The Original Fantasy Fudge recipe is an old recipe from the back of the Kraft marshmallow creme jar. It’s full of rich chocolate flavor, and continues to be a Christmas season favorite. This old fashioned marshmallow fudge recipe has truly stood the test of time. I’m excited to share my best tips for making this original recipe, including some variation ideas and step-by-step instructions!

Original fantasy fudge recipe

How to Make Original Fantasy Fudge

Let’s start by gathering our simple ingredients to make this creamy chocolate fudge. 

ingredients for marshmallow creme fudge


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 small can marshmallow cream (7 oz.)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped nuts (totally optional)


1. Prepare Your Pan

Start by spraying a 9-inch square pan with cooking spray. A 9×13 pan will absolutely work as well. Next, line with parchment paper (the cooking spray helps it stick), with overhang on both sides so you can easily lift your fudge from the pan. 

2. Mix the Sugar, Butter, and Evaporated Milk

In a medium-sized pot, combine the sugar, butter, and evaporated milk. Stir the sugar mixture well.

3. Bring to a Full Rolling Boil

Place the pot over medium heat and bring the mixture to a full boil. 

4. Boil for Five Minutes (EXACTLY!)

Allow the mixture to boil for exactly five minutes. I use a wooden spoon and stir the entire time to prevent scorching. Sticking to the cooking time is very important for perfect creamy Fantasy Fudge.

5. Add Chocolate Chips

After five minutes, remove the marshmallow creme fudge from the heat. Add the semi-sweet morsels and stir until they are completely melted and blended in.

6. Incorporate Marshmallow Fluff and Vanilla

Mix in the small can of marshmallow cream and add a teaspoon of vanilla extract Note, some people use marshmallows in a similar recipe. I recommend sticking with the small can of marshmallow creme as my original Fantasy Fudge recipe indicates.

7. Optional Nuts

Optionally, stir in a cup of chopped walnuts or pecans at this stage. During the holiday season, I usually make a batch with and without nuts.

8. Pour and Cool Original Fantasy Fudge

Finally, quickly pour the luscious original Fantasy Fudge mixture into your prepared pan, scraping the sides of the pot. Let it cool until it reaches room temperature.

Now that you’ve got the basics of this vintage recipe down, let’s explore some variations.

pieces of original fantasy fudge


  • Nuts: Besides the classic walnuts, try experimenting with different nuts like pecans, almonds, or hazelnuts.
  • Flavored Extracts: Switch up the vanilla extract with other flavors like almond, peppermint, or even orange.
  • Chocolate Swaps: Replace semi-sweet chocolate chips with milk chocolate for a sweeter, creamy fudge. Alternatively, try peanut butter chips to make some peanut butter Fantasy Fudge!

Tips for Best Results

  • There’s no need to use a candy thermometer to achieve the right temperature for our original Fantasy Fudge, as long as you follow my easy steps exactly.
  • I use a 9-inch pan, but you can certainly use a 9×13 if that’s what you have. It will taste just as good!
  • It’s a great idea to ensure all your ingredients are at room temperature for a smooth blend. One of my favorite things about this fudge is its smooth texture. Just say no to grainy fudge!
fudge on a plate

How to Store

You can store your Fantasy Fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. To prevent sticking, use wax paper between each layer. Pop some fudge in a pretty container; it’s perfect for holiday gifts, or even a gift for Valentine’s day!

Can You Freeze Fantasy Fudge?

Yes, you can freeze Fantasy Fudge for up to three months. The best way is to cut it into pieces, then wrap each piece in wax paper. After that, double-wrap with aluminum foil and place in a freezer-safe container or bag. When ready to enjoy, thaw in the refrigerator overnight. This helps ensure this Original Fantasy Fudge has the right texture.

piece of candy

Original Fantasy Fudge is a delightful sweet treat, and is a guaranteed no fail fudge recipe. Whether you stick to the classic recipe or experiment with your favorite flavors, the end result will be result in the perfect fudge recipe. Hey, it might even start a new family tradition. 

No need to wait for a special occasion. Whether it’s Christmas time or any time of year, this delicious chocolate fudge is the perfect recipe. Gather your ingredients and whip-up a batch today. You have my permission, ha! I hope you enjoy this easy fudge recipe!

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Original Fantasy Fudge

Easy and creamy original fantasy fudge is a wonderful holiday dessert.
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  • 3 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 7 ounce jar marshmallow creme
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped nuts optional


  • Spray a 9×9 (or 9×13) pan with cooking spray. Next, line with parchment paper, leaving overhang on both sides so you can easily lift the fudge out when it’s done.
  • In a medium pot, mix sugar, butter and milk.
  • Bring the mixture to a full rolling boil using medium-high heat, stirring continuously to prevent scorching. 
  • Boil for exactly five minutes. This is important! Set a timer!
  • Remove the mixture from the heat. Working quickly, stir in chocolate chips until smooth.
  • Add the marshmallow creme and vanilla.
  • Optionally, add nuts.
  • Pour into the prepared pan; allow to cool completely before cutting into squares.
Serving: 1g, Calories: 196kcal, Carbohydrates: 27g, Protein: 2g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 13mg, Sodium: 53mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 25g
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