Real Fudge Recipe

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.