Dad's Old Fashioned Fudge recipe

Dad's Old Fashioned Fudge

Dad's Old Fashioned Fudge recipe has been in my family since about 1975 and is an absolute must-make every Christmas and Easter. With just 5 ingredients, it turns out rich, creamy and a complete crowd pleaser! We served this homemade fudge at my Dad's funeral reception and the plate was wiped clean in minutes.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword Old Fashioned Fudge, Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 16 minutes
Servings 90 pieces
Calories 92 kcal
Author Heather


  • 4 cups granulated sugar
  • 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 tbsp half & half or whole milk
  • 2 tbsp + 2 tsp pure vanilla
  • 7 oz unsalted butter 1 cube + 3/4 cube
  • 16 oz semi sweet chocolate chips 2 & 2/3 cups
  • 2-3 cups walnut halves


  1. Lightly grease a 8 x 10 baking pan and line with parchment paper making sure parchment overlaps sides for easy removal later. Set aside. 

  2. In a 8 quart pot combine sugar, evaporated milk, half & half and vanilla. Place pan over medium heat stirring constantly for 6 1/2 mins. Mixture should come to a rapid boil for a full 2 mins. Take off heat. Add butter and continue stirring while adding in chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is completely smooth. Stir in walnuts.

  3. Pour chocolate mixture evenly into lined pan. Chill for at least 2 hours. 

  4. Once chilled gently run butter knife along sides of pan to loosen. Carefully remove fudge and loosen parchment from sides. With a large sharp knife carefully cut into small pieces. Keep refrigerated for a longer shelf life of up to 1 month. 

Recipe Notes

92 calories per piece is with walnuts.

80 calories per piece without walnuts. 

Nutrition Facts
Dad's Old Fashioned Fudge
Amount Per Serving
Calories 92
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.