8 Easy Fudge Making Tips


When fudge is good, it is really good. And when fudge is bad… well it is still good, but you know what I mean. It isn’t hard to turn a delicious fudge recipe into a gritty candy.

I was making fudge this week and it didn’t turn out quite right. It is still good, but not great. I realized after a lot of research that there are a few tricks to making great fudge!

8 Easy Fudge Making Tips

Try a recipe that calls for marshmallow creme, marshmallows, or corn syrup if you are a beginner.

  • These ingredients keep the sugar from crystalizing and producing a grainy fudge.

Don’t scrape the sides and bottom of the pan while cooking.

  • This will also make the fudge grainy.

Look for recipes that call for butter instead of margarine.

  • Margarine can cause a fudge not to set.

Follow the recipe exactly.

  • Kelly mentioned on Facebook that different brands of chocolate chips have different cocoa ratios. If the recipe calls for a specific brand, use it.

Have all your ingredients measured and ready before you begin.

  • Fudge making is a very precise science and letting something boil an extra minute or two while you look for the right measuring spoon can mean disaster.

Line your pan with buttered foil.

  • This will make getting the fudge out of the pan much easier.

Fudge is easiest to cut out of the pan.

  • After the fudge has cooled, flip out the fudge and the foil lining and cut.

Use a candy thermometer.

  • Rebecca mentioned on Facebook that a candy thermometer was her trick to making delicious fudge. They only cost about ten dollars. I have had one for several years (it was a gift) and I can use it for making candy and frying, which comes in handy when I make my homemade donuts.

No Fail Fudge Recipes

I asked my Facebook friends to help me with my fudge dilemma and they shared some great advice and recipes. Here are some of their never fail fudge recipes:

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  1. abba12 says:

    I love this post for all the wrong reasons. My family PREFERS grainy fudge, I hate the soft fudge you buy commercially, but I ADORE hard fudge. Thankfully so do my in-laws, which is great cause my sister in law cooks some good fudge. I wonder if we are getting fudge this year in the christmas goodie bags… hmm, now I have to go find out.

  2. Thanks for linking to my fudge recipe. It really is a tasty one.
    I’m excited to try some of these others too.
    Great tips!

  3. Momofthree says:

    One more tip – when I make fudge I line the pan with parchment paper which comes off easily but when I cut it I use a pizza cutter (with the round rolling blade). This is way easier than using a knife!

  4. L2L says:

    I posted a layered fudge recipe that I have been making the last 3 years that everyone loves and it turns out perfect every time and it is super easy!!! I attempted to link it to my name in this comment in case anyone is looking for yet another fabulous recipe!!!!

  5. chantelle says:

    Thank you for this post! I have one word for my previous fudge attempts…..GRAINY! I can’t wait to try it again with these new tips. :)

  6. Barb H says:

    I tried the Easy Peanut Butter Fudge recipe today. It turned out perfect. My mother in law is a wonderful baker . Her kitchen this time of year looks like a cookie/candy factory. I would not hesitate to put this recipe up against hers. I know she will be impressed. Thanks for the recipe. This is definitely a keeper.

  7. Sarah says:

    You could also add not to make it on a rainy day. The high humidity in the air will cause it to be grainy as well.

  8. Oh – thanks, mine is usually grainy.

  9. THANKS so much for linking to my 5 minute fudge recipe! :) I think if people try it they will really like and love how super easy and quick it is to whip up a batch of fudge for any occassion.

  10. Jill says:

    Mmm… my stomach is now growling (nice pic). I have yet to actually make fudge, but I think this is the year and I have heard that marshmallow thing more than once in the last few weeks. Wish me luck. :)

  11. cyndi says:

    Thanks for all of the great fudge recipes…can’t wait to try them. I also can’t wait to try out the method of using a pizza cutter to cut the fudge…I have been struggling w/cutting it with a knife for years.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for the tips! I finally got around to trying the Fantasy Fudge today. Not my fave though. I really liked Laura’s fudge recipe @ Heavenly Homemakers. It is the easiest recipe I’ve tried and can be healthy if you choose the right ingredients. I’ll post it here as I thought you might like to try it. :)

    1/2 c. choc. chips
    1 c. peanut butter
    3/4 c. honey

    Melt all together in a pot. (Only takes a minute or two.)
    Pour into 9 in. square pan and put in the fridge overnight.

    Yum, yum, yum.

    I’m not a die-hard peanut butter fan, but I think the honey and choc. really help cut down the p.b. taste. Hope your family enjoys this one!

    Miss you guys!

  13. Vicky says:

    I am having fudge issues! I have tried to make both Penuche Fudge and the Carnation Famous Fudge and neither has set when I refrigerate them. I don’t know what I am doing wrong!

  14. margie says:

    I have a traditional fudge recipe that I cook on the stove and find the stirring a bit difficult. Could I do it in the microwave? How do I change the time etc. Will the taste be the same. It’s the normal condensed milk, sugar, butter and milk recipe.

    Thank you

  15. peggy says:

    Some of my Fanny Farmer Fudge did not turn out. It was after I cooked the sugar and evaporated milk and tried to beat in the butter. The butter would not mix in. I am convince it was the butter that ruined the fudge. Hope this helps someone else with their fudge! Peggy

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