Butterscotch Fudge

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + standing


about 1-1/2 pounds

Updated: Jun. 30, 2023
Lovers of butterscotch and fudge will agree—this award-winning recipe is a match made in heaven! Special add-ins like walnuts and marshmallow take this butterscotch fudge recipe to a whole new level. —Virginia Hipwell, Fenwick, Ontario
Butterscotch Fudge Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. Line an 8-in. square pan with foil and grease the foil with 1 teaspoon butter; set aside.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.