Shortcut Fudge

Shortcut Fudge Recipe

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Janice Bartholome


This fudge tastes just like the old fudge recipe on the Hershey's cocoa can, which is my favorite--the one my mother always made. It has a slightly grainy texture that is different from the microwave recipes.

This shortcut recipe, using chocolate pudding mix eliminates a lot of the measuring and fuss. Be sure it's cook-and-serve pudding, not instant.

★★★★★ 1 vote
25-36 small pieces
20 Min
30 Min


1 5oz pkg
chocolate pudding mix--cook-and-serve, not instant--this is a lg. pkg.
2 c
1 c
2 Tbsp
butter or real margarine (not spread)
1 tsp
1/2-1 c
walnuts or pecans, chopped (optional)

How to Make Shortcut Fudge


  • 1Combine pudding mix, sugar and milk in a saucepan over medium heat and cook to a soft-ball stage (225-250 on a candy thermometer).
  • 2Remove from heat and add butter without stirring. Allow to cool for a few minutes.
  • 3Add vanilla and beat until the fudge begins to thicken and lose its shine.
  • 4Add the nuts just as the fudge begins to thicken or you won't be able to stir them in.
  • 5Spread the fudge in a buttered 8X8 pan, and refrigerate until it is firm. Cut into squares and store in an airtight container.
  • 6This is a small recipe, but I tried to double it once and it didn't do well. That might have just been bad luck, but I didn't try it again. :-)

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About Shortcut Fudge

Course/Dish: Candies, Chocolate
Other Tag: Quick & Easy