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Three-Chocolate Fudge

I make this fudge at Christmastime to give to friends and neighbors. That tradition started years ago when I made more candy than my husband, three sons and I could eat, so we shared it. It's a tasty tradition I'm glad to continue. —Betty Grantham, Hanceville, Alabama
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. + chilling
  • Makes
    about 5-1/2 pounds

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 3-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 cup butter, cubed
  • 32 large marshmallows, halved
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 14 ounces milk chocolate, chopped
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped
  • 2 cups chopped pecans, toasted

Directions

  • Line a 15x10x1-in. pan with foil; grease foil with 1 tablespoon butter.
  • In a heavy large saucepan, combine sugars, milk and cubed butter. Bring to a rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly; cook and stir 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in marshmallows and vanilla until blended.
  • Gradually stir in chocolate chips and chopped chocolate until melted. Fold in pecans. Immediately spread into prepared pan. Refrigerate 1 hour or until firm. Using foil, lift fudge out of pan. Remove foil; cut fudge into 1-in. squares. Store between layers of waxed paper in an airtight container.

Three-Chocolate Fudge Tips

Are fudge and chocolate the same?

Fudge and chocolate are not the same. Fudge is softer with a buttery texture, while chocolate is usually much harder. Fudge is usually sweeter and often includes additional treats such as nuts or dried berries. Fudge recipes may also include different flavorings, such as vanilla, maple, espresso or even peanut butter.

What is the secret to making creamy fudge?

Start by combining the sugar, milk and butter in a heavy saucepan that will distribute the heat evenly. Bring these ingredients to a rolling boil to make sure the sugar dissolves completely; otherwise, your fudge could be grainy. (Check out our full guide to how to make fudge.)

Is evaporated milk the same as condensed milk?

No—there's a difference between evaporated milk and condensed milk. Evaporated milk lacks the sugar that’s added to condensed milk. Because sugar plays a major part in fudge-making, recipes usually call for evaporated milk as opposed to sweetened condensed milk.

Research contributed by Mark Hagen, Taste of Home Executive Editor
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 79 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 5mg cholesterol, 16mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 1g protein.

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  • Kristi
    Dec 11, 2020

    Wry good fudge. But if I make it again I would cut back on the sugar a bit.

  • JANICE
    Dec 7, 2020

    do I have to put the marshmallows in the fudge? thank you, Jan

  • Kris
    Nov 16, 2020

    Nice

  • kandhcruisers
    Dec 10, 2019

    Have been making this fudge for years. I use the milk and semisweet chocolate discs. I put them in a large glass bowl and put it in microwave at 20 second intervals to start melting. Much easier to stir hot syrup into chocolate. Also use a 12 ounce jar of marshmallow cream instead of marshmallows - much easier!

  • Brenda
    Nov 6, 2019

    Also, since it is a 3 chocolate fudge, I think the 2 oz chocolate is unsweetened. I use Baker's.

  • Karen
    Sep 10, 2019

    Best fudge ever. Once I found this recipe-there was no going back to any other one.

  • burbankd
    Apr 29, 2019

    This is very easy fudge to make. Wonder if a temperature to bring to boil at would be helpful to others? It was difficult to stir in chocolate and nuts after the 5 minute rolling boil.....

  • Jellybug
    Dec 14, 2018

    Just made this fudge and placed them in pretty Christmas tins and gave them out. Smooth, chocolaty flavor and easy to prepare..

  • Angelynn
    Jan 24, 2018

    I'm a little confused. It says it's triple chocolate fudge. That usually means there's three different kind of chocolate in it. I see milk and she counts two semisweet chocolates in different forms as the other two chocolates. Shouldn't the third chocolate be unsweetened maybe even German sweet chocolate? I read that some people used white chocolate as the third choice but I don't care for white chocolate that much. Maybe there's been a typo? Just asking.

  • CoriFerguson
    Dec 16, 2017

    Wonderful fudge. Truly is a 'best fudge ever' recipe. Easy (relatively speaking) to make and sets up quickly in the fridge. I make it in a 9 x 13 pan and it is just as good-thicker chucks, but just as yummy. I also learned to toss the nuts in when blending in the chocolate. Sometimes the fudge starts to set and the nuts don't quite get incorprated. This is a great fudge.