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Old fashioned fudge in a metal baking pan, atop a cutting board. Garnished with cocoa powder.
Homemade Hershey's Bar Old Fashioned Fudge
Prep Time
11 mins
Cook Time
9 mins
Time bringing mixture to boil
20 mins
Total Time
40 mins

The best ever homemade fudge. Simple ingredients and a foolproof method create a smooth delicious holiday fudge that everyone will love.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate fudge, hershey bar dessert
Servings: 15 servings
Calories: 564 kcal
Author: Kadee
  • 4.5 cups sugar
  • 1- 12 oz can of evaporated milk NOT sweet and condensed
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 12 oz Hershey candy bars
  • 12 oz semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 7 oz jar of marshmallow creme
  1. Prepare a 9x13 pan by lining it with parchmanet paper, letting the ends hang out.

  2. In a large pot combine sugar, evaporated milk, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture reaches a rolling boil. Boil for 9 minutes, stirring occasionally. Tempuerature should reach 238 degrees F.

  3. Meanwhile, in your stand mixer combine Hershey bar pieces, chocolate chips, and marshmallow creme.
  4. Pour hot mixture over chocolate and mix using the paddle attachment until well combined.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and cool completely. (4-6 hours)

  6. Remove from pan by using the parchment as handles. Cut into bite sized pieces.

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Fudge Q&A

How should I store my fudge?

The best way to store fudge is at room temperature in an air-tight container. 

How long does fudge last?

Well, at my house, it doesn't last long enough to go bad. But, there is no set shelf life for fudge. In general, fudge that is kept in an airtight container at room temperature will last for one to two weeks. Refrigerating fudge can extend its shelf life to two to three weeks. Freezing your fudge can extend to shelf life to 3 months.

Can I freeze my fudge?

Yes!  Fudge freezes great!  Just store it in an airtight container and it will keep in the freezer for 3 months.  Bring to room temp again before serving.

You either cooked it at too high of a heat, or you over stirred it after you combined the sugar and the chocolate.

Why is my fudge not set?

The simple answer is that it isn't cooked enough.  You want to boil your sugar for 9 minutes, or until the temperature reaches 238 degrees F.

Why is my fudge hard?

You cooked your sugar too long.  Sugar should be cooked until it reaches 238 degrees, and no more than that.

Do you have other candy recipes I can try?

We do, check out our soft caramels and our fudge truffles.

Nutrition Facts
Homemade Hershey's Bar Old Fashioned Fudge
Amount Per Serving (2 pieces)
Calories 564 Calories from Fat 171
% Daily Value*
Fat 19g29%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 23mg8%
Sodium 79mg3%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 97g32%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 89g99%
Protein 4g8%
Vitamin A 195IU4%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 114mg11%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.