Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe

filed under: Candy · Dessert on December 6, 2019

Original Fantasy Fudge doesn’t have to be just a fantasy! It’s a no-fail fudge that is loaded with chocolate chips and walnuts for a perfectly sweet treat. If you love fudge, try my Butter Pecan Fudge or Mint Chocolate Oreo Fudge!


Original Fantasy Fudge

Fudge has been around for over 100 years, and it’s believed that it was an accident. Someone had ‘fudged’ a bunch of caramels, which could be how we got the term fudge. It doesn’t matter how we got the name, but rather that fudge is around and there are so many fun recipes for it. If you have never made fudge before, this is a great recipe to start with. I can almost guarantee that you won’t fudge up this Original Fantasy Fudge recipe!

The Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe, pieces stacked on plate

Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe

I have been making this recipe forever, and I am telling the truth about it being a no-fail fudge recipe! Original Fantasy Fudge has been passed down from generation to generation, and I am lucky that I was in line to get it! I’ve come to find out it comes from a Kraft recipe. It has definitely stood the test of time!

Pieces of Fantasy Fudge Cut

How to Make Original Fantasy Fudge

It’s really easy to make Original Fantasy Fudge, and fudge is always nice to have around for a treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. Plus, it’s a great holiday gift to share! One thing that is important is a candy thermometer.

Ingredients for Fantasy Fudge

What is a Candy Thermometer?

A candy thermometer, also known as a deep-fry thermometer or sugar thermometer, is used to measure the temperature of a sugar solution. It is definitely an important tool to have when making candy. Just like using a meat thermometer is important for the perfectly cooked meat and measuring cups and spoons are important for measuring ingredients, a candy thermometer has its place in the baking world, for sure! You can find them in most grocery stores and houseware stores. When you use it, just make sure you don’t immerse the thermometer directly into boiling water or let the bulb hit the bottom of the pan. It really is a game-changer, or should I say candy-changer, for your future sugary recipes.

Stacked Chocolate Fantasy Fudge

How do you harden Fudge?

Allowing fudge to come to room temperature will solidify it and make it easy to handle. You can also pop it into the refrigerator for a couple of hours or even the freezer for about 30 minutes. Fudge is best consumed at room temperature though, so be sure to take it out a few minutes before you want to eat it.

How do you store Fudge?

If you are planning on eating it within 2 weeks, you can store the fudge in an airtight container. I like to separate the layers with parchment or wax paper. You can also store fudge in the refrigerator for a few weeks. Again, an airtight container with separated layers is best. If you need longer storage, like months, the freezer is the best option. I like to tightly wrap the fudge with plastic wrap and then place it in an airtight container or freezer-safe plastic bag. Be sure to write the date on it!


Piece of Bit Chocolate Fantasy Fudge

Looking for More Fudge Recipes?

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Maple Walnut Fudge

Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

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Brown Butter Fudge

Snickerdoodle Fudge

5 from 11 votes
Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe
Prep Time
10 mins
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 10 mins

This Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe is a no-fail fudge that is loaded with chocolate chips and walnuts for a perfectly sweet treat.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Original Fantasy Fudge
Servings: 32
Calories: 218 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke-iambaker.net
  • 3 cups (600g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cups (170g) butter
  • 2/3 cups (168g) evaporated milk
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 bag (10 ounces) mini-marshmallows (could use 7-ounce jar of marshmallow fluff instead)
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Line a 9x13-inch pan* with parchment paper.

  2. In a large saucepan, over medium heat, mix sugar, butter, and evaporated milk.

  3. Bring mixture to a boil, leave on heat until the mixture registers 234°F on a candy thermometer (about 5 minutes), stirring constantly.

  4. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted and thoroughly combined.

  5. Beat in mini-marshmallows, walnuts, and vanilla extract.

  6. Transfer fudge to the prepared pan and let it cool about 2 hours before cutting.

Recipe Notes

*For thicker fudge, pour the mixture into an 8x8-inch or 9x9-inch parchment paper-lined pan.

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  • Francine Salter says:

    How can I add peanut butter to this recipe???

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Working on it! Recipe coming soon!

  • Debbiedo says:

    Similar to my own and it is very easy to make and very tasty I don’t have a candy thermometer all I did was time it once it started to boil and it was just fine,ty so much

  • Helen Wardell says:

    I am going to make this I love recipes.Thank you ❤

  • Cheryl Pierce says:

    I have not regretted following your site on any level yet!! Love the up beat posts and the yummy recipes, always a diverse posting !!! Thanks!!

  • Luzmaria Rasmussen says:

    Love your help Amanda some of us Poor People, Do not get the chance for fudge with Walnuts, I love fudge, thank can we do Whit fudge the same,

  • Iris says:

    When making Fantasy Fudge, can I substitute peanut butter morsels, or even white chocolate morsels, for the semi-sweet ones?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Yes. 🙂

  • Karen says:

    Any way to cut the sugar a little?

  • Emily says:

    i rely love baking and mostly making sweet 👌😊❤💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💕💖💖💖💖things i have tried it out and was amazing thank u for the recipe.

  • Rhona says:

    I love fudge. Started making homemade. Fudge age 9 to share with brothers and friends! It was fun most of time. We all remember those days in late 50’s and early 60’s! My kids loved it too growing up…..

  • Bonnie Oleszkowicz says:

    I love this old recipe. I make 35 to 40 lbs of this for the holidays for family and friends!!

  • Kathy says:

    This is the gold standard for fudge in my family. My Mom brought the recipe into her marriage. They used Marshmallow cream instead of the Minis though.

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      Love that it is a tradition for you! <3

  • Lucinda D Steelman says:

    i HAVE MAKE FUDGE…lOST MY recipie
    It is off the hook

  • Margaret says:

    I would like to make this recipe with regular size marshmallows. I have no idea how many to use. Can you help?

  • Brenda says:

    Excellent easy fudge recipe. I made two pans in one day. Everyone loved it. Made the choc, marshmallow & walnut fudge. Thank you so much for the headstart on my Christmas gift giving.

  • Geaj says:

    My Gram made this. She added 1 c peanut butter. It reminds me of Christmas!

  • Shirley says:

    Yes, it can be frozen, in fact, I have a container of it in my freezer now that was made at Christmas. I have made this fudge for probably 50 years. Now my daughter, granddaughters and great grands make it. It freezes beautifully. One granddaughter doesn’t like nuts so she eliminates them.
    For gift giving I buy pretty little containers, line them with plastic wrap and pour the candy directly into the containers instead of cutting it first. I use the plastic wrap to cover the candy before putting the lid on.
    Also good topped with a bit of broken up peppermint candies.

  • Rosie says:

    I would love to make this recipes for my grandkids.

  • Roz says:

    Don’t have evaporated milk, but have sweetened condensed milk.can I use it and cut down on sugar?

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Roz! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tried using condensed milk in this recipe, so I can’t say how it would affect the recipe. Have a great day!

  • Sharon Carl says:

    I make this fudge every year. I started making it when I was about to say in the 70s I give it away at Christmas

  • Wanda Tanner says:

    I rate the fudge a 5. Easy and delicious. Have made many times.

  • Carol Lynn Sauve says:

    This is my favorite fudge recipe. I love the maple fudge, do you have a recipe for that one please❤️

  • Carol Ford says:

    Thank you for these great recipe

  • Jean says:

    Do you have a Fudge recipe that is cooked to the soft ball stage. That is our favorite.

  • Rhonda says:

    Hello, I thought that the original fantasy fudge was made with Kraft marshmallow creme. Does the texture differ if one uses marshmallows?

    We have made a peanut butter version, too, for over 50 years. It comes out perfectly if you put one (1) cup of good quality (NOT natural) peanut butter in with the marshmallow creme. Very smooth and creamy results.

  • DeeAnn Trisler says:

    Hello, wonderful recipes. Thank you for sharing.