Nanny’s Brown Sugar Fudge is an old-fashioned boiled candy recipe that is also referred to as penuche. This fudge is made with light brown sugar, evaporated milk, corn syrup, salt, butter, and a touch of vanilla extract. This delicious fudge is easy to make and a great treat to include on your homemade holiday treat trays!

Nanny used to make a penuche frosting that was to die for. It was always the frosting I requested when I felt like eating something fudgy, but not chocolate! When I came across her recipe card for Brown Sugar Fudge, I knew I had to make it.

Brown Sugar Fudge

I was nervous about it because as I have said many times before, I am not the best fudge maker. I have failed at making it many times and I don’t understand why because I grew up with a mom who also made incredible fudge!

Brown Sugar Fudge Boiling

Brown Sugar Fudge adding butter and vanilla

Mom would make chocolate fudge (her favorite) or peanut butter fudge almost every Saturday night to go with our popcorn. We would all sit around watching TV shows like Lawrence Welk and Green Acres while snacking on buttery salty popcorn and sweet, delicious fudge!

Brown Sugar Fudge with WalnutsBrown Sugar Fudge stirring

Let me share with you things I have learned about making fudge and how you too can become successful at doing so! It isn’t too tricky, but you do have to be watchful when making a boiled fudge recipe.

Brown Sugar Fudge pouring Brown Sugar Fudge spreading

How to make a successful fudge recipe!

  1. Always use a candy thermometer. If you don’t have one, I highly recommend buying one.
  2. Have all your ingredients and pans ready to go before you start. Fudge can turn fast and you want to be sure to be on the game when making it.
  3. Resist the urge to stir too much. Believe me, you will have your fill of stirring once the fudge cools down some!
  4. I always remove my fudge from the cooktop just before it hits the softball stage (see the candy thermometer pic!)
  5. As soon as your fudge starts to lose the glossy look is when you need to pour into your prepared dish. Don’t hold out on pouring into your pan. If you do, the fudge will harden in your cooking pan.

Brown Sugar Fudge cooling Brown Sugar Fudge cut into 24 pieces


I am very proud of that piece of fudge up above. I did pretty darn good this time! I can just hear my Nanny say “Shelby Mae, let’shave “just a taste” of that fudge.”

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Yield: 24 pieces

Nanny's Brown Sugar Fudge

Nanny's Brown Sugar Fudge

Recipe from Mae Iris Whitton - my precious Nanny

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 2-1/2 cups light brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3 Tablespoons corn syrup
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts


  1. Combine evaporated milk, brown sugar, corn syrup and salt in saucepan over medium heat.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil and cook until just reaches the soft boil stage. This is 230 degrees on a candy thermometer.
  3. Remove from heat, add butter and cool until about 200 degrees.
  4. Add walnuts and stir.
  5. Beat fudge until it has just lost it's shiny gloss.
  6. Immediately pour into pan lined with wax paper.
  7. Cool completely.
  8. Cut into 24 pieces.
  9. Store in airtight container.


Watch your fudge carefully at all times. To be successful you must pay attention to it while it is cooking and while you are beating it. If you do overbeat it, add a little bit of milk to the mixture to try and loosen it up some.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 piece

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 120 Total Fat: 4g Saturated Fat: 1g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 6mg Sodium: 37mg Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 21g Protein: 1g
Nutrition information is provided as a courtesy but will vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients you use. Please consult with your doctor regarding specific health needs.