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


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

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