This Fantasy Fudge Recipe is a timeless homemade candy recipe, and one of the best fudge recipes you’ll ever have. It’s rich, creamy and practically no fail!
This fantasy fudge is so creamy, melts in your mouth, with a rich chocolate flavor, and crunchy walnuts throughout.
What is Fantasy Fudge?
The orginal fantasy fudge recipe was on the label on the back of the Kraft Marshmallow Creme jar. The recipe has since become a tradition in hundreds of homes over the years during the holiday season.
It’s a rich, and creamy chocolate fudge that is loaded with walnuts.
Ingredients needed to make Fantasy Fudge
This is a quick overview of the ingredients you’ll need for this Fantasy Fudge Recipe. Specific measurements and full recipe instructions are in the printable recipe card below.
- granulated sugar
- unsalted butter
- evaporated milk
- chocolate chips – use a high quality chocolate, because this is where the flavor of your fudge will come from
- marshmallow creme
- vanilla extract
- salt – the original recipe didn’t have fudge, but I like a little to balance out the sweet flavor
How to make this Fantasy Fudge Recipe
- Prepare. Line a 9×13 pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging over the edges to remove the fudge easily from the pan. Melt the Ingredients. Add the granulated sugar, unsalted butter, and evaporated milk to a large sauce pan and cook it over medium heat.
- Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil (this means the bubbles are coming up from the middle of the mixture, not just the edges). Once it is boiling, let it boil for 4 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Let the fudge cook until a candy thermometer reaches 234 F. If it hits that temperature early, remove it from the heat.
- Add the chocolate, and marshmallow fluff, and stir it into the mixture until melted completely and combined. Add in the walnuts, vanilla extract, and salt and stir it into the mixture to combine.
- Transfer the fudge to the prepared pan, and spread it evenly into the corners, and smoothing the top. Let the fudge sit at room temperature until set. Then slice it up into small squares and enjoy.
Marshmallow Fudge Recipe Tips and Tricks:
- Use Quality Ingredients: Use high quality chocolate chips, or a chopped chocolate bar for the best flavor. This is the foundation of your fudge, so you don’t want to skimp.
How to store fudge?
Store the fudge in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 or 3 weeks. Let the fudge warm at room temperature for a few minutes before eating, to let it soften a bit before enjoying.
You can also freeze the fudge by cutting it into portions and wrapping them in plastic wrap then in an airtight container or freezer-safe bag. It will stay good in the freezer for about 3 months.
Can I use a different type of chocolate?
Instead of semi-sweet you can use milk chocolate, or white chocolate for a sweeter fudge.
Do I need to use Walnuts?
You do no need to use walnuts in this recipe. You can completely leave the nuts out, or try a different type of nuts that you prefer.
Can I use a different sized pan?
You can use a smaller square pan for the fudge. Use a 9-inch pan instead of the 9×13 pan for a thicker fudge.
Why is my fudge grainy or gritty?
If the fudge is grainy this is because the sugars were not fully dissolved when mixed, or because they crystalized. If the sugar goes onto the sides of the pot it can turn into hard crystalized sugar. To avoid this I recommend melting the butter and sugar slowly, and trying to keep any sugar crystals from getting on the side of the pan.
Why is my fudge crumbly?
When fudge is overcooked it will turn crumbly or hard. This is because too much of the liquid evaporated from cooking it too long. You want to cook it for no longer than 5 minutes, but the best way to check that it doesn’t get overcooked is with a candy thermometer.
How to fix fudge that didn’t set?
If your fudge didn’t set, and is too soft to slice, it likely didn’t cook long enough to reach 234 F. You can add the fudge back into a pot with 2 TBS of evaporated milk and cook it again, making sure it reaches that temperature.
This marshmallow cream fudge is such a classic recipe. It’s a great sweet treat for the Christmas season. It’s one of my favorite things for holiday gifts, a party, or when the craving strikes.
More candy recipes:
- Cinnamon Candied Pecans
- Rolo Pretzel Turtles
- Pretzel Candy
- Crockpot Candy
- Homemade Turtles
- Polar Bear Paws
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Fantasy Fudge Recipe
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 12 oz chocolate chips or chopped chocolate
- 7 oz marshmallow cream (also called marshmallow fluff)
- 1 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp salt (optional)
- Line a 9×13 inch pan with parchment paper.
- Add the sugar, butter, and evaporated milk to a large heavy duty sauce pot over medium heat.
- Stir the mixture occasionally as it comes to boil. Once the mixture is at a full rolling boil, stir it constantly until the fudge reaches 234 F (this will take 4 to 5 minutes)
- Remove the pot from the heat and add in the chocolate and marshmallow cream. Stir the mixture until the chocolate is melted and everything is stirred together.
- Add the walnuts, vanilla extract, and salt and stir it into the mixture until mixed evenly.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread the fudge to the corners, and spread the top evenly. Sprinkle the top with a few additional walnuts, pressing them in slightly.
- Cover the fudge and let it sit until the fudge is set for at least 3 to 4 hours, or place it in the fridge to chill faster.
- Slice it up and serve.