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Homemade South African Hard Fudge

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Have you ever tried to make Homemade South African Hard Fudge?  Fudge is a type of sugar candy that is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk, heating it to the soft-ball stage at 240°F, and then beating the mixture while it cools so that it acquires a smooth, creamy consistency. In texture, this crystalline candy falls in between fondants and hard caramels.


Yield: 60 blocks

Homemade South African Hard Fudge

Condensed milk, butter, sugar and hard fudge candy

Candy will always be welcome and makes for a special treat and awesome gift, for a friend or family member. They will adore and love it when they realize you specially made them these South African Fudge, despite it being a calorie-laden treat!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Cooling, Set Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes


  • 1 tin condensed milk (397 g)
  • 1 kg white sugar
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp butter or margarine
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla or caramel essence


In a pot, boil milk, butter, sugar, and salt together for 5 minutes, stirring constantly, at a medium temperature.

Remove from heat and add condensed milk.

Return to heat and bring to a slow rolling boil, turn to low, and continue stirring at regular intervals, for 30 minutes.

Add the essence and mix well while on 'turned off' plate.

Pour into a greased pan or Pyrex dish to set and cool.

When cooled, cut into squares and enjoy.

****If it does not harden after 3/4 hour you can return it to the pot and reboil for 5 minutes, then pour back into the pan and set again****


Prepared, tried, and tested Ingrid L Roseweir

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Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 72Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 1mgSodium 9mgCarbohydrates 18gFiber 0gSugar 17gProtein 0g

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History of Fudge

Fudge originated in the US during the late 19th century. Recipes were printed in many periodicals and advertisements during the 1880s. Its popularity was partly due to the decreasing cost of refined white sugar, and partly due to the ability to make it at home without special equipment. Its inexpensive, unrefined qualities made it popular among people looking for a candy alternative that fell in between expensive, fancy candies and the cheapest sweets.

Fudge shops in tourist places such as Mackinac Island in Michigan began opening during the 1880s.  In a letter written in 1921 by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge, she recounts the purchasing of a box of fudge for 40 cents a pound in 1886 in Baltimore, Maryland.


Should fudge be refrigerated?


Freezing fudge, however, is a great option as it thaws very nicely – or you can simply eat it straight from the freezer if you prefer a harder consistency. Fudge will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months!


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13 thoughts on “Homemade South African Hard Fudge”

  1. I stink at making fudge, I never get it right. But after doing my homework and consulting with my mom In law I’m going to give this recipe a go.

    Here goes nothing

    • Hi Candice. I truly hope this one will work for you. It’s a matter of practice and you will get it just perfect. Please let us know through a rating and review how this one turned out for you. Enjoy making it and especially eating this yum treat

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