A recipe for maple walnut fudge that is foolproof! It’s sweet, creamy, and full of maple flavor, with crunchy walnuts for texture!
Welp, I made this fudge a year ago, and here we are. I never got around to sharing it, but the recipe is still as good as it was last November.
I can’t say the same thing for the photos, but they aren’t the worst I’ve taken. We’ll all get through this.
I think the main thing you need to know about this recipe is that this fudge features a classic and timeless flavor pairing: maple and walnut. One of my favorite flavor teams. Rich in maple flavor, smooth and creamy in texture, and loaded with crunchy walnuts.
I also added toffee to this fudge for an additional level of crunchiness, as well as caramel-like sugary goodness.
I sometimes hesitate to make candy from scratch because I don’t like dealing with a candy thermometer. I love to make it, but I have to be in the right mood. Candy-making is not always fuss-free.
The thermometer is meant to make things easier, and to provide accuracy, but sometimes I think it only complicates candy-making. At least, for me.
This fudge is foolproof though. The recipe is simple enough, and the reward is worth any effort it takes to make it.
I haven’t made this fudge since last year, but that’s going to change. It highlights some of the best fall flavors, is always a hit at parties, and is blessedly easy to make!
Maple Walnut Fudge
- 1 c. unsalted butter cubed
- 2 c. packed brown sugar
- 1 - 5 oz. can evaporated milk
- 1 tbsp. maple extract
- 1 tsp. vanilla
- pinch of salt
- 2 c. powdered sugar
- 1-1/2 c. chopped walnuts divided
- 3/4 c. toffee bits optional
Line an 8-inch square pan with foil, and spray the foil with butter spray.
In a large saucepan, combine butter, brown sugar, and evaporated milk.
Bring to a rolling boil over medium-high heat, and cook for 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Set a timer for 8 minutes.
Remove from heat, and stir in the maple extract, vanilla, salt, and powdered sugar.
Quickly transfer to a large mixing bowl, and beat for 2-3 minutes, or until it's smooth and shiny.
Fold in 1 c. walnuts and the toffee bits (toffee bits are optional).
Immediately spread into the prepared pan, and sprinkle with remaining walnuts, pressing down lightly.
Lift the fudge out of the pan using the foil edges, and remove foil.
Cut into bars, and enjoy!
Adapted from this recipe.