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Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge Recipe

Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge Recipe

My mother came across this recipe in a newspaper some 40 years ago. One taste and you'll see why it doesn't take long for a big batch to disappear. —Linda First, Hinsdale, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling YIELD:117 servings


  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 3 milk chocolate candy bars (two 7 ounces, one 1.55 ounces), broken into pieces
  • 4 cups (24 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 4-1/2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups chopped walnuts


  • 1. Line a 13-in. x 9-in. pan with foil and butter the foil with 1 tablespoon butter; set aside. In a large heat-proof bowl, combine the candy bars, chocolate chips and marshmallow creme; set aside.
  • 2. In a large heavy saucepan over medium-low heat, combine the milk, sugar and remaining butter. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil and stir for 4-1/2 minutes. Pour over chocolate mixture; stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth and creamy. Stir in walnuts. Pour into prepared pan. Cover and refrigerate until firm.
  • 3. Using foil, lift fudge out of pan; cut into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Yield: about 6 pounds.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 107 calories, 5g fat (2g saturated fat), 4mg cholesterol, 17mg sodium, 16g carbohydrate (14g sugars, 1g fiber), 1g protein .

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Reviewed Dec. 22, 2015

"LynnH. is right; this is a very much altered recipe from the original Mamie Eisenhower recipe."

Reviewed Feb. 12, 2015

"I LOVE this recipe!!!!! It is DELICIOUS!!! Although I did mess it up at first and didn't follow EXACT directions, but it's GOOD that I didn't. I live in Southern California, and I am not sure if the warm weather effects the density of the fudge? But I just used 3 Hershey bars, and didn't read right the ounce size of the bars...and the recipe turned out awesome! When I used the ounces called for in the recipe with the 2 large bars, and 1 regular sized bar...the fudge comes out waaayyy to soft and sticky. When I use just 3 REGULAR sized Hershey bars - it comes out with perfect texture to cut and package. Also I used Ghirardelli Milk chocolate chips instead of semi-sweet chocolate chips, and blended almonds in the blender...and it is milkalicious! Try the recipe again using these tips and see if that helps if you live in a warmer area, in lower altitude? :D"

Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"Great fudge easy to make and my family loved it. My favorite fudge recipe. Will make it often"

Reviewed Dec. 21, 2014

"My family has been making Mamie Eisenhower fudge for 60 years and this is not the recipe that was used in the White House. This may be very good fudge, but it is not Mamie's recipe. Please change the name."

Reviewed Nov. 25, 2014

"My dad raved about this fudge when I made it last year. Just made it again this year - I can see it becoming an annual tradition. This fudge has a very traditional , old fashioned taste to it. I can't find Hershey bars in the sizes stated in the recipe, so I buy bars that equal about 16 ounces & it works just fine."

Reviewed Dec. 22, 2013

"I made this for my work place, using the recipe as is, and even if it isn't the exact original it was fantastic. Everybody loved it a and wants more."

Reviewed Dec. 4, 2013

"My mother wrote down the original recipe from a cooking show when the Eisenhower's were in the White House and we have been making it every year since the 1950's and THIS IS NOT IT. The original recipe has German Chocolate and the sugar, milk, butter mixture cooks to a soft ball stage and it takes about 30 minutes with constant stirring."

Reviewed Dec. 1, 2013

"i've been using a recipe from 'Talk About Good" by Lafayette Junior League Members for well over 20 yrs. this recipe calls for german sweet chocolate bars, now i'm sure german sweet chocolate wasn't around back then, but it's fabulous. i use pecans instead of walnuts. i rated this recipe a 4 and a 5 with german sweet chocolate"

Reviewed Nov. 19, 2013

"This sounds wonderful, but I have not made it yet, so I'll have to give it an average rating. And I'm wondering why is there no Vanilla put in it at the end? All the fudges I've made has always called for Vanilla."

Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"I just visited the Eisenhower home in Gettysburg, Pa. and was given a copy of Mamie's fudge recipe. It is completly different. Sorry....."

Reviewed May. 1, 2013

"WOW! Very good made them 2 days ago changed up the walnuts to pecans are personal fav here. You have to try it..."

Reviewed Feb. 20, 2013

"Very Good even with my mistake of 2 jars of marshmellow cream"

Reviewed Feb. 14, 2013

"After mixing the sugar,milk and marshmallow

And adding to chocolate, I had to put it back on the stove so it would melt more and be creamier and smoother. What did I do wrong. Maybe the chocolate is added to the sugar mix rather than the other way around. Help?"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2013

"I've been looking for this recipe in different website and THIS ONE is it! BTW - it's also called "Mamie's Million Dollar Fudge" because that's what President Eisenhower called it - now that's totally sweet!!!"

Reviewed Dec. 13, 2012

"I never have. I have a Mamie Eisenhower Fudge recipe that is different from this. No candy bars, no tablespoons plus 1/2 cup of butter.

How can Mamie Eisenhower's name be on two completely different recipes."

Reviewed Jan. 21, 2012

"This recipe has been around at least since the 1950's. It was originally called "Million Dollar Fudge" and called for 5 Hershey Milk Chocolate bars (the old 5 cent bars). Since the Eisenhower's owned a home in mid-Pennsylvania near Hershey, PA, I'm sure it's the same recipe. My mother's old recipe is exactly 1/2 the amount of these same ingredients and is made in an 8 X 8 inch pan. It's absolutely foolproof. It's perfect everytime and wonderfully delicious."

Reviewed Dec. 23, 2011

"I have been making this recipe every Christmas since I first saw it in 2001...there is no better recipe I have found for fudge!"

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2011

"Interesting that I too have a recipe for "Mamies Famous Fudge" from about 45 or so years ago. It has different chocolates such as bars of German Sweet and the butter amount is different as well. I have seen the one I have before but not this version. I think this one must have been changed for personal taste. Good regardless, but I will make the one I have."

Ann C
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2010

"Best fudge recipe I have made, everyone asks for recipe. And it was so easy to make."

Reviewed Dec. 20, 2009

"This fudge is the best I have ever made. It is sure proof and oh so good! Wonderful for Christmas Gits."

Reviewed Dec. 9, 2008

"This recipe is not only very easy to prepare, it is amazingly delicious.

I use a larger pan for this recipe, it still makes a nice thick piece of candy."

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