Dec 24, 2013

Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge


Mamie Eisenhower's recipe for fudge was published shortly after she became First Lady of the United States in 1953. It was an immediate hit with American families, and was soon dubbed "Mamie's Million Dollar Fudge".

There are a few different versions of Mrs. Eisenhower's fudge recipe circulating the internet. I found this one on the Eisenhower Archives government website. I wrote it as published, then added a few notes of my own at the end.


Once you make this sweet, creamy fudge, you'll understand its popularity!




Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge 
Printable Recipe

4 and 1/2 cups sugar
pinch salt (I used 1/8 teaspoon)
2 tablespoons butter
1 tall (12 oz.) can evaporated milk
12 oz. semi-sweet chocolate bits
12 oz. German-sweet chocolate
1 pint marshmallow cream
2 cups nutmeats (I used chopped pecans)

1. Boil the sugar, salt, butter, and evaporated milk together for six minutes.

2. Put chocolate bits, German chocolate, marshmallow cream, and nutmeats in a bowl.

3. Pour the boiling syrup over the ingredients. Beat until chocolate is all melted, then pour in pan. Let stand a few hours before cutting.

4. Remember it is better the second day. Store in a tin box.

Cook's notes: 1. Stir frequently during this step. 2. I used Baker's German chocolate. Break into small pieces before using. 3. I used one 8 X 8 pan, and one 9 X 13 pan. I lined the pans with foil sprayed lightly with cooking spray. Leave a foil overhang on 2 sides (to use as handles later). I let the fudge cool to room temperature, then covered and refrigerated. When cold, I lifted the fudge out of the pans and cut into squares. 4. Keeps well for several days in a tightly covered container. I kept mine in the fridge. It really is better the second day, just like her recipe says.


Mrs. Eisenhower in 1954 and in 1971 






Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge may have been taken to some of these great parties!

27 comments:

  1. Yum…girl….you have got the fudge going on!! I am such a fan of fudge. Similar to the one my Mother made. I can see myself trying this recipe for sure. Merry Christmas to you and your family!! (beautiful picture :)

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    1. Thank you, Kay, and thank you for your sweet comment! Merry, merry Christmas to you and yours! ♥

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  2. Joy,
    This fudge looks perfect, pretty pictures.
    Merry Christmas,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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    1. Wanda Ann, thank you very much- we always have to have fudge at Christmas! Hope you and your family have a beautiful Christmas! ♥

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  3. Thanks for this recipe! I have never made fudge..isn't that aweful. My Mom is always the candy and fudge maker and it's makes me feel like I'm stepping on her toes to make it too. This looks very yummy.

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    1. I completely understand- we all have our specific "jobs" in a family! :D My mom always makes the pralines. I've tried making them, and while they tasted OK, they were ugly as they could be- not all pretty and smooth like hers. If you ever want to try fudge, this one is a good one to try. It's not the fastest recipe you can find, but it's easy and has that homemade taste. :)

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  4. I love recipes like this with a great story behind them! Your version of Mamie Eisenhower's Fudge really does look wonderful - I'm pinning this to try soon :-)

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    1. Thank you, April! This recipe is a conversation starter, too- people like to know the stories! :) Thank you for coming by, and for pinning!

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  5. I really enjoy the history behind the recipe, Joy. I do so want to make this, but just can't bring myself to make another sweet right now (Still on sweet overload from Christmas!) I think this would be a great Valentine's chocolate treat, don't you?!

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    1. LOL! I agree, Kris- I've had plenty of sweets for now. I think Valentine's will be the perfect time to make this again! :)

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  6. Due to the holidays I am way behind in my reading or else I would have tried this recipe when I made fudge this week -- which did NOT last 3 days because it was eaten to quickly! I will definitely try this recipe next time. Happy New Year Joy!

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    1. Kc, there are so many yummy recipes out there for fudge! This one's good, but I bet yours is delicious, too! You'll have to share it with me someday. I wish you the very best in 2014! :)

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  7. I loved Hilary Clinton's cookies and I think I'm going to love this recipe too. Thanks! My parents had great respect for the Eisenhower's even though they were Democrats.

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    1. Hilary's cookies are still one of my favorite cookies. Make both of these recipes often with 45 family member's in a 5 mile radius! ! They are wonderful! The cookies and fudge too! ")

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  8. Beautiful Fudge Joy, I loved it,thanks for sharing with Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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    1. I am highlighting this recipe on this weeks Hearth and Soul blog hop.

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  9. Swathi, thank you so much- I'm very happy you liked it! :)

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  10. Loving these old-fashioned recipes!

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  11. Thank you for this recipe! I'm adding it to my holiday recipes.

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  12. Fudge is the best. Easy and everybody loves it. Thanks for sharing. Hello from Christmas In July.

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  13. sounds good but isn't that too much sugur

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  14. This fudge looks like the perfect treat, Joy! I love that it is such an old, "famous" recipe! :)

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  15. Hi Joy,

    What a fantastic recipe! I really liked your tips as well. I just tried this recipe and it came out perfectly. Just posted it on my blog as well. Hope you like the pictures I took of the process/end result. Thanks again!

    Xo,

    Sinfully Sweet

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    1. How fun- I'm so glad you tried it and liked it!! I'll be sure to check out your post! Happy New Year! :)

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  16. Can you please clarify the Marshmallow Cream size needed, for 1 pint would I use the 7oz jar? Thank you!

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    1. Marshmallow Fluff (not cream)

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  17. My mother made this fudge all the time. When my brother was in Vietnam, the fudge was always included in his "care package". There is a recipe for this fudge on The White House Web site. I would say it is probably the original.

    Jeanette

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