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Grandma Nellie's Old Fashioned Fudge

It's chocolate fudge, yum! It brings back memories of my childhood. It's very fattening, but we all deserve a little indulgence sometimes.



  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 3 heaping Tbsp. cocoa
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp. butter or margarine


Mix the sugar, cocoa and milk in heavy large pan. Cook on medium high until the soft ball stage, then cook for one minute longer.

Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter or margarine. Mix.

Now, beat the mixture by hand. I use a wooden spoon. The beating may take awhile if it is humid outside. Keep beating until mixture thickens up and gets a glossy look. If you taste it during the beating, you will notice that it is very creamy at first, when it is about time to pour the mixture into a buttered pan or dish, you will notice the taste getting richer and a little gritty.

When it gets to that stage, you need to pour quickly or it will set in your cooking pan. After pouring into dish, put in fridge and let set. Cut into squares. Enjoy, but you may need a glass of water or milk to go with it, this recipe is extremely rich.

(If you make on a very humid day, the fudge may not set, but don't worry, it is edible with a spoon.)

Source: My great-grandmother Nellie Brown. She made this every year for Christmas for the whole family. Every single person (from young children to adults) got their own batch of fudge, wrapped in colorful cellophane in a pretty Christmas dish; no wonder we aren't very thin!

By quessa8 from Kingston, OK


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December 29, 20160 found this helpful

If it does not set... Time for Ice Cream! I used to make this all the time when I was young and if it did not set or I didn't get it to the soft-ball stage it made a great ice cream topping!

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