the secret to great fudge? ›

You have to control two temperatures to make successful fudge: the cooking temperature AND the temperature at which the mixture cools before stirring to make it crystallize. Confectionery experiments have shown that the ideal cooking temperature for fudge is around 114 to 115 °C (237 to 239 °F).

Is evaporated milk or condensed milk better for fudge? ›

Evaporated milk doesn't have sugar added. The sweetened condended milk is needed as no extra sugar is added to the fudge. If evaporated milk were used then the fudge would not be sweet enough and also would still be too soft unless the fudge is frozen.

Why is my old fashioned fudge not hardening? ›

Fudge Didn't Set

If your fudge turned out super sticky, or it didn't set as it cooled, it probably never got hot enough. This mistake is super easy to avoid if you use a candy thermometer and cook the fudge to the temperature specified in the recipe (usually between 234 and 239°F).

What is the secret to smooth fudge that is not gritty? ›

Once a seed crystal forms, it grows bigger and bigger as the fudge cools. A lot of big crystals in fudge makes it grainy. By letting the fudge cool without stirring, you avoid creating seed crystals.

What not to do when making fudge? ›

Avoid Stirring Once the Mixture Comes to a Simmer

If you continue stirring once the mixture is simmering, you are encouraging the development of sugar crystals. While crystallization is the goal if you're making hard candy, crunchy sugar bits can quickly ruin a fudge's silky smooth texture.

What does cream of tartar do in fudge? ›

Cream of tartar is used in caramel sauces and fudge to help prevent the sugar from crystallizing while cooking. It also prevents cooling sugars from forming brittle crystals, this is why it's the secret ingredient in snickerdoodles!

Should you stir fudge while it's boiling? ›

Stir the ingredients to dissolve the sugar until the mixture comes to a boil. If your recipe uses milk, stirring will keep the mixture from curdling. But once it reaches about 236–238 degrees F/113–114 degrees C (the "soft-ball" stage), do not stir it or even shake the pan.

What happens if you use evaporated milk instead of sweetened condensed milk? ›

For the most part, if you find yourself without condensed milk on hand, you can substitute an equal amount of evaporated milk. The consistency will be the same, but since evaporated milk is unsweetened, you'll need to add sweetener to match the recipe's intended flavor profile or to suit your personal preference.

Why won't my condensed milk fudge set? ›

The most common culprit behind unset fudge is inaccurate temperature control. If the sugar mixture hasn't reached the correct temperature, your fudge won't set. Ensure you use a reliable candy thermometer and follow temperature guidelines meticulously to achieve the desired consistency.

Can you reboil fudge that hasn't set? ›

How can you fix soft fudge? Put it in a microwave safe bowl that is large enough that it won't boil over. Reheat it to the boiling point and cook for about 3 more minutes. Then you can beat some powdered sugar into it if this doesn't make it set.

How do you firm up homemade fudge? ›

If your fudge is soft or runny, it probably didn't come up to a high enough temperature while it was cooking. Put it back into the saucepan and add 1–2 US tbsp (15–30 ml) of 35% fat whipping cream. Stir the fudge as it heats, but only until the sugar in the chocolate is completely melted again.

Why does my fudge crumble when I cut it? ›

The ingredients for fudge are combined and cooked to 234 degrees, cooled to 110 degrees without stirring, then beaten until creamy. Candy that isn't cooked long enough will end up too soft; overcooking makes fudge crumbly or hard.

What went wrong with my fudge? ›

If your fudge is tough, hard, or grainy, then you may have made one of several mistakes: You may have overcooked it, beaten it too long, or neglected to cool it to the proper temperature.

What can I do with ruined fudge? ›

If it's overcooked (resulting in grainy fudge) or undercooked (resulting in poor setting) all you really need to do is add a bit of cream, reheat the fudge to the target temperature, and let it set again.

Why did my fudge turn out like taffy? ›

If the temperature is too low, the fudge will be too soft and sticky, and if it's too high, it will turn into a hard, crumbly mess. The ideal temperature to cook fudge is between 232-234 degrees F (111-112 degrees C).

What gives fudge its firm texture? ›

The key to creamy, luscious fudge is controlling crystal formation. If the sucrose (table sugar) crystals are small, the fudge will feel creamy and smooth on your tongue. But if the crystals are large, the fudge develops a crumbly, dry, or even coarse texture.

How do you keep fudge smooth? ›

So, the key to smooth yet firm fudge, pralines, and fondant is to first bring the mixture to a high enough concentration and then let it cool off somewhat before starting to stir. And once you do start to stir, stir fanatically and without stopping for the finest, creamiest texture.

Why is my fudge not creamy? ›

If the sugar crystals are not properly dissolved before cooling, they can create a gritty texture. To avoid this, ensure that you stir the fudge mixture consistently and remove any sugar crystals that form on the sides of the pan using a wet pastry brush.

Why does fudge fail? ›

Homemade Fudge Doesn't Always Set

If your fudge doesn't firm up after a few hours, you either have too high an amount of liquid to sugar, or your mixture hasn't reached the soft-ball stage. Using a candy thermometer can help home cooks avoid this problem.

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