This Old Fashioned Fudge Recipe is chewy, fudgy with the perfect amount of chocolate. Step by Step instructions for perfect fudge every time!
Day 10 of the annual 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 2021!
You have no idea how much this recipe altogether means to me. For years I have been trying to make fudge. YEARS!
Previously, I thought 2015 was going to be my year. After all, I had just gone to culinary school. I felt pretty confident. But, let me tell you, when you are on your third round of 2AM fudge after working the hot line at a steakhouse, even the strongest confidence bubble will burst. 💥 “Next year, I said.”
But fear not, friends, 2021 was my YEAR OF FUDGE. Never have I ever been more proud of myself 😂 nor has success tasted so sweet. Good thing the wedding was the weekend before, or I would have had a wedding dress problem!
I am not exaggerating when I say that I read every single recipe for fudge in my extensive vintage and modern cookbook collection, and I dove deep into the web looking for fudge illumination. The problem with 96% of fudge recipes is that they are too general. There are recipes where method doesn’t really matter, or there are several means to the same end.
Fudge does not fall into that category. Method significantly matters.
Just ask 2AM 2015 Lindsey. Some attempts didn’t set, some became crystallized rocks. Moreover, none vaguely resemble fudge. The OG recipe that I was trying to make was my Dad’s Mom, Ruth Jean’s. She obviously didn’t need instructions whereas I needed a full team of grandmothers to hold my hand.
Next year, Dad, I will make Ruth Jean’s recipe. That’s in fact a promise.
The winning instructions come from Better Homes & Gardens Cookies and Candies 1966 Cookbook. There may not be many recipe photos in the book, but I appreciate that the authors took an entire page to provide step by step photos of making fudge. They particularly knew what was up. God bless.
If you aren’t here for this much work. I likewise feel that deeply. Make this easy Peppermint Fudge instead.
Combine sugar, milk, chopped chocolate, salt, corn syrup and butter. Cook over medium high heat. Stir the mixture until the sugar dissolves and it comes to a boil.
Attach a candy thermometer to the side of the pot. Cook, without stirring or swirling, until it reaches soft-ball stage (236°F). You can double check by dropping a small spoonful in ice water. It should form a soft, pliable ball of candy.
Add the extract and begin beating vigorously with a wooden spoon. Don’t stop beating! No resting! Enlisting the help of a friend is highly recommended. Try not to scrape around the edges.
Push the mixture from the pan into prepared dish and don’t scrape around the sides. It seems wasteful but the crystals will ruin the texture of your fudge! Smooth out the surface.
These stunning Homemade Speculoos Cookies were Day 9!
Day 8 (a new personal fave) was Double Chocolate Biscotti!
Day 7 (Part 2) of the annual 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 2021 were Cinnamon Almond Bars!
Traditional Raspberry Linzer Cookies were Day 7 (Part 1) of 12 Days of Christmas Cookies 2021!
These Cardamom Crescent Cookies were Day 6!
We adored Part 2 of Day 5: the traditional Pfeffernüsse Cookies!
Part 1 of Day 5 was the wondrous: Moravian Christmas Cookie!
We all loved Day 4 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Orange Financiers!
Day 3 of the 12 Days of Christmas Cookies: Pistachio Cranberry Sablee Cookies!
We had Day 2 of the 12 Day Christmas Cookie celebration: Cashew Caramel Pretzel Blondies!
Don’t forget about Part One of Day 2 of the 12 Day Cookie Extravaganza: Hungarian Walnut Rolls!
And who could leave out Day 1, Italian Pizzelles!? Make them all!Print