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.
  1. Melt butter in a medium sized sauce pan over medium flame.
  2. Once melted, add can of evaporated milk and slowly pour in sugar, cup by cup. Stir to combine.
  3. Continue stirring over medium flame, being careful to scrape the bottom, so the mixture doesn’t scorch.
  4. Stir until the mixture starts to boil, then turn heat to low and set timer for 12 minutes.
  5. Stir non-stop until 12 minutes is up, be sure to constantly scrape the bottom of pot to prevent scorching.
  6. When time is up, remove from heat and add in vanilla. Be careful, vanilla will cause the mixture to bubble and pop.
  7. Continue stirring and add in chocolate or peanut butter chips.
  8. 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.
  9. Once fully cool, slice and enjoy!


  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! 🙂

  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… :)))

  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!

  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?

  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!

  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!

  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!!

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