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Chocolate Fudge

chocolate fudge
This creamy chocolate fudge is a classic candy that is simple to make. This recipe is straight from my grandma's recipe box.
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  1. Chocolate Fudge:
  2. Ingredients to Make Chocolate Fudge You will love:
  3. How to Make Chocolate Fudge
  4. How to Store
  5. Issue: Why is My Fudge Grainy?
  6. ISSUE: Why is My fudge is not getting hard?
  7. Delicious Cake Recipes You'll Love:
  8. Yummy Cookies TO TRY:
  9. JUMP TO RECIPE

This homemade chocolate fudge is a delicious old-fashioned favorite. This recipe, which  came from my grandma’s recipe box, has been a must-make in our family for years. We enjoy it for dessert all year, but it’s especially perfect for the holidays. 

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chocolate fudge

Chocolate Fudge:

Every Christmas, my family heads to the kitchen to bake some of our favorite homemade treats. 

This classic chocolate fudge is straight from my grandma’s recipe box and is a huge hit every single year. You can’t go wrong with old-fashioned candy! 

My boys and I make this rich and creamy chocolate fudge recipe from scratch to give to teachers and neighbors as a holiday gift. I love how quick and simple it is to make and we always get compliments on how delicious it is from recipients! 

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Ingredients to Make Chocolate Fudge You will love:

chocolate fudge raw ingredients that are labeled
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoon light Karo syrup
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

PRO TIP: Check how many squares the chocolate is for your particular brand because different brands ounces can vary per square!

Substitutions:

  • I prefer semi-sweet, but some of our family members make this with milk chocolate or dark chocolate. 
  • You could also add in a hint of mint to this recipe. 
  • Other variations include adding mini marshmallows or nuts. 

How to Make Chocolate Fudge

Butter an 8×8 square dish or use parchment paper and butter the paper. Set it aside.

In a medium saucepan add the milk, chocolate, salt, sugar and Karo syrup. Heat over medium-high heat until it comes to a rolling boil stirring constantly.

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Once the rolling boil is reached turn the heat off and do not stir. At the soft boil stage let it boil for 2-3 minutes and do not stir, just let it boil. Using a candy thermometer let it continue to boil without stirring until it reaches 130-140 degrees.

Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.

chocolate fudge process shot

Using a wooden spoon vigorously stir/beat the fudge until it loses its shine and it starts to thicken up. That may take 5-15 minutes. (Get your arm workout in!) Pour into the buttered dish and let cool into solid usually about 3 hours to overnight.

chocolate fudge process shot

How to Store

If stored properly, your fudge can last for one to two weeks. Make sure to store your fudge in an airtight container for best results. When gifting, I like to line a tin with wax paper and carefully lay the chocolate fudge inside.

Issue: Why is My Fudge Grainy?

There can be a few reasons your fudge is grainy. The most common is that it’s getting too hot when boiling or that the sugar has not fully dissolved in cooking.

If it does get grainy, you can put the fudge back in your pan and add a little evaporated milk and bring it slowly back to the soft ball stage of cooking. 

ISSUE: Why is My fudge is not getting hard?

If your fudge isn’t getting hard, it’s likely because it’s undercooked. If this happens, return the fudge to the stovetop and add a little milk, then stir the mixture until it reaches 236 degrees Fahrenheit and then proceed with the rest of the steps. 

chocolate fudge

I hope you’ll try this simple, delicious chocolate fudge soon — it’s sure to become a favorite!

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chocolate fudge

Chocolate Fudge

5 from 1 vote
This creamy chocolate fudge is a classic candy that is simple to make. This recipe is straight from my grandma's recipe box.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings 24

Ingredients
  

  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate check how many squares that is on your particular brand
  • Dash of salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tablespoon light Karo syrup
  • 2 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions
 

  • Butter an 8×8 square dish or use parchment paper and butter the paper. Set aside.
  • In a medium sauce pan add the milk, chocolate, salt, sugar and Karo syrup. Heat over medium-high heat until it comes to a rolling boil stirring constantly.
  • Once the rolling boil is reached turn the heat off and do not stir.
  • At the soft boil stage let it boil for 2-3 minutes and do not stir, just let it boil.
  • Using a candy thermometer let it boil until it reaches the soft ball stage which is 130-140 degrees.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.
  • Using a wooden spoon vigorously stir/beat the fudge until it loses its shine and it starts to thicken up. That may take 5-15 minutes. (Get your arm workout in!)
  • Pour into the buttered dish and let cool into solid usually about 3 hours to overnight.
  • Slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 96kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 3mg | Sodium: 13mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Brenda Busch says

    The directions seem confusing to me . Bring to rolling boil, take off heat at soft ball stage bring to soft ball stage. I want to try this but need clarification.

    • Layne Kangas says

      So first, bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly. Once it reaches the rolling boil, you stop stirring and let the temp come up to the soft ball stage on the candy thermometer. So you are letting it boil as the temp rises but you are not stirring. Once it reaches the soft ball stage, you let it boil there for 2-03 minutes and then remove from the heat and add the butter, etc. I hope that helps. Enjoy 🙂

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