Alton Brown's Chocolate Fudge Recipe

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Recipe Facts

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 45 mins
Cooling Time: 3 hrs
Total: 3 hrs 50 mins
Serves: 64 pieces

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  • 2 3/4 cups sugar

  • 4 ounces unsweetened chocolate

  • 3 tablespoons butter, plus more for greasing pan

  • 1 cup half-and-half

  • 1 tablespoon corn syrup

  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

  • 1 cup chopped, roasted nuts, optional


  1. Grease an 8 by 8-inch pan with butter, or line it with waxed paper.

  2. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the sugar, chocolate, 1 1/2 tablespoons of the butter, the half-and-half, and the corn syrup. Stir with a wooden spoon over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and the chocolate is melted.

  3. Increase the heat and bring to a boil without stirring. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and cook for 3 minutes. Remove the cover and attach a candy thermometer to the pot. Cook until the thermometer reads 234°F.

  4. Remove it from the heat and add the remaining butter. Do not stir! Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes, or until it drops to 130°F. Add vanilla and nuts, if desired, and stir until the mixture well-blended and its appearance changes from shiny to matte. This might take a while—up to 15 to 20 minutes. Be strong!

  5. Pour the fudge into the prepared pan. Let it sit in a cool dry area until firm, 3 to 4 hours. Cut into 1-inch pieces and store in an airtight container for up to a week.

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Nutrition Facts (per serving)
56 Calories
2g Fat
10g Carbs
0g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 64
Amount per serving
Calories 56
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 2%
Saturated Fat 1g 6%
Cholesterol 3mg 1%
Sodium 8mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 0g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 6mg 0%
Iron 0mg 2%
Potassium 20mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)