Old-Fashioned Chocolate Nut Fudge

Old Fashioned Chocolate Nut Fudge
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Prep: 60 mins
Cook: 30 mins
Total: 90 mins
Servings: 9 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
425 Calories
15g Fat
71g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 9
Amount per serving
Calories 425
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 5g 27%
Cholesterol 12mg 4%
Sodium 47mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Protein 6g
Calcium 119mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This rich traditional fudge gets its deep chocolate taste from unsweetened chocolate and its milky sweetness from condensed milk. Chopped nuts add flavor and texture.

Old-fashioned chocolate fudge is made like many traditional fudges, which means it needs to be beaten after being cooked so it will set up properly. You can do this step by hand or use an electric mixer, but be sure to avoid overbeating or the fudge will be unpleasantly grainy. Be sure to check out the photo tutorial with step-by-step instructions showing how to make old-fashioned fudge.


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup condensed milk (sweetened)
  • 3 ounces chocolate (unsweetened, finely chopped or grated)
  • 1 cup mixed nuts (chopped toasted)

Steps to Make It

  1. Prepare a 9x9 by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray.

  2. In a large saucepan combine the sugar and the water over medium-high heat.

  3. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved.

  4. Allow the mixture to boil for one minute, then stir in the condensed milk.

  5. Insert a candy thermometer and cook the mixture to 235 F, stirring frequently and washing down the sides of the pan occasionally with a wet pastry brush to prevent crystallization.

  6. Once the candy reaches 235 F, remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to cool for 15 minutes.

  7. Do not stir it during this time, or you will form sugar crystals and the fudge will be grainy!

  8. After 15 minutes, add the grated chocolate and stir to melt the chocolate.

  9. Using a wooden spoon, beat the fudge vigorously until it thickens and begins to lose its gloss. (Alternately, you can use an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment to beat the fudge. If you use a mixer, watch it carefully as it is easy to overbeat and turn the fudge hard and grainy.)

  10. Once the fudge begins to thicken and set up, quickly stir in the nuts and pour the fudge into the prepared pan.

  11. Allow it to set at room temperature until firm, about 3 hours or overnight.

  12. After the fudge is set, cut it into small 1-inch squares to serve.

  13. Store remaining fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week, or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.

  14. Bring fudge to room temperature before serving.