How To Make Perfect Maple Fudge Every Time

Super rich and ever-so-creamy, this is the ultimate treat for maple syrup season.
How to make maple fudge Photo, Roberto Caruso.

Maple syrup season is here, and while there's no replacement for the annual sugar shack visit to get your chewy maple taffy fix, homemade maple fudge is one delicious indulgence we can't get enough of. It delivers rich, creamy and smooth flavours every time — the perfect late-winter treat.

If you've never made it, working with sugar can feel a bit intimidating so we've created an easy step-by-step guide demonstrating how to make maple fudge. Follow the steps below for a melt-in-your-mouth-delicious treat.

Maple Fudge Prep time: 20 min. Total time: 20 min.


  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup 35% cream
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter


How to make maple fudge

Step 1: Combine maple syrup with cream and butter in a medium saucepan and set over high.

Kitchen Tip: Make sure your thermometer is submerged: The ball on the base of your candy thermometer should be completely covered by the maple mixture; otherwise it won’t get an accurate reading. If you’re finding that it’s not, try using a smaller saucepan; just be extra careful since the mixture tends to boil upwards.

How To Make Perfect Maple Fudge Every Time

Step 2: Boil, without stirring, until temperature reaches 235F on a candy thermometer. Or until mixture turns dark amber, about 6 to 8 min.

Kitchen Tip: 235F is the magic number; it's the softball stage, which is the perfect temperature for fudge. But, since every stovetop can vary, rely on the thermometer first instead of the recommended time. (It's a guide, but depending on your stovetop, it could take you less time to reach this temperature.) 

How To Make Perfect Maple Fudge Every Time


Step 3: Carefully pour hot mixture into a medium bowl.

Kitchen tip: Be careful not to touch the mixture with your hands (it’s incredibly hot), and pour gently to avoid splatter.

How To Make Perfect Maple Fudge Every Time

Step 3: Beat, using an electric mixer on medium, until mixture is crumbly.

Kitchen tip: This will take about 3 mins. When ready, roll mixture into a ball with your hands.

How To Make Perfect Maple Fudge Every Time

Step 4: Place in between two layers of parchment. Using a rolling pin, flatten fudge into a 1/4-in.-thick slab.

Kitchen tip: Transfer fudge to a baking sheet and refrigerate for 30 min. This allows it to be sliced or cut into shapes more easily.

How To Make Perfect Maple Fudge Every Time


Step 5: Cut out shapes. Refrigerate until ready to eat.

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Originally published March 2015. Updated March 2018.


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