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Ghirardelli Classic Fudge

Rated as 4 out of 5 Stars

"This classic fudge recipe combines four simple ingredients to make a rich, decadent, and chocolaty dessert."
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2 h 10 m servings 175
Original recipe yields 36 servings (36 squares)


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  1. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with waxed paper.
  2. Place all chocolate in a double boiler over hot, not boiling, water. Stir occasionally until melted. Stir in the sweetened condensed milk and vanilla extract until combined. Mix in the pecans.
  3. Spread fudge evenly into prepared baking pan. Refrigerate for 2 hours, or until firm.
  4. Cut into squares using a long, sharp knife. Store in an air-tight container, at room temperature.


  • Note: We've doubled this recipe to feed a crowd and make an ample amount for holiday gifting. Recipe easily halves if a smaller yield is desired.
  • Substitute pecans with walnuts if desired.
  • Bakers Tip: To add a twist on the classic fudge, top with Ghirardelli peppermint bark squares, toasted pecans, or drizzle melted white chocolate on top.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 175 calories; 12.9 18.2 3.1 4 14 Full nutrition

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Used 2 tbl Hershey's cocoa powder and only 2 tsp vanilla. So delicious, and very quick to make!

Normally fudge is too rich & sweet for me but this semi-sweet & 60% cacao combination with only 1/2 cup of sweetened condensed milk & lots of pecans was to die for!

I made this recipe exactly as written. I expected a really good fudge, especially after paying a premium for Ghirardelli chocolate. Sadly, I was disappointed. The texture is not creamy and the f...