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Simple Macadamia Nut Fudge Recipe
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Simple Macadamia Nut Fudge Recipe

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My aunt now lives in Hawaii, and she keeps our family supplied with fresh pineapples, mangos and macadamia nuts...along with recipes like this one. Here on our Mississippi Delta family farm, we grow rice, soybeans and Southern pecans. When I run out of macadamias for candy-making, I substitute pecans. Whichever nuts I use, neighbors like this fudge so much that they have started to call me the "Candy Lady of Cleveland".
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES:162 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. + chilling
MAKES: 162 servings


  • 2 teaspoons plus 1/2 cup butter, divided
  • 4-1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 3 cups chopped macadamia nuts, divided
  • 12 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1 package (12 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 72 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.


  1. Line two 9-in. square pans with foil; butter the foil with the 2 teaspoons butter. Set aside.
  2. In a large heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, milk and remaining butter. Bring to a gentle boil. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat; stir in 2 cups nuts, chopped chocolate, chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, vanilla and salt if desired.
  3. Pour fudge into prepared pans; sprinkle remaining nuts over top and press in lightly. Refrigerate until firm. Using foil, lift fudge out of pans. Discard foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store in an airtight container. Yield: about 5 pounds.
Originally published as Macadamia Nut Fudge in Country Woman November/December 1989, p29

Nutritional Facts

1 piece equals 72 calories, 4 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 2 mg cholesterol, 16 mg sodium, 10 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 1 g protein.

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Reviewed May. 24, 2010

"In addition to the 12 ounces of German sweet chocolate, the recipe should also have 1 package (12 ounces) of semisweet chocolate chips. We apologize for the error and it will be corrected here soon.

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Reviewed May. 23, 2010

"Ingredients lists no chocolate chips but recipe calls for them. We made it without chocolate chips and with pecans. It turned out too soft and too nutty. I have made better fudge with better consistency and with far less fuss and cost -the German's sweet chocolate alone for this recipe cost me over nine dollars!"

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2010

"How can a dibetic eat this fudge with all this sugar in it?"

Reviewed Dec. 6, 2009

"would you tell me how much choc chips?"

Reviewed Jan. 19, 2009

"This has to be excellent! I love the combination of macademia nuts and fudge! yummmm... and the fat and calorie contents are low too!"

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