This is the original Fantasy Fudge Recipe. This classic marshmallow fudge is made with chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, and chopped walnuts for the perfect bite-sized treat.
If you’ve never tried Fantasy Fudge before, get excited. You are in for a TREAT today… literally!
This delightful dessert is usually made for special occasions like Christmas or Thanksgiving but even if you’re just craving something a little sweet and sinful, you’re going to love this Fantasy Fudge recipe we’ve got for you today.
It’s very simple to make and with this recipe you can even get the kids to help. It’s that easy so get ready for a fudgy, dreamy treat!
What is Fantasy Fudge?
Fudge might be a little sinful, but it’s also too delicious to say not to. Especially Fantasy Fudge! Also known as Marshmallow Creme or Marshmallow Fluff fudge.
It’s a creamy and nutty twist on the classic dessert made of – you guessed it – marshmallow. Add in the chocolatey goodness of fudge and you’ve got two of the most delectable sweets in one.
I’m not even waiting for Christmas because this recipe is just too good. Plus, it’s incredibly simple to make so you can enjoy it all year long. In fact, you can make a batch, freeze it, and enjoy this sweet sensation for up to a year!
How to Make Fantasy Fudge
This recipe takes just 20 minutes to make, including cooling time. It yields 3 pounds of Fantasy Fudge.
3 cups white sugar
3/4 cup margarine
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1 (12 oz) package semisweet chocolate chips
1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow cream
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 tsp vanilla extract
1. Grease a 9x13-inch baking pan.
2. In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix in sugar, margarine, and evaporated milk. Stir to dissolve sugar. Bring the mixture to a full boil for 5 minutes, while stirring constantly.
3. Remove from heat and add in chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate chips are melted. Add marshmallow cream, chopped walnuts, and vanilla extract. Beat well until mixture is combined.
4. Transfer fudge to the prepared baking pan and let cool. Once firm, cut into squares.
How to Store Fantasy Fudge
Wondering how long you can keep your Fantasy Fudge? There are three ways to store it!
At room temperature, your fudge will last for as long as 2 weeks. If you’re looking to store it for longer than that, you can also refrigerate them and extend their shelf life to up to 4 weeks.
And if you really want to save some for a rainy day, you can freeze the fudge for up to a year. Be sure to double-wrap and then put in a freezer bag or an airtight container. For best results, wrap the first layer in aluminum foil and the second layer in plastic wrap.
To thaw frozen fudge, simply move them back to the fridge and let it thaw overnight.
No matter how you store them, make sure your fudge is in an airtight container to keep any unwanted moisture out.
Another tip you can follow is to separate each piece with parchment paper, this will help keep its square shape.
Tips and Tricks
Making your Fantasy Fudge in the Microwave
Did you know that you can make this fudge in the microwave too? Yup! If you’re living in a dorm or you’re not too confident with your cooking, don’t worry. You can still have this decadent treat.
You’ll be needing the same ingredients. In a microwave-safe dish, melt your margarine. Next, add in your sugar and milk. Pop in the microwave again for another 5 minutes on high to bring it to a boil.
Take it out, stir, put it back in for another 5 minutes on high. Once that’s done, toss in your chocolate chips and stir until melted.
Add in your marshmallow cream and vanilla extract and just wait for it to cool before you slice into squares. Super simple and still super delicious!
Tips for Making a Rich and Creamy Fantasy Fudge
I’ll let you in on the secret to making this classic Fantasy Fudge recipe the richest and creamiest you’ll ever have: It’s all about the stirring!
Make sure to never stop stirring especially while the mixture is on the heat. You want your fudge to be evenly smooth and creamy with every bite (except for the walnuts!) so it’s important to CONSTANTLY STIR.
Trust me, the effort will be so worth it! And when adding in the chocolate chips, make sure they are fully melted and incorporated in the mixture.
A Little Spin on the Fantasy Fudge
If you’re like me and love experimenting in the kitchen, fudge is one dessert you can get really creative with. It’s so simple yet so delicious and there are an endless number of ways you could tweak it to make it your very own perfect Fantasy Fudge.
You can actually substitute unsalted butter for the margarine for an even smoother flavor. And if you’re not feeling the walnuts, you can always change it to something else like crushed almonds, cashews, or pecans for a different flavored crunch.
And speaking of crunch, a little something extra I like to do is add even more walnuts on top of my fudge for extra texture and flavor. But be warned: You might end up eating more if you do this!
If you’re making the fudge for a special occasion or perhaps giving them to someone as a gift, you can even use different kinds of cookie cutter shapes to portion them.
A witch’s hat for Halloween treats or some heart-shaped fudge for Valentine’s day? Now that’s a good-looking dessert! Just make sure your fudge is set and firm enough to hold its shape.
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