Delicious Fudge – Fanny Farmer’s Fudge Recipe

You can’t really go wrong with chocolate and butter. Fudge is deliciously rich and decadent. The smells always make me drool as I walk past shops in the mall. I come across fudge being sold in flower shops, local diners, and have even seen it at an outdoor sporting goods store.

I can’t bring myself to spend $7.99 for a 1/2 pound when it is so easy and much cheaper to make myself. (Or maybe I’m just a scrooge.)

This is the recipe my mom always used and it’s a winner. (I have to ask who in the world is Fanny Farmer? I might need to go do some research.)

Don’t worry if when you add the butter it looks as though it won’t combine. Just keep on beating – it will come together!


Fanny Farmer's Fudge recipe. Super easy and so rich and decadent.  One of my favorites.

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Delicious Fudge - Fanny Farmer's Fudge
  • 4½ cups sugar
  • 1 (13 ounce) can evaporated milk (or homemade)
  • 18 ounces (3 cups) chocolate chips (I like semisweet)
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup butter
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped nuts, optional
  1. Boil sugar and milk for 6 minutes.
  2. Stir constantly.
  3. Remove from heat.
  4. Add remaining ingredients except nuts.
  5. Beat well until thoroughly combined. This will be easiest with a hand mixer or KitchenAid stand mixer. Around 5 minutes. If you stop too soon the butter might separate.
  6. Fold in nuts.
  7. Spread into a 9x13 pan.
  8. After it's firmed up, cut into squares.


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21 thoughts on “Delicious Fudge – Fanny Farmer’s Fudge Recipe

  1. Chrystal M.

    Fannie Farmer wrote the Boston Cooking School text that became the staple in all culinary fields. 🙂 If you ever find one of these in an antique shop or thrift market – grab it! 🙂

    I live down the road (and thankfully a little tucked away) from a huge German tourist town which makes some of that expensive fudge. It drives me crazy that its so darn expensive!

    This looks yummy. Its been a while since I have made some. After all those cookies, maybe its time for some fudge. That is something I know I won’t mess up!

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      I feel enlightened! Now I want to go and read more. Ooo, thanks for the tip. Love thrifting and old used books – I’m going to keep my eyes opened. I found several recipes online that say Fanny Farmer’s Fudge and I want to find the book to see which one is real. 🙂 I know!!! It’s crazy how expensive it is – chocolate and butter don’t cost that much! Christmas candy is a fun change from cookies!

  2. Jennifer

    Oooh that looks amazing! Incidentally, I just spent the morning making a double batch of “fluffernutter” fudge – our favorite 🙂 It’s mostly going to work with my husband tomorrow for all the employees busting their bums on Saturday and the kids have been begging me to keep it so I told them I would make more…but I’m thinking maybe chocolate instead…

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Oooo, flutternutter fudge sounds fabulous. I love all things peanut butter! How sweet of you to make it for the employees – I’m sure they’ll love it! I have a hard time not sneaking a piece though. 🙂 Enjoy more baking today!

  3. Lisha

    Pinning this! I grew up on Flutternutter ‘no-fail’ fudge (and it is fantastic!), but this looks equally delicious. Thanks for sharing!

    I’m visiting from the Proverbs 31 Wife link-up 🙂

  4. Janet

    Hubs LOVES fudge. I never learned to make anything candy; it’s always been scary with thermometers, etc.. Maybe I’ll surprise him with this made by ME. Lost his mom last month and she was a fudge maker. Don’t expect to catch hers, but old school try?

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      I love some Christmas candies. I enjoy eating toffee, but am a little scared of making it. 🙂 This recipe is easy and doesn’t require a thermometer. – how can you go wrong with chocolate and butter! 🙂

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  7. Dorothea A Torstenson

    Fanny Farmer was very instrumental in the fight for ‘truth in labeling’ and setting up the FDA. You can read more about her in the book, The Poison Squad – by Debra Blum. She has a very interesting history as an activist in educating women about food and nutrition.

    I have been making her fudge recipe for 50 ears.


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