NaNa’s Fudge, Old Fashioned Award Winning Fudge Recipe

This award winning fudge recipe has been in our family for as long as I can remember. I think it started out as my mom’s recipe and then perfected by my Aunt Lois. It’s an old fashioned fudge recipe and  I have many fond memories of mom making this fudge and placing it in pretty little Christmas boxes for gifts.

My cousin Brooke even entered this recipe in the Kansas State Fair when she was 11 years old and ended up winning the Junior Division Sweepstakes.

The recipe was published in “A Century of Good Cooking, Kansas State Fair” cookbook, and she won 30 pounds of sugar. :-)

So with all of that said here’s the award-winning recipe.

NaNa's Fudge
Recipe type: Holiday Candy
  • 1 stick butter
  • 4½ cups sugar
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 12 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 12 ounce bag milk chocolate chips
  • 14 ounces marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  1. Mix butter, sugar and milk in saucepan. Turn heat on high. Continually stir and bring to rolling boil. Continue stirring for about 5 minutes or until it gets to a "soft ball" stage. Remove from heat; stir in the vanilla, chocolate chips, and marshmallow creme. Mix until well blended then add nuts. Pour into a buttered 9 x 13 inch pan. Cool and cut into squares. I don't have a candy thermometer, so "soft ball" stage means that when you drop a small amount of the candy liquid into a cold cup of water, it will form into soft ball

 NaNa is Brooke’s name for her grandmother, and my Aunt, Lois.

Nana’s Fudge…It’s What’s For Christmas

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  1. Patty says

    Sounds wonderful!! Hope to try it very soon. I am getting ready to make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles.

    Merry Christmas


  2. says

    I am very partial towards recipes that came from Nana … or Aunt or Mom or Grandpa! They are always more delicious, more special. Maybe because they are from the heart? Whatever the case, I’d love that bar of fudgy goodness!

  3. says

    Lea Ann, what a wonderful post and tribute to your grandmother. My grandmother, who we called Nannie, was a “one-treat pony” when it came to cooking. But that one “treat” was her fudge. For all our special occasions, you were sure that a plate of her fudge would be there. I guess she never had to learn to cook, due to her mother’s amazing cook, Aunt Carrie ~ who I have mentioned in various post. But Nannie’s fudge was just like yours… rich in chocolate flavor, loaded with nuts and sweet as I am sure both our grandmothers were.

    Thanks for stopping by “A wink and a nod…” and I look forward to reading through your creative post. Happy Holidays and a Joyous Healthy New Year!

  4. says

    I have never attempted fudge before because the high heat makes me nervous. Seeing as how this is award-winning, however, I don’t think I can pass up trying it. Looks amazing!

  5. says

    That looks delicious – and I love the cookbook photos!! I’m still chuckling at the prize – that would get one through all the holiday baking I suppose. :)
    Very sweet post! Happy Holidays!

    • says

      Marshmallow Crème can be found on the baking isle. It’s a gooey high fructose corn syrup white product that seems to be alive. It’s some sort of marshmallow type oozing thing. :-)

  6. says

    The fudge looks delish! I just wish someone would make some fudge without nuts. :) I’m nutty enough. Found you via Kim Welker. :) Love what you’ve done here.

  7. Kerrianne Lovelace says

    The recipe doesn’t state what size can of evaporated milk or how much vanilla. Want to make it tomorrow. Please help. Thanks!

    • says

      Thanks so much for this question. I’m thinking there’s only one size can of evaporated milk. It would be similar to a 15 ounce can of vegetables. If I wasn’t in the middle of a snow storm I’d run to the store and compare. Sorry I’m not much help.

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