There’s nothing quite like rich, decadent, melt in your mouth homemade chocolate fudge. Now there’s a lot of fudge recipes out there, some including ingredients like marshmallow fluff or sweetened condensed milk, and these recipes often advertise how they’re “foolproof” or “no candy thermometer needed.” And look, I’m not saying there’s anything wrong with these recipes. I mean, it’s chocolate fudge for goodness sake. But I do think there’s something to be said for a little hard work and patience when the end result is this amazing. This is the fudge your grandmother used to make – soft, slightly crumbly, rich and absolutely impossible to stop after just one piece. Fun fact: this is actually a chocolate fudge icing recipe, and it’s wonderful used to ice a cake. But who needs the cake when you can just pour the icing in a pan and call it fudge?

This recipe is from my personal southern cookbook bible – Southern Sideboards. This is a cookbook by the Junior League of Jackson, Mississippi from 1978 and it’s my holy grail of cookbooks. Mine belonged to my late grandmother and is easily my most reached for cookbook. I highly suggest getting your hands on a copy if you can find it! Alright enough talking, there’s fudge to be made.

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge Ingredients:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • Pinch of salt

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge Instructions:

  1. Melt butter in a large pot. Add sugar, cocoa, milk, corn syrup and salt. Stir to combine.
  2. On med-low heat, bring to a rolling boil. DO NOT STIR while the mixture is boiling. This is important to prevent crystals from forming in the finished fudge. Using a candy or digital thermometer, allow mixture to boil until it reaches 234 degrees fahrenheit. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  3. Allow mixture to cool for 5 minutes.
  4. Beat with a wooden spoon or handheld mixer until the mixture looses its gloss and just begins to thicken.
  5. Pout into prepared 8×8 dish, or 9×13 if recipe is doubled. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired. Allow to cool, slice, and enjoy!

This recipe is so simple and delicious! Give it a try and let me know what you think!

Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

A classic fudge recipe that's easy to make and absolutely delicious!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Dessert, treat
Servings 1 8x8 dish

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 6 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp corn syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 pinch salt

Instructions
 

  • Melt butter in a large pot. Add sugar, cocoa, milk, corn syrup, salt and stir to combine.
  • On med-low heat, bring to a rolling boil. DO NOT STIR. Boil until mixture reaches 234° F and remove from heat and add vanilla.
  • Cool for 5 minutes.
  • Beat with a wooden spoon or handheld mixer until the mixture looses its gloss and just begins to thicken.
  • Pour into prepared 8x8 dish, or 9x13 dish if recipe is doubled. Sprinkle with flaky sea salt if desired. Allow to cool, slice, and enjoy!
Keyword chocolate, fudge

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