How to Make the Best Old-Fashioned Sour Cream Fudge

Updated on March 18, 2016

FUDGE CANDY FROM SCRATCH

This sour cream fudge is made from milk, butter, sugar, sour cream, vanilla & walnuts.
This sour cream fudge is made from milk, butter, sugar, sour cream, vanilla & walnuts. | Source

RECIPE FOR SOUR CREAM FUDGE WITH BLACK WALNUTS

3.8 stars from 17 ratings of Sour Cream Fudge with Black Walnuts

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 30 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: 1 small pan of heaven

Ingredients

  • 2 C. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. white corn syrup
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 3/4 C. sour cream, thinned with about 1/4 C. whole milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 C. walnuts, chopped
Cook sour cream fudge to the soft ball stage, and then remove it from the heat to cool.
Cook sour cream fudge to the soft ball stage, and then remove it from the heat to cool. | Source

When is the fudge ready?

The Soft Ball Test

If you don't have a candy thermometer, test your fudge for doneness the old-fashioned way. Drop a bit of it into a cup of cold water. If you can form it into a soft ball with your fingers, it's ready to remove from the heat.

Instructions

  1. Butter a small pan, 8x8 or smaller.
  2. Add milk to sour cream until it is the consistency of thick whipping cream. (When Mamaw Bess first started making this fudge, she used homemade sour cream. The recipe actually reads, "If using store-bought sour cream, thin with milk"!)
  3. Mix sugar, corn syrup, butter & thinned sour cream in a saucepan. If using a candy thermometer, clip it to the side of the pan.
  4. Stirring infrequently, cook the mixture over medium heat to 232-243 degrees, the soft ball stage. (This takes about 20 minutes.)
  5. Remove from stove and allow to cool.
  6. When the bottom of the pan is cool enough to touch, stir in vanilla.
  7. When the mixture is room temperature, beat it by hand until thickened. (This will only take a minute or two at most.)
  8. Add the nuts, and pour into buttered pan.

The Secret to Making Good Sour Cream Fudge

Sour cream fudge was one of my grandmother's specialties, an old fashioned, "from scratch," delicious bit of heaven that's not extremely quick or particularly easy to make.

The trick? A combination of neglect and timing. As the fudge cooks, don't stir it much. And as soon as it reaches the soft ball stage, remove it from the heat. If you manage those two things, your sour cream fudge will be melt-in-your-mouth, creamy good.

Neglect & Good Timing

If you want creamy sour cream fudge that isn't grainy, mix the ingredients together (without melting the butter first), set them on medium heat and let them cook without bothering them too much. In fact, stirring the mixture only 4 or 5 times is enough. As soon as it hits the soft ball stage, about 240 degrees F, remove it from the heat.

Of course, becoming a good fudge candy maker takes practice. Like eating candy, however, making it should be a treat—at least according to Mamaw Bess, who would advise you to invite over a friend or two, brew a big pot of coffee and make a day of it.

And if your candy doesn't turn out just right the first time? Laugh a little, make another pot of coffee and try again.

As Mamaw Bess would say, "Relax, kid! Have some fun."


Sour Cream Fudge with Black Walnuts is one of my grandmother Bess's vintage candy recipes. Pictured: Bess in high school.
Sour Cream Fudge with Black Walnuts is one of my grandmother Bess's vintage candy recipes. Pictured: Bess in high school.

Sour Cream Fudge: A Sweet Tradition

When my grandmother Bess was in her eighties, she and her two best friends, Gin and Bea, would head out at least once a month, loaded down with talcum powder, fresh fruit and the latest gossip, to "visit the old people."

It was an all-day event.

At the time, Mamaw Bess and her friends seemed ancient to me. How old, I wondered, could these "old people" be?

Later, of course, I realized that the elderly persons in question were shut-ins, senior citizens who, due to illness or infirmity, rarely if ever left their homes. Some rarely left their beds. But thanks to Mamaw Bess and her friends, they were never quite out of the town's social loop.

Never quite forgotten.

Homemade Candy Recipes

During the holidays, the three friends would take tins of homemade candy along on their visits: buckeyes (a.k.a. peanut butter balls), creamy peanut butter fudge, chocolate fudge with pecans and Mamaw Bess's specialty, sour cream fudge with black walnuts.

Sweet and tangy, sour cream fudge is delicious. And, like all fudge candy, it's rich. Mamaw Bess always cut her sour cream fudge into dainty little squares, each the perfect size for a single, delicious taste of tangy sweetness that melted on the tongue, leaving rich black walnuts behind for chewing.

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      • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

        Jill Spencer 

        11 months ago from United States

        Hi Sharon, that sounds very pretty!

        Helene, it does make a very small batch in an 8x8 pan or smaller. When you cook it, be sure to get it to the softball stage; otherwise, the texture will be off. Best to you! Jill

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        Helene 

        11 months ago

        Tried this recipe, very easy to follow & make,however must had done something wrong. When cut wasn't creamy smooth & sure not a pan full. Open to any suggestions, on this texture. Thanks for sharing.

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        Sharon Blake 

        20 months ago

        we always stir chopped maraschino cherries in both red and green when we make this fudge for Christmas It is beautiful and they add a nice flavor with the walnuts , Drain the cherries well

      • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

        Jill Spencer 

        2 years ago from United States

        It really is good, CapCool. If you're ever feeling adventurous in the kitchen, you should give it a try. Thanks for commenting! Best, Jill

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        Edwin B Lowry 

        2 years ago from PA

        This sounds really good. First time I've ever heard of this kind of fudge. You just made me hungry! :)

      • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

        Jill Spencer 

        2 years ago from United States

        Hi everybody! I hope you guys have luck with the recipe. The fudge is really scrumptious and different tasting from the usual fudge which, to me, is often too sweet. All the best, Jill

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        Kitkat55 

        2 years ago

        This was my Grandma Alderson's recipe, too (I hope!). She made it every Christmas and it was always my favorite Christmas treat. Wasn't Christmas until I'd had Grandma's sour cream fudge. Unfortunately, I lost her recipe and I've been looking everywhere for YEARS. I'm going to try this, but your description matches her comments to me. Thank you so much for this, along with the wonderful story.

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        Susie Lehto 

        3 years ago from Minnesota

        I was just looking for a recipe for fudge and came upon this hub. Sour Cream Fudge looks like a winner to me. This is one I will make for Christmas. - Thank you!

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        Chelsey 

        3 years ago from Ottawa, Ontario

        This looks amazing!

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        heatherlund 

        4 years ago from Tacoma, WA

        These looks delicious and I like that there aren't very many ingredients. Thanks for sharing! Can't wait to try this!

      • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

        Jill Spencer 

        5 years ago from United States

        Thanks for the pin, moonlake! Appreciate it. --Jill

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        moonlake 

        5 years ago from America

        Looks delicious pinned it on my sweets board.

      • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

        Jill Spencer 

        5 years ago from United States

        You'll like it, Nicole. It's really, really good! Thanks for sharing the recipe. --Jill

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        Nicole Henley 

        5 years ago from San Leandro

        Posted to Facebook. I have never made sour cream fudge. Looking forward to trying.

      • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

        Jill Spencer 

        6 years ago from United States

        I know, carol7777. I had a piece as soon as I'd poured it into the pan, and then I had another piece for breakfast! With all that sour cream & milk, I'm sure it has lots of good nutrients in it (; Thanks for the comments & the vote!

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        carol stanley 

        6 years ago from Arizona

        I am dreaming about eating this fudge, there should be a law against such temptation. Great recipe and hub. How about sending me some of this fudge...Voted UP

      • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

        Jill Spencer 

        6 years ago from United States

        Hope it becomes one of your favorites, Glimmer Twin Fan. It's a great addition big tins of homemade candy. Thanks for commenting! --Jill

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        Claudia Mitchell 

        6 years ago

        What a wonderful recipe with a wonderful story! I always bake a lot at the holidays and I may add this to the fudge list this year. Thanks!

      • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

        Jill Spencer 

        6 years ago from United States

        Hi Francesca27. Thank you for the comment! Hope you give the recipe a try. (: Jill

      • The Dirt Farmer profile imageAUTHOR

        Jill Spencer 

        6 years ago from United States

        Hope you like it, OldRoses. I think it's delicious and not really that hard to make. Take care, Jill

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        Francesca27 

        6 years ago from Hub Page

        What a Beautiful Grandmother! And a great recipe. Thank You.

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        Caren White 

        6 years ago from Franklin Park, NJ

        What a great hub! I've never heard of sour cream fudge. After reading your wonderful story about your grandmother, I can't wait to try it. Thanks for the helpful cooking tips.

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