It's really Christmas once this fudge is made. This festive fudge is always the star of my annual cookie tray exchange and a requested gift by friends and family. I like to shop every year for unique gift wrap. Whether it's Chinese take-out boxes or miniature tins, it's enjoyed by all.

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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Grease an 8-inch square baking pan and line with 2 pieces of parchment paper about 14 inches long; allow the ends of the paper to hang over the sides of the pan by several inches.

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  • Stir evaporated milk, light brown sugar, white sugar, unsalted butter, and salt in a heavy saucepan over medium heat until the mixture forms a thick, smooth syrup.

  • Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until a candy thermometer inserted into the center of the boiling syrup without touching the bottom of the pan reads 238 degrees F (112 degrees C), 20 to 30 minutes. Stir often. Candy temperature will rise slowly at first, then more quickly as temperature increases; watch carefully.

  • Remove saucepan from heat and stir in the Irish cream liqueur and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.

  • Scrape the mixture into the work bowl of a large stand mixer fitted with beaters; set the machine on low speed and mix in confectioners' sugar in 3 additions, allowing the sugar to blend in completely before adding the next addition. Scrape down the bowl frequently and mix fudge until completely smooth, about 2 minutes.

  • Scrape fudge into the prepared baking pan and place on a level surface to cool and set up, 3 to 5 hours.

  • Use the parchment paper ends as handles to lift the fudge out of the baking pan before slicing into cubes for serving.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

135.4 calories; 0.3 g protein; 23.1 g carbohydrates; 12.6 mg cholesterol; 25.1 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (18)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2012
All I can say is it is great! We made one batch for tomorrow and had to make a second batch to take to work as a treat! We used a homemade Irish cream instead of the alchool variety. Thank you for sharing the recipe! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/07/2012
I really wanted to like this recipe. I am certainly not an experienced candy/ fudge cook so I'm sure some of this went wrong due to my errors but I was pretty disappointed. The fudge never solidified even after 5 hours and time in the fridge and it did not come out the cream color as shown in the picture it was much more of a caramel color and it tastes like caramel too which covers over the flavor of the Irish cream completely. It is also MUCH too sweet for my tastes but I should have expected that with over 4 cups of sugar in the recipe! Read More
23 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 19
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
03/15/2012
All I can say is it is great! We made one batch for tomorrow and had to make a second batch to take to work as a treat! We used a homemade Irish cream instead of the alchool variety. Thank you for sharing the recipe! Read More
(11)
Rating: 5 stars
11/18/2012
Wow delicious! My first attempt at fudge and it turned out great! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/22/2012
I thought this recipe was amazing...I had some concerns because one of the other reviewers said that it had no irish cream flavor...but wow! I tasted it while it was still warm and I was concerned it did not have any Irish cream flavor...so I left it to cool and walked away...it turned into the creamiest smoothest fluffy (but still dense?) fudge ever. Make it soon:0) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2015
Super easy and straight forward. A candy thermometer and patience are essential for texture and color. If you cook candy too fast it burns separates darkens becomes granulated and will not set. It must be stirred often. Do not scrape the granulated sides of pan back into the mixture either or this can ruin texture. Mine took over 30 min to reach desired temp. The temps listed here are off also. 238 F is actually 114 C. The goal is to cook to the soft ball stage on a standard candy thermometer. I made these for a St. patrick's day picnic. Yum! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/17/2016
I followed the recipe exactly. It was delicious with just a hint of Irish cream. The texture was creamy and melt in your mouth. I will make this one again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2014
This was delicious! I followed the directions exactly and it turned out perfectly. Yes it is sweet but that is to be expected from fudge. The flavor is delicious. To the reviewer who's fudge did not set make sure you have a good candy thermometer or it is difficult to know when it is done. I have been searching for Christmas candy recipes that don't involve nuts (due to a nut allergy) and this is going to be added to our new traditions. Thank you so much! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/03/2018
This is extremely sweet but oh so tasty! I have never made real fudge before but I bought a candy thermometer and followed the recipe to a "T" and it turned out great....in one inch squares...anything bigger is a bit too much for me but we will be able to enjoy it for a few days at that serving size Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/01/2015
Fantastic! Really smooth. I skipped the "1 cup white sugar". Plenty sweet without it. Also greasy enough that it will come out of the pan easily so you can skip the parchment paper and just butter your pan. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2013
Delicious! Turned out beautifully! Quite sweet but oh so creamy and wonderful flavor. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/07/2012
I really wanted to like this recipe. I am certainly not an experienced candy/ fudge cook so I'm sure some of this went wrong due to my errors but I was pretty disappointed. The fudge never solidified even after 5 hours and time in the fridge and it did not come out the cream color as shown in the picture it was much more of a caramel color and it tastes like caramel too which covers over the flavor of the Irish cream completely. It is also MUCH too sweet for my tastes but I should have expected that with over 4 cups of sugar in the recipe! Read More