Old Timey Fudge

Millie Johnson Recipe

By Millie Johnson BISCUITMAKR

makes 3 1/4 pounds
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Stove Top

My mother always made the Hershey's fudge from the recipe on the can. Over the years I have played with that recipe and this is my version. You may use any kind of nut you like (or none at all). Every Christmas my parents and children request this fudge and I am happy to make it for them. I'm sure you and your family will love it, too !

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
A classic! Good and creamy, this fudge will make a great addition to any dessert platter or gift basket.


5 c
2/3 c
cocoa powder (i use hershey's)
1 can(s)
(12oz.) evaporated milk
1 c
1 stick
real butter
1 Tbsp
pure vanilla extract
1/4 tsp
1/2 c
pecans, in pieces

Directions Step-By-Step

Set up a work area for tempering the fudge. I run about 3 inches of cold water in the sink and lay out a dish towel next to it. The water will be to quick cool the chocolate and then you set the pot on the towel and stir. ( the towel also keeps you from dripping water when you pour the chocolate.)
Coat a 8x12 pan (9x13 will be ok, too.) with butter and set next to towel.
Cut remaining butter and set aside.
In a 6 quart pot add sugar, cocoa powder and salt. DO NOT TURN ON THE HEAT YET !
Using the flat side of a spatula mix well. You do not want clumps.
Add both milks and stir til well mixed and there are no lumps.
Turn heat on to medium high and bring to boil. Notice how it looks like there is not much in pot. Stir CONSTANTLY.
As the mixture heats up it will bubble up.
When it reaches a certain tempature it will start to go back down.
It will start to really shine.
Every now and then do a water test. To do this, fill a glass with cold water and drop some fudge mixture into it.
When it reaches the softball stage remove from heat. Softball stage is when you can roll the drop into a soft ball.
Add vanilla extract and stir..it will bubble up some as it burns off the alcohol. Add butter and stir.
Now dip pot into water in sink for 4-5 seconds then place on towel and stir. Repeat several times.
Mixture will begin to thicken. Add nuts and stir.
Mixture will start to look a little dull..Hurry and pour into buttered pan. Sprinkle a little nuts on top if you want.
Let set up for 20 minutes then cut with a smooth bladed knife
Let cool completely before putting in a bag or tin. Otherwise it will sweat and not look so pretty... Enjoy !

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Collection: No Bake Desserts
Hashtags: #fudge, #cocoa, #pecans

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Zelda Hopkins Zelda51
Aug 10, 2015
Old Time Fudge, I'm in Pinched
Aug 10, 2015 - Renée G. shared this recipe with discussion group: Help a Family, Friend, Neighbors, and Strangers in Need.
Millie Johnson BISCUITMAKR
Jun 11, 2015
I remember doing the very same thing, Renée !!!
Renée G. ReneeCooks
Jun 11, 2015
Pinched! This brings back memories of high school sleep overs. After supper, my friends and I would send Mom out of the kitchen and we'd clean up. Then...we'd giggle and make fudge using the recipe on the side of the Hershey's cocoa can. Of course, then...we'd have to clean up the kitchen again. Sometimes we couldn't wait for the 'soft ball stage,' and we'd just eat it with spoons. Such fun times. :-)
Dec 22, 2014 - Millie Johnson shared this recipe with discussion group: What's Cookin' Today?