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Making Fudge

Kids can practically make this fudge recipe by themselves. Just don't let them eat it alone. The steps move along quickly, so read the recipe carefully before starting and have all the tools and ingredients ready.

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  • Yield: Makes about 24 one-inch-square pieces of fudge
Making Fudge

Source: Martha Stewart Kids, Holiday


For the Fudge

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 3/4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the Mix-Ins (Optional)

  • 3/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup crushed peppermints


  1. Line 9-by-5-inch loaf pan with strips of waxed or parchment paper; coat evenly with cooking spray. Set aside.

  2. Combine sugar, salt, butter, cream, and marshmallows in a heavy-bottomed medium saucepan. Set over medium heat; cook, stirring, until butter and marshmallows are almost melted, 5 to 6 minutes.

  3. Bring mixture to a boil; cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes. An adult should remove the pan from the heat.

  4. Add chocolate chips and vanilla to saucepan. Stir until chips are melted and combined. If you like, mix in 1/2 cup peppermints or nuts.

  5. An adult should pour hot fudge into the loaf pan. Top with remaining mints or nuts.

  6. Cool fudge in the pan, at room temperature, 3 hours. Grip paper, lift out fudge, and place on cutting board. Discard paper. An adult should cut fudge into squares. Pack in a box lined with waxed paper to avoid sticking.


You can use cookie cutters to delight your loved ones with fudge shaped as snowflake or bite-size "drops." For the snowflakes, dust the fudge with confectioners' sugar.

Cook's Note

Instead of using a loaf pan, pour a double batch of fudge into a lined and greased 9-by-13-inch pan; let cool, remove from pan, then cut with cookie cutters.

Reviews (3)

  • MrsNealon 15 Sep, 2014

    This was the easiest fudge that I have made. Very easy, quick and easy to mix up the flavors. First time I made this I made just as the reciepe said and the next batch changed it up a bit with Mint Chocolate chips. It was great, some fudge reciepes are gritty and just not smooth, this was very smooth and rich. Worth the 10 minutes it takes to make, waiting for it to set up.....not easy. Very Good!

  • brabsus 15 Dec, 2009

    My fudge keeps turning out oily, what am I doing wrong?

  • jeanob14 4 Jan, 2009

    This fudge is absolutely delicious and super easy!

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