This maple walnut fudge is a rich and creamy maple flavored fudge that is loaded with crunchy walnuts and is a perfect homemade candy for the holidays.
This smooth and creamy white chocolate based fudge has the perfect maple flavor in every bite. It’s full of crunchy walnuts and has the best texture and flavor for pure maple syrup lovers. If you love walnuts, you’ll love these Walnut Cookies too.
I love making homemade candies for the holiday season, and a batch of fudge, or two is perfect for the holidays. Have you tried our microwave peanut brittle, homemade polar bear paws, crockpot candy, or chocolate turtles?
I knew we needed a few more homemade fudge flavors to share with you guys – and after I made our maple pecan cookies, I just knew a maple fudge flavor would be delicious. This fudge turned out even better than I thought it might, and I just know you’ll love this fudge oo.
This easy maple fudge recipe is a stove top, cooked fudge. That means, I do recommend a candy thermometer for it, but please don’t be intimidated. It only needs minimal ingredients, and it’s all made in less than 20 minutes of time.
This is a quick overview of the ingredients you’ll need for this Maple Walnut Recipe. Specific measurements and full recipe instructions are in the printable recipe card below.
- white chocolate chips – you can chop up a white chocolate bar, or use white chocolate chips. I like Ghiradelli Classic White Chips.
- granulated sugar
- evaporated milk – this is a milk that has been cooked to remove some of the water, it is not the same as sweetened condensed milk, which has sugar in it. Do not substitute sweetened condensed milk
- butter – I use unsalted butter for everything, personally
- marshmallow creme – this is also sometimes called marshmallow fluff
- maple extract – I like McCormick maple extract which contains real maple and has a great flavor
- salt – leave this out if you use salted butter
- chopped walnuts
How to make Maple Walnut Fudge?
- Add the evaporated milk, butter, and sugar to a large heavy duty sauce pan and heat it over medium heat. Stir the mixture occasionally until it comes to a boil.
- Once it is boiling you want to stir it almost constantly to make sure the bottom of the candy doesn’t burn and add a candy thermometer to your pot. Heat it until the candy teaches a temperature of 234 F (but adjust this for altitude) and a soft-ball stage, it should take about 4 to 5 minutes to reach the temperature.
- Remove the pot and the mixture from the heat, and add in the white chocolate chips and marshmallow creme and stir until the chocolate chips are fully melted and everything is mixed well.
- Then stir in the maple extract, salt, and chopped walnuts until it’s all mixed in evenly.
- Pour the mixture into a lined 9×13 pan and spread it evenly over the top. Sprinkle the top with additional chopped walnuts if desired for presentation, pressing them in slightly. And sprinkle it with coarse sea salt if desired.
- Cover the pan and place it in the fridge, or set it aside to chill until it is set. It will take about 2 hours in the fridge. Then slice it up and enjoy.
Tips and Tricks:
- Using a candy thermometer is the best way to tell that your fudge mixture has been cooked to the right point to make sure it will be creamy and smooth, and will be solid enough to set. You can also test by dropping a spoonful of the mixture into a glass of cold water. You will want the mixture to form a soft ball that can easily be removed from the water. But the thermometer is a safer way to make sure.
- Try substituting brown sugar for the granulated sugar for a darker color and stronger caramel flavor.
- Try chopped pecans, or other nuts instead of walnuts, or leave the nuts out if desired.
- This maple fudge is rich, so cut the pieces small (honestly smaller than photographed ;))
How to store maple fudge?
This delicious fudge can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature or in the fridge. It will stay good at room temperature for about 1 to 2 weeks, or in the fridge for up to 3 weeks.
You can also freeze the fudge by wrapping slabs of it, or individual pieces in plastic wrap, then placing those in freezer bags. The fudge can be frozen for up to 3 months. Just make sure to thaw it in the fridge overnight to soften.
This maple fudge is smooth, creamy and rich. It’s a great holiday treat that every one will love!
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Maple Walnut Fudge
- 2/3 cup evaporated milk
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter
- 3 cups granulated sugar
- 2 cups white chocolate chips
- 7 oz marshmallow creme (also called marshmallow fluff)
- 1 TBS maple extract
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup chopped walnuts (+ a little for topping the fudge if desired)
- flaky sea salt (optional for topping)
- Line a 9x13inch baking pan with parchment paper.
- Add the butter, sugar, and evaporated milk to a large heavy saucepan over medium heat.
- Stir the mixture occasionally as it comes to a boil. Once boiling stir constantly, and then heat until it reaches a temperature of 234 F (this will take about 5 minutes)
- Remove the mixture from the heat, and add in the white chocolate chips and marshmallow creme. Stir the mixture until the chocolate chips are melted and everything is stirred well together.
- Add in the maple extract and salt and stir it into the mixture.
- Fold in the chopped walnuts until they are spread evenly through the mixture.
- Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and spread the top smoothly. Sprinkle it with additional walnuts, and flaky sea salt if desired.
- Cover the fudge and place it in the fridge to chill for at least 2 to 3 hours.
- Slice it up and serve.
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