Recipe: Daddy J’s Famous Fudge

We asked Jeremy (Mary’s husband) to do a guest post about his Christmas fudge- a Christmas tradition. Jeremy is known within our friend group for his yummy fudge. We hope that you enjoy it!

xo- Adair and Mary 


Every family has that one thing they look forward to every Christmas…. decorating the tree together, watching Rudolph, caroling, [insert your family’s favorite here]. For me, it was my Daddy J’s famous fudge (contrary to popular belief, I am not referring to myself as “Daddy J”, that’s what we called my grandad).

Every Christmas, Daddy J would make countless batches of fudge, giving tin-fulls to family, friends, co-workers, and neighbors. It was his thing. After he passed away in 2009, I wanted to make sure the tradition continued. So for the past two Christmases, I’ve taken on the duty of making (and giving away) as much fudge as possible.

Me & Daddy J (circa 1993)

Memaw - Making Fudge last Christmas

This Christmas, I wanted to share my Daddy’s Famous Fudge recipe for you to enjoy (and maybe pass along to your family for generations to come):

Daddy J’s Famous Fudge: 

Ingredients: 3 Cups Sugar .. 2/3 Cup Evaporated Milk .. 1 1/2 Sticks Parkay Margarine .. 12 oz Package of Milk Chocolate Chips** .. 7 oz Marshmallow Creme .. 1 Cup Pecan Pieces (optional).. 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract


Combine margarine & milk in 1 gallon heavy pot. Place over low heat until margarine melts.

Add sugar & stir until mixed.

Increase Heat. Add marshmallow creme & mix well. 

Increase heat until boiling & stir constantly (or as Daddy J would always say “stir. stir. stir”). Boil for about 5 minutes.

Remove from heat. Add chocolate chips** & “stir. stir. stir” until mixed.

Add Vanilla & stir again.

Add pecan pieces (optional) & stir.

Pour into 9×13 greased insulated pan. Spread evenly. Let cool. Mark lightly for later cutting. When cool finish cutting into pices.


**You can also use Peanut Butter Chips or White Chocolate Chips to make your own type of fudge.

One final lesson I learned from Daddy J…. You can give as much fudge away as you want, but make sure to keep at least one tin for yourself.


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