This Million Dollar Fudge Recipe, also known as Mamie Eisenhower's fudge, makes the best fudge for holiday gifts. It's soft, sweet and delicious! This melt-in-your-mouth fudge will be one of your favorite recipes to make this holiday season!
If you 're looking for a rich, sweet, marshmallow fudge recipe, Mamie's Million Dollar Fudge is for you! My grandma clipped this fudge recipe from the newspaper way back when, and it's now one of our family favorites!
This is one of those great recipes that has been handed down through the years and often changed slightly -- the original does not go into detail. Mamie's fudge is often found in family cookbooks, and there are many different variations.
Even though President Eisenhower was known as the cook in the family, first lady Mamie Eisenhower was known for her fudge. Mamie shared her Million Dollar Fudge recipe with the world when she and Ike moved to the White House. The original recipe is at the Eisenhower presidential library.
You only need a few simple ingredients for Mamie Eisenhower's fudge. You can find them in your local grocery stores or online. Full amounts are in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.
- 12-ounce can evaporated milk -- not sweetened condensed milk
- Granulated sugar
- Semisweet chocolate chips
- German sweet chocolate -- Baker's chocolate bars
- Marshmallow fluff -- marshmallow cream
- Chopped nuts -- either pecans or walnuts
- Sea salt -- to cut the sweetness
- Flaked salt or seasonal sprinkles -- optional, for decoration
How to Make Million Dollar Fudge
First, get out all of the ingredients, measure them and have them ready to go. Then, line a 13 X 9 inch pan with aluminum foil, parchment paper or wax paper.
You can also butter the baking dish, but it's easier to lift the fudge out to cut when you line your pan.
Chop up the chocolate bars into smaller pieces, and chop the nuts. Then, place the nuts, chocolate and the entire jar of marshmallow creme into a large bowl.
Place the bowl next to the stove. This makes it easier to pour the hot liquid into the bowl when it's ready.
In a large heavy bottomed pot or Dutch oven, combine sugar, butter, and evaporated milk, and heat the mixture over medium heat.
Stir frequently with a wooden spoon or silicone spatula. When the mixture starts to boil, start timing, and let it cook for 7 minutes.
It's important to start timing once the liquid boils -- large bubbles bubbling rapidly. If you start timing when you see smaller bubbles around the edge of the liquid, your fudge may be too soft.
Keep stirring the entire time the sugar mixture is cooking. It's a workout!
Cook the sugar syrup mixture for 7 minutes. Then, turn the heat off. Very carefully lift the pot off of the stove, and pour the liquid into the mixing bowl.
By the way, Mamie's recipe calls for a 6 minute cook time. That yields softer candy, while this one from the newspaper is a little firmer. So, use your best judgement here.
Mix the ingredients together with a wooden spoon or spatula until the mixture is well combined.
The fudge mixture is very thick, but this is normal.
Then, pour the chocolate mixture into the prepared baking pan. Use your spatula to spread the chocolate so that it's nice and smooth.
Allow at least 1 hour or more for the fudge to set up before attempting to cut it. We like to pop the pan into the fridge to speed up the process.
This rich, chocolatey fudge is super sweet! I recommend cutting it into 1-inch squares, or smaller pieces if you like.
Variations and Substitutions
Vary the toppings on your million dollar fudge: add a pinch of flaked salt to cut the fudge's sweetness down further, or add seasonal sprinkles for the holiday season.
If you don't like nuts, leave them out. Or, use your favorite nuts instead of walnuts or pecans.
If you can't get your hands on German's brand sweet baking chocolate, you can follow this substitution: For every ounce of sweet chocolate, use 1 ounce of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate + ½ tablespoon of white (granulated) sugar.
Or, use Walmart's Great Value brand of baking chocolate. It's important to note that the German chocolate used in this recipe refers to the German's brand, not chocolate from Germany.
Some recipes call for milk chocolate Hershey bars or dark chocolate candy bars. I haven't tried this out myself, though.
How to Store Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge
Store Mamie's fudge in an airtight container. You can refrigerate it, or leave the container out at room temperature--it just depends on how soft you like your fudge!
Fudge should keep well for 2 to 3 weeks -- if it lasts that long!
You can also freeze fudge. Wrap it tightly in plastic wrap with a layer of aluminum foil around it. It should keep for up to 3 months.
Helpful Tips for Perfect Fudge
Have all ingredients prepped and ready go before starting to make the cooking process go smoothly.
Cut the chocolate bars on a parchment paper--that way, the chocolate bits that come from chopping the chocolate won't melt and stick to your cutting board!
The liquid is super hot and the pot is heavy. I definitely recommend using oven mitts to avoid the liquid splashing on you!
Be sure to start timing when the mixture comes to a full boil.
More Delicious Fudge Recipes
Million Dollar Fudge Recipe
- 1 12-ounce can evaporated milk
- 4 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 1 12-ounce package semisweet chocolate chips
- 12 ounces sweet German chocolate Baker's chocolate bars, cut up
- 1 7-ounce jar marshmallow creme
- 2 cups chopped nuts pecans or walnuts
- pinch sea salt
- flaked salt or seasonal sprinkles optional
- Line a 13x9 inch pan with foil, parchment paper or wax paper
- Add the chocolate chips, chopped chocolate pieces, chopped nuts and marshmallow creme to a large mixing bowl, and set near the stove
- In a large heavy bottomed pot or Dutch oven, add the butter, sugar and evaporated milk
- Heat on medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a rolling boil
- Cook for 7 minutes, stirring continuously
- After 7 minutes, turn heat off, and carefully pour mixture into the mixing bowl filled with chocolate
- Stir until mixture is well combined, and pour fudge into prepared baking pan. Top with flaked salt or sprinkles, if desired
- Allow to set for 1 hour or more or until firm. You can refrigerate the fudge if desired.
- Cut into 1 inch pieces or smaller to serve
Nutrition information is estimated. Please do your own calculation to fit special diets.
This first lady's favorite fudge recipe was a staple in my grandmother's own personal cookbook, and it just might be in your family's as well!
Look for it when you decide to start your own family cookbook project, and be ready to impress everyone at holiday parties and family reunions!
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Recipe published in 2021 and updated in 2023.