Homemade Fudge Recipe

Vintage Illustration of Children Making FudgeChildren Having Fun Making Fudge
(Source: Vintage Illustration, c.1920)

Choose an old fashioned homemade fudge recipe and make a creamy delicious treat to nibble on. Make the easy Brown Sugar Fudge or the more advanced Educated Liberty Fudge.

Learning how to make fudge is fun for the whole family. Not every batch of homemade candy will turn out perfect when you're just beginning, but you'll find that even your mistakes taste good. Unless you seriously scorch the sugar mixture, nothing ever goes to waste!

Old Fashioned Homemade Fudge Recipe

Mom's Recipe Scrapbooks (c. 1920s)

Educated Liberty Fudge

Evaporated Milk

To substitute 1 cup evaporated milk, gently simmer 2-1/4 cups whole milk in a saucepan until reduced to 1 cup.

Ingredients: 3 squares candy-making chocolate, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup Evaporated Milk, 1 cup granulated sugar, 1/2 cup brown sugar firmly packed, dash of salt, 2 tbsp butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 cup broken walnuts.

How to make Educated Liberty Fudge:

Add chocolate to water and milk and place over low heat, cook and stir until blended; add sugar, salt, stir till it boils; continue boiling without stirring till soft ball stage; remove, add butter; cool, add vanilla, then beat till it thickens; add nuts and continue beating till it loses its gloss; turn into greased 8x4-inch pan, cut in squares.

How to "Educate" your Liberty Fudge:

Add 1 cup sifted confectioners' sugar to 1/2 egg white, then beat, then use for decorating; pipe a letter of the alphabet on each square of fudge.

Brown Sugar Fudge

This old fashioned brown sugar fudge recipe is so quick and easy to make. I made it often during my high school years as a treat for finishing my evening's homework, and it's a comfort candy that I still enjoy.

2-1/2 cups brown sugar, 2 teaspoons flour, 1/2 cup milk, butter size of walnut. Stir ingredients and boil 20 minutes.

Add nuts later if desired. Beat with wooden spoon until mixture starts to thicken. Put in pan and mark in pieces. Set out to cool.

Creamy Homemade Fudge Recipe

4 cups brown sugar
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons butter
1 cup cream or evaporated milk
1 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
Broken walnuts (optional)

Mix altogether, cook while stirring constantly. Cook until drop of mixture forms soft ball in cold water test. Add vanilla, beat hard until mixture starts to thicken. Add nuts, if desired, and pour into buttered pan and cut into squares. —I. Williamson

How to Make Homemade Fudge in 3 Easy Steps

Ever since fudge was invented in America in the late 1890s, it has been the perennial favorite among lovers of homemade candy. Some call it the Queen of Candies because it tastes so rich and delicious.

Candy lovers enjoy its smooth, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth taste, and if you're careful to follow the three steps given below when making the old fashioned homemade fudge recipes, you'll always make the best fudge imaginable.

Step 1

Cook the chocolate with the milk or cream, and stir constantly until the mixture is creamy smooth to prevent curdling.

Step 2

Add the sugar and keep stirring the mixture until it boils to keep the mixture perfectly smooth.

Step 3

Once the candy is cooked, cool it to lukewarm before beating, to prevent graininess, then beat it well to add air to the mixture and make it creamy smooth.


During the cooking stage, always test the mixture in cold water. You should remove the candy mixture from the fire immediately after it reaches the stage mentioned in the recipe; for example, soft ball, firm ball, and so on.

Then, pour the cooked fudge into a shallow pan to cool and remember to score it with a knife while it's still warm, so it can be easily cut later.

About the Old Fashioned Homemade Fudge Recipe

Piece of Homemade FudgeEnjoy a Piece of Old Fashioned Homemade Fudge
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After World War One and throughout the 1920s, fudge making parties had become the weekend highlight. A family picnic or an evening's game of cards never seemed complete unless there was a plateful of warm fudge available to munch on. It had become a familiar part of everyone’s life.

Meanwhile, college students enjoyed the economy of making fudge on campus, and there was no end to the variety. Fudge squares were sometimes decorated with icing for fancy occasions and to add greater appeal.

Cookery experts published the latest and best homemade fudge recipes in all the popular newspapers and family magazines. Most kids learned how to make fudge as a normal part of growing up.

For practice in making the Queen of Candies, there's a recipe above for what became known as Educated Liberty Fudge. However, if you're new to fudge making, I'd suggest making the easier Brown Sugar Fudge first.

As your candy making improves, you'll find the demand for your fudges will increase. That's because everybody loves its old fashioned taste.

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