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Butterscotch Fudge

Butterscotch and fudge are a match made in heaven with this award-winning recipe. Special add-ins make take this butterscotch fudge recipe to a whole new level. —Virginia Hipwell, Fenwick, Ontario
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + standing
  • Makes
    about 1-1/2 pounds


  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups miniature marshmallows
  • 1 package (10 to 11 ounces) butterscotch chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon maple flavoring


  • Line an 8-in. square pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the sugar, milk, salt and remaining 2 tablespoons butter; cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil. Boil for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Remove from heat; add the marshmallows, chips, nuts and maple flavoring. Stir until marshmallows and chips are melted. Spoon into prepared pan. Let stand until set.
  • Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Discard foil; cut fudge into 1-in squares. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Butterscotch Fudge Tips

Can you melt butterscotch chips in the microwave?

You can melt butterscotch chips in the microwave, but for this recipe, it would be an extra step. We recommend stirring the chips and marshmallows in the boiling mixture, which will melt them as you stir. Have leftover chips to spare? Use them up in these recipes that start with a bag of butterscotch chips.

What happens if my butterscotch chips seized?

Seizing happens when any bit of water comes in contact with your butterscotch chips. (This can happen when you're melting chocolate, too!). The biggest culprit is wet baking equipment. Wondering if your chips seized? Seized butterscotch chips will create a gritty texture. Thankfully, you can fix this pretty easily. Add a teaspoon of boiling water, one at a time, while mixing until the melted chips are smooth again.

Why is my fudge too hard?

Hard fudge is a very common candy mistake. Your fudge could be too hard because it was overcooked or it didn't cool down properly (fudge is finicky that way). To fix, mix a cup of water with the fudge mixture in a saucepan at low heat. Stir until the water dissolves then boil. Wash off the sides of the saucepan to prevent sugar crystals from forming. Once complete, follow the recipe's baking and cooling instructions.

Research contributed by Christina Herbst, Taste of Home Assistant Digital Editor
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 64 calories, 2g fat (2g saturated fat), 2mg cholesterol, 29mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Johnson
    Feb 10, 2020

    Seemed too simple to be good, I guess the simplicity is what makes it so amazingly good. No. Great. Spooned the still-warm fudge into silicone hearts, then after set, dipped each little heart into melted dark chocolate. A few thin stripes of the dark over the too and, honestly, I don't think these will last the week until Valentine's day.

  • Aleigh
    Apr 5, 2017

    Oh my gosh this is so good. I didn't have maple flavoring but I had maple marshmallows so I used those. I wish I could give it more stars.

  • mflora
    Jan 13, 2016

    Made this fudge for a Christmas treat in my neighbor's gift box. I poured it into a Rubbermaid 9 x 13 plastic covered dish and it stayed moist and fresh for two weeks. I also put in pecan instead of walnuts. Very good.

  • wizdrg6
    Feb 2, 2015


  • kittenkat27
    Jan 10, 2015

    Wonderful fudge. Easy to make and great flavor.

  • nhersch
    Dec 31, 2014

    Too sweet. IF I make again I will try it with less sugar

  • Yunieabrahman
    Dec 28, 2014

    Havent tried it yet! But it looks delicious

  • Luralorraine
    Dec 14, 2011

    So good and easy to make!!

  • cleancut747
    Dec 12, 2011

    butterscotch flavor over-runs the maple, but sill good

  • mjlouk
    Dec 11, 2011

    Easy and good!