Mary Fox Fudge Fun with Grandchildren

My sister-in-law makes the best fudge every Christmas.

Mary Fox

Mary Fox (Photo credit: moominmolly. Used by permission)

She makes batches and batches of it.

She offers it around and then leaves batches of it at every house she visits on her family tour at Christmas.

Her father’s. Her mother-in-law’s. Her own.

She sends it to her nephews in DC and Boston when they can’t make it to their grandparents for Christmas.

She’s given me the recipe several times.

“Oh, Carol. It’s so easy. You won’t have any trouble making it.”

But, I never have.

Somehow, I know that if I made it, instead of accepting it from her hands, it just wouldn’t taste the same.

Just like I would never try to make Aunt Rowena’s Southern green beans.

Or Aunt Clara’s cakes.

Or Aunt Lucille’s sweet tea.

Or Ruth’s Ambrosia.

My  mother-in-law always made a separate portion of ambrosia for me that had no coconut.

This especially touched me because it was personal and so different from my own family, where the rule was “You eat what is served or not, but you don’t get to special-order.”

What grocery store do you go to to buy the common ingredient in all these recipes – love?


Mary Fox Fudge


  • 1 jar of marshmallow crème (10 oz jar.)
  • 1 ½ cups sugar
  • 2/3 cup of evaporated milk (small can)
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 6-ounce or one 12-ounce bag of semisweet chocolate chips (2 cups)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped pecans (you can use walnuts if you don’t have a pecan tree in your back yard)


  • Grease (or butter) 8-inch square pan.
  • Add to a pot the marshmallow crème, sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt.
  • Bring to a full boil, stirring constantly over moderate heat for a full 5 minutes while boiling.
  • Remove from heat.
  • Add chocolate chips; stir until melted.
  • Stir in vanilla.
  • Stir in nuts (optional).
  • Pour into greased pan.
  • Chill till firm.
  • Cut into small squares. They are very rich.

Thank you, Mary Fox.


Do you have any favorite family recipes you make this time of year?

Did your family member teach you how to make them?

Do you have any favorite recipes that are just memories?

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To you and making memories for your grandchildren.

Carol Covin, Granny-Guru

Author, “Who Gets to Name Grandma? The Wisdom of Mothers and Grandmothers


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