How to make it

  • Combine sugar, margarine and milk
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes, constantly stirring
  • Let come to a boil
  • Add remaining ingredients
  • Beat mixture until looses its gloss
  • Spread in buttered pan and let sit overnight (covered)

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  • BooRay2000 1 year ago
    We're from B'ham and my mother made Mary Ball Fudge all my life. Your recipe is close to mine except we use 4 cups of sugar. But 5 doesn't sound bad! It's temperamental, don't skimp on the ingredients. Don't use some random generic sugar, and use a good brand of real butter. If you use "margarine" the terrorists win!
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  • utzca 9 years ago
    My mother made delicious Mary Ball fudge each Christmas when I was growing up. She did not share the recipe and when it was missplaced we no longer had Mary Ball fudge. My parents were from Birmngham, Ala. I am thrilled to find this recipe although it is different from my mother's recipe. She would test the ball stage of the candy in a glass of water. When it was perfect we would spoon out the fudge onto every level surface which had been covered with waxed paper. The fudge would harden quickly so we had to spoon out the fudge as fast as we could. Mother would place a pecan half in the middle of some pices. It is a wonderful memory from my childhood. I cannot wait to make this tonight! Merry Christmas!
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  • purplebike2 10 years ago
    My mother shared her copy of this recipe (it called for 4 1/2 cups of sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla and cooking for 12-15 minutes after bringing to boil) with me just the other day. She worked a few blocks from the Mary Ball candy store in downtown Birmingham in the late 1950's and would go by the store everyday during her lunch hour to buy a piece of fudge or pecan praline or etc. She says the smell when you walked in the door was WONDERFUL, as was the fudge. I'm looking forward to trying the recipe.
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  • kam61 10 years ago
    An update...
    I asked my mother about the Mary Ball Fudge recipe. She said that as she recalls, there was a Mary Ball Fudge shop in Birmingham, AL. The sister of a doctor in Cullman, AL asked for the recipe when in the store. They told her it would be "one-fifty" and they would add it to her account and mail it to her. She agreed. However, when she received the recipe, the bill enclosed was for $150 and not the $1.50 she had understood it would be! She refused to pay and spoke with an attorney who informed her that for all the store knew she could have made a copy and therefore she was obligated to pay. She agreed to pay but also vowed to give it to EVERYONE and tell them to do the same. That is how my mother and grandmother got their copies.
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  • kam61 10 years ago
    I am thrilled to find the Mary Ball Fudge recipe online! I grew up in Alabama and it was a holiday tradition, starting with my grandmother. She made it every year and then my mom and all my aunts and now I am making it. It is TIME CONSUMING but well worth the effort. It is by far the best fudge I have ever eaten.
    Kam :)
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  • carole2 10 years ago
    I, too, remember Mary Ball Candy. I no longer live in Birmingham, but lived there for 50+ years. My Mom would buy boxes of Mary Ball candy to mail to special friends at Christmas. I believe I am correct in saying that she bought Rocky Road Candy. I also remember the pink boxes. Now I will use this recipe for fudge and enjoy my memories.
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  • deliza53 10 years ago
    A friend remembers his mother making "Mary Ball fudge" to send to him when he was in the military about 50 years ago. It was a family Christmas tradition. We were delighted to find the recipe on your site. He thinks that the recipe originated from a candy store in Birmingham, AL. Do you know if this is true? We look forward to trying the recipe.
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