14Dec/110

Fudge for the First Time

I’m not a chef. You can barely call me a cook. How about we just leave it at the fact that I cook… sometimes. I rarely make any sort of meal, however I tend to be a mean amateur baker. So, guess what I made!?

I LOVE fudge, but only chocolate fudge. Strangely, I’ve never made fudge. Once in awhile I’ll purchase a quarter pound at a craft fair and eat it all at once before I'm asked to share. I had planned on making a batch to give as Christmas gifts, and figured today was just as good as any to give it a whirl. Plus, that allowed me extra time in case I botched it. Since this was my first time attempting to make fudge, I decided to document my adventure. Really any sort of escapade in the kitchen is just that; an adventure. I'm scattered, messy, and always forget something. Personally I think my final product came out great.

Recipe:

5 Cups of Sugar

10 oz Evaporated Milk

1 Stick of Salted Butter

16 oz (One large container) of Marshmallow Fluff

1 Tsp Salt

6 oz Hershey's Unsweetened Baking Chocolate

24 oz Hershey's Semisweet Chocolate Chips

2 Tsp Vanilla Extract

It's pretty easy to make fudge actually. First you take a large pot & combine the sugar, evaporated milk, salt, and butter - then stir until it is all melted together. (Low heat) Next comes the trickiest part, so make sure you have your chocolate and vanilla ready. I ended up opening the bags of chocolate ships with my teeth while stirring because I was a little unprepared.

You HAVE to keep stirring. I'm not sure if it's normal, but I started getting some caramelized sugar pieces in my fudge. After the previous ingredients are thoroughly combined, and you have your chocolate ready, it's time to bring the heat up to medium. I get impatient and tend to cook things at a higher temperature than I should, but it worked out. I consider "medium" heat to be around 5 or 6. For this I did 6. Aaaand you keep stirring... and stirring... and stirring until the mixture comes to a boil. But, you don't stop stirring. You continue to stir for 6 minutes. If your children are anything like mine, they wake up from their naps right as you cannot leave the stove for even a second. So while I was stirring I was saying, "Hold on baby. I'll get there. Give me a minute. Yup. I hear you. I'm coming."

After the 6 minutes are up, no you don't get to stop stirring. You somehow add the chocolate chips, and the baking chocolate, and the vanilla while stirring. And you continue to stir and stir and stir until everything is completely melted and incorporated. Then it's time for a mad dash between the stove and the prepped pans (greased foil lined 13x9 inch pans), and then you pour as quickly as possible. I didn't have time to go get a spatula to smooth it out, but I don't see how that matters. I'm not selling it. I'm eating it. Oh yeah. This recipe makes about 5lbs of fudge.

Ta-daaaaa!

Now that it's finished I needed to do something to make it spiffy so I could give it as Christmas gifts. I decided to do a little Googling, and I came across a cute little oragami box that is just about the size of a fudge box. You can find the instructions [HERE] on a different post. Happy fudge making! I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I do. :)


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