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Old 08-12-2014, 04:39 PM   #1
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Making Fudge

hello all

I love fudge and have decided to have a go at perfecting the making of it.
I have had 4 attempts so far, my first went ok, tasted great but was a little hard. So far, the second third and forth attempts have resulted in fudge that wont set! The only factor that has changed since my first go is the aquisition of a cooking thermometer.
i am using one with a spike, but it wasnt called a meat thermometer but just a cooking one, so i dont know if that makes a difference.

Please help as its driving me mad as to why it isnt working, i follow the instructions exactly and the fudge soft balls and i stir afterwards for ages but it just wont set without me having to reboil it.

Any ideas?

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Old 08-12-2014, 05:54 PM   #2
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Hello, and welcome to DC.

I sure don't claim to be a fudge expert, but I do know what consistently works for perfect fudge every time, and I think the trouble nobody is convinced because it is sooooo simple. No skill or thermometer required.

3 cups (18 oz) chips of your choice....(ie, milk choc, dark choc, peanut butter, or whatever)
1 can of Sweetened Condensed Milk
dash of salt
tsp. of vanilla
Melt all in a pan on low heat, or in the microwave
Stir

Pour into a 8 or 9 in. pan lined with foil for easy removal.
Chill till set, and cut into squares.
Done!! The best fudge ever, guaranteed.
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Old 08-12-2014, 05:58 PM   #3
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I'm no fudge expert either, but I've made similar to Kayelle's recipe with the sweetened condensed milk, and it is outstanding. I got it off the label of the SCM.
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Old 08-12-2014, 06:18 PM   #4
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I'm no fudge expert either, but I've made similar to Kayelle's recipe with the sweetened condensed milk, and it is outstanding. I got it off the label of the SCM.
I use condensed milk for fudge too. Sorry, I haven't unearthed the recipe yet since the house move but IIRC is came off the back of a can of Nestles CM so probably the same as Dawg's
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:49 PM   #5
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We always used these two recipes.

The first one is for Penuche, we always made it in the winter and cooled the fudge by setting the hot pan inside a pan of snow. We used walnuts instead of pecans because that is what we always seemed to have on hand. The more you beat this fudge the creamier it will be, its nice to have a helper with a strong arm to take a turn beating it.

pecan penuche recipe | candy recipes

This recipe for Mamie Eisenhower's Million Dollar Fudge or First Lady Fudge was always included on the Christmas cookie plates that we gave to neighbors and friends. Again, we always used walnuts in this fudge.

Mamie Eisenhower's Million Dollar Fudge Recipe : Food Network

If you have a failure that does not set, tell your family and friends that you've come up with a new recipe for ice cream topping, never let'em see ya sweat!

Good luck!
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Old 08-12-2014, 07:58 PM   #6
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We always used these two recipes.

The first one is for Penuche, we always made it in the winter and cooled the fudge by setting the hot pan inside a pan of snow. We used walnuts instead of pecans because that is what we always seemed to have on hand. The more you beat this fudge the creamier it will be, its nice to have a helper with a strong arm to take a turn beating it.

pecan penuche recipe | candy recipes

This recipe for Mamie Eisenhower's Million Dollar Fudge or First Lady Fudge was always included on the Christmas cookie plates that we gave to neighbors and friends. Again, we always used walnuts in this fudge.

Mamie Eisenhower's Million Dollar Fudge Recipe : Food Network

If you have a failure that does not set, tell your family and friends that you've come up with a new recipe for ice cream topping, never let'em see ya sweat!

Good luck!
I wonder if old Mamie really made it herself or if she had her cook make it and then claimed it as hers.
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:28 PM   #7
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I wonder if old Mamie really made it herself or if she had her cook make it and then claimed it as hers.
I think she made them herself, at least before Ike became president. He was career military and from a Pennsylvania Dutch family - not from money.
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Old 08-12-2014, 08:59 PM   #8
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You need to buy a candy thermometer, sounds like the one you have is an instant read for meats and casseroles. A candy thermometer would be more precise.
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Old 08-12-2014, 09:04 PM   #9
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Being from California, the land of the best (imo) commercially made candy (See's Candy) in the world, my mother always used "See's Fudge" recipe. It's very similar to Mamie's...

Sees Fudge Candy The Original Recipe!) Recipe - Food.com

Here's See's candy website if anyone wants some really good candy..
http://www.sees.com/?gclid=CITd1eyGj8ACFYVDMgodJCsAoQ
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Old 08-14-2014, 12:23 PM   #10
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I love Fudge and have been making the same version for years - it's the hershey cocoa recipe. It uses regular milk and with some practice it is the best fudge around.

https://www.hersheys.com/recipes/rec...s.aspx?id=5303

While a candy thermometer is a good tool to use, you can learn to use the ice water test method (soft ball stage). I did it this way for years with good results.
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