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How to Make Fudge
This rich traditional fudge gets its deep chocolate taste from unsweetened chocolate and its milky sweetness from condensed milk. For the recipe, see Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge.
Fudge is delightful to enjoy at home or take to a party. It also makes a delicious gift from the kitchen your recipients will love.
Assemble your ingredients and equipment. This includes a nine-inch by nine-inch pan covered with aluminum foil and sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, a large saucepan, and a candy thermometer.Continue to 2 of 10 below.
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Combine Sugar and Water in Saucepan
In a large saucepan, combine the sugar and the water over medium-high heat. Stir while the mixture heats to dissolve the sugar.Continue to 3 of 10 below.
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Bring Sugar Syrup to a Boil
Continue to cook the sugar and water and bring it to a full boil. Allow the mixture to boil for one minute.Continue to 4 of 10 below.
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Add Condensed Milk
Once the mixture has been boiling for one minute, add the condensed milk and stir until it is fully incorporated.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Cook Fudge to 235 Degrees
After the condensed milk is added and incorporated, insert a candy thermometer and cook the mixture to 235 F, stirring frequently so that the candy on the bottom of the pan does not scorch.
Using a wet pastry brush, wash down the sides of the pan occasionally to prevent sugar crystals from forming and making your fudge unpleasantly grainy.Continue to 6 of 10 below.
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Once the candy reaches 235 F, remove the pan from the heat and set it aside to cool for 15 minutes. Do not stir it during this time or you will form sugar crystals and the fudge will be grainy!
After 15 minutes, add the grated chocolate and stir to melt the chocolate.Continue to 7 of 10 below.
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Beat the Fudge
Using a wooden spoon, beat the fudge vigorously until it thickens and begins to lose its gloss. This may take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.
While beating by hand is the traditional method, you can use an electric mixer if you have one. Fit the mixer with the paddle attachment and turn it on medium. Beat it just until it starts to thicken and lose its gloss. It is easy to overbeat fudge with a mixer, so watch it carefully and check it after every minute.
Once the fudge is the proper texture, add the nuts and stir quickly just until they are evenly distributed.Continue to 8 of 10 below.
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Pour Fudge into Prepared Pan
Once the fudge has thickened and the nuts are added, pour the fudge into the prepared pan. Allow it to set at room temperature until firm, about three hours or overnight.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Cut the Fudge
After the fudge is set, use a large chef's knife to cut it into small one-inch squares to serve.Continue to 10 of 10 below.
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Serve and Store Finished Fudge
Store remaining fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to one week or in the refrigerator for up to two weeks. For the best taste and texture, bring the fudge to room temperature before serving.