The Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe (not the imposter!) (2024)

Hey who changed the Fantasy Fudge recipe? What happened to my tried and true Fantasy Fudge recipe? The marshmallow fudge recipe that is a family tradition for the holidays! Any day, any time of the year, who can turn down a tempting square of melt in your mouth fudge.

This is the original Fantasy Fudge recipe that we all craved during the holiday season. This recipe brings back memories of our youth while making new memories from today!

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Difference Between Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe and Current Version

The ingredients are the same, but Fantasy Fudge fans will notice the recipe on the current jar of Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Crème is slightly different from the recipe we loved. It’s a slight difference, but chocolate aficionados will note the recipe on the jar recommends a brand of semi chocolate chips whereas the original recipe did not provide a recommendation. It makes a difference, a big difference!

Can You Freeze Fantasy Fudge?

Yes, yes and absolutely.One of the great features of fudge is the ease of freezing fudge for the future.

How Do I freeze Fantasy Fudge?

yes, you can freeze fudge! I’ve included a few of my tips in Can You Freeze Fudge? as this was a question I often receive.

Make a batch of the Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe With Marshmallow Creme.

Cut the fudge into squares, 8 squares equals one row of fudge.

Wrap the row of squares with plastic wrap.

Then wrap the row of plastic wrapped squares with aluminum foil. Double freezer protection.

Insert the fudge rows into a plastic freezer bag. Remove the air from the bag. Close and mark the date on the outside of the freezer bag.

If you are pressed for time then a large section of fudge can wrapped to freeze and the squares can be cut when the fudge is defrosted.

It does take longer to defrost the frozen fudge in the refrigerator, but I recommend using the refrigerator to defrost the fudge as this will maintain its’ consistency no matter what the temperatures are in the kitchen.

How to Make The Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups semi chocolate chips (I use Tollhouse for the original recipe)
  • 1 jar of marshmallow crème, Kraft jet puffed 7 oz. jar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • Chopped nuts are optional

Directions

  1. Grease a 9 X 13 ” pan. Alternative and much easier is to line a 9 X 13″ pan with parchment paper, this allows a much quicker release and clean up.
  2. In a medium pot, mix sugar, butter and milk.
  3. Bring the mixture to a full boil using medium heat, stirring constantly so the sugar dissolves and the mixture does not burn on the bottom of the pot. **
  4. Boil for five minutes. This is important! Five minutes exactly !!
  5. Remove the thickened mixture from the heat and add chocolate chips.
  6. Add the marshmallow crème and vanilla.
  7. Add nuts if desired.
  8. Pour into the prepared pan to cool.

**Note: I have found that gas or electric stoves do make a difference in the time it takes for the mixture to obtain a full boil in step 3. For the stoves I use the mixture reaches boiling 50% quicker when I use a gas stove verses electric. However, the five minute boil time is the same for step 4. This is not a gentle boil! It is a rockin and rollin boil and stirring constantly with a Capital C! A candy thermometer can also be used (but I never do as the five minute boil is the key)

Nuts Or No Nuts In Your Fantasy Fudge?

This is a recipe which can be easily adjusted for those who like nuts or do not like nuts. We have a fudge must be with nuts or I won’t eat it family member. The recipe can be easily split into halves or even split as I do where I make 3/4 of the recipe without nuts in an 8″ by 8″ pan and use a smaller loaf pan for the fantasy fudge with nuts fan.

Fantasy Fudge Holiday Desserts !

Fantasy Fudge is not just for Christmas! Learn how to turn your Fantasy Fudge into fun fudge shaped desserts, treats and party favors for the holidays. Fudge is not just to eaten in a square! Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter and football fudge make very cute and very affordable party themed treats.

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Cutting fudge into shapes does take a little practice and the bonus of practice is yummy and melt in your mouth scraps. My first attempt at cutting shapes out of fudge was a little rough; however, a few practice attempts will quickly turn into success.

I make these treats assembly line style and it goes quickly. I’ve made a post of my quick tips and tricks to cut fudge into any shape!

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Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe (not the imposter!)

Enjoy the original fantasy fudge recipe we so fondly remember! Fantasy Fudge recipe with marshmallow creme is a family tradition for delicious melt in your mouth fudge.

Course Dessert

Cuisine American

Keyword fantasy fudge recipe with marshmallow creme, original fantasy fudge recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes minutes

Set 1 hour hour

Total Time 20 minutes minutes

Servings 12

Author The Savvy Age

Ingredients

  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups semi sweet morsels (Toll House)
  • 1 jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped nuts optional

Instructions

  • Grease a 9 X 13 " pan. Alternative and much easier is to line a 9 X 13" pan with parchment paper, this allows a much quicker release and clean up.

    In a medium pot, mix sugar, butter and milk.

    Bring the mixture to a full boil using medium heat, stirring constantly so the sugar dissolves and the mixture does not burn on the bottom of the pot.

    Boil for five minutes. This is important! Five minutes exactly !!

    Remove the thickened mixture from the heat and add chocolate chips.

    Add the marshmallow crème and vanilla.

    Add nuts if desired.

    Pour into the prepared pan to cool.

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Notes

The key to perfect fudge - every time - is boiling for five minutes. Exactly five minutes!!!

Two Critical Fudge Cutting Tips!

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How To Make Fudge Cut Outs

The most important tips to ensure a fudge cut out works:

  1. Use old school aluminum cookie cutters. Yes, you can use the plastic cookie cutters, but I have found the highest success rate with the metal cookie cutters. If the fudge does adhere to your cookie cutter then wash, clean and dry the cookie cutter before the next attempt.
  2. Grease the inside of cookie cutter before each cut. Each cut, not every other cut, but each fudge cut.
  3. I spray the cookie cutter with cooking spray. It is not just the bottom of the cookie cutter which needs to be greased – the entire inside of the cookie cutter needs to be greased so the fudge will release and keep its’ intended shape.

Fun Fantasy Fudge Recipes

Valentines’ Day Fudge Hearts

Easter Bunny Fudge

Shamrock Fudge

Game Day Football Fudge

The Original Fantasy Fudge Recipe (not the imposter!) (2024)

FAQs

What's the ingredients for fantasy fudge? ›

Fantasy fudge is a decadent blend of the following ingredients: sugar, margarine, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, walnuts, and vanilla extract.

What makes fantasy fudge grainy? ›

Once a seed crystal forms, it grows bigger and bigger as the fudge cools. A lot of big crystals in fudge makes it grainy. By letting the fudge cool without stirring, you avoid creating seed crystals. Stirring would help sucrose molecules "find" one another and start forming crystals.

What is the secret to good fudge? ›

Tips for Making Fudge
  • Monitor the Temperature with a Candy Thermometer. If you end up with soft fudge that turns into a puddle in your hands or hard fudge that is a bit reminiscent of a crunchy candy, improper temperature is likely to blame. ...
  • Avoid Stirring Once the Mixture Comes to a Simmer. ...
  • Beat Thoroughly.
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Why did the fudge not set? ›

The main reason is that your Fudge has not reached the optimum temperature. If your mixture only reaches 110 or 112 degrees Celsius it will always be soft. That's why we recommend investing in a sugar thermometer. Another reason your Fudge is not setting is that the ratio of liquid to sugar is too high.

Why is my fantasy fudge not getting hard? ›

If your fudge fails to harden in the fridge, it means that you probably didn't cook it to the right temperature. Fudge is a candy, and that means it is extremely picky about temperature - fudge must be cooked to precisely 237–239 degrees Fahrenheit so that sugar forms the desired consistency when cooled.

Why is my fantasy fudge too soft? ›

If there is too much evaporation, when the cooking time is too long, there will not be enough water left in the fudge and it will be too hard. Conversely, if the cooking time is too brief and there is not enough evaporation, too much water will remain and the fudge will be too soft.

Why is my fantasy fudge oily on top? ›

Oily Fudge

If the butter gets too hot, it can separate, causing the fudge to become oily on top. This is easy to prevent by monitoring the temperature with a candy thermometer, but separated fudge can also be fixed. To fix oily, hard or grainy fudge, scoop the fudge back into a pot with about a cup of water.

Why is my fantasy fudge oily? ›

The Science Of Oily Fudge

If your fudge is heated too much during the mixing process, or if the ingredients are insufficiently mixed together, the butter fat will separate itself from the liquids in the mix and rise to the top of the fudge, forming greasy pools.

How do you fix crumbly fantasy fudge? ›

If you let your fudge get too hot, the sugars will start to concentrate and the fudge will be crumbly, dull, and hard. To fix it, put it back into the saucepan and add about 3–4 US tbsp (44–59 ml) of 35% fat whipping cream. Stir the mixture as you heat it until the sugar in the fudge is melted.

When should you not make fudge? ›

Humidity can cause fudge to boil over in the pan or stay soft when set, so try to avoid working on humid days if at all possible. If waiting for a less humid day isn't feasible, you'll need to boil your fudge at a slightly higher temperature than usual — or just order some delicious fudge from Wockenfuss!

What does cream of tartar do in fudge? ›

Cream of tartar is used in caramel sauces and fudge to help prevent the sugar from crystallizing while cooking. It also prevents cooling sugars from forming brittle crystals, this is why it's the secret ingredient in snickerdoodles!

Why did my fudge come out like taffy? ›

Apart from the incorrect temperature, chewy fudge could result from inadequate beating. When it has cooled to 110 to 113 degrees F (43-45 degrees C), beat until it is creamy and smooth. The process could take between 20 and 30 minutes. The mixture should begin to lose it's gloss and become more matte.

What is the secret to smooth fudge that is not gritty? ›

If the sugar crystals are not properly dissolved before cooling, they can create a gritty texture. To avoid this, ensure that you stir the fudge mixture consistently and remove any sugar crystals that form on the sides of the pan using a wet pastry brush.

Why does my fudge fall apart when I cut it? ›

Overcooking or Undercooking:Solution: Cooking the fudge for too long or too short a time can affect its texture. Follow the recipe instructions closely and use a timer to avoid overcooking.

Can you remelt fudge? ›

OMG My fudge is grainy, what do I do? -

Pop the grainy fudge back into the pan along with some water and a little cream and melt the fudge back down to a liquid and re-boil it to temperature. Heat slowly to begin with and make sure the mixture goes completely smooth before bringing it to the boil.

Is evaporated milk or condensed milk better for fudge? ›

Use Evaporated Milk- Make sure to use evaporated milk and not sweetened condensed milk. If you accidentally use sweetened condensed milk your fudge will be incredibly over the top sweet. Cut up the Butter– Before adding the butter in make sure to cut it into smaller pieces for faster melting.

How do you fix dry fantasy fudge? ›

In the oven - wrap the fudge in foil with a tiny bit of water, perhaps 2-3 teaspoons and bake at a low temperature (120-140C or 248-284F) for 10-20 minutes, or until the fudge no longer feels/looks dried out.

How much sugar is in fantasy fudge? ›

Fantasy Fudge
Nutrition Facts
How many net carbs are in Fantasy Fudge? Amount of net carbs in Fantasy Fudge: Net carbs 40.6g-
How much sugar is in Fantasy Fudge? Amount of sugar in Fantasy Fudge: Sugar 37.3g-
How much fiber is in Fantasy Fudge? Amount of fiber in Fantasy Fudge: Fiber 1.2g5%
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