Creamy vanilla fudge

(543 ratings)
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  • Makes: 36

  • Cooking time:

    (plus 5 mins for beating)
  • Costs: Cheap as chips

  • Skill level: Bit of effort

  • Child friendly
  • Editor's pick
  • Make in advance

Just six simple ingredients - and you can make the creamiest vanilla fudge ever. A guaranteed hit - make this fudge as a food gift for birthdays or Christmas.

This vanilla fudge makes a great gift, too: wrap it in greaseproof paper and pop in a tin or box, tied with a ribbon. See more great food gift ideas


  • 450g (1lb) granulated sugar
  • 85g (3oz) butter
  • 150ml ( pt) milk
  • 175g (6oz) evaporated milk
  • Few drops of vanilla extract
  • A little vegetable oil


  1. Tip the sugar, butter, milk and evaporated milk into a heavy based pan and heat gently, stirring frequently, until the sugar has dissolved.

  2. Bring to the boil and as the temperature rises, stir the fudge occasionally (be careful as the mixture is very hot) so that the sugar doesn't stick and burn.

  3. Continue boiling until a temperature of 116C is reached on a sugar thermometer. If you don't have one of these, you can test if the fudge is at this temperature by spooning a small amount of the syrup into some iced water, it should form a soft ball.

  4. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.

  5. Pour into an 18cm shallow square tin brushed with a little vegetable oil, and leave for 10-15 mins or until almost set. It will set quicker in the fridge.

  6. Mark the fudge into 36 squares with a sharp knife and leave to cool completely.

Nutritional information

Guideline Daily Amount for 2,000 calories per day are: 70g fat, 20g saturated fat, 90g sugar, 6g salt.

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