Olga’s Gift Fudge

In Newsletter Content by Brandon St. Clair

This is Grandpa Burns “gift fudge” recipe. This has been a part of the holidays for the O’Brien Family since before the Depression. By the time I married into the O’Brien clan, my mother-in-law Betty had become the designated cook and this recipe is her updated version of the now-century old original. I can still see Betty in her apron ordering everyone to stay out of her kitchen while she spent up to an entire week leading into Christmas and New Year’s, making, fudge, rumballs, snowball cookies, and chocolate chip cookies. This fudge was always a favorite, and on top of the dozens of batches Betty would make for distribution to the family (hence the name “gift fudge”), she would always have to make a few extra tins to satisfy all the people that would come sneak a piece.

We continue to carry on this tradition today, with my husband and son now the designated cooks.


  • 1 5-10 oz cream marshmallow
  • 2/3 cup (sm. Can) evaporated milk
  • ¼ cup butter or margarine
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • 2- 6 oz pkgs chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup chopped nuts


Combine marshmallow cream, evaporated mile, butter, sugar and salt in a saucepan.  Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat.  Boil and stir over medium heat for 5 minutes.  Remove from heat and stir in chocolate chips and nuts.