Grandma's old fashioned fudge recipe has all the flavors of yesteryear, but it's made with modern sensibilities - namely no-bake! It's delicious and so easy.
I love fudge, especially when it's as loaded with nostalgia as it is flavor. That's exactly what you get with this recipe. It's full of classic fudge flavors, but it's not a ton of work. You can't get better than that!
Why You Will Love this Recipe
- It has old fashioned flavor, but you don't have to make it the old fashioned way.
- It's a simple recipe that only uses a few ingredients.
- It's perfect any time of year, but it really shines during the holidays.
DO NOT skip microwaving the flour. This process kills any bacteria that might be hiding in it, so it's safe to eat.
You only need a few simple ingredients to make this recipe. The highlights are below, but you'll find the complete list along with amounts in the recipe card at the end of the post.
- Ground ginger
- Ground cinnamon
- Ground cloves
- Sweetened condensed milk
- Melted white chocolate
Substitutions and Variations
- White Chocolate - Check out our substitues for white chocolate page to assist you in your decision-making process if white chocolate isn't available to you.
- Add-ins - my grandmother used to rotate between CHOPPED nuts, coconut, cookies, cream-filled cookies, dried fruits, marshmallows, cereal, broken pretzels, M&M's, toffee bits, butterscotch chips, chocolate chips, caramel chips, smarties, chocolate covered caramels, mints or sprinkles or sparkles. She would quickly add treats in right before dumping fudge into the pan to set so there could be treats in every bite.
- No ginger, cinnamon, or cloves - Try pumpkin pie spice instead.
- Skip spices - Instead of vanilla extract use peppermint, maple, almond, lemon, coconut, banana, orange, or rum extract to alter your fudge flavor.
- No Sprinkles - Use anything else your heart desires from the add-ins list above. Simply sprinkle on top of the fudge before leaving it to set.
This recipe might taste old fashioned but it's not made the old fashioned way. You'll be all done in a flash.
The broad strokes are below. Check out the recipe card at the end of the post for the specific steps.
1: Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla. Then, add microwaved flour and the rest of the dry ingredients and beat until smooth.
2: Combine melted white chocolate and sweetened condensed milk. Then, mix it with the previously mixed ingredients.
3: Pour the batter into a prepared dish and top with holiday sprinkles. Then, chill until firm and cut into squares.
On the Counter: Store for up to 2 weeks in an air-tight container.
Refrigerator: Store for up to a month in an air-tight container.
Freezer: Wrap fudge pieces in parchment paper, place them in an air-tight, freezer-safe container, and freeze for up to 3 months.
Make Ahead: This fudge is delicious when chilled overnight, so feel free to make it ahead of time!
What to Serve with Fudge
Fudge is absolutely delicious on its own or with coffee, tea, or milk. It also makes a great addition to any party's dessert table. Some great ideas include:
- Other sweet treats
- Ice cream
- If you decide to add treats on top or mixed into your fudge, chop them up first to make slicing and eating easier.
- Be sure your butter is fully softened so it creams easily and you don't end up with butter bits in your mixture.
- Chill this fudge overnight for best results.
YES! Flour can and does have bacteria in it. If you plan to use it in any unbaked recipe microwave it for at least a minute.
It tastes like gingerbread, fall, and nostalgia. It's so good!
Absolutely. In fact, it's a delicious way to switch things up.
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Grandma's Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe
- Prepare an 8x8-inch pan by lining it with parchment paper or aluminum foil. Set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, beat butter, sugar and vanilla together until smooth.
- In a separate bowl, microwave flour for one minute or until hot.
- Add flour, salt, ginger, cinnamon, and cloves to the butter mixture. Beat until smooth.
- In a medium bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk and melted white chocolate. Pour into other bowl and beat until combined.
- Transfer batter into prepared pan. Gently shake to even batter out.
- Add sprinkles evenly over top.
- Refrigerate until fudge is firm and able to be cut. This will take about 2 hours.