Molasses Fudge

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Cook: 20 min. + cooling


about 4 dozen

Updated: Jun. 27, 2023
The combination of molasses and spice in this fudge reminds many folks of gingerbread. Each piece has an appealing old-fashioned flavor.—Becky Burch, Marceline, Missouri


  • 1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts


  1. Line a 9x5-in. loaf pan with foil. Grease foil with 1/2 teaspoon butter; set aside.
  2. Grease the sides of a large heavy saucepan with 1/2 teaspoon butter. Add the sugars, cream, molasses and spices. Cook and stir over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture comes to a boil. Cook over medium-low heat until a candy thermometer reads 240° (soft-ball stage), stirring often.
  3. Remove from the heat. Add vanilla and remaining butter (do not stir). Cool, without stirring, to 110°, about 55 minutes.
  4. Remove thermometer; beat vigorously with a wooden spoon until mixture begins to thicken; add walnuts. Beat until fudge is very thick and mixture begins to lose its gloss, about 10 minutes.
  5. Quickly pour into prepared pan. While warm, score into 1-in. squares. When fudge is firm, use foil to lift candy out of pan; cut into squares. Store in an airtight container.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 52 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 3mg cholesterol, 7mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.