Mamie Eisenhower’s ‘Million Dollar Fudge’


President of the United States, Dwight D. Eisenhower (1890-1969) pictured, wearing his green jacket, standing with his wife Mamie Eisenhower outside their vacation cabin at Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, United States in November 1959. (Photo by Rolls Press/Popperfoto via Getty Images/Getty Images)

This recipe was published in newspapers all over America when Mamie Eisenhower was the First Lady (1953-1961).

The recipe first appeared in the cookbook “Who Says We Can’t Cook,” compiled by the Women’s National Press Club and sold as a fundraising project in 1955. It was a compilation of the favorite recipes of newspaper women and VIP’s in the Nation’s Capitol. The cookbooks sold for $2 each, plus 15-cents postage.

According to newspaper reports of the 1950’s, the fudge was a favorite of President Dwight Eisenhower, who gave it the title of ‘million dollar fudge.’ The president also submitted two recipes to the cookbook.

For family enjoyment and gift-giving, it’s a natural!


4 1/2 cups sugar
Pinch of salt
2 tablespoons butter
1 tall can evaporated milk
12 ounces semi-sweet chocolate bits
12 ounces German’s-sweet chocolate
1 pint marshmallow cream (2 jars)
2 cups nutmeats


Boil the sugar, salt, butter, evaporated milk together for six minutes.
Put chocolate bits and German chocolate, marshmallow cream and nutmeats in a bowl.
Pour the boiling syrup over the ingredients. Beat until chocolate is all melted, then pour in pan. Let stand a few hours before cutting.

Tips: Remember it is better the second day. Store in tin box.

Where German’s chocolate is not available, substitute with unsweetened chocolate. Click here for more chocolate substitution information.

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