Fannie Mae Fudge

"If you are from or around the Chicagoland area... you know Fannie Mae and her delicious fudge!! Here is a recipe that you will be sure to love and is so easy to make!"
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  • Mix sugar, milk, vanilla and butter in pan. Bring to a boil for 2 minutes, turn off heat.
  • Add marshmallows and stir until melted.
  • Add all chocolate and stir until melted.
  • Add nuts and fold into mixture.
  • Pour into a greased raised edge cookie sheet or jelly roll pan.
  • Set aside and let cool to room temperature and then cut into bite size pieces.
  • Enjoy!

Questions & Replies

  1. How much peanut butter can you add to the Fannie? Mae fudge recipe
  2. At what temperature do you boil the fudge (medium low, medium, medium high...)?
  3. Whole milk or evaporated milk


  1. We love Fannie Mae Fudge! Everyone always comments how good it is. People like the fact that is doesn't taste "sugary" sweet. I like to use the mini marshmallows instead of the large ones. The minis melt quicker.<br/> One year I tried to be calorie aware and used fat free milk....never again!! The fudge didn't turn out at all. Another year I added the ingredients in a different order...just to see if it would matter. It does, and I have never done it again.
  2. May I humbly add a few crucial details for people like me who need detailed instructions? I'm from Chicago and have been making Fannie Mae Fudge since 1987 after trying and failing at dozens of fudge recipes! The 1st thing is not to use regular milk but an entire 12 oz can of evaporated milk. Next, start a 2 minute timer the moment the sugar and butter mix begins to boil. It must reach a low boil and stay there for 2 minutes to reach what's called the "hard ball stage." It's what makes the fudge thick and maintain its firm consistency. Stir constantly during the 2 minutes. The most difficult thing about making this fudge is the stirring but it is definitely worth it! It's what makes the fudge so creamy so don't take any short cuts! After simmering 2 minutes, turn off burner and move pan. Immediately add all 25 marshmallows and stir until they're all melted. Then add the 3 chocolates one at a time, stirring until each is completely melted before adding the next. Lastly, mix in the walnuts, spread in a cookie sheet with 1" border and refridgerate until firm then cut. This fudge is delicious as frosting, too! With one chocolate cake mix, make 2 cakes using loaf pans. Once baked, remove cakes from pans and place on plate. Pour warm fudge over all sides of cakes. Refridgerate and slice. Soo good!
  3. My family is made up of old school fudge lovers from the south side of Chicago. Having no idea about fudge myself I was surprised when a coworker brought some of this fudge to the office for the holidays. It was wonderfully moist and melted in your mouth, unlike many dry and crumbly fudges I'd had in the past. It might be the marshmallows that make it so gooey and delightful. It was fun and easy to make. Cooked everything on medium heat and poured into a large pan when done. (we opted for no nuts--easy to make).
  4. I make this every year for Christmas. It makes a whole cookie sheet.
  5. The correct spelling of the wonderful candy shop is Fannie May, not Mae!!



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