One of my favorite simple treats is this homemade fudge. If you’re wondering how to make homemade fudge then this post is going to help you a lot. This recipe is for homemade old fashioned fudge without condensed milk, marshmallow fluff or any other shortcuts.

How to Make Homemade Fudge

I have never used a candy thermometer to make fudge, so I’m going to give you my personal version of homemade old fashioned fudge. You know, the old-fashioned, melt in your mouth fudge grandma used to make.

To make Homemade Fudge You Need:

Recommended for this Recipe:

  • 4 TBSP Hershey’s Cocoa
  • 2 1/2 c. Sugar (granulated)
  • Pinch of Salt
  • 1 c. Milk
  • 1/4 c. (4 TBSP) Butter
  • Splash of vanilla (about 1 tsp)


Old Fashioned Homemade Fudge

Line a rectangular baking dish with wax paper.

Mix together the cocoa, sugar and salt in a large, heavy pan. Slowly add milk and stir while heating over medium heat.

Continue to stir until the fudge comes to a rolling boil. Once the mixture comes to a rolling boil stop stirring and sit down for about 15 minutes.

Fill a glass with ice-cold water and drop a small amount of the mixture. When it reaches soft ball stage it’s ready to come off the heat.

Remove the fudge from the heat and add butter and vanilla to the pan, without stirring. Allow the mixture to reach room temperature.

Once the fudge has reached room temperature beat it hard with a wooden spoon. This step takes a while as you need to beat it until it starts to get firm and loses most of its gloss.

*If you want a shortcut add the mixture to your stand mixer and whip with the paddle attachment. Gradually increase the speed to prevent splatter.*

Immediately scrape/pour the mixture into your prepared baking dish and refrigerate for at least 2 hours. Flip the fudge onto a cutting board and peel the wax paper away.

Cut the fudge into squares, feel free to sneak bites along the way!

How to Make Homemade Fudge

That’s it – now you know how to make homemade fudge. I hope you’ll share this recipe with your friends and family and make sure you pin it too!