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Old fashioned fudge with walnuts on a glass plate

Old Fashioned Fudge

Old fashioned fudge recipe made with fresh milk and no shortcuts!  This is the classic chocolate fudge of your dreams.

Course Candy
Cuisine American, American Southern
Keyword candy, chocolate, nuts, walnuts
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings 14
Calories 269 kcal
Author Katie Moseman


  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup sifted unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons light corn syrup
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts or pecans


  1. Lightly butter an 8 by 8 or 9 by 9 inch pan.

  2. In a heavy 3-quart saucepan, combine sugar, salt, cocoa, milk, and corn syrup. Cook, stirring, over medium heat, until sugar dissolves.

  3. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, to 234°F on a candy thermometer, or until a little in cold water forms a soft ball.

  4. Remove from heat. Add butter, but do not stir. Let cool to 110°F on a candy thermometer, or until outside of pan feels lukewarm.

  5. Add vanilla. With a wooden spoon, beat fudge until it becomes creamy and is no longer glossy. Quickly stir in nuts.

  6. Turn evenly into prepared pan. Refrigerate, covered, until firm (about 2 hours). With a sharp knife, cut into squares.

Recipe Notes

Serving size equal to 1/8 pound.

Nutrition Facts
Old Fashioned Fudge
Amount Per Serving
Calories 269 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 8mg3%
Sodium 53mg2%
Potassium 107mg3%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 46g51%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 103IU2%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 33mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.