Cocoa Powder Fudge Recipe

by "Bob Widdows"
(Mazatlan, Sinaloa, Mexico)

I am looking for a cocoa powder fudge recipe. I am over 80 years old and decided to make some fudge. I have not made fudge in over 30 years or so. It was recommended to me to go to the internet to find a recipe.

When I saw thousands of recipes, it was hard to pick one out. Well, I picked out many, many fudge recipes to make exotic different flavors of fudge.

I was always thought fudge was home made chocolate. That it was made with powdered chocolate that made a home made chocolate that you cut up in squares.

All of the recipes used premade chocolate adding different ingredients.

I have one question? How do you make fudge out of store bought chocolate bars or chips?

P.S. Don't they use chocolate powder any more?? Making fudge was a fun family project.

I hope you will answer these questions.

Dear Bob Widdows,

Sorry to hear you have had such a difficult time finding the kind of homemade fudge recipe you are looking for.

You're right. Many fudge recipes these days use a solid chocolate. But there are traditional or "old fashioned" fudge recipes that allow you to make your fudge "from scratch."

There is a cocoa powder fudge recipe on our fudge recipe page. The first recipe called Basic Chocolate Fudge can be made with either chocolate pieces or cocoa powder (or powdered chocolate, as you call it).

Also, here's another cocoa powder fudge recipe from Hershey's Cocoa that you might like to try.

I hope you will enjoy making many flavors of fudge. We'd love to hear from you again when you've given these cocoa powder fudge recipes a try to tell us how they came out. :)


P.S. Sorry that I can't tell you how to make chocolate chips or pieces from cocoa powder. That's a question that many people are looking for the answer to. :)

Comments for Cocoa Powder Fudge Recipe

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Dec 02, 2014
chocolate fudge NEW
by: sarah

I believe this is what you are looking for. These are what we made when I was growing up. It was in my mom's blue cookbook but I forgot the name of the cookbook.

The following is from the above link at
2 cups white sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup milk

4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan. Set aside.
2. Combine sugar, cocoa and milk in a medium saucepan. Stir to blend, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer. Do not stir again.
3. Place candy thermometer in pan and cook until temperature reaches 238 degrees F(114 degrees C). If you are not using a thermometer, then cook until a drop of this mixture in a cup of cold water forms a soft ball. Feel the ball with your fingers to make sure it is the right consistency. It should flatten when pressed between your fingers.
4. Remove from heat. Add butter or margarine and vanilla extract. Beat with a wooden spoon until the fudge loses its sheen. Do not under beat.
5. Pour into prepared pan and let cool. Cut into about 60 squares.

This is from and the link is included. Enjoy! I was thinking of doing this myself which is how I found your post.

Jan 22, 2014
by: Donna



2 cups Sugar
4 Tbsp. HERSHEY'S Cocoa
1/3 cup white Karo syrup
1/2 cup evaporated milk
1/4 cup(1/2 stick) butter (I soften it in the microwave )
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup peanut butter


1. Grease 9 inch square pan with butter

2. Mix sugar & cocoa in heavy 4-quart saucepan; stir in milk, syrup & butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to full rolling boil. Cook for an additional 5 minutes continually stirring so it doesn't scorch.

3. Remove from heat. Add vanilla and peanut butter. Beat with wooden spoon until fudge thickens and just begins to lose some of its gloss. Quickly spread in prepared pan; cool completely. Cut into squares.

NOTE: For best results, do not double this recipe. This is one of our most requested recipes, but also one of our most difficult. The directions must be followed exactly. Beat too little and the fudge is too soft. Beat too long and it becomes hard and sugary.

Jul 23, 2012
Hersey's Cocoa Fudge Recipe NEW
by: kristen

I made this recipe tonight, with butter, and poored it over cherries.
I had not made the Hersey's cocoa fudge in is still a family favorite.
Thanks for the recipe

Dec 08, 2011
Hershey's Cocoa powder NEW
by: Anonymous

After reading this page I went to my kitchen to gather the ingredients for an attempt at fudge with butter flavored Crisco. I noticed on the back of my cocoa that at the bottom it said you can substitute three level tablespoons cocoa powder and one tablespoon shortening or oil for one ounce unsweetened baking chocolate (one square). Thought someone would find this information useful.

Jun 01, 2010
Using Lard In Fudge
by: Angie

I suppose you can try using lard in fudge. You have to have some type of fat to replace the butter.

Now, I haven't tried exchanging lard for butter, so I can't guarantee the results, but I'd love to hear if it works. :) Let us know if you get adventurous and experiment a bit.

Jun 01, 2010
Nice assortment of recipes
by: GK

The answer provided includes a really nice assortment of recipes. I was hoping to find one that used cocoa powder, but also did not require butter or margarine. I assume that neither oil nor lard would be an adequate substitute, but I am still hoping to find a recipe that uses one of these--mostly because I am looking to use what I have on-hand today.

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