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

I've been perfecting my mom's delicious holiday fudge recipe for as long as I can remember.

A big plate of my fudge

A big plate of my fudge

My Mom's Homemade Holiday Fudge Recipe

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.

Tips for Beginners

  • 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.

Video: How to Make Real Fudge

© 2012 Valerie Proctor Davis

What's your secret for perfect fudge?

beve2150@gmail.com on December 11, 2019:

My boyfriend loves hard fudge,I am waiting for it to set now hope is hard is nothing like pleasing your other half

Lorelei Cohen from Canada on October 22, 2014:

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.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell from Mondovi, WI on March 12, 2014:

Fudge is rich and yummy! Nice recipe!

othellos on September 13, 2013:

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

clkbm on January 04, 2013:

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

Teri Villars from Phoenix, Arizona on January 01, 2013:

Fudge that I can eat NOW! ha! Blessed!

sunlightseer on November 06, 2012:

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

Hal Gall from Bloomington, IN on November 02, 2012:

I prefer being a fudge judge!

one dental on October 29, 2012:

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!

anonymous on October 26, 2012:

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.

gregs411 on October 24, 2012:

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

nifwlseirff on October 24, 2012:

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!

Joseph_Vandyke on October 23, 2012:

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

MintySea on October 17, 2012:

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

birro02 on October 16, 2012:

Thanks for the recipe. Will defenltly make some

Jogalog on October 15, 2012:

I love strawberry fudge.

Deadicated LM on October 15, 2012:

I love them all. Great Lens thanks for sharing.

GeekGirl1 on October 15, 2012:

serve them whole in the tray -> cake!

cool and slice them ->chocolate brownies!

great recipe!

anonymous on October 15, 2012:

My favorite is peanut butter and chocolate fudge

SecondHandJoe LM on October 15, 2012:

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

aliciamaggie54 on October 15, 2012:

I like chocolate fudge. Thanks for the recipe.

pestmanagementsydney on October 15, 2012:

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

anonymous on October 15, 2012:

thanks for the recipe i will try it

RosaMorelli on October 15, 2012:

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 :)

Valerie Proctor Davis (author) from Birmingham, Alabama on October 14, 2012:

@snrklz: Great, hope you like it!

Valerie Proctor Davis (author) from Birmingham, Alabama on October 14, 2012:

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

snrklz on October 14, 2012:

I'll have to try this recipe!

banapple on October 12, 2012:

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

Valerie Proctor Davis (author) from Birmingham, Alabama on October 12, 2012:

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

flycatcherrr on October 11, 2012:

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...

Valerie Proctor Davis (author) from Birmingham, Alabama on October 11, 2012:

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

Ahdilarum on October 11, 2012:

peanut butter fudge is my favourite one

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