The Best Fudge You’ll Ever Have

While growing up in Michigan, my family once drove up to rocky Mackinac Island, where cars aren’t allowed, so people get around either by bike or horse-drawn carriage. (Seriously.) But the coolest part of the island is its fudge shops. You stop in, freckled and skinned-kneed from adventures, and sample the rich fudge that made us 10-year-olds swoon. Well, to bring back that magic, Kim from Lovin’ From the Oven is sharing her favorite fudge recipe that will especially appeal to the s’mores lovers out there! Here goes…

The Best Fudge You’ll Ever Have
by Kim of Lovin’ From the Oven, slightly adapted with permission from The Novice Chef

I would eat s’mores every day if I could. It’s the easiest dessert with the most satisfying result. This recipe, originally from The Novice Chef, is wonderful because instead of adding regular milk chocolate, you’re adding fudge. Brilliant! It’s not as messy as s’mores by the fireplace, and the fudge is just the right consistency. It’s smooth, creamy and has crunchy bites of graham crackers mixed in. Another thing that I love about this recipe is that there’s no thermometer required. It’s practically a no-fail dish.

Recipe: S’mores Fudge

You’ll need:
1 (7-oz.) jar marshmallow creme
1 1/2 cups white sugar
2/3 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
2 cups milk chocolate chips
1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
8 graham crackers, chopped (save one piece to crush over the top)
1 1/2 cup mini marshmallows

Line an 8×8-inch pan with foil or parchment paper and set aside.

In a large saucepan over medium heat, mix together the marshmallow creme, sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt. Bring to a full boil, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Remove from heat and pour in semisweet chocolate chips and milk chocolate chips. Stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth. Add in the vanilla.

Gently fold in graham crackers and pour into prepared pan. Top with mini marshmallows and crushed graham cracker. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours, or until firm.

Delicious! Thank you so much, Kim!

P.S. More best recipes, including decadent chocolate pudding and chocolate chip cookies.

(Photos by Kim Nguyen of Lovin’ From the Oven. Thanks to Shoko for helping with this series.)

  1. My deep love for fudge started in northern michigan visiting Mackinac in the summer, such fond memories. Thank you for rekindling them. This recipe looks delicious Joanna. xo

  2. Growing up in Michigan myself, I can completely agree with the mackinac fudge experience! But considering it’s 4 hours away from my hometown, I might have to give this recipe a go!

  3. OMG! Yum. Going to make these this weekend for sure! xo

  4. Oh Mackinac! We couldn’t take the time for a full-on honeymoon at the time, so we drove up to the island for a few days–great food, great bars, great fudge, of course! And hey, when you visit your dad this summer in TC (you’re going to, right–even with the babe?), you can stop at Kilwin’s or Murdock’s downtown. From one pregnant woman to another, I say heck yes to fudge!

  5. jm says...

    I haven’t had fudge for years, but now my mouth is watering.

  6. As a fellow Michiganian, I used to go up to Mackinac every summer! I miss those carless fudge-filled trips. Whenever I think of fudge, I think of Mackinac. And a s’mores fudge recipe??? Can’t wait to try it out!

  7. yes! murdock’s fudge!

  8. This looks amazing. I can never stop at just one piece though … :)

  9. I don’t usually care for rocky road anything, but that Mackinac fudge is the BEST! I grew up in southern Michigan, and once every year we’d go to Bronner’s (the world’s largest Christmas store) and come home with more fudge than I care to admit to.

    This recipe might be worth trying too…if for no other reason than you got me thinking about the fudge of my childhood!

  10. My husband is from Michigan but I am not. He has fond memories of Mackinac Island. Last Summer, he took me on my first visit to Mackinac Island and we had such a good time shopping, bike riding, picnicking and fudge tasting. I was never a huge fudge fan, until I discovered Mackinac Island fudge. OMG! So good!!! And I have to say that smores are one of my favorite treats so to make this into fudge form basically just made my day. Thanks!

  11. em says...

    Have you ever been to Bever Island off of Charlevoix, Michigan? My family used to drive up there from Indiana and hang out on the island and eat delicious fudge! Maybe its a Michigan thing? Lovely post.

  12. I’ll be working on Mackinac Island this summer and CANNOT wait. I’m excited to experience the Island as a “local” rather than another tourist. Thanks for the Michigan shoutout!

  13. yummy yummy.

  14. Yay for Michigan references! We go up to Mackinac Island every year as a family and stay at the Grand Hotel!! My best memories are from the Island =)

  15. awwwwwww!!!!! love your pic!!! angie

  16. I’m hungry ))))

  17. I’m from a northern town near Mack City…we had our prom there…ferry, horse-drawn carriages and dinner/dancing at Mission Point. It was dreamy!

  18. Looks delish!
    I didn’t know you grew up in MI! Me too :) Kalamazoo facinity.

    Thanks for sharing!

    Manda from Eat Cake

  19. As a loyal and loving reader from Boston, I have to say I’m somewhat surprised and even a little hurt that it’s been business as usual around here this week, with no mention of the marathon tragedy. I know I’m more sensitive given that I’m from here, and plenty of other bloggers haven’t acknowledged it either so maybe I’m holding you to a higher standard, but it just feels so frivolous to be talking about fudge when children died and limbs have been lost and people are fighting for their lives in Boston hospitals right now.

    • I was thinking the same thing. Benefit of the doubt, Joanna’s carefully crafting a response and will post one soon, or has been personally affected in a deep way and isn’t ready to talk about it yet?

    • I have to agree with you Shelley. I am from Canada, and I fully admit to being a bit shocked that there has been no mention of it here. I just kind of expected to see some acknowledgement, some mention of Boston with love and support. Perhaps she is still finding the words – I am sure it has brought back some dark memories.

      Please know that I have been sending mad love your way (albeit not in blog form since my blog has been on hiatus). I travelled to Boston just over a year ago for the first time and fell in love with the city and people. My heart goes out to you.

  20. Love xx

  21. OMG! This just looks so good! Yes please! For breakfast please!

  22. This looks so good! Can’t wait to try it.

  23. we spent our honeymoon on mackinac island and the fudge was to die for!

  24. LOVE!! My mouth is watering just looking at these photos!

  25. Ah, you have prompted a story! 18 years ago, the year before we were married, my husband and I took a 30 day cross country journey. We left massachusetts, headed north through Canada and Niagara Falls, and came down through Michigan. I had always wanted to go to mackinac Island. We did….a bit foggy….but we did. The fudge shops were amazing…especially Ryba’s. The only problem was, I saw the sign and said Rygba’s….and from that point on, we called each other a Rygba every time we made a mistake. In fact, my husband had the fudge shipped to me on an anniversary many years ago! Thanks for the reminder!

  26. Michigan love :) ADORE Mackinac…you probably don’t know that once you’re older, it’s actually a huge party place. I mean, out all night crazy drunk people everywhere haha. Being tipsy + fudge + no driving = best vacay spot ever.

  27. i absolutely looove fudge and i typically only eat it around the holidays (why have i been doing that to myself??) so i’ll use this recipe to stop depriving myself of it for 11 months out of the year!

  28. WOW!!!!! Does that look delicious or what!! :-)

  29. I looked forward to Mackinac Island fudge every summer when I was a kid! Love this!

  30. I love that your from Michigan! I am too, we go to Mackinac every summer!!

  31. Ah, Thanks for the recipe!! That’s something I actually miss while we are in France.