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Maple Pecan Fudge

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This Maple Fudge Recipe is easy to make, creamy and sure to please a crowd! With only 6 ingredients, plus the pecans, you’ll be sure fall head over heels with it just like we have!



My family absolutely loves anything involving maple syrup, so this maple fudge is one of our favorite easy to share desserts. 

One of my favorite things to do around the holidays is to make a variety of festive fudges and cookies to deliver to friends and family. I like pairing this pecan fudge with these Snowball Kiss Cookies. These are just some of my favorite simple holiday treats that pair well together and are easy to make an in abundance! Of course, if you’re making treats throughout the year you can switch up the other desserts you pair this maple and pecan fudge with.     



What you need to make Maple Fudge with Pecans: 

  • Butter – I always use salted.  There isn’t enough salt in salted butter to make enough of a difference in any recipe I’ve ever used.
  • Vanilla Extract – A little vanilla goes a long way and helps blend the flavors together in a smooth way.  Use real or imitation – no one will know!
  • Maple Extract – Though I’ve tried this several times with real maple syrup, there just isn’t enough flavor to carry through to the fudge.  Maple extract is a must if you want a maple flavor.
  • White Chocolate Melting Wafers –  You could use chocolate chips, but I find melting wafers melt faster and incorporate better when making fudge.  Remember, the higher quality chocolate you use, the better flavor, texture and results you’ll get.
  • Sugar – Fudge isn’t fudge without a little – or a lot – of sugar!
  • Evaporated Milk – Do NOT use condensed milk.  This recipe requires evaporated milk.
  • Marshmallows – Though I’ve had some readers say marshmallow cream worked well for them, I personally have not tried it.  I just use the good old fashioned marshmallows!
  • Pecans – I love the flavor combination of maple pecan.  However if you prefer Maple Walnut fudge, you could swap out the nuts! 



How to Make Maple Fudge: 

  1. Prepare ingredients.  Before you start, you’ll want to get all your ingredients ready.  When making candy, you must stir the mixture constantly to prevent burning.  Because of this, you won’t have time to get things prepared. If you’re fully set up and prepared, you won’t have any issues when your fudge is ready cook.
  2. Cook.You’ll be cooking 3 of the ingredients together on the stove.  The sugar needs to be melted and boiled to prevent a gritty texture and to get the consistency thick. The shorter you cook it, the grittier and softer your fudge.  
  3. Set. As you combine the hot and cold ingredients together, your fudge should thicken up immediately.  Now is the time to pour it into a dish and let it set.  




  • Have a digital thermometer when preparing this maple fudge recipe! It really helps when monitoring the fudge in cooking it to the exact temperature and consistency desired.
  • Keep Stirring! To ensure your maple fudge turns out creamy and ready to melt as soon as it hits your tongue, keep stirring throughout the entire melting and mixing process. If you don’t mix continuously, you’ll end up with burnt sugar bits in your fudge. 

Can you freeze Maple Fudge? 

You sure can! Just make sure to wrap it up tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and inside a   fully sealed airtight container. If you freeze your fudge, it can last for several months. 



How long does the Maple Pecan Fudge last? 

Fudge lasts a long time! Fudge is easy to make candy, like caramel! When you make up a batch of fudge, it can last for a few weeks if you are sure to keep it stored in an airtight container so that it does not dry out. If you freeze fudge, again making sure it is wrapped tightly, it can last for several months! 

Can I make Maple Fudge in the microwave? 

Sure! I know a handful of people that choose to make their fudge in the microwave. This makes the process seem even easier than fudge already is! If you choose to go the route of the microwave, you’ll want to put your melting ingredients in a microwave-safe bowl and heat for about 1 minute. 

Stir ingredients together, and repeat the process every 30 seconds until the desired temperature is reached.. Once everything is melted together, stir in the rest of the ingredients and smooth out your fudge in your dish. Let it cool, and you’ve got fudge! 



Why is fudge called fudge?

Fudge got its name because it was created by accident! In the early 1900’s someone “fudged up” a recipe (they didn’t make it quite right) and the result from this happy accident quickly became a favorite sugary treat. 

Creamy fudge is a versatile treat that can be a delicious bite sized treat or can be turned into Milk Chocolate Sauce which is a classic ice cream topping! You won’t say “fudge” once you try this recipe. 

Maple and Pecan fudge is a delicious treat that is quick and simple to make. This foolproof recipe is sure to make you the star of any holiday party, or guaranteed to keep you happy with a delicious homemade candy that will stay delicious for several weeks! 



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Yield: 25 squares

Maple Pecan Fudge

Maple Fudge Recipe - cut fudge on a platter with pecans all around.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Inactive Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour


  • 6 Tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup white chocolate melting wafers
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup of evaporated milk (5 ounces)
  • 10 large, not giant, marshmallows cut in half
  • 1 teaspoon maple extract
  • 1/2 cup pecans


  1. Line an 8" square baking dish with non stick foil, allowing foil to extend up the edges of the pan.
  2. In a medium sized mixing bowl, add butter, vanilla and white chocolate melting wafers. Set aside.
  3. In a medium sized pot, add sugar, milk and marshmallows.
  4. Over medium heat bring mixture to a boil. Stir continuously with a rubber spatula until mixture reaches 232*F with a digital thermometer. (Approximately 5 minutes.)
  5. Immediately pour hot liquid over white chocolate,, butter and maple extract.
  6. Stir quickly until butter melted and mixture is creamy. Mixture should begin to thicken as stirring.
  7. Add pecans and stir to incorporate.
  8. Pour fudge into prepared pan.
  9. Set fudge aside to cool for 1+ hours (depending on how warm your kitchen is).
  10. Slice up fudge and enjoy! Any fudge that is being saved for later should be wrapped in plastic wrap or foil so it doesn't dry out.


Fudge can be frozen for up to 3 months. Double wrap fudge in thick foil before freezing.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 320Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 84mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 0gSugar: 44gProtein: 2g
Originally Posted: January 16, 2015

Photos & Text Updated: December 22, 2019



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