Originally Posted by guineapig0121
Maybe my recipe didn't give me enough directions. With fude am I supposed to stir it the whole entire time? I am going to get a candy thermometer. What type of spoon should I use?
I followed the directions on the Science of Candy website that someone (I think justplainbill?) gave me here and they were extremely detailed....printed the instructions were more than 2 pages long! But I still messed up my first batch so, don't feel bad.
Depends on the ingredients you use and which recipe you're following about how much you should stir it. The instructions I followed told me to stop stirring when it started to boil and to leave it alone until it reached a certain temp or "the softball stage". Then I had to remove it from the heat and let it cool to a certain temp, and THEN start stirring with the final ingredients. It takes longer that way but I can vouch that the from-scratch method I got off that website worked perfectly.
Edit: Forgot to add....I used a wooden spoon. You'll need a pastry brush also if you don't have one for "washing down the sides" of the pan. I know it sounds like a lot of work but after you do it the first couple times it's actually super easy and soooooo worth the effort!
Now we need to finish the pineapple upside down cake I made the other day because all this chatter has made me hungry for fudge!