NaNa’s Fudge

December 20, 2009 at 2:15 am | Posted in Candy | 22 Comments
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This recipe has been in our family for as long as I can remember. I think it started out as my mom’s recipe and then perfected by my Aunt Lois. I have many fond memories of mom making this fudge and placing it in pretty little Christmas boxes for gifts.

My cousin Brooke even entered this recipe in the Kansas State Fair when she was 11 years old and ended up winning the Junior Division Sweepstakes.

The recipe was published in “A Century of Good Cooking, Kansas State Fair” cookbook, and she won 30 pounds of sugar. 🙂

So with all of that said here’s the award-winning recipe.



Nana’s Fudge

  • 1 stick butter
  • 4 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 12 ounce bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 12 ounce bag milk chocolate chips
  • 14 ounces marshmallow creme
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Mix butter, sugar and milk in saucepan.  Turn heat on high.  Continually stir and bring to rolling boil.  Continue stirring for about 5 minutes or until it gets to a “soft ball” stage.  Remove from heat; stir in the vanilla, chocolate chips, and marshmallow creme.  Mix until well blended then add nuts.  Pour into a buttered 9 x 13 inch pan.   Cool and cut into squares.   I don’t have a candy thermometer, so “soft ball” stage means that when you drop a small amount of the candy liquid into a cold cup of water, it will form into soft ball. 

NaNa is Brooke’s name for her grandmother, and my Aunt, Lois.  Enjoy!



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  1. Fudge is so perfect for Christmastime. This is a great recipe. Thanks for sharing.

    • I agree Judy, and thanks for stopping by

  2. Sounds wonderful!! Hope to try it very soon. I am getting ready to make Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Truffles.

    Merry Christmas


    • Oh man, I recently saw a recipe for Cookie Dough Truffles. They looked fabulous. Thanks Patty – so glad you finally made a comment! Keep em coming.

  3. Thankyou for sharing this recipe! Especially as it sounds like a rather special one and an award winning one at that! 🙂

  4. I’ll be making this for a pot luck this week!

    • As always thanks for stopping by BD

  5. I am very partial towards recipes that came from Nana … or Aunt or Mom or Grandpa! They are always more delicious, more special. Maybe because they are from the heart? Whatever the case, I’d love that bar of fudgy goodness!

    • I agree! Thanks so much for stopping by

  6. Lea Ann, what a wonderful post and tribute to your grandmother. My grandmother, who we called Nannie, was a “one-treat pony” when it came to cooking. But that one “treat” was her fudge. For all our special occasions, you were sure that a plate of her fudge would be there. I guess she never had to learn to cook, due to her mother’s amazing cook, Aunt Carrie ~ who I have mentioned in various post. But Nannie’s fudge was just like yours… rich in chocolate flavor, loaded with nuts and sweet as I am sure both our grandmothers were.

    Thanks for stopping by “A wink and a nod…” and I look forward to reading through your creative post. Happy Holidays and a Joyous Healthy New Year!

    • Happy Holidays to you too George! 🙂

  7. I have never attempted fudge before because the high heat makes me nervous. Seeing as how this is award-winning, however, I don’t think I can pass up trying it. Looks amazing!

    • That high heat thing made me a little nervous. I have a gas range, so can quickly adjust the heat if things were to get out of hand. Wasn’t a problem at all.

  8. YUM! And oh my, what a prize…30 lbs. of sugar, LOL!!! 😀

  9. Mmmm…the fudge looks perfect and great for Christmas party 🙂

  10. That looks delicious – and I love the cookbook photos!! I’m still chuckling at the prize – that would get one through all the holiday baking I suppose. 🙂
    Very sweet post! Happy Holidays!

  11. how funny… 30 pounds of sugar

    aand what a great time of year, only time I see fudge… my favorite (but SOOOOO Bad… Merry Christmas, all things in moderation)

  12. Hello, thanx for visiting my blog. Lovely looking fudge 🙂 whats a marshmellow creme?

    • Marshmallow Crème can be found on the baking isle. It’s a gooey high fructose corn syrup white product that seems to be alive. It’s some sort of marshmallow type oozing thing. 🙂

  13. The fudge looks delish! I just wish someone would make some fudge without nuts. 🙂 I’m nutty enough. Found you via Kim Welker. 🙂 Love what you’ve done here.

  14. Hey, thanks for visiting me! Oh my gosh, Nana’s fudge looks AMAZING. I’m a fudge addict so you know I HAVE to make this!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks for stopping by Sanjana!

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