Macadamia Nut Fudge

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Macadamia Nut Fudge is a rich, decadent, and silky smooth chocolate treat. Add a little crunch from macadamia nuts and you have a homemade fudge worth raving about!

Love macadamia nuts? Be sure to try these rich and fudgy Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies! Or give this easy Banana Nut Cake recipe a try tonight.

Pieces of chocolate fudge with macadamia nuts cut on a piece of parchment paper.
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Why this Recipe Works

I’ve heard too many home bakers say they “can’t make fudge.” Why? Because the term “homemade fudge” conjures images of a fussy recipe with candy thermometers and complicated steps.

This recipe eliminates the need for a candy thermometer!

The hardest part about this recipe is waiting for the fudge to be ready to cut (about 4 hours at room temperature or in the refrigerator). When it’s ready, you have perfect smooth creamy fudge.

This Macadamia Nut Fudge is even better than candy shop fudge. Especially because you’ll know you made it by yourself!

With my method, learning how to make chocolate fudge is as easy as can be. The crunchy macadamia nuts just make it more delicious!

Ingredient Notes

Ingredients needed to make macadamia nut fudge.

Chocolate chips. I use milk chocolate for ultimate sweetness.

Butter. We use unsalted butter in most of recipes. This allows us to control the amount of kosher salt, if needed.

Marshmallow cream. Also called “fluff”, this ingredient is the key to soft velvety fudge without needing a candy thermometer.

PRO TIP- We love making our own homemade vanilla extract, but if using store bought, be sure it’s pure extract, not imitation (for best flavor).

Easy Instructions

Step by step photos showing how to make macadamia nut fudge without a candy thermometer.

You won’t believe how easy it is to make Macadamia Nut Fudge.

Combine. Mix milk, sugar, butter and vanilla together in a sauce pan.

Boil. Bring the mixture to a boil and stir constantly for 4 minutes.

Pour and beat. Pour the boiled mixture over a bowl filled with marshmallow fluff and chocolate chips. Use an electric mixer to beat until the chocolate is melted and combined. Fold in half a cup of macadamia nut pieces.

Chill. Pour fudge mixture into a parchment lined dish. Press the rest of the macadamia nuts into the fudge. Cover and place in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours.

Cut. Slice the set fudge into squares and enjoy!

Bite of macadamia nut fudge.

Tips and Tricks

  • Storing fudge. Transfer set fudge to an airtight container. It keeps well for about a week. Can be kept at room temperature OR refrigerator.
  • Freshest tasting fudge. To keep fudge fresh, store it BEFORE slicing. Then, slice off pieces as you eat them.
  • Use electric beaters. While you CAN make this fudge by hand mixing, it comes together easiest when you use a stand mixer or electric beaters.
  • Nuts. Toasting the nuts can bring out a delicious nutty flavor and result in great texture too.
Pieces of macadamia nut fudge stacked on parchment paper.

Recipe FAQs

What can I use instead of marshmallow cream?

If you can’t find marshmallow cream, you can make this fudge with whole marshmallows. Use about 25. You’ll need to beat the fudge mixture longer to fully melt and incorporate the marshmallows.

Can I make this with other kinds of nuts?

Yes, feel free to swap the macadamia nuts for walnuts, peanuts or pecans. Check out my Maple Walnut Fudge and this Butter Pecan Fudge for more delicious nutty fudge idease!

What size pan do I need to make fudge?

I use an 8 x 8 square baking dish for all my homemade fudge recipes.

Can I freeze this fudge?

Yes, macadamia nut fudge can be frozen before cutting. Wrap the whole block in plastic wrap or foil, then place it in a gallon sized freezer bag. Let thaw on the counter, then cut into squares and enjoy!

Chocolate fudge with macadamia nuts cut into squares.

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Macadamia Nut Fudge

4.67 from 3 votes
By: Aimee
Macadamia Nut Fudge is a rich, decadent, and silky smooth chocolate treat. Add a little crunch from macadamia nuts and you have a homemade fudge worth raving about!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 64 pieces


  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • ½ cup Milk
  • ½ teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • ½ cup Unsalted Butter
  • ¾ cup Marshmallow Cream Fluff
  • 1 package Milk Chocolate Chips 12 ounce
  • 1 ¾ cups Macadamia Nuts Divided
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  • In a large saucepan, combine sugar, milk, vanilla, and butter.
  • Bring to a boil over medium high heat, stirring constantly. Once boiling, keep at a rolling boil for a full four minutes (still stirring).
  • For this next step, I use a stand mixer with whisk attachment (a hand mixer would work too). Add the marshmallow cream and milk chocolate chips in mixing bowl. Pour hot mixture over these ingredients and blend until smooth. I turn my mixer on medium speed and blend for about one minute, scraping down sides of bowl as needed.
  • While this is mixing, line an 8-inch square baking dish with parchment paper.
  • Once mixture is smooth, fold in 1 1/4 cup of the macadamia nuts. Pour into prepared dish and press remaining 1/2 cup nuts on top of fudge, pressing lightly. Allow to set for 3 hours, or overnight. Cut and enjoy.
  • Store fudge in airtight container for up to 1 week.


  • Storing fudge. Transfer set fudge to an airtight container. It keeps well for about a week.
  • Freshest tasting fudge. To keep fudge fresh, store it BEFORE slicing. Then, slice off pieces as you eat them.
  • Use electric beaters. While you CAN make this fudge by hand mixing, it comes together easiest when you use a stand mixer or electric beaters.


Serving: 1piece, Calories: 82kcal, Carbohydrates: 9g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium: 4mg, Sugar: 9g
Course: Candy
Cuisine: American
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A decadent combination of chocolate and macadamia nuts makes this fudge so good! No candy thermometer or special equipment. Just perfect Chocolate Macadamia Fudge to impress your friends and family!

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Posted on August 26, 2015

Comments & Reviews

    1. Unfortunately I don’t think it would give the same consistency. If you have regular marshmallows, use about 25 of them.

  1. I LOVE fudge. I usually only make it around christmastime so I don’t eat whole pans by myself but I might make an exception and make this now. Looks so good!

    1. Thanks Shawn!! I seriously make fudge year round, and not just because I’ma blogger, but because it’s such an easy treat to keep on hand for family gatherings, hostess gifts and more!

  2. Oooh macadamia and chocolate is a match made in heaven! This fudge looks absolutely wonderful! 

  3. Would you believe I have never made fudge? I love it though, so I need to start giving it a try! Your recipe looks so yummy! 

  4. This looks fantastic Aimee! I have yet to go to Hawaii and it sounds like I need to make that happen ASAP 🙂 Then come home and make this fudge!

  5. I love macadamia nuts and chocolate! And I’m totally jealous — I’ve never been to Hawaii but would love to go!

  6. I just got back from Maui last month and I want to go back as soon as possible!  Hawaii is the one vacation you never want to leave from, and you’re so lucky you got to go for 2 weeks.   I wish they sold those Hershey’s kisses here, but hey — we don’t need them when we have this fudge!  Plus this fudge has way more macadamia pleasure….love this!  

    1. Maui is just a magical place. Forget Disney…Hawaii is way better and truly the most magical place on earth 🙂

  7. I haven’t been to Hawaii in years but I love it and would love to go back. And this fudge looks amazing. However, I would need to replace the nuts. 
    My grandmother went to a convention in Hawaii when I was a child and she brought back cases of macadamia nuts.  That was the go-to snack in our house for months and months and months. Now, 30 years later, I can’t even look at a macadamia nut…

  8. Ohhhhh man i haven’t had chocolate covered macadamia nuts in forever! This looks amazing! 

  9. Ohhh macadamias… I don’t buy them frequently, but when I do, they are such a treat- buttery and nutty 🙂 Pinning this fudge!

  10. Love macadamia nuts Aimee! Now add chocolate. Wheeeeeeeeeee!  The fudge looks divine. Good luck on another vacation. Just make him this fudge. THEN ask. (You’ll be on your way soon enough.) 🙂

  11. What a great find! My husband would LOVE this fudge! And I definitely think you need to redo Hawaii- what an amazing trip!

  12. HERSHEYS KISSES WITH MACADAMIA NUTS ARE A REAL THING THAT EXISTS?! I NEED THAT. Holy yum that sounds amazing, and I am loving that you recreated that into this fudge. You can NEVER go wrong with chocolate and macs! Pinned!

  13. I’m such a frugal girl when it comes to cooking/baking but I will say my one splurge is macadamia nuts! You can’t beat the flavor or texture. Can’t wait to try =) Anyhow, did you know the local grocery store worker just told me that people cheap all the time buying these nuts, they print off that they are hazenuts ($3.99) a pound instead of macadamia nuts ($16.99) a pound. That is so wrong!

    1. That’s awful. Because that only raises the prices for the rest of us! UGH. And I agree…they are worth splurging on 🙂

  14. Hawaii must be the happiest place in the world. Beaches, warmth, macadamia Kisses…I am DYING to go there and take pictures that make other people all jealous!
    This fudge is da bomb, as usual, Aimee. Thick and gorgeous!

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