Mamie Eisenhower's Easy Fudge Recipe (A.K.A. White House Fudge)

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Marshmallow Fudge - I make this myself for everyone at Christmas.

Marshmallow Fudge - I make this myself for everyone at Christmas.

I found this recipe for an easy-to-make chocolate fudge in an old cookbook. It is called "Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge." Since she has been credited with being the first person to use marshmallow creme and chocolate to make a quicker fudge, this fudge recipe was often called "White House Fudge."

Mamie was the first lady to Dwight Eisenhower. Her entire married name was Mamie Geneva Doud Eisenhower. Her span in the White House wasn't short since she was first lady from 1953 to 1961. She was known for having a confident composure, her fashionable style, and the pride she had in her home. The first lady was frugal and even clipped coupons for the White House staff to use. She was known for doing well with the foreign dignitaries that visited our country. If she shared her fudge, I'm sure she was a big hit.

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

2 min

30 min

32 min

Several large pieces


  • 4 1/2 c sugar
  • 1 tall can of evaporated milk (14 oz)
  • 2 tbsp oleo (margarine)
  • 1 12 oz package of chocolate chips
  • 9 oz German chocolate
  • 1 c nuts
  • 1 pint marshmallow creme


  1. Put sugar, milk, and margarine in a large saucepan and bring to a full boil. Boil for 6 minutes stirring frequently to prevent burning.
  2. Remove from heat and pour into a large bowl and mix with remaining ingredients.
  3. Mix well and then pour into a well-greased 9" x 13" pan.
  4. When cool, cut into squares.

Yield: 5 pounds of fudge

The fudge may be stored in an air-tight container and will keep for several weeks. I often freeze mine, and it keeps well. I wrap the pieces individually when freezing, so they don't stick together.

I like to make this dessert for Christmas gifts. My grandkids enjoy getting their little bags and boxes of it. One year, I skipped the fudge, and they were really disappointed, so I've made this treat a yearly tradition.

Mamie Eisenhower's photo taken in 1954 at the White House

Mamie Eisenhower's photo taken in 1954 at the White House

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© 2010 Barbara Badder


Barbara Badder (author) from USA on April 11, 2012:

Brownies are made with flour and baked in the oven. Fudge is cooked on top of the stove and is a candy. Brownies have somewhat of a cake texture only much chewier. Fudge is smooth. Both are yummy, but I suppose not so good for you. I love them both.

Don Simkovich from Pasadena, CA on April 11, 2012:

Fudge, sorry. Okay, so technically what is the difference between fudge and brownies? I never thought about that before! You don't have to answer but it is funny that there is a difference.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on April 11, 2012:

Don, Thanks for reading and commenting. It wasn't really brownies, but fudge and yes she is really credited with it.

Don Simkovich from Pasadena, CA on April 11, 2012:

Maime Einsenhower was credited as the first person to use marshmallows in brownies? Wow, this isn't just a recipe but a really fun piece of trivia, too!

Bonny OBrien from Troy, N.Y. on October 16, 2011:

This fudge sounds yummy! I'm glad I found it. Just in time for the holiday season!

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on June 04, 2011:

Minnetonka Twin, Best of luck making your fudge. The marshmallow kind like this, usually tastes the best.

Linda Rogers from Minnesota on June 04, 2011:

I am so glad I read your hub on making fudge. The kids and I just got back from vacation in Hayward, Wi. Their favorite thing is to go to Tremblay's candy store and get fudge. This is gonna be our new thing, to make our own. I also like the idea of giving it as a gift. What a great idea! Awesome hub and I hit many buttons. I'm bookmarking this.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on October 10, 2010:

There are some hints to making fudge that turns out. One is that you need to stir it constantly so it won't burn. The other is that once the fudge is finished cooking you should really not stir it in the pan and don't scrape out the sides. The fudge on the sides of the pan are what form sugar crystals and keep fudge from turning out. Good luck with your next try.

coffeesnob on October 09, 2010:

bookmarked! thanks..hopefully this one will work for me.

Barbara Badder (author) from USA on October 08, 2010:

Carrie M. I make cookies too most years and sometimes mix the two together. Thanks for visiting my hub.

Carrie.M from MI, United States on October 08, 2010:

What a great Christmas gift idea. I usually bake cookies to give as hostess gifts during the holiday season, but I think you have inspired me to try fudge this year. Looking forward to trying the recipe!

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