Aunt Fern’s Famous Old-Fashioned Fudge Recipe

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When I was growing up, my mom made the same treats for the neighbors every holiday season – plenty of homemade, hand-wrapped caramels, butterscotch bars, and ALWAYS a few batches Aunt Fern’s Fudge. I don’t remember when I heard the story of our fudge recipe, but it was never just fudge in my mind – it was Aunt Fern’s Fudge.

My grandpa’s sister, Fern, was known in the family (and probably the neighborhood, too) for her excellent fudge, and her recipe was carefully guarded. As many times as people asked her to share the recipe, she refused.

aunt fern's famous fudge recipe

The story that I heard went something like this: My Grandma was talking with Fern’s sister, lamenting the fact that she couldn’t get the fudge recipe from Fern. Her sister said, “Oh, I have that recipe, too. You’re welcome to it.”

And that’s how the rest of the family started making Aunt Fern’s Fudge.

Despite the fact that I grew up eating this fudge, I’ve only made it a handful of times myself. This year, I decided I needed to bring this old holiday tradition back into circulation.

I’ve noticed a lot of easy fudge recipes out there (I’ve made some myself and have nothing against them)….however, if you’re hoping for something stand-out with old-fashioned goodness, then this is the fudge for you!

Aunt Fern’s Famous Fudge Recipe

aunt ferns famous fudge recipe

Aunt Fern's Famous Fudge Recipe
  • 4½ cups sugar
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • 12 oz package of semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 pint jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 large (4 oz) Ghirardelli chocolate bar (I used semi-sweet)
  • 2 cups walnuts (optional)
  1. In a large pot, add sugar, milk, salt, and butter and bring to a boil. Cook, stirring constantly, for 6 minutes.
  2. Have ready in a large mixing bowl the chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, and Ghirardelli bar, broken into small pieces. Pour hot mixture on top of the chocolate and marshmallow and mix until the chocolate is melted and fully combined. Add nuts if desired.
  3. Pour hot fudge into a 9x13 pan and let cool completely.
You can use any chocolate bar, but San Francisco's Ghirardelli chocolate is what made this fudge recipe uniquely Fern's!

Now let’s see what you’ve been cooking!

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Lolli has written 3177 posts on this blog.

I became a mom in 1996, and in 2005 I had my fifth. Yes, 5 kids. In 2007, this blog was born (my 6th baby that will never grow up) and I've been sharing recipes, photography tricks, parenting tips, and everything in between.

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  1. It looks delicious, the desserts are what I like.


  2. I need a good fudge recipe to try. Thanks for sharing yours!


  3. I love fudge! I havent made it in years, for some reason the recipe my mom made for so many years just doesn’t set for any one any more. It was the best fudge ever. I will have to give this recipe a try.


  4. I love fudge. This looks easy enough, I’ll have to give it a try!
    valmg @ From Val’s Kitchen´s last blog post ..#MenuIdeas Monday With #Linky – Homemade Apple #Cheesecake #Recipe


  5. Oh how I would like to sneak away with a tray of those and a glass of red wine…..


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