The BEST Fudge Recipe for Christmas

Mawmaws Christmas Fudge

If you’re looking for the most decadent, most delicious fudge recipe in the world, then look no further. 

My Mawmaw’s fudge is seriously the best.

This recipe for fudge has been in my family (on my mom’s side) for several generations at least. 

It is a Christmastime staple for family gatherings and family friends even request their own tin of fudge to enjoy. 

I’ll have to do some digging to find out where exactly this recipe came from.  I’m not sure if it was my great-grandmother’s or if Mawmaw learned it from a friend.

Once you try this fudge, no other will do.

I won’t touch anything with marshmallow fluff because the consistency is all wrong in my opinion.

If you are looking for an easy fudge recipe, this one is not it.  This candy is time consuming. 

It requires your undivided attention from beginning to end.  Oh, but the outcome?  It’s so very worth it.

The one good thing I can say about this recipe is that there is no thermometer required like so many other candies.  When the sugar is fully melted and no longer granulated, it’s done.

This fudge really does make a great gift for anyone in your life who has a sweet tooth. 

I plan on making several batches this season for friends and family.

You can make this any flavor you want with whichever chips you use: peanut butter, maple, white chocolate, add nuts, etc.

Recipe originally posted on Dec 26, 2015.

Mawmaw's Most Delicious Fudge recipe in the world, trust me. Angela Lanter. Dessert idea. #Dessert #fudge #chocolaterecipes #AngelaLanter

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Mawmaw's Fudge

This recipe can be made to be either chocolate or peanut butter, and both are simply divine.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Deserts
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 6 people



  • Melt butter in a medium sized sauce pan over medium flame.
  • Once melted, add can of evaporated milk and slowly pour in sugar, cup by cup. Stir to combine.
  • Continue stirring over medium flame, being careful to scrape the bottom, so the mixture doesn’t scorch.
  • Stir until the mixture starts to boil, then turn heat to low and set timer for 12 minutes.
  • Stir non-stop until 12 minutes is up, be sure to constantly scrape the bottom of pot to prevent scorching.
  • When time is up, remove from heat and add in vanilla. Be careful, vanilla will cause the mixture to bubble and pop.
  • Continue stirring and add in chocolate or peanut butter chips.
  • Beat mixture by hand until it starts to get tougher to stir, as the candy begins to set up. Once the consistency is right (hard to stir), pour into a greased pan and allow to cool.
  • Once fully cool, slice and enjoy!


    • Melissa Gardner
      December 13, 2021 / 7:13 AM

      How about for diabetic? Do you think I could substitute with sweet low or Splenda. With of course the right amount of ? Splenda = 5 cups sugar. I know it doesn’t sound good. But I have patients that I take care of in there home. They would love regular fudge but it’s just to dangerous for them to have.

      • Beverly Warren
        January 5, 2022 / 2:07 PM

        Splenda is the best diabetic sugar to cook with It is made to cook with where the others aren’t and have that diet after taste Hubby is a diabetic and Splenda is only sugar I cook with fir him Cannot tell it is diabetic sugar at all

  1. Jennifer
    December 30, 2015 / 12:51 AM

    I just tried this recipe and it really is so good. I have never had any luck using candy thermometers and I don’t care for the recipes using marshmallow. This was perfect! I am taking this to share with family (if there is any left!) Thanks so much for posting.

    • January 3, 2016 / 7:42 PM

      Yay!! I'[m so glad you liked it and it turned out well!! 🙂

      • January 3, 2016 / 7:44 PM

        It depends o how thick you like your fudge? I prefer thinner fudge, so I use a 9 x 13 x 2. I hope this helps! 🙂

      • Daryl Byers
        December 14, 2021 / 4:33 PM

        I have a question. Recipe calls for 1 stick and in parenthesis has 12 Tablespoons of butter. One stick of butter is 8 Tablespoons. So is it a stick or stick and a half?
        Daryl Byers

      • Christie
        December 15, 2021 / 7:45 AM

        A stick of butter is often 8 Tbsp. Should this recipe have 8 Tbsp or 12 Tbsp (which is a stick and a half)?

  2. December 30, 2015 / 4:59 PM

    I would like to try this but you don’t say what size pan this recipe is suited for….? What size? Thanks! If you could email me, that’d be awesome, otherwise I’ll try to check back here… :)))

    • Nichole
      December 13, 2021 / 5:09 PM

      She said 9×13

      • Naynay
        December 17, 2021 / 1:36 PM

        Nowhere does it say the pan size. In the comments. Not in the recipe.

        • Angela Lanter
          December 20, 2021 / 12:52 PM

          I use a 9X13.

  3. Bismah
    January 4, 2016 / 4:44 AM

    Mmmmmm I’m getting hungry! Will definitely try it out (the chocoholic in me is very pleased)

  4. Christine
    December 4, 2018 / 3:54 PM

    I’m late to try these, what size bag of chocolate chips? And are they milk chocolate? Only asking because the hyperlink shows an23 oz bag of milk chocolate chips, and the peanut butter hyperlink shows pillows. Lol. I really want to make this for my family. Thanks!

    • December 7, 2018 / 3:37 PM

      Hi Christine! The smaller bag- 12 oz. Yes, I use the milk chocolate chips.
      Sorry about the PB chips link, this is an older post, so who knows what happened with that link lol!

      • Denice Rupp
        December 13, 2021 / 1:34 PM

        Thank you I was just about to ask the same QUESTION. Lol not
        Thank you again.

      • Evenia
        December 14, 2021 / 6:46 PM

        A stick of butter is 8 tbsp, and it says 12. So is it one stick or one and a half? Thank you

        • Angela Lanter
          December 20, 2021 / 12:51 PM

          It’s 8 TBS.

  5. Sharon
    December 14, 2019 / 10:39 AM

    What size can of milk?

  6. Kelly
    December 17, 2019 / 11:58 AM

    So this is definitely evaporated milk, and not sweetened condensed milk? Just clarifying! Thanks!

  7. Karen
    December 27, 2019 / 8:24 AM

    Also need to know what size can of evaporated milk, thanks

  8. Joanie
    December 2, 2020 / 6:51 PM

    What size can of milk?

    • Angela Lanter
      December 3, 2020 / 7:04 AM

      The normal size!

      • Karen
        January 18, 2021 / 8:09 AM

        What’s normal? 5 oz or 12 oz?

        • Angela
          December 14, 2021 / 5:52 PM

          I like a hard firmer(is that a word) fudge that kids crumbles somewhat when you cut it. I’ve never made fudge. Any ideas anyone? I’m going to give this one a try!

  9. Mallary
    December 8, 2020 / 3:58 PM

    Sounds so good! I love fudge!

    • Angela Lanter
      December 9, 2020 / 7:06 AM

      Yep, it’s soooooo good!!

  10. December 8, 2020 / 8:08 PM

    5 cups of sugar?? Sounds like an awful lot of sugar.

    • Angela Lanter
      December 9, 2020 / 7:05 AM

      Yep, it’s a lot!

    • Deanna
      December 25, 2021 / 9:46 AM

      Sweet and Condensed milk or marshmallows, that normally is used to make fudge also has an enormous amount of sugar it’s just in a different form.

  11. Laura Stacy
    December 10, 2020 / 2:07 PM

    Every time I make it I feel Mom looking over my shoulder seeing if it’s ready to add the chips and vanilla. It truly is the best fudge but make sure you time it exactly 12 minutes. I miss her so much, I wish she could of seen this beautiful MacKenlee she would of loved her as much as you.

    • Angela Lanter
      December 14, 2020 / 2:12 PM

      She would have loved her so much!

  12. Erin Core
    December 12, 2020 / 11:26 AM

    Looks so delicious and seems easy to make.

    • Angela Lanter
      December 14, 2020 / 2:09 PM

      It’s the best!

    • Audrey
      December 15, 2021 / 6:32 AM

      12 TBS is one stick of butter to you? The one in America is 8TBS per stick.

      • Angela Lanter
        December 20, 2021 / 12:51 PM

        It’s 8 TBS.

  13. Katie Worsham
    December 21, 2020 / 3:35 PM

    Just made this and I can already tell it will come out perfectly. So happy about it, because I hate using marshmallow fluff for fudge… It feels like cheating, LOL. My right arm is super buff now from all the stirring 😉

    I used Semi-Sweet Chocolate chips since it didn’t specify and from what I tasted off the sides of the pan it tastes great. Was instantly setting up when I poured it out. SUPER EXCITED. Might try a Dark Chocolate and the PB version.

    • Angela Lanter
      December 23, 2020 / 5:51 AM

      That’s amazing! I’m so glad you liked it!!

  14. Jane Walkinshaw
    November 7, 2021 / 1:09 PM

    Can’t wait to try this recipe, just a question the 5 cups of sugar seem so much. My recipe from my mother has only 2 cups but I guess it might not make as much do you think,? I feel a sugar overload coming on just thinking about it. However I will certainly try it, despite my reservations re the sugar. Will let you know how I get on. Many thanks for posting.

    • Angela Lanter
      November 9, 2021 / 12:21 PM

      Hi Jane! It’s 5 cups and very sugary. It does make quite a bit though!

  15. Dana
    December 14, 2021 / 8:31 AM

    12 min? Just wanting to clarify. When I make the other kind I only hard boil for 4 min. Anything longer the sugar recrystallizes and it’s gritty.

    • Marge
      December 14, 2021 / 4:59 PM

      You say 1 stick of butter and you put 12 tablespoons in parentheses. One stick of butter is 8 tablespoons. I’m confused

      • Linda killingsworth
        December 16, 2021 / 6:55 AM

        So it’s 1@a half sticks bitter Right??gonna make can’t wait to taste thank you hun

    • Audrey
      December 15, 2021 / 6:34 AM

      I noticed that too. It does look to be a bit extreme.

  16. December 16, 2021 / 6:55 AM

    So it’s 1@a half sticks bitter Right??gonna make can’t wait to taste thank you hun

    • Angela Lanter
      December 20, 2021 / 1:03 PM

      I use 8 TBS of butter.

  17. Karrie
    December 19, 2021 / 1:16 PM

    After I added the chocolate chips, they wouldn’t fully melt and it never started to get hard. I put it back on the heat until the chips fully melted. Took it back off and now we are stirring it off the heat and it’s starting to harden. For next time, should the liquid be doing any bubbling while you do the 12 mins on low? Mine was boiling on medium for a sec and then I switched to low for the 12. I’m just not sure what I did wrong.

  18. Doris Perry
    December 24, 2021 / 8:10 PM

    I’m following your recipe to the letter as I type…all ingredients are in… but still stirring off the heat for 25 min now n it’s still easy to stir…. Does the fact I olive at 7200 ft above sea level have anything to do with this longer timing??

    • Angela Lanter
      December 27, 2021 / 9:36 AM

      I think it could have something to do with it! Did it end up turning out ok?

  19. William
    December 31, 2021 / 11:15 PM

    I’m sorry to ask but I’m not sure. To make peanut butter fudge do you use the same recipe just use peanut butter chips instead of chocolate. Thanks so much.

  20. Margie
    January 2, 2022 / 7:42 PM

    How do you give this fudge the maple flavor. I have a friend who loves maple and thought he would really enjoy it.

    • Angela Lanter
      January 5, 2022 / 4:34 AM

      I’m not sure but I’m sure you could find info on Pinterest!

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