Old Fashioned Homemade Fudge
Who can resist a good old-fashioned homemade fudge? No one can say no to homemade dessert recipes, and fudge seems to be a favorite in every household. So easy to make, and even easier to eat, this is a rich, chocolaty fudge that melts in your mouth. Fudge recipes date back as far as 1886, and even though no one really knows who invented fudge, there are stories of the recipe being created because of a 'fudged,' or in other words, messed up, batch of caramels. Fudge and caramels have similar ingredients, but their consistency is different with caramels being chewier and fudge being softer. Fudge is more like a frosting consistency or a fondant which is heated in a sauce pan, and mixed to a smooth, creamy consistency and then cooled to harden. This recipe for fudge candy makes 64 pieces of fudge, nice, small pieces that are perfect for adding to any dessert platter. Enjoy this recipe and many other printable dessert recipes from our collection.
There is nothing quite like old fashioned homemade fudge to satisfy your sweet craving, and this recipe for fudge candy is just the one to try. This recipe for fudge candy uses five simple ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen. You will need a candy thermometer to help ensure this dessert recipe success. Old fashioned homemade fudge is so tasty and very easy to make. With simple ingredients like sugar, cocoa, milk, butter and vanilla extract, you can whip this up in no time. If you don't have a candy thermometer, you can still make this recipe for fudge candy with the instructions on the site. A candy thermometer makes this recipe for fudge candy consistent every time, so it is a good idea to get one if you can. This recipe for fudge candy is easy to make provided you follow the recipe. And while there are simple ingredients in this recipe for fudge candy, you want to use the best quality ingredients where you can.
This recipe for fudge candy uses simple ingredients for this easy dessert, which might include some cane sugar (sugar that is less processed), some organic milk from happy cows, butter and not margarine, and some quality vanilla extract. Using quality ingredients almost always makes a difference in the final outcome of your dessert recipes, and makes a difference in how you feel about the ingredients that you use. Take organic milk, for example, knowing that the milk comes from happy cows is a good farming method to support and one that you can feel good about. Sustainable and animal-friendly farming methods are important and with more support can help both the animals and the environment. Organic dairy cows are fed a diet of organic feed and have stricter guidelines about having outdoor grazing access.
With this recipe for fudge candy, you want to make sure and use quality cocoa, especially as the easy dessert is chocolate and you want that flavor to shine through. You may have cocoa that you already like, or you can find organic cocoa from your local grocery store. The same goes for the vanilla extract you use, try and find a quality vanilla extract, as this too will make a difference in this recipe for fudge candy. You will pay more for organic and quality ingredients for this recipe for fudge candy, but you can also shop around, or find things on sale. And while they might cost more, it is always good to support organic farming practices when possible. Organic farming helps to improve agricultural and soil management, biodiversity conversation and just help to make the soil better for future generations.
When looking for the cocoa that you are going to use for this recipe for fudge candy, you will have a few options. You can go with one of the quality brands in the baking shelves, or you can go with a good organic cocoa, as they are both good choices. You may also come across raw cacao, and wonder if this is something you can use. Raw cacao is an ingredient that has become quite popular these days and is available in several different forms from raw cacao nibs to ground raw cacao powder. You will find raw cacao as an ingredient in many raw food bars and cookies on the grocery store shelves. And while raw cacao is said to be a healthy ingredient full of antioxidants and a source of iron, this ingredient is meant to be used in no-bake treats, and not baked as it loses its nutritive value. Raw cacao is best used as a supplement and for flavor in your smoothie recipes, and no-bake treats. **
Makes 64 small pieces
This is a printable recipe.
2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup cocoa
1 cup milk
4 tablespoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Tools: Candy thermometer
Note: Making perfect fudge can be a bit tricky and sometimes fudge will crystalize or not set. This old fashioned recipe makes a fantastic fudge. It is best to have a candy thermometer on hand so you know you have reached the necessary temperature.
Butter an 8x8 inch square baking pan. Set aside.
Grease the sides of a medium sized sauce pan with butter.
In saucepan combine sugar, cocoa and milk.
Stir to blend, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly.
Reduce heat and simmer. Do not stir again.
Place candy thermometer in pan and cook until temperature reaches 238 degrees F (114 degrees C).
*If you are not using a thermometer, then cook until a drop of this mixture in a cup of cold water forms a soft ball. Feel the ball with your fingers to make sure it is the right consistency. It should flatten when pressed between your fingers.
Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla extract.
Beat with a wooden spoon or hand mixer until the fudge loses its shine.
Pour into prepared pan and let cool and cut into small squares.
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Nutrition Facts for: Old Fashioned Homemade Fudge From Grandmother's Kitchen
Ingredients: Granulated sugar, cocoa, milk, butter, vanilla extract.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 64 servings. * Per Serving: Calories 36, Calories from Fat 8, Total Fat 0.9g 1%, Saturated Fat 0.6g 3%, Cholesterol 2mg 1%, Sodium 8mg 0%, Potassium 21mg 1%, Carbohydrates 7.3g 2%, Dietary Fiber 0.2g 1%, Sugars 6.9g, Protein 0.3g, Vitamin A 0%,Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 1%,Iron 1%
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