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Chocolate Fudge

Little pieces of satin ribbon transform these squares of fudge into the tiniest of gifts.

  • Yield: Makes 32
Chocolate Fudge

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December/January 1998/1999


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus more for pan
  • 3 tablespoons best-quality cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 ounces best-quality semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 1 cup walnut halves, cut into large pieces


  1. Butter an 8-by-8-by-2-inch pan. Sift cocoa powder and sugar into a medium bowl.

  2. Prepare an ice bath. In a small saucepan, combine milk and cocoa-powder mixture with a wooden spoon until a sandy, pastelike texture forms. Add chocolate, butter, and corn syrup. Cook on low heat, stirring constantly, until sugar has completely dissolved, 7 to 10 minutes.

  3. Using a pastry brush, wash down sides of pan with cold water. Increase heat to medium. When a candy thermometer registers 236 degrees remove the pan from heat, and place in ice bath for 5 seconds. Transfer pan to a heat-proof surface, and let sit until thermometer registers 121 degrees, about 45 minutes.

  4. Using a wooden spoon, stir fudge briskly until it begins to lose its sheen, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in walnuts. Spread fudge into prepared pan with wooden spoon. Using your fingers, smooth fudge. Cover with plastic; chill 30 minutes. Cut into 1-inch squares.

Reviews (21)

  • LaurenKayVee 22 Dec, 2010

    This recipe is pretty complicated, judging from the other comments. I think I might have added my butter, chocolate and corn syrup too late, because I ended up with something closer to taffy than fudge. It still tastes good, but I don't want to give this as a gift.

  • phyllycheese 7 Feb, 2010

    The recipe tasted good, but came out grainy - any ideas. i have made a recipe with powdered sugar and evaporated milk that seemed to be better.phyllycheese

  • jlf34 3 Nov, 2009

    Can you make this recipe ahead and freeze?

  • tehachap 22 Dec, 2008

    If you don't have a candy thermometer, use the cold water ball test. Put 1/2 cup cold tap water into a cup. Fudge will appear thick

  • tehachap 22 Dec, 2008

    If you don't have a candy thermometer, use the cold water ball test. Put 1/2 cup cold tap water into a cup. Fudge will appear thick

  • tehachap 22 Dec, 2008

    A cold water bath can be set up in a pot larger than the pot in which the fudge is being cooked in. Place ice cubes and water into the larger pan and set the pot of fudge into the ice water, taking care to keep the water out of the fudge. What this does is to bring the temperature of the fudge down quickly. As the fudge cools, it begins to thicken. You'll want to watch the sheen of the fudge. When it begins to diminish, it's time to pour it out, else it will set up in your pot!

  • kktandan 14 Dec, 2008

    (contd) And in step 4, heat the walnuts a bit in the microwave and stir them in about 90sec after you start "briskly stirring" the fudge. As soon as it begins to lose it's sheen, transfer into the pan, otherwise it will solidfy and crumble.

    Took me 2 attempts to get this right!

    It does taste delicious, though!

  • kktandan 14 Dec, 2008

    Hi. For first time fudge makers please take a look at this link:
    It explains the whys and how's of making fudge...which Martha's recipe doesn't. I followed Martha's recipe but also kept in mind what the link said. So far, it tastes delicious!

    Also in stp 3 of Martha's recipe the mixture will begin to boil until it eventually hits 236 degrees. This can take a while!

  • supermom78 14 Dec, 2008

    what does ice bath means ? what is it this cooking term for diong this recipe?
    it's my first time doing fudge help please
    thank you

  • kktandan 14 Dec, 2008

    Please help. I'm making fudge for the first time. The temperatures here are in celcius or farenheit?

  • staciek 9 Dec, 2008

    So, you omit the first part of step 4? You don't stir it at all after washing down the pan? You just spread it into the pan?

  • golden_syrup 24 Nov, 2008

    londonsarah - you can use golden syrup instead of corn syrup. Golden syrup tastes yummy too.

  • unitygal 22 Nov, 2008

    Candy making is not for the faint of heart! My thermometer broke while using it and I had to figure soft ball the old fashioned way, my fudge did not set properly, ugh! Bonnoslobbo,, thanks for the reminder, I had forgot about not stirring. Londonsarah, the Selfridges food hall has a good American section. Harrods, too.

  • calpolygirl 21 Nov, 2008

    I made this recipe and followed the directions exactly. When I went to stir it briskly after it cooled, it was very hard to stir. I was lucky to be able to stir it at all, forget briskly. Then when I poured it into the pan, it solidified almost instantly. So I ended up with a clump of fudge instead of a pan full. Any advice????

  • calpolygirl 21 Nov, 2008

    I just made this recipe last night, I followed all the directions exactly, but when I poured the cooled batter into my square pan, it solidified instantly. I ended up with a clump of fudge instead of a pan full. Also, when I tried to stir it "briskly" after it cooled, it was very hard to stir. The batter was stiff. Help!!!

  • bonnoslobbo 19 Nov, 2008

    Mariacsaenz, be sure that you DO NOT STIR the fudge after washing down sides of pan and while waiting for thermometer to register 236 degrees. If you stir it at this point, you will have crystallization. I don' t know why the recipe doesn't mention this crucial fact! My daughter just used this recipe and it turned out perfectly.

    Londonsarah, try just using a lightly flavored pancake syrup. Since only 2 tbsp. is required, maybe it will work! Good luck!

  • londonsarah 18 Nov, 2008

    Can anyone suggest a substitute for corn syrup please? I would like to make this or the vanilla fudge but both use the corn syrup and we don't seem to have that in London. Thank you!

  • mariacsaenz 16 Nov, 2008

    this recipe diddn`t work for me again, I had the same problem with the crystalisation of the sugar

  • dogsrcool 1 Sep, 2008

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