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justwantacraft
« on: November 23, 2004 06:27:56 AM »

I made fudge yesterday and it won't harden. I put it in the frezer and it won't freeze.
I think I did not let the can milk and sugar desove enough. Right now its sittlng in the freezer and its thick but not enough to cut into any peices and hold together.
Any one know anything I can do to save it ? Or is it history.
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lutheranchick
« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2004 07:04:55 AM »

I think it is history now.  You should find a way to eat it though-- perhaps as frosting? I hate to see calories go to waste.
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fl_mariposa
« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2004 07:20:02 AM »

I did that one time and it turned out I had bought a bigger can of evaporated milk than the recipe called for, and used it all.  Sad  It won't be hard fudge! But I ate it with a spoon and it stilll tasted good!! Pay close attention to your recipe next time to make sure it doesn't happen again.
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2004 07:23:17 AM »

I always have the exact opposite problem with my fudge.  I cook the sugar to soft-ball, but when i melt in the chocolate and pour it onto the cookie sheet, it always hardens to something a little bit softer than milk-chocolate.  someone who is good at making fudge please help us both.
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fl_mariposa
« Reply #4 on: November 23, 2004 10:47:08 AM »

What is your recipe? I always use the one off the back of the Jet puf marshmallow fluff-I found it to be easiest and best tasting. Maybe you need a new recipe-microwave fudge maybe?
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justwantacraft
« Reply #5 on: November 23, 2004 07:52:56 PM »

Well last time I made it the recipe that I did use had that jet puf marshmellow in a jar stuff in it. And that one turned out perfect and . this one had marshmellows and the evaporated milk which I also put to much in and well just messed the whole thing up. Now its like really thick Ice Cream sunday stuff so Im going to scoop it all up and put it in a bucket and save it for icecream it taste good ..like you guyes say don't want'a waste it or the calories they expensive. lol Thanks all Happy Thanksgiving
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« Reply #6 on: November 26, 2004 08:45:27 PM »

Fudge can be very fickle.  Can depend on the weather, the exact temp of your ingredients, the  phase of the moon...  Cheesy
I agree with the "don't waste the calories" mentality.  When I make fudge and it comes out too runny, it becomes ice cream topping.  When it comes out dry and crumbly, it becomes, well...ice cream topping! (hmmmm...)  You might try bringing it back to liquid state (probably not boiling, but close) and re-whipping it.  It seems to me this helps sometimes.

Funny story...my mom always made this really good fudge when I was growing up.  This stuff was, like, cocoa, fat, sugar...and not much else.  It was considered a priviledge to get on Mom's christmas list for her fudge!  One year, our Italian neighbors asked for the recipe.  My mom was very happy to share, and we waited eagerly to learn how their first candy-making attempt went.  A couple of days later, the neighbor called and asked what temperature to bake it in the oven at.  My mom frantically explained that you don't bake it in the oven.  After reviewing the directions, they hung up.  A couple more days went by, and no word on the fudge.  We finally asked how it came out.  "Oh," replied our neighbor, "It started bubbling in the pan so I threw it out." Shocked  To this day, we're not sure what she expected!  But nobody in my family can make a bad batch of fudge without reporting, "It was bubbling so I threw it out!!!"
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« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2004 09:29:57 AM »

Fudge can be very fickle.  Can depend on the weather, the exact temp of your ingredients, the  phase of the moon...  Cheesy
I agree with the "don't waste the calories" mentality.  When I make fudge and it comes out too runny, it becomes ice cream topping.  When it comes out dry and crumbly, it becomes, well...ice cream topping! (hmmmm...)  You might try bringing it back to liquid state (probably not boiling, but close) and re-whipping it.  It seems to me this helps sometimes.

Funny story...my mom always made this really good fudge when I was growing up.  This stuff was, like, cocoa, fat, sugar...and not much else.  It was considered a priviledge to get on Mom's christmas list for her fudge!  One year, our Italian neighbors asked for the recipe.  My mom was very happy to share, and we waited eagerly to learn how their first candy-making attempt went.  A couple of days later, the neighbor called and asked what temperature to bake it in the oven at.  My mom frantically explained that you don't bake it in the oven.  After reviewing the directions, they hung up.  A couple more days went by, and no word on the fudge.  We finally asked how it came out.  "Oh," replied our neighbor, "It started bubbling in the pan so I threw it out." Shocked  To this day, we're not sure what she expected!  But nobody in my family can make a bad batch of fudge without reporting, "It was bubbling so I threw it out!!!"

Too funny! bubbling... And I was even going to suggest icecream too! My Aunt Karen is the one in my family with the magic fudge charm. The problem is that it's so delicious I end up eating too much and feeling sick. Fudge-overs before dinner is a sure sign of 1. a lack of self control and 2. GREAT fudge! I always thought that the trick was in the temperature...?
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justwantacraft
« Reply #8 on: November 28, 2004 01:51:23 PM »

That such a great story about the fudge Thanks for telling!
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fresheggs
« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2004 06:02:00 AM »

This recipe turns out best when the air is dry, I can never to get it to work in the summer months, but this time of year is perfect for it.  I don't know anything about making it chocolate but maybe if you added cocoa just before pouring it out to cool and serve???

Old Fashioned Fudge

3 cups brown sugar (brilliant yellow) lightly packed
1 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup evaporated milk
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla

Combine brown sugar, white sugar, salt, butter, and evaporated milk.  Stir over medium heat until sugar dissolves and butter melts.

Allow mixture to reach soft ball stage (240 degrees).  Stirring occasionally to prevent burning.
Remove from heat & let cool without stirring. 
When mixture reaches 110 -120 degrees add vanilla and commence stirring like mad.   
When fudge "loses its gloss" pour into pan, allow to cool, cut up and enjoy.  You can also stir in nuts at this point before pouring into pan.

A few tips....

 Losing its gloss gets very thick, air pockets will form and break while youre stirring, and the mixture turns a lighter colour.

If the bottom does happen to burn try not to scrap the bottom just pour the mixture into a clean bowl leaving the burned bits in the pot, after it reaches the soft ball stage and you've taken it off the heat.

For easy serving cover a cookie sheet or tray with tin foil or parchment paper (no waxed paper) and pour fudge on to that. 
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« Reply #10 on: December 01, 2004 07:05:51 AM »

fresheggs, that is _exactly_ what i needed.  i had my technique all wrong.  thank you so much!
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« Reply #11 on: December 01, 2004 07:46:31 AM »

This is my recipe for chocolate fudge. It's based on one from The Complete Home Confectionerby Hilary Walden - it makes me happy because there's not brushing down the sides of the pot with water and it tells you the exact temperature to look for before beating it. Also you can use a really good quality chocolate rather than crappy cocoa powder or low quality ingredients. I've made this so far, with success, with Lindt 70% cocoa dark chocolate and Green & Black's organic White Chocolate with Vanilla. I'm fairly sure I've used both skimmed and whole milks before too and they were both fine. I'm making this with the G&B White Chocolate and giving it out to my inlaws for Christmas.

http://www.recipezaar.com/102603

Makes 700g (over 1lb) of fudge.

450 g sugar 
150 ml milk 
100 g chocolate, chopped 
150 g unsalted butter, chopped 
50 g clear honey 
3-5 drops vanilla extract 

1. Butter or oil a pan about 7 inches square, This size isn't vastly important to the recipe but it will determine how thick and deep your fudge will be.
2.  Place the milk and sugar in a heavy, large (has to be able to contain 4 times the volume of the original ingredients to avoid boiling over) sauce pan and stir with a wooden spoon until the sugar has dissolved.
3.  Add chopped chocolate, chopped butter and honey and stir into the mixture until fully melted and blended together.
4.  Bring to a boil, Cover and boil for 3 minutes (This helps wash down the sides of any stray sugar crystals).
5.  Uncover insert a prewarmed (tempered) sugar thermometer, boil until soft ball stage (116C/240F).
6.  Once soft ball stage has reached, plunge the base of the pan into an ice water bath until the tempeture has reached 50C/122F.
7.  If you wish to add any dried fruits or nuts to your fudge, do so at this point, otherwise just add the vanilla essence before beating.
8.  Beat the mixture with a wooden spoon until it becomes thick, creamy and lighter in colour.
9.  Pour mixture into prepared pan and leave until almost set.
10.  Mark out squares with an oiled knife and leave to set.
11.  Break up the pieces and store in an airtight container between layers of greaseproof paper or waxed paper.
12.  Should keep 3-4 weeks if stored properly.
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« Reply #12 on: December 12, 2004 05:46:34 PM »

i have the easiest fudge recipe probably ever right here.  it is also vegan, and delicious.

3 1/2 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup sifted cocoa powder
1/4 cup vanilla soy milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
6 tbsp margarine

use some of the margarine to grease whatever pan you want to use for the fudge.  i usually use a loaf pan or an 8x8 square pan.
put all the ingredients into a bowl, and put a saucepan with some water on, and simmer the water. 
put bowl on top, and stir untill everything is melted.
or use a double boiler.
then, pour into the pan, and chill.
it's just that easy.

plus, you can add some peanut butter, or nuts, or whatever to make it a different flavour.  i get endless complements for this dish, and it's just so easy.

hope this helps!
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« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2004 07:54:27 AM »

heat and add melted chocolate til really thick, put in fridge again... good luck!
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