It’s rich, it’s chocolatey, it’s delicious, it’s fudge! Wondering how to make fudge? Whether you’re an expert fudge maker or want to try your hand at homemade fudge for the first time, here are 5 important tips to remember. Once you’ve mastered the basics, try some of our favorite easy fudge recipes today!
1) Prep for Success
Before you even get started baking, be sure to get all your necessary ingredients and tools ready and waiting. You’ll even want to measure out in advance all of your ingredients so that you don’t waste time and ruin your fudge. Making fudge can be simple, be easy to fudge up if you don’t start prepared!
2) Butter Better
For the best fudge, use real butter or margarine that has at least 80% fat. Any other butter or vegetable oil can contain too much water, causing your fudge to fail. And be sure to add in the correct amount of butter called for in the recipe since too much can affect your fudge’s firmness.
3) Use the Right Tools
If your pot is thin or older, it can cook your fudge too quickly or unevenly. Stick with a heavy-bottomed stainless-steel pot for the best cook. To keep yourself safe during the boiling process, use a long handled wooden spoon that won’t overheat and burn you during cooking.
4) Get Scientific
As you might already know, baking is a science. With fudge, cooking at the right temperature is key; too cold or too hot and your fudge might become grainy and unappetizing. It’s important to remember that your cook time is based on your pan size, the larger the pan, the more will evaporate. Invest in a candy thermometer to ensure that your fudge turns out perfectly firm and fudgy, every time. And be sure to test your thermometer before baking as just a few degrees can make a huge difference in quality.
5) Cool It
After you’ve boiled your fudge to the correct temperature, let it cool to about 110°F before you beat it, which generally takes about 15 minutes after the fudge is removed from heat. This allows the sugar crystals to stay small and your fudge to stay smooth. Beat with your wooden spoon until the fudge starts to thicken and then you can add ingredients like nuts and chocolate chips.
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