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How to Make Fudge Candy as a Holiday Gift

Thelma is a former field editor for "Taste of Home" magazine and has a huge collection of recipes submitted to her from cooks across the US.

Fudge is a popular holiday gift and can be made in a wide variety of flavors.

Fudge is a popular holiday gift and can be made in a wide variety of flavors.

Flavors for the Holidays

In need of a gift? Why not make something special and homemade?

Fudge is an excellent gift choice for the person who has everything. A lot of time and effort goes into making a batch of fudge, so your recipient will appreciate this gift a lot. These recipes feature holiday flavors that are very different from the basic chocolate fudge you learned how to make in high school home economics class!

1. Eggnog Fudge

Eggnog is a classic holiday flavor that incorporates nicely into fudge. This seasonal treat is the perfect gift for anyone with a sweet tooth.


  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup eggnog (usually found in grocery stores during holidays)
  • 10 1/2 ounces white chocolate bars, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 7-ounce jar of marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon rum extract


  1. Line an 8-inch square pan with aluminum foil. Make the foil as smooth as possible without a lot of creases. Grease the foil with butter.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, combine sugar, butter, and eggnog. Stir constantly and bring to a strong, rolling boil.
  3. Continue boiling for 10 minutes, stirring constantly. Don't stop stirring as the fudge will scorch the bottom of the pan. If you are using a candy thermometer, bring the temperature of the fudge up to 234 degrees. Or, stir constantly for 10 minutes if you don't use a thermometer. Then remove the pan from the heat.
  4. Move quickly to add the chopped white chocolate and nutmeg to the pan. Stir until the chocolate is melted.
  5. Stir in the marshmallow creme and rum extract. Beat until well blended. Quickly pour into pan. I have always beat the mixture by hand but an electric mixer should work for this step.
  6. Sprinkle a very small amount of nutmeg on top of the fudge. This adds a little flavor and makes the fudge look very nice. Be careful not to use too much nutmeg because it will detract from the fudge flavor.
  7. Let stand at room temperature until completely cool. Then, use the foil to lift the fudge out of the pan. Check the bottom of the fudge to be certain there are no small pieces of foil clinging to it. Cut into squares. Store in a covered dish in the refrigerator. Refrigeration is required due to the eggnog content.

2. Irish Cream Fudge

This holiday favorite has been well-loved by everyone I've shared it with. It's the perfect after-meal treat for any holiday feast.


  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/3 cup Bailey's Irish Cream liqueur
  • 1 Tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 7-ounce jar of marshmallow creme
  • 1 12-ounce package of white chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup hazlenuts, chopped


  1. Grease an 8-inch square pan with butter.
  2. Put Irish Cream and instant coffee in a microwave-safe cup. Microwave for 30 to 45 seconds until the liqueur is hot enough to dissolve the coffee when stirred.
  3. In a heavy pan, melt the 3/4 cup butter. Then add sugar, evaporated milk, the Irish Cream and coffee mixture, and marshmallow creme. Mix together well.
  4. While stirring constantly, bring to a full boil. Cook for additional 2 minutes while continuing to stir constantly to prevent the fudge from scorching.
  5. Remove from heat. Add the white chocolate chips and beat until the chocolate is melted.
  6. Add vanilla and nuts while mixing together very well.
  7. Spread evenly in pan. Let cool in the refrigerator. When chilled and completely set, cut into squares.

3. Lemon Fudge

This sweet and zesty treat puts a fun twist on a classic fudge recipe. This one is perfect for anyone who likes some tart with their sweet.


  • 1 1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 12-ounce packages of white chocolate chips
  • 2/3 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 2/3 cup marshmallow creme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons lemon extract


  1. Line a 9-inch pan with aluminum foil and then grease it with 1.5 teaspoons of butter.
  2. In a heavy saucepan, melt the 6 tablespoons of butter over low heat.
  3. Add chips and milk to the pan. Cook and stir for approximately 10 minutes or until the chips are melted.
  4. Add marshmallow creme and lemon extract to the pan. Continue to cook for 5 minutes while stirring constantly.
  5. At this point, the fudge should be smooth. Pour into the buttered pan and spread out evenly.
  6. Let chill in the refrigerator until well set. Then remove the fudge from the pan using the foil to lift it out. Discard the foil and check the bottom of the fudge to be sure no small pieces of foil are still clinging to it. Cut into squares.
  7. Lemon fudge should be stored in the refrigerator for the best taste and consistency.

How to Present Fudge as a Gift

A basket or plate laden with fudge makes a much-appreciated holiday gift, especially if you include a variety of flavors.

For an attractive presentation for gift giving, purchase an inexpensive china plate at a thrift store. Place the candy on the plate in a neat arrangement and cover it with clear plastic wrap. Add a bow and a card. You might even include the recipe inside the card. The recipient can keep the pretty little plate so they receive two gifts instead of one!

© 2015 Thelma Raker Coffone