Mom’s Easy Fudge Recipe

squares of mom's fudge on a knife

Mom’s easy fudge is a simple old fashioned recipe for chocolate fudge that’s made in a saucepan without corn syrup, marshmallows, or sweetened condensed milk. This homemade candy takes just minutes to make.

Mom's easy fudge, stacked

mom’s fudge recipe is easy and foolproof

You don’t need to mess with thermometers, corn syrup, marshmallow goop, or canned milk to make fabulous fudge!

This is the fudge I grew up eating every holiday, straight from my mom’s recipe box. it makes the rounds every season in my family. It’s a nice beginner recipe if you’ve never tackled fudge before, because it all comes together in one pan. Just heat and stir until completely incorporated, that’s it! For such a simple fudge this one has a wonderfully chocolatey payoff. The firm texture is perfect ~ it melts in your mouth without feeling greasy or unctuous. That’s because it doesn’t contain any of the offending ingredients mentioned above 😉

stack of fudge squares

most ‘easy’ fudge recipes are not easy at all!

But this one is the real deal. You whip it up with a spoon and a saucepan in minutes. In fact, it’s done in the time it takes the chocolate to melt. Now that’s fast!

Do you love mega squares of fudge, or respectably thin, bite sized pieces? You can customize this fudge to your dessert style just by changing out the pan. For thin slices I use a 9×9 baking pan, but for large chunky cuts, use a loaf pan.

squares of mom's fudge on a knife

what you’ll need

This is a simple list of pantry friendly ingredients, which I appreciate.

  • unsweetened cocoa powder, I used Ghirardelli.
  • powdered sugar
  • butter
  • half and half or milk
  • vanilla extract
  • salt
squares of Mom's fudge

how to make easy fudge

It all comes together with a silicone spatula and a saucepan. I like to use a heavy bottomed pan to prevent any scorching.

  1. Put the butter and half and half in a saucepan and heat on medium until the butter has melted.
  2. Add in the sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla extract.
  3. Stir with a silicon spoon or spatula to combine and continue cooking over medium heat for just a minute or two, until everything is smooth and silky.
  4. Turn the fudge into a plastic lined pan (either an 8 or 9 inch square, or a 9×5 loaf pan, or equivalent) The wider the pan the thinner your pieces of fudge will be. Load it into a smaller pan for big fat squares 🙂
  5. Let set up before removing from the pan and slicing into small squares. You can put the pan in the refrigerator to speed up the process.
sliced fudge, with knife

best way to store homemade fudge

You can actually store this fudge on the counter, or in the refrigerator, depending on how you like it, either is fine. There’s definitely something to be said for chilled fudge hitting your warm tongue…just saying.

Yes, you can freeze fudge, I like to double wrap it, first in Saran wrap, then in foil, and then put it in a heavy duty zip lock bag.

This particular fudge has a dry surface, not sticky at all, so it can be easily packed for gifting.

a piece of homemade fudge

why this fudge recipe works







a tumble of homemade fudge squares

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squares of mom's fudge on a knife
4.84 from 12 votes

Mom’s Easy Fudge Recipe

Mom's easy fudge is a simple old fashioned recipe for chocolate fudge that's made in a saucepan without corn syrup, marshmallows, or sweetened condensed milk. This homemade candy takes just minutes to make.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 36 servings
Calories 71kcal
Author Sue Moran


  • an 8×8 square, 9×5 loaf, or equivilant pan
  • plastic wrap or foil


  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 4 Tbsp milk or half and half
  • 1 lb confectioner's sugar. This is about 4 cups.
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder Note: use any cocoa powder you like, as long as it is unsweetened.
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract


  • Line with plastic wrap or foil. This will make it easier to remove the fudge for slicing later.
  • Melt the butter and milk or half and half in a heavy bottomed saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and vanilla and stir constantly until everything is incorporated. Continue stirring and cooking over medium heat for just a minute or so more to ensure that the fudge is smooth and silky. Note: Don't over cook this fudge. Once it's smooth, it's done. If your fudge is not coming together, add a splash more milk.
  • Transfer to your prepared pan and smooth out evenly with an offset spatula. Do this quickly as the fudge will start to set up almost immediately. Note: at this point you may or may not want to sneak a taste from the pan, but be careful, it's hot!
  • Let the fudge fully set up before removing from the pan and slicing into squares. You can pop it into the fridge to speed up the process.


Calories: 71kcal | Carbohydrates: 13g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 34mg | Potassium: 22mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 61IU | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.
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  • Reply
    January 23, 2022 at 9:50 am

    5 stars
    My grandmother would always receive a box of Sees’s fudge from my mother each Christmas. A few years ago, I, a non-chocoholic, decided I wanted to learn to make it from scratch, because it’s darned expensive. I’ve tried several recipes, and she liked them all (lol, she *claimed* to). This, however, is the easiest, tastiest, and most successful—made it for the first time this, Grandma’s last, Christmas (she died two nights ago, three days after turning 90). Thank you for sharing your mother’s recipe with us. It is a keeper.

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      January 23, 2022 at 11:31 am

      Thanks for sharing this Kari, and so sorry about your grandma. I’m glad my fudge could give her pleasure on her last Christmas.

  • Reply
    Patrick McCurry
    January 10, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Okay. This may be great for most, but it did not work with my artificial sweetener (maltodextrin + aspartame). It came out weirdly “gummy”.

  • Reply
    Terry van der Peet
    December 29, 2021 at 11:42 am

    3 stars
    What did I do wrong ?? The mixture was so stiff that it was difficult to stir. I stirred for about 12 mins and the mixture then started to get hard in the pot. It was almost impossible to spread it in the fish.
    Please help
    Terry van der Peet

    • Reply
      Sue Moran
      December 29, 2021 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Terry ~ it’s hard to know what went wrong for you, but if the fudge does not come together, you can always add a bit more milk.

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