The Best Chocolate Fudge

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This recipe for fudge candy for Grandmothers Old Fashioned Chocolate Fudge is one of the best fudge recipes you will try. With simple ingredients like white sugar, cocoa, butter and whole milk, you most likely have all the ingredients you need already in your pantry. To make this easy recipe for fudge candy, you will want to have a candy thermometer and a springform pan. The candy thermometer or sugar thermometer is a cooking thermometer that is used to help you measure the temperature and the stage of a cooking sugar solution. There are a variety of different candy thermometers available from coil spring, traditional liquid thermometers, dial thermometers, and digital thermometers. Digital candy thermometers typically read the temperature more quickly and accurately, and some digital models also have an alarm when the thermometer hits a certain temperature. The use of the springform pan in this recipe for fudge candy will help to make removing the fudge easy, especially when you use some parchment paper inside of the pan along with greasing the pan with butter.

Many people crave chocolate and avoid it because they think that it is fattening and unhealthy. Although a lot of chocolate products are dense in calories and unhealthy, this is because of the addition of ingredients such as sugar and because of the cocoa itself. Cocoa powder, which comes from the cocoa bean, is an ingredient that is highly nutritious, and it can provide a variety of health benefits. In a two-tablespoon serving of cocoa, there are just 25 calories and 1.5 grams of fat. Cocoa powder also provides you with 3.6 grams of dietary fiber, which is 14 percent of the daily recommended value, and 8 percent of the daily value of iron and 14 percent of the daily value recommended value of magnesium. Cocoa powder may have antidepressant benefits. Cocoa powder may also have the ability to boost endorphins, which in the body act as natural happy opiates and are responsible for the highs that are often felt after laughing or exercising. Cocoa powder is an ingredient that may also help to boost serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter that antidepressants target to help boost overall happiness levels.

Cocoa and antioxidants. Cocoa powder also contains about 43.6 mg of flavonoids per gram. Flavonoids are part of a powerful group of antioxidants that are also known as polyphenols and are one of the highest polyphenol-containing foods. Also, hot cocoa is a drink that contains more antioxidants per cup than a serving of red wine or tea. Drinking cocoa may also help to fight heart disease, cancer, and aging through its antioxidant boosting effect. This is good news. However, most commercial cocoa powders have the antioxidant-containing flavonoids removed from them because they taste bitter, therefore, to obtain the health-boosting benefits that come with cocoa, you want to consider buying raw cocoa powder, which is cocoa powder that is minimally processed. Raw cacao powder is the basic, most important ingredient when making chocolate, whether it is dark chocolate, milk chocolate or white chocolate. While chocolate may have a variety of health benefits depending on the type you eat, chocolate should still be eaten sparingly because it can be high in added fat and sugar. Raw cacao powder is an ingredient that can be used in place of chocolate in drink recipes as well as baked good recipes, adding a rich taste and the nutritious benefits of chocolate with less sugar and fat.

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Nutrition Facts for: Old Fashioned Fudge from Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: White sugar, cocoa powder, whole milk, butter, pure vanilla extract.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 24 servings* Per Serving Calories 90, Calories from Fat 22, Total Fat 2.5g 4%, Saturated Fat 1.6g 8%, Cholesterol 6mg 2%, Sodium 18mg 1%, Potassium 60mg 2%, Carbohydrates 18.1g 6%, Dietary Fiber 0.5g 2%, Sugars 17.3g, Protein 0.7g, Vitamin A 1%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 1%, Iron 2%

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