The Original Fantasy Fudge


This fantasy fudge recipe is straight from the label of a well-known brand of marshmallow cream. After some time, the company changed the recipe, but this is the original for smooth chocolate and marshmallow cream fudge with walnuts. This recipe makes a large batch (3 pounds!) so consider gifting some of these sweet fudgy morsels to friends and family during the holidays.

Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Additional Time:
1 hr
Total Time:
1 hr 15 mins
3 pounds

The original fantasy fudge recipe is a tried-and-true classic that has stood the test of time. What makes this nostalgic dessert so special? Fantasy fudge is easier to make than traditional fudge, has a uniquely irresistible texture, and comes together quickly with budget-friendly ingredients.

What Is Fantasy Fudge?

The recipe for fantasy fudge (a.k.a. marshmallow creme fudge) originally appeared on the back of the jar of Kraft's marshmallow creme. The sweet treat has become a tradition in countless homes over the years, particularly during the holiday season.

Fantasy fudge is a decadent blend of the following ingredients: sugar, margarine, evaporated milk, chocolate chips, marshmallow creme, walnuts, and vanilla extract.

How to Make Fantasy Fudge

You'll find the full, step-by-step recipe below — but here's a brief overview of what you can expect when you make fantasy fudge on the stove:

1. Cook the sugar, margarine, and evaporated milk together until the sugar is melted.
2. Bring to a boil for five minutes, stirring constantly.
3. Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips until melted.
4. Stir in the marshmallow creme, walnuts, and vanilla.
5. Transfer the fudge to a prepared pan and let cool before cutting into squares.

plate of individually wrapped fudge in front of a Christmas tree
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Can You Make Fantasy Fudge In the Microwave?

Yes! Here's how to make fantasy fudge in the microwave:

1. Grease a 9x13-inch pan.
2. Microwave margarine in a 4-quart microwave-safe dish on medium in 30-second increments until melted.
3. Mix in sugar and evaporated milk; microwave on high for 3 minutes.
4. Stir, then microwave on high until it begins to boil, about 2 more minutes.
5. Scrape the bowl and continue to microwave at a boil on high for 5 1/2 more minutes.
6. Remove from the microwave and stir in chocolate chips until melted. Stir in marshmallow cream until incorporated, then mix in walnuts and vanilla.
7. Transfer fudge to the prepared pan and use an offset spatula to spread out and flatten. Let cool for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares.

How to Store Fantasy Fudge

Store the fantasy fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to two weeks. To prevent the squares from sticking together, stack them with wax paper between each layer.

Can You Freeze Fantasy Fudge?

Yes, you can freeze fantasy fudge for up to three months. Wrap it in wax paper, then wrap it again in aluminum foil. Place the foil-wrapped fudge in a freezer-safe container or wrap it in another layer of foil. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

Allrecipes Community Tips and Praise

"So, so easy and delicious," raves Janice Weems. "My boyfriend made it and he can't cook anything!! No candy thermometer and we didn't even test it in water. 5 minutes at full boil works perfectly. Made one batch with and one batch without nuts. They are equally good!!"

"I added crushed pretzels on the bottom before I poured it into the pan," according to Lori. "Gives it a sweet and salty taste. Everyone raved about it."

"I've made this many times over the years," says VaLady53. "It's foolproof! Very creamy. Follow the directions precisely. Everyone will rave about your fudge and ask for the recipe!"

Editorial contributions by Corey Williams


  • 3 cups white sugar

  • ¾ cup margarine

  • cup evaporated milk

  • 1 (12 ounce) bag semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow cream

  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Grease a 9x13-inch pan.

  2. Mix sugar, margarine, and evaporated milk in a large, heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring to dissolve sugar. Bring mixture to a full boil and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

  3. Remove from the heat and add chocolate chips; stir until chocolate chips are melted and mixture is thoroughly combined. Stir in marshmallow cream until incorporated. Mix in walnuts and vanilla.

  4. Transfer fudge to the prepared pan and use an offset spatula to spread out and flatten. Let cool for at least 1 hour before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

141 Calories
7g Fat
21g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 48
Calories 141
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7g 9%
Saturated Fat 2g 11%
Cholesterol 1mg 0%
Sodium 41mg 2%
Total Carbohydrate 21g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 2%
Protein 1g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 15mg 1%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 49mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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