Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe: A Timeless Classic

This Old Fashioned Fudge is sure to become a cherished favorite in your household.

Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes (plus cooling time)
  • Servings: 24 squares (approximately)

Shopping List:

  • Sugar: 2 cups (Look for granulated sugar for the best texture)
  • Hershey’s cocoa: 4 Tablespoons
  • Salted Butter: 1 stick (Or unsalted butter with a pinch of salt)
  • Carnation Evaporated Milk: 5 ounce can
  • Vanilla Extract: 1 teaspoon
  • Nuts (Optional): Almonds, walnuts, or pecans


  • Pan Preparation: Line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  • Mix Dry Ingredients: In a saucepan, whisk sugar and Hershey’s cocoa until they’re well combined.
  • Creamy Texture: Add in the stick of salted butter and the Carnation Evaporated Milk.
  • Cooking: Heat and stir constantly on medium heat. Aim for a soft ball consistency.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons Hershey’s cocoa
  • 1 stick of salted butter
  • 5 ounce can of Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla
  • Nuts (optional, but they add a delightful crunch!)


  • Set the Stage: Before you start, line an 8×8 inch pan with parchment paper or lightly grease it. This will make the removal of your fudge pieces a breeze.
  • Sweet Beginnings: In a heavy saucepan, combine the 2 cups of sugar with the 4 tablespoons of Hershey’s cocoa. Whisk them together until they’re well integrated.
  • Buttery Delight: Add the stick of salted butter and the 5 ounces of Carnation Evaporated Milk to your sugar and cocoa mixture. This is where the magic happens!
  • Stir It Up: Cook over medium heat while constantly stirring. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and let it boil for about 3-4 minutes. The consistency you’re aiming for is a soft ball stage. A good way to test this is by dropping a tiny amount of the mixture into cold water. If it forms a soft ball, it’s ready.
  • Vanilla Essence: Once off the heat, stir in the teaspoon of vanilla. This will elevate your fudge to a whole new level of deliciousness!
  • Nuts About Fudge: If you’re a fan of nuts, fold them into your mixture now. They add a delightful crunch and contrast to the creamy texture of the fudge.
  • Set and Forget: Pour the mixture into your prepared pan and smooth the top with a spatula. Let it cool for several hours. For the best results, resist the temptation to taste it and let it set overnight.
  • The Grand Finale: Once fully set, lift the fudge out using the parchment paper and place it on a cutting board. Using a sharp knife, cut it into squares and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

Indulge in this trip down memory lane with a recipe that stands the test of time. The perfect blend of sweetness, creaminess, and a hint of nostalgia, this Old Fashioned Fudge is sure to become a cherished favorite in your household. Remember, the key to perfect fudge is patience. Let it set, cut it into squares, and relish every bite!

Do you have any fudge memories or variations? Share them in the comments below! And if you’ve tried this recipe, let us know how it turned out. Happy fudging!

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