Brown Sugar Fudge
Everyone likes easy desserts that can be made for any occasion. This brown sugar fudge is one of those great dessert recipes that will come in handy when you need a sweet treat but don't have a lot of time to make it. So many dessert recipes are over the top elaborate and can be quite complicated to make, but this recipe for fudge candy is far from complicated. Fudge recipes have dated back over 100 years, and seem to be an American recipe. Brown sugar fudge is a very simple tasting fudge which is great for people who love a classic homemade taste. These days, you can find many different flavours of fudge like Oreo cookie fudge, pumpkin fudge, mint chocolate fudge and even butterscotch fudge, but it's always nice to return to a beloved classic. This recipe makes 64 small pieces, so even in a large group, everyone can have a taste. Try out this and other easy dessert recipes from our collection.
This brown sugar recipe for fudge candy is one of the easiest dessert recipes you can make. The easy dessert uses simple ingredients that you probably already have to include brown sugar, butter, salt and vanilla extract. The recipe does call for a candy thermometer, which isn't necessary but helps to ensure that the fudge will properly set. So it's worth the investment in a candy thermometer to ensure recipe success. This is a recipe for fudge candy that you will be sure to make again. For the full step by step recipe for fudge candy, you will want to take a look at the Grandmothers Kitchen site, just like Grandma used to make.
When you are shopping for the ingredients that you will need for this recipe for fudge candy you will want to be sure and get canned evaporated milk, and not sweetened condensed milk. Sweetened condensed milk has added sugar which will not work with this recipe for fudge candy as it already has enough added sugar, and will change the overall flavor of the recipe. Both evaporated milk and condensed milk are forms of concentrated milk and have about 60 percent of the water content removed. The major difference between evaporated milk and condensed milk is that sweetened condensed milk, is just like the name implies, always sweetened, while evaporated milk is a product that is unsweetened.
Condensed milk is an ingredient on the store shelves that are available as condensed milk and sweetened condensed milk. Both of these products are the same. Condensed milk has about 60 percent of the water removed, and then sugar is added. That makes condensed milk about 40 to 45 percent sugar. It is a rich and thick product with a caramel color and a very sweet flavor. Sweetened condensed milk is an ingredient that is popular in dessert recipes and baked goods to include pudding, ice cream and pie recipes. Sweetened condensed milk can also be used as a sweetener in both tea and coffee. Evaporated milk, on the other hand, is similar to condensed milk, as it is made by heating the milk until about 60 percent of the water has evaporated. The resulting evaporated milk is dense, creamy, and concentrated milk that is canned and can be stored for several months. The high heat used when processing evaporated milk also gives this product a caramelized flavor and a darker color than that of regular milk. You can use evaporated milk in dessert recipes such as this recipe for fudge candy where you don't want to use any more added sugar. Evaporated milk can also be used in recipes that need a creamy texture. Evaporated milk can be used in both sweet and savory recipe ideas.
Both evaporated milk and condensed milk are shelf stable, and while they are similar, they have different uses. You want to use evaporated milk and condensed milk in the correct recipe ideas. With evaporated milk is best suited for savory recipe ideas or dessert recipes where there is already some added sugar. Condensed milk is best suited for dessert recipes. So when a recipe calls for one or the other, you want to be sure and get the correct one otherwise it will change the recipe and give undesired recipe results. **
Makes (1) 8x8 inch square baking pan, 64 pieces
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2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter, cut into chunks
1/4 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
Line an 8x8 inch baking pan with aluminum foil, going up the sides.
Grease the foil on the bottom and sides with a little butter.
In a pot add the evaporated milk, brown sugar, butter, and salt.
Bring to a boil stirring the whole time. Reduce heat to medium - high heat continuing to stir.
The fudge must reach a temperature of 240F. on the candy thermometer.
If you don't have a candy thermometer, this will take about 20 to 30 minutes. (see note below)
Pour the hot mixture into a heat proof bowl and mix in vanilla.
Add the confectioners' sugar in slowly and mix till incorporated. Beat with an electric mixer on high speed until thick and creamy.
Pour into the prepared pan.
Cover with plastic wrap and place into the refrigerate for about 30 minutes.
Cut into 64 squares.
Keep refrigerated in an airtight container.
* Note - without a thermometer - you do run the risk of fudge not setting once done. If this happens, use it as a delicious sauce.
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Nutrition Facts for: Brown Sugar Fudge From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Canned evaporated milk, brown sugar, butter, salt, pure vanilla extract, confectioners' sugar.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 64 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 53, Calories from Fat 22, Total Fat 2.4g 4%, Saturated Fat 1.5g 8%, Cholesterol 6mg 2%, Sodium 27mg 1%, Potassium 15mg 0%, Carbohydrates 8.0g 3%, Dietary Fiber 0.0g 0%, Sugars 7.9g, Protein 0.2g, Vitamin A 1%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 1%, Iron 0%
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