Adventures in Baking with Land O’ Lakes: Hot Cocoa Fudge (#HolidayButter)

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The other day, one of my favorite radio stations decided to exchange its usual format (soft rock) for 24/7 Christmas music – in the middle of November. Oh well, they’ve had a giant dancing Santa in my grocery store for the past two weeks, so I guess premature Jingle Bells isn’t so bad. One reason it’s a good thing: It means I get to start my holiday baking recipes that much sooner!

Before I break out the gingerbread man cookie cutters (which NEVER make an appearance before December), I like to get warmed up by baking a few other holiday treats. For my first foray into holiday baking in 2013, I made my personal favorite – fudge! The inspiration struck me during a recent trip to Walmart when I picked up a key fudge ingredient – Land O’ Lakes butter.

For this particular adventure with fudge, I created Hot Cocoa Fudge. The chocolatey, buttery fudge includes marshmallow fluff and mini-marshmallows to create a chocolatey, buttery, marshmallowy treat that not only looks delicious, but tastes delicious too!

First things first. You’ll need sugar, cocoa, salt, milk, butter, vanilla, marshmallow whip, cinnamon and miniature marshmallows. (See below for full printable recipe.)

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 Mix the sugar, cocoa and salt. Love the cocoa cloud in the upper right!

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Add milk and stir until it boils. Insert a candy thermometer (it must be a candy thermometer) and allow it to boil undisturbed until the temperature reaches 234 degrees.

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 When it reaches 234 degrees, add butter, vanilla, marhsmallow whip and a dash of cinnamon. Do not stir. Allow it to cool to 110 degrees. (Yes, I know my thermometer is upside down. I didn’t want to disturb it too much by moving it around.)


 Once it’s cool, add the marshmallows and beat the sheen off it with a wooden spoon. (Do not use electric beaters or the fudge will have too much air in it.)

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Once it gets thick and looses it’s sheen, put it into a 8 inch square pan, lined with wax paper that has been coated with butter and allow it to cool. The marshmallows will sink to the bottom and then you can smooth it out.

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Cut into squares and enjoy!

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For more buttery ideas and inspiration, feel free to visit the Land O’ Lakes website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter. Also, make sure to check out the Land O’ Lakes Holiday Gift Giving Brochure, which includes tons of awesome recipes, including a Pretzel Toffee that I’ll definitely be making in the very near future!


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Adventures in Baking with Land O' Lakes: Hot Cocoa Fudge (#HolidayButter)
  • 3 cups sugar
  • ¾ cups cocoa
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1½ cups milk
  • ¼ cups Land O' Lakes butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup marshmallow whip
  • ½ cup mini marshmallows
  1. Line an 8 inch square pan with wax paper and coat the paper with butter
  2. Mix the sugar, cocoa and salt
  3. Add milk and continue stirring until thoroughly mixed over medium heat
  4. Continue stirring until mixture begins to boil
  5. All to boil undisturbed until the temperature reaches 234 degrees (do not stir)
  6. Remove from heat. Add butter, vanilla, marshmallow fluff and a dash of cinnamon (do not stir)
  7. Once the temperature reaches 110 degrees, stir vigorously with a spoon (do not use electric mixers) until the fudge becomes thick and loses its sheen
  8. Spread fudge into pan and allow to cool.
  9. Cut into squares and dust with powdered sugar.
  10. Enjoy!


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  1. Oh my gosh that sounds heavenly!

  2. Aw, I love the marshmallows in the fudge! Too cute!

  3. Oh wow they sound amazing, I can imagine them being completely mouth watering. x

  4. This sounds AMAZING. I repined for later. This is perfect for the holidays.

  5. Oh yum!! Can’t wait to make this!

  6. I was sold at the point you placed marshmallows in them. Delicious idea!!

  7. Does that ever look good to me. I am not even going to tell you how many years it has been since I have eaten fudge. You wouldn’t believe me. I sure do miss it though.

  8. WOW that looks SO amazing!!

  9. thank you so much for the recipe. I can’t wait to make it

  10. Savannah miller says:

    These look so yummy!! I love making treats for my family during the holidays we will def, be giving this one a try 🙂

  11. Those look so delicious!

  12. OMG! I love fudge! That one looks so good with the marshmellow! I’m going to try to make this !

  13. These look delicious!!! MMMM!

  14. That looks so delicious. I absolutely love fudge. Oh now I want to bake

  15. Mmmm oh I just love fudge! This looks good!

  16. This looks awesome! I love that the marshmallows are ‘hidden’ in there! What a treat 🙂

  17. This looks so yummy

  18. i love fudge, but have never made any. I think I’m going to have to try this recipe. thanks.

  19. I was hungry before reading this and now I am starving. It looks delicious.

  20. The first time I made fudge, I failed horribly…you are inspiring me to try again! This looks delicious! #client

  21. Seriously, this looks heavenly! What a tasty idea, thank you bunches for the recipe! This will be great for the holidays.

  22. I am seriously going to make this! I love anything that has marshmallows and chocolate.

  23. Amy Desrosiers says:

    This looks so easy to do, and totally delicious! I love the recipe-thanks!

  24. This fudge looks amazing. I’m have a serious chocolate craving right now.

  25. yummy, we love making fudge every holiday season. YUMMY

  26. sounds good, I like how you added marshmellows in it!

  27. OMG! That looks amazing! I’ve never made fudge before, but I might just try this recipe! YUM.

  28. Marshmallows in the fudge…looks divine!

  29. Ooooh YUM!! I’d love to try this!

  30. My shipping information is… seriously, those look scrumptious!

  31. These look absolutely amazing! I mean like mouth watering amazing! I have to make them fo rthe Husband!

  32. Now that looks heavenly!

  33. That fudge looks so yummy. I really wish I could have some right now!

  34. That fudge looks delicious and easy to make! Looks like something my girls and I can make for holiday dinner!

  35. Mmm fudge. It is definitely something that I gravitate towards but in small quantities. I might just have to try this out this holiday season.

  36. I love to make fudge during the holidays and also give it away for gifts. This recipe looks simple and tasty. I will have to give it a try this year.

  37. That looks really good. I may have to try this out for myself and the kids. Thanks for the recipe.

  38. Oh my that looks so good! I wish I could reach through the screen and grab some!

  39. Making fudge always seems high-stress for me…getting boiling points and all! But, I think even I could manage this…and it looks fantastic!

  40. a woman after my own heart, this fudge looks delicious and the recipe seems like it’d whip up in no time. I’m going to pass this one on to our resident baker!

  41. i LOVE fudge especially this time of year. i need to go make some now

  42. Yum! That sounds delicious. I love fudge.

  43. Yes, please! That looks so delicious & sinful 🙂

  44. This looks so delicious. I do not have a cooking thermometer. I am going to have to get one so I can try this recipe!

  45. It has been far, far too long since I’ve had fudge. I need to remedy it with your recipe. This looks fab!

  46. I have a massive sweet tooth and this would so hit the spot right now.

  47. That looks arwesome. Yammie:)

  48. these look delish.. I want some now but I don’t have the ingredients to makethem 🙁

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