Grandma’s Chocolate Fantasy Fudge – An Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe

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Grandma’s Chocolate Fantasy Fudge is a rich, decadent treat that is quick and easy to make. A small piece is all you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. For our family, it wasn’t Christmas without Grandma’s Chocolate Fantasy Fudge.  It was one of her favorite recipes to make and share with family and friends.

Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe

This Chocolate Fantasy Fudge has a rich chocolate flavor, so much so that a little piece is all you need. The pieces in our photos are a bit larger than Grandma would cut it. Hers would be small, almost bite-size pieces – perfect when you needed something sweet after a big family meal.

Grandma’s recipe called for nuts (walnuts were her go-to, but our mom says toasted pecans work too), but you can easily leave them out if you are on “Team No Nuts.”

For a cheaper nut option, sub in slivered almonds, and no one will be the wiser that you saved yourself big bucks at the grocery store.

Grandma’s Chocolate Fantasy Fudge

The best part of Grandma’s foolproof fudge with marshmallow creme is the memories that making and eating it induces.

As I sit here and stir up this easy chocolate fudge on the stovetop, I remember my Grandma and Grandpa both in their eighties working together to whip up this tasty treat for Christmas.

Now Grandpa wasn’t a regular participant in the kitchen, although he did crank the ice cream.  But when it came to Grandma’s Fantasy Fudge with marshmallow creme, Grandpa was her sous chef.

The trick to making perfect chocolate fudge on the stovetop is to work quickly so it doesn’t set up before you pour it in the pan.  The second trick is to never leave the fudge.  I repeat, do not walk away.  Continue to stir the fudge the entire time it’s cooking on the stove.

Fantasy Fudge with Marshmallow Cream

While we grew up thinking of this as Grandma’s Chocolate Fantasy Fudge, it originated off the back of the marshmallow creme jar! Some people call it fluff fudge. Isn’t that the case of many recipes of our childhood! However, Grandma was quite proud of this recipe and it made it into her collection of recipes that Barbara put together years ago (for more about this, read our pumpkin chiffon pie blog post).

Homemade Holiday Traditions

We love making up candy and cookies around Christmas time to deliver to family, friends, and neighbors. Growing up, it was a big tradition in our house to bake every weekend leading up to Christmas.  We would freeze the cookies until a few days before when Mom would stack the cookie tins all around the kitchen.

Then we would make up plates for everyone, including all of our Dad’s landlords.  As a farmer, the relationship our dad had with his landlords was a special bond.  Dad would go to each one and hand deliver the cookies and spend time chatting and catching up. We remember many trips where we, as children, tagged along to entertain with dances and cartwheels.

Looking for other holiday recipes?  Try our Dainty Logs, Caramel Puff Corn, Cinnamon Glazed Nuts, Chocolate Nut Cookies, or Caramel Corn recipes.

How to Make Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe:

Scroll down to the recipe card at the end of this post for the full recipe for old fashioned fantasy fudge.

Instructions

  1. Line a 13×9-inch pan with aluminum foil and grease generously.
  2. Using a medium saucepan on medium heat, stir together sugar, margarine and evaporated milk.
  3. Bring to a rolling boil while stirring constantly. Let boil for 5 minutes while still stirring.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until completely melted.
  5. Add marshmallow creme, nuts and vanilla, and stir until incorporated.
  6. Quickly pour into prepared pan and smooth into even layer.
  7. Cool completely before cutting.

 

Notes About No Fail Fantasy Fudge:

  • This can be a Fantasy Fudge with Nuts or a Fantasy Fudge without Nuts.  Leave ’em or take ’em, your choice.
  • Walnuts can be substituted for toasted pecans or slivered almonds.
  • Do not walk away from this fudge while cooking on the stove top.  No multi-tasking!  Keep stirring the entire time.
  • Work quickly once the 5 minute boil step is over; you don’t want the fudge to set up in the saucepan.

Old Fashioned Christmas Candy Recipes

Caramel Puff Corn 

Caramel Puff Corn takes an ordinary snack food and turns into a sweet treat that you won't be able to stop yourself from eating! Seriously, this treat is addicting.  And, it's cheap to make!

Grandma’s Caramel Corn

You won't be able to resist Grandma's Caramel Corn made on the stove top and finished in the oven.

Cinnamon Glazed Nuts

Ever wanted to make those sweet, crunchy nuts that are a staple at mall kiosks across the country? Look no farther than our Cinnamon Glazed Nuts (pecans)! And guess what? They are simple to make, and only takes five ingredients.

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Grandma's Chocolate Fantasy Fudge - An Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe

Grandma's Chocolate Fantasy Fudge is a rich, decadent treat that is quick and easy to make. A small piece is all you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: fantasy fudge, fantasy fudge with marshmallow creme, foolproof fudge with marshmallow creme, grandma's chocolate fantasy fudge, old fashioned fudge recipe
Servings: 24 pieces
Calories: 215kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup margarine
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups chocolate chips
  • 7 oz. marshmallow cream
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts optional
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  • Line a 13x9 inch pan with aluminum foil, allowing excess foil to hang over both ends.  Grease generously.  
    Grandma's Chocolate Fantasy Fudge is a no fail fudge recipe using marshmallow creme. This fantasy fudge can be made without nuts.
  • Add sugar, margarine and evaporated milk to a medium size saucepan. Heat over medium heat, stirring constantly.
    Grandma's Chocolate Fantasy Fudge is a no fail fudge recipe using marshmallow creme. This fantasy fudge can be made without nuts.
  • Bring the mixture to a rolling boil for 5 minutes; continue to stir constantly. Remove from heat.
    Grandma's Chocolate Fantasy Fudge is a no fail fudge recipe using marshmallow creme. This fantasy fudge can be made without nuts.
  • Stir in chocolate chips until completely melted. Add marshmallow cream, walnuts and vanilla. Stir until completely incorporated.
    Grandma's Chocolate Fantasy Fudge is a no fail fudge recipe using marshmallow creme. This fantasy fudge can be made without nuts.
  • Working quickly, pour into the prepared 13x9 inch pan. Let cool completely before cutting, several hours if possible.
    Grandma's Chocolate Fantasy Fudge is a no fail fudge recipe using marshmallow creme. This fantasy fudge can be made without nuts.
  • Peel off foil. Cut into bite-sized pieces.
    Grandma's Chocolate Fantasy Fudge is a no fail fudge recipe using marshmallow creme. This fantasy fudge can be made without nuts.

Notes

  • This can be a Fantasy Fudge with Nuts or a Fantasy Fudge without Nuts.  Leave 'em or take 'em, your choice. 
  • Walnuts can be substituted for toasted pecans or slivered almonds. 
  • Do not walk away from this fudge while cooking on the stove top.  No multi-tasking!  Keep stirring the entire time. 
  • Work quickly once the 5 minute boil step is over; you don't want the fudge to set up in the saucepan. 
  • Love old fashioned Christmas candy? Try our famous Caramel Puff Corn recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 215kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 75mg | Potassium: 46mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 271IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 25mg | Iron: 1mg

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