When we decided to celebrate the holidays with traditional family recipes - I immediately thought of a Swinimer family staple - FUDGE!

My Dad, Jack Swinimer's family hails from Gold River, Nova Scotia and I can't remember a get together growing up when we wouldn't have my Gram, Hilda Swinimer's fudge or my late Aunt Joan, Joan Nauss' fudge for that matter.

Swinimer Family Fudge Aunt Rae Sawler & Stephanie BeaumontEqually tasty with a few variations...you'd never say which you liked better for fear the supply would stop...and truth be told, we devoured all pans presented too us when they were whipped up using those recipes.

So with the hopes of gleaming the "how to" from a bona fide expert - my Aunt Rae, Rae Sawler graciously agreed to tutor me in her kitchen using her twin sister Joan's recipe... YIPPEEE!

And while the recipe is from memory and the measurements are by sight - what follows is the best approximation and directions we can provide at this time... Good luck & happy fudge making! SABS

2 cups of white sugar

2 cups of brown sugar

1 cup of canned milk

2 1/2 tbsp of Cocoa

1/2 cup of butter

A smidge of salt

1 1/2 tbsp of Vanilla

Grease sides and bottom of 9" square pan and set aside

Combine sugars, canned milk, cocoa and salt in a good sized pot.  Still until most lumps are gone then place on med/high heat.  Add butter and stir til melted.

Leave on heat for approx. 7 minutes, stirring occasionally to boiling.

***Gram's test for 'done-ness' - drop  a 1/2 tsp of fudge into cup of cold water - if you can make a ball with the fudge by rolling it with your finger - it's done! You best watch the video for a visual on that one.

When fudge is ready remove pot and place in sink of cold water...this is to cool it down quicker...then remove to counter top stirring to ensure smoothness... (and ADD - see "Serving & Tips)

Just before the fudge starts to set pour into the prepared pan.

Let cool completely - cut into squares & enjoy!

As noted above (and ADD) - that's the point in the preparation at which you can add coconut, nuts, etc. to your recipe.

You can also omit the cocoa and make a simple brown sugar fudge...but why?!



  1. My name is Marc and i am a fudgoholic!

    Comment by Marc — December 29, 2011 @ 11:35 pm

  2. OMG love the video and remember many events with Aunt Joan's famous fudge. Thanks for the memories.

    Comment by Vicki — December 30, 2011 @ 8:05 am

  3. Did you see the gleam on Rae's fudge? I've made that recipe, and it is delicious!

    Comment by Lisa Collicutt — December 30, 2011 @ 8:55 am

  4. Thank you for sharing...now I am homesick !

    Comment by Wendy Swinemar — December 30, 2011 @ 10:24 am

  5. Aunt Rae is a star!!!!

    Comment by Dan Swinimer — December 30, 2011 @ 10:28 am

  6. Awesome lesson in the fine art of Nova Scotia fudge making!! I can almost taste it! Bravo RAE and Stephanie RAE!

    Comment by Dan Swinimer — December 30, 2011 @ 11:06 am

  7. P.S. I've added mini marshmallows - sooo good!

    Comment by Lisa Collicutt — December 30, 2011 @ 1:03 pm

  8. So nice to see Aunt Rae, I'll have to come down to get some of her fudge.
    My Dad loved fudge, his Mom used to make it all the time too.
    Must be a NS thing...
    Please give her a big hug for me.

    I am going to try to make it...
    Love, Jan

    Comment by janice — January 8, 2012 @ 11:25 am

  9. Love this video, so much fun. I'm off to make some fudge . Merry Christmas to all.

    Comment by Sue Foreman — November 29, 2013 @ 8:54 am

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