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Fantasy Fudge

Posted by Denise on December 20, 2011

fantasy fudge final 1 

Silky and full of chocolate chunks, Fantasy Fudge is hard to resist!


This Fantasy Fudge recipe makes a creamy, rich fudge that is very easy and quick to do. This is our go-to recipe for fudge. Most years we make Fantasy Fudge in multiple batches and give some to the neighbors and other friends. Although they always profess to enjoy it, we didn’t know how much they like the fudge until a couple of years ago when I had surgery right before Christmas and didn’t get a chance to make any. The day after Christmas when I was outside to get some fresh air after being laid up for a couple of weeks, one of our neighbors came over to talk. After chatting a while, he asked if we were making any of our great fudge. He looked so hopeful as he explained how much they look forward to it every year, that about a week later I made a big batch and took it over to them, as well as the rest of the neighbors. Each of the families were so happy to get the fudge that we are determined to always make it to give out.

We’ve used this recipe for many years with really good results every time. We got the original recipe off of a jar of Jet Puffed Marshmallow Crème and have tweaked it a little over the years to suit us.

Most of the time we prefer our fudge without nuts. In order to get a little texture in each bite  without using nuts, I add more chocolate chips to the fudge when it is just warm enough to still be pliable. I carefully stir them in right before pouring the fudge into the foil-lined pan, then leave the fudge alone until it has set up so the chocolate chips stay in chunks. They will melt some, but if you don’t overwork the fudge after putting the chocolate chips in, they will stay in chunks, giving a nice chocolatey crunch when you bite into a piece. I also add some chocolate chips on top of the fudge, gently pressing them into the surface.

We made a double batch of fudge, shown in the photos below, so we had to use a cake pan. Use the size shown in the recipe below if you are making a normal single batch of fudge.

Fantasy Fudge is easy and quick enough that it is a great last-minute candy. It only takes about 30 minutes to make. If you are in a hurry to plate it up, you can throw the pan in the freezer for an hour or so. Once out of the freezer, carefully lift the foil with the fudge out of the pan and cut it into squares. It is much easier to cut and move when it is cold.





Fantasy Fudge

Makes 16 to 25 peices 



fantasy fudge ingredients 

These are the ingredients for Fantasy Fudge.






5 oz. can of evaporated milk


cups sugar


cup (1 ½ sticks) butter or margarine (we prefer butter)


12 oz. packages chocolate chips, semi sweet or milk chocolate (we prefer semi sweet)


7 oz. jar of marshmallow cream


cup chopped walnuts (optional)


teaspoon vanilla extract




1. Line a 8”x 8” or 9”x 9” pan with a layer of aluminum foil.

line pan with aluminum foil


2. Place sugar, butter, and evaporated milk in a high sided pan (the mixture will boil up, so the sides need to be tall enough to contain the liquid). Bring to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly. Boil for 4 minutes or until the mixture reaches 234° F on a candy thermometer, still stirring constantly. Remove from the heat.

adding sugar to pot for fantasy fudge ingredients in pan for fantasy fudge

adding milk to fantasy fudge

fantasy fudge rolling boil


3. Add one bag of chocolate chips and the marshmallow cream to the mixture in the pot. Mix everything together thoroughly until melted and the fudge is all one color of brown.

mixing choc chips into fantasy fudge fantasy fudge mixed together


4. Stir in the vanilla extract and nuts, if using. Let the fudge cool in the pan for a few minutes, until cool without being crumbly. Add ½ of the second bag of chocolate chips to the pan and gently but quickly stir them in. Pour into the prepared foil-lined pan.

5. Sprinkle remaining chocolate chips over the top of the fudge and gently press into the surface of the fudge. Allow to cool completely. Refrigerate prior to cutting to make it easier to move the pieces. Store covered in refrigerator. Can be frozen for up to 3 months if well covered.

adding choc chips to top of fantasy fudge 

 fantasy fudge on blue plate


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