Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Best Fudge Ever

This creamy, old-fashioned fudge recipe is the product of months and months of tweaking and experimenting. It comes out smooth and delicious every time!

Here it is. Finally, the fudge I've been talking about since December. The recipe I've been tweaking and perfecting all winter. I wanted a fudge that was creamy and soft, but still stayed in nice solid squares. Now I bring it to you in all it's creamy, rich, chocolatey glory.

So if you see a family of nine rolling down the street like giant blueberries in a chocolate factory, you'll have to excuse us. The amount of fudge I have fed my family in the past months is slightly ridiculous, but it was definitely worth it.

Now I never have to think about the intricate science of fudge making again. All I have to do is mindlessly follow this recipe and I easily have perfect fudge every time.

To those of you who are new to the fudge making business, let me give you some tips.

  • Fudge is a type of candy. It must be cooked to a specific temperature to achieve the correct texture. In this case you will need to cook the sugar to "the soft ball stage" (234ºF). If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can check if the candy has reached the correct temperature by placing a spoonful of the boiling mixture in a glass of ice water. After it has cooled for a moment, you should be able to form the sugar into a soft ball. Some people just time their fudge, but I feel like the time is different every time for me. 

  • Grainy fudge is caused by not cooking it to the proper temperature. Another way to assure that your fudge will not be grainy is to add a little corn syrup or marshmallows to stop the sugar from crystallizing. 

  • I use chocolate chips for this recipe. I had many batches of fudge turn out with a clumpy, weird texture because the chocolate didn't melt well. To avoid this, I pour the hot sugar mixture over the chocolate chips instead of adding the chocolate right to the hot pot. This way the chocolate doesn't get overcooked by the hot pot. 

  • Make sure you use evaporated milk and not sweetened condensed milk. These are two totally different things. If you don't have evaporated milk, heavy cream is a better sub. 

  • You can use either marshmallow creme or marshmallows. I feel like a like the results are a little better with the creme, but both are great.

  • You can pour the fudge into any container or pan you want. It's best if you can line it with parchment because it makes removal easier. I like to use an 8x8 inch square pan, but you can use different sized pans, mini loaf pans, even muffin tins!

  • I keep this stored in the fridge, but it's really good room temp because it's a little softer that way. 

  • This recipe is easily doubled. If you double it, you might want to use a slightly bigger pot and put it in a 9x13 pan. 

  • And if all of this is too complex for you, try this five minute microwave fudge. It's awsome too!

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  1. Hi, this looks like the perfect fudge. Can you tell me what brand of marshmallow creme you used? I have had failures in the past because I used fluff when it should have been the creme and also when I used the opposite. In different regions I know that stores only stock one or the other, but I have the choice of both. Thank you! I'll be making this very soon.

  2. I actually have used both creme and fluff successfully!

  3. I made this fudge and it is by far the best fudge I've ever tasted!!so creamy and not to overly sweet.so awesome!!!!

  4. I too have made this fudge for years. I make them for Christmas gift baskets. I have made several varieties of fudge based on the morsels used - peanut butter, dark chocolate, butterscotch, white chocolate (you can make maple & mint just add flavoring) - let your imagination run wild!

  5. Just wondering if you think butter could added into this recipe anywhere, maybe when adding the marshmallow and chocolate chips? My mother made a fudge recipe a little like this, she added butter near the end. It seemed to give it a little more depth and richness. But it wasn’t constructed the way your recipe is. Do you think it would breakdown the integrity of the finished product?

  6. This recipe calls for I stick of Butter.

  7. The recipe with the butter at the end is old fashioned fudge and it's far more complicated. No marshmallows or chocolate chips, cocoa powder is used and you have to stir-stir at the end to get it to set up correctly. Very temp fussy.

  8. I have made this several times and it has turned out perfect. Love it.

  9. Can you tell me if this recipe works for high altitude of 4500 elevation? Do I need to tweak it at all ?

  10. Best fudge recipe ever! Even better than fudge from local candy shops!

  11. I have had great luck with this recipe and it is the best. You can ruin it though by over stirring after you mix the hot ingredients with the chocolate chips. You just want to stir until the chips are melted. I tried to stir it as long as I could as I thought it would make it creamier. It doesn't. I had to throw out two different batches. Live and learn!

  12. This doesn't have to be refrigerated does it? I want to send as a gift to a different state.