How to make maple fudge

Super rich and ever-so-creamy, it’s the perfect treat for the cold winter months!

Maple Fudge

Maple fudge recipe
Photo by Roberto Caruso

One of my absolute favorite recipes from our December holiday issue is our Maple fudge. Super rich and ever-so-creamy, it’s the perfect treat for these cold winter months! Working with sugar can seem a bit intimidating, so we’ve created an easy step-by-step guide on how to make the most perfect and delicious maple fudge.

Maple Fudge
Prep 20 min
Total 20 min


  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup 35% cream
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter


Measuring temperature with stovetop thermometer


1. COMBINE maple syrup with cream and butter in a medium saucepan and set over high.

Kitchen Tip: Make sure your thermometer is submerged: The ball on the base of your candy thermometer should be completely covered by the maple mixture; otherwise it won’t get an accurate reading. If you’re finding that it’s not, try using a smaller saucepan; just be extra careful since the mixture tends to boil upwards.




Monitoring caramelization of sugar on the stove


2. BOIL, without stirring, until temperature reaches 235F on a candy thermometer or until mixture turns dark amber, about 6 to 8 min.

Kitchen Tip: 235F is the magic number: 235F is the softball stage, the perfect temperature for fudge. And since every stovetop can vary, rely on the thermometer first instead of the time. It may take you less time to reach this temperature.





Pouring caramelized sugar into a bowl


3. CAREFULLY POUR hot mixture into a medium bowl (be careful NOT to touch the mixture with your hands).







Beating fudge ingredients in a stainless steel bowl


4. BEAT, using an electric mixer on medium, until mixture is crumbly, about 3 min. Roll mixture into a ball with your hands.







Rolling out fudge with rolling pin and parchment paper


5. PLACE on a piece of parchment. Lay another piece of parchment over ball. Using a rolling pin, flatten fudge into a 1/4-in.-thick slab. Transfer to a baking sheet and refrigerate until firm, about 30 min.







Maple fudge cut into holiday shapes with cookie cutters


6. USE a maple leaf (or other) cookie cutter to cut out shapes. Refrigerate until ready to eat.