Okay so who DOESN’T love Fudge? Especially a delicious piece of nice, smooth, silky, chocolatey FUDGE. Do I have you drooling yet?
This is what Fudge tastes like???!!!
My very first experience with eating fudge was while visiting my Great Grandparents in Lansing, Michigan. I believe I was 8, my sister 7.
My Great Grandma who was probably in her early 80’s had been talking up this fudge the whole time we were there. It was Thanksgiving week, my sister and I had no interest in the fudge. We were too busy looking out the window hoping by ANY chance that it might start snowing. We had never seen snow! My Grandmother insisted we were going to love this fudge. So the evening came and I remember watching her sitting on a stool, stirring and stirring for what seemed like forever. Finally it was done, my sister and I reported to the kitchen, sank our teeth into this “fudge” looked at each other and swallowed only because we knew not to be rude. Bless My Grandmother’s heart, her fudge tasted like you were biting into hot chocolate that was made with water and formed into a sugar cube. It was the oddest taste and I remember it so well. I’m sure in her earlier years she cooked up a mean batch of fudge. Rachel and I would be haunted by the word fudge for years to come.
The terror ended Thank GOD, and while working at the Candy Store I got to taste test the new batches just as there were cooled. A new love for Fudge developed and I was determined to make this delicious treat for myself!
Figuring it all Out
For a few years I tested different recipes, different techniques until I finally mastered My Fudge. If you’ve tasted a piece of this fudge you would totally agree.
So here we are at Day 6, a recipe for FUDGE and here I am, sharing secrets (my life wide open) Here ya go!
Chocolate Fudge & Chocolate Fudge with Walnuts
You will need:
- 4 cups Granulated Sugar
- 1 1/2 cup Half & Half
- 1/4 cup Corn Syrup
- 1/4 tsp Salt
- 4 oz Unsweetened Baking Chocolate (The bitter bars you find in the baking isle that you tried as a kid because you thought it was a candy bar. Yes, THAT!)
- 1/4 Butter
- 2 tsp Mexican Vanilla (or regular vanilla)
- 2 cups Chopped Walnuts *OPTIONAL*
Parchment Paper, Heavy Bottomed Pot, Cooking Spray, Candy Thermometer, Wooden Spoon, Cutting Board, Sharp Knife, Dish for the Fudge to be poured into (I use a 8 x 8 baking dish)
Step 1. Using a Cutting board and a Sharp Knife carefully shave the baking chocolate into small slivers.
Step 2. In a 3 qt Heavy Bottomed saucepan, add Sugar, Half & Half, Salt, and Slivered Chocolate. Cook over Medium heat stirring constantly until Chocolate is melted and sugar has dissolved.
Step 3. Place your Candy Thermometer onto the side of your saucepan and continue to cook your Chocolate mixture stirring occasionally.
Step 4. Keep close watch to the temperature, once it has reached 234 degrees remove the saucepan from the heat.
Step 5. Carefully drop in Butter and add the Vanilla. DO NOT STIR!
Step 6. Keeping your Candy Thermometer in the saucepan, let mixture cool to 120 degrees. (Normally it takes about an hour but it totally depends on the weather and how warm or cold your kitchen is. It is important to keep a close watch)
Step 7. Once the mixture is 120 degrees, remove the candy thermometer and begin to stir vigorously with your wooden spoon for 5-10 minutes or until smooth. You want the mixture to be smooth and thick, NOT glossy. If it looks glossy or oily, Keep Stirring! **If adding Chopped Walnuts now is the time to do so**
Step 8. Carefully pour the mixture into your parchment lined dish and spread evenly.
Step 9. Wait for the fudge to cool, and you my friend have made yourself a DELICIOUS batch of HOMEMADE FUDGE!! Cut into desired size pieces and…
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Love, Meg 🙂