Betty Crocker's Smooth, Old-Fashioned Chocolate Christmas Fudge

Updated on December 7, 2017
A big plate of my fudge
A big plate of my fudge

Time to make some holiday fudge...

Here are my hints for making smooth, creamy, old-fashioned chocolate fudge—with some suggestions below for fancying it up a bit!

This tasty dessert makes a special gift or dessert for Christmas, Valentine's Day, birthdays, or any other special occasion.

This recipe is based on the one from my Mom's old Betty Crocker cookbook, which she used for many years. It's my Dad's favorite, and I make it every month or so for him (okay, so it's a good excuse for me to have some, too!).

Fudge is often thought to be a difficult recipe, but really all it takes is some practice. (Keep vanilla ice cream on hand; you can use any failed batches as ice-cream toppings!) Use a candy thermometer to insure accuracy, but after a couple of tries, you'll know how each stage is supposed to look. Then you'll be able to whip up a plate any time you want!


  • 4 cups sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 2/3 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • Big glug of vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Spray a large cookie sheet with butter spray and set it aside.
  2. Heat sugar, milk, cocoa and salt in a tall stockpot over medium heat, stirring constantly, until sugar is melted. (You want a tall pot, because sometimes the boiling syrup will spatter).
  3. I use a spatula to stir, so as to scrape the bottom. If you're scraping up much, turn the heat down a bit so it doesn't burn. (If it does start to burn, stop stirring immediately and pour it off quickly into another pot, and start again at lower heat. This leaves the burned part in the first pot.)
  4. Cook, stirring occasionally. Stop stirring when the syrup begins to boil. (The syrup will boil up, then start to boil lower. That's the sign it's getting close.)
  5. Cook to 234 F on the candy thermometer or until a small amount, dropped into cold water, forms a soft ball. Actually, I never see it form a ball, so I taste it. It should be slightly al dente, with a bit of give, but not chewy.
  6. Remove from heat, and drop the butter in. Let it cool, without stirring, to about 150 F. (My recipe says 120 F, but I find if I wait that long, it will harden in the pot.)
  7. Glug in the vanilla and beat with a wooden spoon until it looks like it's just thinking of losing its gloss. Stir in the nuts and pour quickly onto buttered cookie sheet. Leave it alone until it's firm, if you can.
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      Lorelei Cohen 3 years ago from Canada

      Oh I would so add in hazelnuts to this dessert recipe. My husband would think that he had fallen into heaven. This recipe looks so good.

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      Cheryl Fay Mikesell 3 years ago from Ladysmith, WI

      Fudge is rich and yummy! Nice recipe!

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      othellos 4 years ago

      Your fudge recipe sounds very delightful. Thank you for publishing it.

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      clkbm 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. My mom is the fudge maker for the holidays but now maybe I will give it a try.

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      Teri Villars 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Fudge that I can eat NOW! ha! Blessed!

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      sunlightseer 5 years ago

      My fudge always comes out crystallized. Probably lack of candy thermometer.

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      Hal Gall 5 years ago from Bloomington, IN

      I prefer being a fudge judge!

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      one dental 5 years ago

      Love fudge! I always have just made it with 3 ingredients: chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and vanilla (or other flavoring) and then added whatever else I wanted. Super easy and super good!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I don't have one. That's why I'm reading your lens. Mine always turns out very dense, so I'll see how your recipe works out. I wonder if it's as simple as needing the candy thermometer.

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      gregs411 5 years ago

      I love chocolate fudge, especially the smooth variety. This looks very tasty!

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      nifwlseirff 5 years ago

      Yum! I will certainly be trying this recipe around Christmas time - too many chocolate-lovers in my family who I think will be thrilled with it!

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      Joseph_Vandyke 5 years ago

      Ah, nothing as uplifting as chocolate! Will have to surprise my wife with this recipe. Maybe I can enlist my daughter as sous chef!

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      Rose Pajaroja 5 years ago from Bulacan, Philippines

      Oh God. It makes me crave for choc. It's good for the brain. ^^

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      MintySea 5 years ago

      I use easy no fail fudge I am not good with cooked fudge

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      birro02 5 years ago

      Thanks for the recipe. Will defenltly make some

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      I love strawberry fudge.

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      Deadicated LM 5 years ago

      I love them all. Great Lens thanks for sharing.

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      GeekGirl1 5 years ago

      serve them whole in the tray -> cake!

      cool and slice them ->chocolate brownies!

      great recipe!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      My favorite is peanut butter and chocolate fudge

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      SecondHandJoe LM 5 years ago

      I love fudge! Thanks for the recipe. My favorite has to be mint chocolate...or peanut butter chocolate...or anything chocolate! ;)

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      aliciamaggie54 5 years ago

      I like chocolate fudge. Thanks for the recipe.

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      pestmanagementsydney 5 years ago

      Yum! Chocolate fudge. But I'm on a diet at the moment ...

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for the recipe i will try it

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      RosaMorelli 5 years ago

      Chocolate fudge is my favourite, but I've always had to buy it because my fudge-making forays *never* turn out - I'll have to try your recipe (which looks fantastic!) and keep my fingers crossed :)

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      Valerie Proctor Davis 5 years ago from Birmingham, Alabama

      @snrklz: Great, hope you like it!

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      Valerie Proctor Davis 5 years ago from Birmingham, Alabama

      @banapple: That's true - there's no such thing as bad fudge!

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      Oh my, they're all wonderful... but maybe brown sugar fudge would be my favourite. Or chocolate with walnuts in it. Or rocky road fudge...

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      snrklz 5 years ago

      I'll have to try this recipe!

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      banapple 5 years ago

      Oh I love fudge! Every fudge I have ever tried is my favorite. They are all sooooo good!

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      Valerie Proctor Davis 5 years ago from Birmingham, Alabama

      @flycatcherrr: I love penuche, I could eat it all day ;)

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      Valerie Proctor Davis 5 years ago from Birmingham, Alabama

      @Ahdilarum: Oh, I like that one, too.

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      Ahdilarum 5 years ago

      peanut butter fudge is my favourite one