When fudge is good, it is really good. And when fudge is bad… well it is still good, but you know what I mean. It isn’t hard to turn a delicious fudge recipe into a gritty candy.
I was making fudge this week and it didn’t turn out quite right. It is still good, but not great. I realized after a lot of research that there are a few tricks to making great fudge!
8 Easy Fudge Making Tips
Try a recipe that calls for marshmallow creme, marshmallows, or corn syrup if you are a beginner.
- These ingredients keep the sugar from crystalizing and producing a grainy fudge.
Don’t scrape the sides and bottom of the pan while cooking.
- This will also make the fudge grainy.
Look for recipes that call for butter instead of margarine.
- Margarine can cause a fudge not to set.
Follow the recipe exactly.
- Kelly mentioned on Facebook that different brands of chocolate chips have different cocoa ratios. If the recipe calls for a specific brand, use it.
Have all your ingredients measured and ready before you begin.
- Fudge making is a very precise science and letting something boil an extra minute or two while you look for the right measuring spoon can mean disaster.
Line your pan with buttered foil.
- This will make getting the fudge out of the pan much easier.
Fudge is easiest to cut out of the pan.
- After the fudge has cooled, flip out the fudge and the foil lining and cut.
Use a candy thermometer.
- Rebecca mentioned on Facebook that a candy thermometer was her trick to making delicious fudge. They only cost about ten dollars. I have had one for several years (it was a gift) and I can use it for making candy and frying, which comes in handy when I make my homemade donuts.
No Fail Fudge Recipes
I asked my Facebook friends to help me with my fudge dilemma and they shared some great advice and recipes. Here are some of their never fail fudge recipes:
- Microwave Never Fail Fudge (my mother’s recipe)
- Snickers Fudge
- Mexican Cocoa Fudge
- Easy Peanut Butter Fudge from My Blessed Life
- Super Simple Fudge (no marshmallow creme)
- Christmas Traditions Fudge
- 5 Minute Fudge
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge
- Fantasy Fudge (original recipe published on the back of the marshmallow creme jar)
- Fantasy Fudge II
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