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This is the original vintage homemade fantasy fudge recipe that is loaded with rich chocolate flavor and the sweetness of marshmallow creme. It has a smooth and creamy texture that melts in your mouth. This is a great fudge recipe to make for the holidays and special occasions.

(Last Updated On: May 17, 2023)

This is an old recipe from way back when. It is a vintage recipe I remember from 50 years ago. It’s the fantasy fudge original recipe that used to be on the back of the Kraft marshmallow creme jar. If you have never made this classic recipe you must try it today. It’s super simple to make in a matter of minutes.

You don’t need a candy thermometer to make this delicious fantasy fudge recipe or our easy dark chocolate fudge recipe. Both of these fudge recipes are the easiest and best fudge you can make.

Fantasy fudge stacked on a plate.

๐Ÿ”ช Key Ingredients

Ingredients for fantasy fudge.
Ingredients for fantasy fudge.

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ How to Make this Fantasy Fudge Recipe (Step-by-Step Instructions with Detailed Photos)

Step 1. Soften the Butter

Take 3/4 cup of unsalted butter out of the refrigerator and set it on the countertop at room temperature for about 15 minutes so it can soften up a bit. If it is sticks of butter, cut it into slices.

Step 2. Prepare the Baking Pan

Overlap (over the edges) a 13 by 9-inch pan with parchment paper. Set the pan aside for now.

Note: If you have made this fantasy fudge recipe from the original instructions, then you know it says to grease the pan. But you can use parchment paper instead.

The reason for lining the pan with parchment paper is that the fudge won’t stick to the parchment paper, so there is no need to grease the pan like the original recipe says to do. But just in case you don’t have parchment paper on hand, use non-stick cooking spray to grease the pan.

Another reason to line the pan with parchment paper is that you can pick up the parchment paper and lift the fudge out of the pan all at once.

Baking dish lined with parchment paper.
Baking dish lined with parchment paper.

Step 3. Add the Butter, Evaporated Milk. and Sugar to a Saucepan

Put the 3/4 cup of sliced softened unsalted butter into a 3-quart saucepan together with 3 cups of granulated sugar and 2/3 cup of evaporated milk. Turn the burner to medium heat stirring the mixture constantly with a whisk while the butter melts and the sugar dissolves into the evaporated milk.

Important: It is very important to keep stirring the butter, evaporated milk, and sugar mixture constantly so it will not burn on the bottom of the saucepan.

Butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a saucepan.
Butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a saucepan.

Step 4. Continue to Stir

While the butter melts and the sugar and evaporated milk start to blend as one, turn the heat to medium-high. Use a whisk and continue stirring the butter, evaporated milk, and sugar mixture making sure to include the bottom of the pan.

Butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a saucepan.
Butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a saucepan.

Step 5. Bring to a Boil

With the heat turned up to medium-high, the butter, evaporated milk, and sugar mixture will start to boil. Our goal is to bring the mixture to a full boil, so as soon as you see the mixture start to boil, set a kitchen timer for 5 minutes. Within minutes, the mixture will then be to a full rolling boil, so you have to keep stirring constantly the whole time.

After the 5 minutes is up, turn off the heat and remove the saucepan with the butter, evaporated milk, and sugar mixture in it from the burner.

The butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a rolling boil for five minutes in a saucepan.
The butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in a rolling boil for five minutes in a saucepan.

Step 6. Add the Chocolate Chips

Add 2 cups of semi-sweet chocolate chips together with the butter, evaporated milk, and sugar mixture immediately after removing it from the burner.

Semi-sweet chocolate chips are added to the butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in the saucepan.
Semi-sweet chocolate chips are added to the butter, sugar, and evaporated milk in the saucepan.

Step 7. Continue to Stir

Keep stirring the mixture until the chocolate chips are melted and blended thoroughly with the butter-sugar milk mixture.

The semi-sweet chocolate chips, butter, sugar, and evaporated milk are combined.
The semi-sweet chocolate chips, butter, sugar, and evaporated milk are combined.

Step 8. Add the Marshmallow Creme

After that, add one jar of marshmallow creme (7 ounces) to the hot mixture.

The marshmallow creme is added to the fudge mixture.
The marshmallow creme is added to the fudge mixture.

Step 9. Combine the Marshmallow Creme with the Chocolate

Stir the fudge until the entire mixture is thoroughly blended.

The marshmallow creme is combined with the fudge mixture.
The marshmallow creme is combined with the fudge mixture.

Step 10. Pour Fudge into the Pan and let it Cool

Pour the melted chocolate fudge mixture out of the large saucepan and into the prepared pan with the parchment paper. Spread the fudge evenly in the pan with a spatula. Leave the fudge on the countertop in the pan so it can cool and set properly.

The fudge is poured over the parchment paper in the baking dish.
The fudge is poured over the parchment paper in the baking dish.

Step 11. Remove the Fudge from the Pan

After the fudge has cooled, take hold of the parchment paper that overlaps the sides of the pan and lift it up and out. The fudge should come out of the pan very nicely. Set it on a working surface.

Note: You can leave it in the pan if you prefer.

The fantasy fudge has cooled and is removed from the baking dish.
The fantasy fudge has cooled and is removed from the baking dish.

Step 12. Cut the Fantasy Fudge into Squares

If you take the fudge out of the pan, use a knife to cut the fudge and make small squares while it is still on the parchment paper. You can make any size squares you prefer, but a one-inch square is about the right size. This is a very sweet treat, so it doesn’t take much to satisfy your craving for something sweet and something chocolate. A small portion of this amazing creamy fudge gets the job done.

Fantasy fudge cut into one-inch squares.
Fantasy fudge cut into one-inch squares.

Step 13. Serve this Fantasy Fudge in Style

Stacking the pieces of fudge high up on a plate looks divine. So whether you are serving this fudge just for your family, or taking it out to an outing or special occasion, this chocolate marshmallow fudge will be gone before you know it. It’s a creamy melt-in-your-mouth fudge that’s irresistible to the taker. Enjoy!

Fantasy fudge stacked on a plate.
Fantasy fudge stacked on a plate.

โญ๏ธ Recipe Variations

We made this as a plain fudge recipe, but you can add some of the following suggestions if you like.

  • For some added crunch and protein, stir in 1 cup of chopped walnuts or chopped pecans to the fudge while it is still in the saucepan right before putting it in the 9×13-inch pan.
  • Put 1 cup of peanut butter chips or white chocolate chips in the saucepan right before pouring it into the pan.
  • You can also add any of your favorite things to the top of this delicious chocolate fudge recipe right after pouring it into the pan and before it sets. For example, colorful sprinkles, dried fruit, crushed-up peppermint sticks, frosting, sea salt, crushed Oreos, shredded coconut, and caramel sauce are all excellent ideas.
A close-up shot of fantasy fudge.
A close-up shot of fantasy fudge.

โ“ FAQs

How do I Store Leftover Fantasy Fudge?

If you have any remaining fudge leftover, it can be kept in an airtight container on the countertop for about a week or so. You can also put any leftover fudge in a square pan and cover it with aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Do not store this fudge in the refrigerator to avoid it becoming dry and hard.

Can I Freeze this Fantasy Fudge?

Yes, you can freeze fantasy fudge. Put it in a freezer storage bag. It will last in the freezer for about 3 or 4 months. You can take a piece of it out of the freezer, pop it in your mouth frozen, and it melts within seconds and tastes fantastic.

Fantasy fudge stacked on a plate.
Fantasy fudge stacked on a plate.

๐Ÿ’ญ Final Thoughts

This original fantasy fudge recipe with its creamy texture makes the perfect gift for any special occasion or during the holiday season. Scrunch up some parchment paper, then wrap the fudge ever so softly in it. After that, put it in a tin container, (such as a cookie tin), or a pretty gift box. Write “Homemade fantasy fudge made especially for you!” on the gift tag.

This marshmallow fudge recipe would make a wonderful gift for Mom on Mother’s Day or your sweetheart on Valentine’s Day! The best thing about this recipe is that it is extremely customizable to make it your own fantasy fudge.

Fantasy fudge stacked on a plate.

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๐Ÿ—‚๏ธ Recipe Card

Fantasy Fudge Recipe (Jet Puffed)

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This is the original vintage homemade fantasy fudge recipe that is loaded with rich chocolate flavor and the sweetness of marshmallow creme. It has a smooth and creamy texture that melts in your mouth. This is a great fudge recipe to make for the holidays and special occasions.
5 from 2 votes
Cost $8
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Cool 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings 117 Pieces

๐Ÿซ• Equipment

๐Ÿง‚ Ingredients
  

๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ Instructions
 

  • Set the butter on the countertop so it can soften. Then cut it into slices.
  • Overlap a 13 by 9-inch baking dish with parchment paper or grease the pan with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Add the sliced softened butter, sugar, and evaporated milk to the saucepan.
  • Turn the burner to medium heat. Stir the mixture constantly with a whisk until the butter is melted and the sugar dissolves into the evaporated milk. Keep stirring constantly so the mixture will not stick to the bottom of the saucepan.
  • After the butter and sugar are combined with the evaporated milk, turn the heat to medium-high. As soon as the mixture starts to boil, set the timer for 5 minutes. The mixture will go into a full rolling boil. It is so important to continue stirring.
  • After 5 minutes, turn the burner off and remove the saucepan from the heat.
  • Add the semi-sweet chocolate chips to the melted butter mixture immediately while the mixture is still hot. Mix thoroughly.
  • Next, add the marshmallow creme. Mix thoroughly.
  • Pour the fudge into the prepared pan. Spread the fudge evenly in the pan with a spatula.
  • Let the fudge sit on the countertop until it is cool and has time to set properly.
  • When the fudge is cool and set, lift up the parchment paper and remove the fudge from the pan.
  • Cut the fudge with a knife into 1-inch squares.

*๏ธโƒฃ Recipe Notes

  • You can add 1 cup of chopped walnuts or chopped pecans to the fudge after it is removed from the heat.
  • You can add sprinkles or any of your favorite things to the top of the fudge right after you pour it into the pan and before it sets.
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