Real Fudge {Recipe}

April 11, 2012 by post tags
When I was in primary school in the late 1980′s, I created my first recipe book. It was a “reporters notebook”, ringbound, with a model posing as a cowgirl on the cover (I cut it out of a magazine). 

It had an index, featuring basic recipes like meringues, cheese scones, pecan nut cookies and fudge – the recipes were all hand written, complete with hand drawn full colour pictures galore.

To my horror, I recently discovered that I had lost that recipe book. I wanted to make the featured recipe for fudge – a recipe that I had found on the wrapper of a Nestlé condensed milk can many years ago.

I frantically searched for the book, but no luck.

It must have fallen through the cracks of my very unorganised book shelves, or maybe somewhere in the garage, or upstairs where I recently tried to clean up some office space.

The point is, I hope it is still somewhere in my house, temporarily hiding from me. I’ll hopefully find it when it is time to move house again in a few years.Then I found the original Nestlé fudge recipe online, thank heavens. It was exactly as I remembered, simple and old fashioned.

It had a quote at the top: “I have lost and found this recipe so many times I am finally committing it to Zaar. From Fair Lady, May 14, 1986″. It was the right one.So here we go: I’m sharing this recipe as one of my all-time favourites. It is proper fudge, the real deal, melt-in-the-mouth. Save it!

Real Fudge:

  • 1 can condensed milk
  • 500 ml sugar
  • 25 ml golden syrup
  • 75 ml water
  • 60 g butter
  • 5 ml vanilla essence


  • Step 1

    Put sugar and water into a large heavy saucepan. Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Step 2

    Add the butter and syrup and stil until the butter has melted.
  • Step 3

    Add the condensed milk and stir until it comes to the boil
  • Step 4

    Boil very slowly on low heat, stirring every minute or 2, until soft ball stage (the mixture will darken to a deep caramel colour and will start to form sugary crystals on the sides, sounding like sand when you scrape it).
  • Step 5

    Remove from the stove, add the vanilla and beat it with a wooden spoon for 5-10 minutes until it starts to thicken (beating the fudge will ensure a great texture when completely cooled)
  • Step 6

    Pour into a greased pan and leave to cool.
  • Step 7

    Cut into squares when cold.

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25 Responses to “Real Fudge {Recipe}”

  1. Samantha Dupavillon April 25, 2013 at 4:04 am #

    I have to echo so many of the comments here. I have been serching for this recipe for ages. My mother has it but she swears blind she cant find it, I dont believe her :-) I have been given so many fudge recipes and none of them come anywhere close to the taste or the memory of helping my gran bake for Sunday afternoon tea time. Thank you so much

  2. celeste April 26, 2013 at 3:00 pm #

    thank you so so so much for this

  3. Denise Rootenberg October 16, 2013 at 4:28 am #

    Hi Ilse. I am the one who posted it with the comment about losing it and finding it! There were some negative reviews on Zaar (now called saying the quantities weren’t right which puzzled me so I’m glad you and many others were happy to find it and had success with it. I’m trying to find the about section for this blog to see who you are where it’s based. I’d be happy to mail you the original as I have no daughter to inherit my SA stuff (I have a lovely daughter-in-law but she is Canadian so it would hold no sentimental value for her).

  4. Heinrich November 8, 2013 at 1:43 pm #

    Great ideas! Please see my site as well for your fudge orders!

  5. beryl November 16, 2013 at 11:02 am #

    Oh my !
    There must be quite a few of us that have lost the label!
    A young friend has asked me if I had a fudge recipe .my reply was “yes from a good few years ago ,it works well nice and creamy and not crystalised”!
    But I could not find the label and have come onto google as I remember the key ingredient being condensed milk
    And low and behold !

  6. Lauren December 3, 2013 at 7:21 pm #

    Now just to find golden syrup in the USA!!!

  7. Valerie Poole (Nee Taggart) December 24, 2013 at 3:49 am #

    When you use the description Primary School I have to believe you are from possibly Northern Ireland.?
    3 s butter
    1lb Castor Sugar
    2 small tins Nestles Condensed Milk
    a few drops of Vanilla Essence
    lightly grease a 7″ square dish.

    Melt butter, add sugar and milk, stir occasionally until sugar has dissolved.
    Boil mixture steadily , remembering to stir for about 20 to 30 minutes
    or until mixture reaches about 260 F and the mixture is pulling away from the
    sides of the pot.

    Remove, add vanilla essence.
    Beat with a wooden spoon until it thickens.
    Pour into dish and leave to set .

    Tip. Cut when still warmish.

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  9. carleen December 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm #

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