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Simple Chocolate Fudge


This easy recipe results in rich, creamy fudge with a minimum of fuss.

  • Yield: Makes 36 squares

Source: Everyday Food, July/August 2008


  • 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 bag (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped


  1. Butter an 8-inch square baking pan; line with 2 crisscrossed pieces of parchment paper, leaving an overhang. Butter paper.

  2. In a large saucepan, combine butter, marshmallows, sugar, cream, and salt; cook over medium, stirring occasionally, until marshmallows are melted, 8 to 10 minutes. Off heat, stir in vanilla, chocolate chips, and 1/2 cup walnuts until chocolate is melted.

  3. Pour fudge into prepared pan, and smooth top; sprinkle with remaining walnuts. Let cool 30 minutes. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.

  4. Using overhang, lift fudge onto a cutting board; cut into squares (6 rows by 6 rows).

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  • laurahjbltdco
    27 MAR, 2016
    I just made this. it turned out great. i only used 1/2 cup of sugar instead of full cup. perfect! Make sure the sugar is disolved well with the butter and microwave the cream for 20 secs. this should prevent a grainy texture. I did this and it was creamy and smooth!
  • Julie Hillestad
    19 DEC, 2012
    This is the best fudge ever. It is simple, foolproof and stays fresh in the fridge for months. My grandson LOVES this, and I make it for him a few times a year. I love walnuts, but he doesn't - it's just as good plain.
  • Tania67
    24 FEB, 2011
    can you use large regular size marshmallows rather than mini marshmallows I find minis tasteless.
  • tuppa
    15 DEC, 2010
    Read the bottom helpful hints " to store, refrigerate in an airtight container, up to 5 days".
  • kgalford
    14 DEC, 2010
    How long does this fudge stay good for after its made? I am wanting to give some as gifts but not sure how far in advance I can make it?
  • stephmonster87
    14 DEC, 2010
    This looks incredible! I can't wait to try it. Perfect with this homemade eggnog recipe
  • skippersmom
    14 DEC, 2010
    I made this wonderful, simple, fudge. It came out perfectly! Thank you Martha!
  • FrancescaW
    6 DEC, 2009
    Easy and Wonderful fudge. Seems best to let set in refrigerator overnight. I use powdered sugar lightly dusted on top when not using walnuts... makes it pretty. Love this recipe.
  • kea9797
    9 JUN, 2009
    Could I use 1/2 and 1/2 in place of the heavy cream.
  • julaphina
    8 JUN, 2009
    I followed this recipe exactly. It is so simple and fool-proof. I bring it to work. My grandson loves it. Perfect