Oatmeal Fudge

Oatmeal Fudge

Published on Wednesday, December 21, 2022 by Caitlin Riley

My grandmother used to make this oatmeal fudge every year around the holidays. 

She was a baker and everything she made was always delicious! But this fudge makes me think of Christmas because she would call it "coal", and then dance a little jig in the kitchen and laugh to herself! 

It is a super easy recipe and can be made mostly with pantry staples. Her original recipe calls for shortening, which I don’t usually have on hand. I tried making it with butter and it worked, but truth be told, it wasn't quite the same. For the first time making this fudge, I recommend going with the shortening for the real experience. If you decide to use butter another time, it is a 1-1 ratio. 

If you suffer from acid reflux or GERD and chocolate is not a dietary trigger for you, this would be a good choice for an occasional treat, as the cocoa is unsweetened and the fudge itself is not overly sweet. A little piece goes a long way! This is a great holiday gift, either on its own or packaged up as coal, depending on who you’re giving it to!

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Oatmeal Fudge

Servings: 50


  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 15 mins




  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ cup shortening
  • ½ cup milk
  • 6 Tb unsweetened cocoa
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal


  1. Using a large pan (you want the sides to come up fairly tall), cook the sugar, shortening, and milk on high heat until boiling rapidly. 
  2. Once boiling, remove from the heat and quickly add the cocoa, salt, vanilla, and oatmeal. Mix together for about 1 minute. 
  3. Drop teaspoons of the fudge mixture onto wax paper to cool. 
  4. Package it up as bags of coal, or simply eat and enjoy!

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1

Serving Per Recipe: 50

Amount Per Serving
Calories 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 2g 3%
Saturated Fat 0.5g 2%
Trans Fat 0g
Sodium 25mg 1%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 1g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs: