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Easy Candied Walnut Fantasy Fudge
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
This melt-in-your-mouth-delicious chocolate fantasy fudge is silky smooth, studded with sweet-salty candied walnuts and is super easy to make!
Course: Candy, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Candied Walnut Fantasy Fudge, Fantasy Fudge
Servings: 117 1-inch squares
Calories: 64 kcal
Author: Chris Scheuer
For the candied walnuts:
  • 1 ½ cups chopped walnuts
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
For the fudge:
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter
  • cup half and half (or evaporated milk)
  • 12 ounces good-quality chocolate chips I like to use chips with 50-60% cacao
  • 7 ounces marshmallow creme
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extra
For the candied walnuts:.
  1. Preheat the oven to 325˚F. Line a sheet pan with foil for easy cleanup. Spray the foil lightly with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine the walnuts, butter, honey and salt on the prepared pan. Place in the oven for 3-4 minutes until the butter is melted. Stir well to coat the nuts with the butter/honey mixture. Return to the oven for 5 minutes then stir and bake for another 5-8 minutes or until the walnuts are a medium golden brown. Remove from the oven and set aside to cool while you make the fudge.
For the fudge:
  1. Line a 9x13-inch baking pan with aluminum foil with ends extending over the two long edges of the pan. Spray the foil lightly with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine the butter, sugar and half and half in a large, heavy-gauge saucepan over medium heat, stirring until the butter is melted and the mixture is smooth.
  3. Continue to cook, stirring frequently until the mixture begins to boil. Attach a candy thermometer to the edge of the pan and gently boil until the mixture reaches 234˚F. This can take anywhere from 3 to 7 minutes.
  4. Remove pan from the heat and immediately add chocolate chips. Stir, stir, stir, until chips are mostly melted then add the marshmallow creme and vanilla. Stir until well combined then fold in 1 cup of the candied walnuts.

  5. Transfer the fudge mixture to the prepared pan, smooth the surface, then sprinkle with remaining walnuts, pressing them in lightly. Set aside until completely cooled, 3-4 hours. You can also refrigerate the fudge at this point for quicker cooling.

  6. When cool, pull the fudge out of the pan with the foil overhangs. With a long, sharp knife, cut into 1-inch strips. Cut each strip into 1-inch squares. I like to run my knife under hot water then dry with a paper towel between slices.

  7. Store at room temperature for up to a week. For longer storage, refrigerate (up to 2 weeks) or freeze (several months).
Recipe Notes

See Café Tips above in the post for more detailed instructions and tips.

You can also use a 9x9-inch pan for a taller fudge.

Nutrition Facts
Easy Candied Walnut Fantasy Fudge
Amount Per Serving
Calories 64 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 4mg1%
Sodium 14mg1%
Potassium 27mg1%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 7g8%
Protein 1g2%
Vitamin A 44IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 12mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.