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This Classic Fantasy Fudge Recipe is made with chocolate chips, marshmallow creme and a few other ingredients. It’s easy and perfect for the holidays!

classic fantasy fudge recipe on white candy cane plates

Do you remember the original fantasy fudge recipe? It was made with marshmallow creme, chocolate chips and evaporated milk. It was sweet, smooth and creamy — the perfect easy holiday treat!

Growing up, our neighbor would whip up a batch or two of fantasy fudge every Christmas, and she would always bring some over to us. I found her handwritten recipe card the other day when I was going through some old family recipes, and I just had to make some for my family!

Here’s the deal. You can find a fantasy fudge recipe on the back of a marshmallow creme container. But, it’s not exactly the original fantasy fudge recipe — they’ve changed a couple of things.

The original fudge recipe called for chocolate chips instead of chocolate squares and margarine instead of butter. So, I used chocolate chips in this fudge, but I definitely kept the butter!

How do you make Fantasy Fudge?

Start by melting butter, sugar and evaporated milk in a large, heavy-bottomed pot. I used my Dutch oven for this, and it was perfect for the job.

Like most old fashioned fudge recipes, there’s a lot of stirring going on. You’ll want to stir the mixture while it comes to a rolling boil and keep stirring for a full 5 minutes after that as the mixture continues to bubble and boil. Double, double toil and trouble!

stir butter sugar and milk in dutch oven for fantasy fudge

After 5 minutes, remove the pot from the heat, and stir in the chocolate chips, and keep stirring as they melt. Next, add the vanilla, chopped nuts and marshmallow cream, and keep stirring until everything is well combined and smooth.

Told you there was a lot of stirring! You can skip the gym today, friends!

melt chocolate chips in dutch oven for fantasy fudge

Pour the fudge into a 13 x 9-inch pan. I use parchment paper to line the pan, but you can grease it or use wax paper. Add some colorful candy sprinkles to make this fudge extra festive, then pop it in the fridge to set.

The fudge needs at least an hour to firm up, but you can leave it in overnight if you want.

fantasy fudge with holiday sprinkles in glass pan

Classic Fantasy fudge is sweet and rich, so you’ll want to cut it into small squares. It makes a lot, so this fudge is perfect for parties, cookie swaps or gifting!

fantasy fudge with holiday sprinkles on plate

How do you store fantasy fudge?

After it’s cut, I keep it in a covered container or multiple containers for gifting!

Does fantasy fudge need to be refrigerated?

Nope — It doesn’t need to be refrigerated, but it might get extra soft if you’re house is too warm.

piece of chocolate fantasy fudge in hand

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Classic fantasy fudge recipe

5 from 8 votes

Classic Fantasy Fudge Recipe

By: Dee
This Classic Fantasy Fudge Recipe is made with chocolate chips, marshmallow creme and a few other ingredients. It's easy and perfect for the holidays!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
resting time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: 30


  • 3 cups sugar
  • ¾ cup butter
  • 5 ounce can evaporated milk
  • 12 ounces semi sweet chocolate chips
  • 7 ounce jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts, optional
  • candy sprinkles for decoration
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  • Grease or line a 13x9-inch baking dish with parchment paper
  • In a large dutch oven or heavy pot, combine the sugar, butter and milk, and bring to a rolling boil, stirring constantly
  • Boil for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly 
  • Remove from heat, and stir in chocolate chips until melted
  • Add marshmallow creme, chopped pecans, vanilla, and stir continuously until thoroughly combined and smooth
  • Pour into prepared baking pan, and top with holiday sprinkles, if desired. Refrigerate until set - at least 1 hour or longer
  • Cut into small squares, and store tightly covered


For best results, I recommend having all ingredients set out, measured and ready to go.


Calories: 233kcal, Carbohydrates: 32g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 14mg, Sodium: 46mg, Potassium: 93mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 28g, Vitamin A: 160IU, Vitamin C: 0.2mg, Calcium: 23mg, Iron: 0.8mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
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  1. Marilyn says:

    I made this fudge and came out a little dry, not creamy. It tasted great. Do you think I booked it too long or not long enough. I’m not sure what a roiling boil looks like. Lol

    1. Dee says:

      A rolling boil is when the liquid is bubbling continuously all over the surface. Undercooked fudge is usually very soft, so it sounds like it was slightly overcooked. I’m glad it tasted good, though!

  2. Miz Helen says:

    We sure have enjoyed featuring your post this past week at Full Plate Thursday! Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back real soon!
    Merry Christmas
    Miz Helen5 stars

  3. Sandra says:

    These look heavenly!! Yummy!!5 stars

  4. James says:

    My daughter made this over the weekend and Yummy!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      So glad you liked it, James!

  5. Miz Helen says:

    This is one of my all time favorite fudge recipes, I can almost taste it! Hope you are enjoying your week and thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday!
    Miz Helen5 stars

  6. Allison says:

    Everyone goes crazy for this fudge. I love that it makes a big batch!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Yes! And a little goes a long way. 🙂

  7. Catalina says:

    My kid will love this fantasy fudge. So yummy!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      My kids absolutely love this fudge!

  8. Chrissie Baker says:

    This is the only recipe that my family has ever used, and it’s the only one I use and will continue to use.. YUM!5 stars

    1. Dee says:

      Thanks, Chrissie. It’s definitely a keeper!