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I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to make old fashion homemade fudge and it always ended up as a syrupy sloppy mess (we call this “hot fudge” lol.) It’s so disappointing because I really love old fashion homemade fudge, so I finally got my grandmother to break down and tell me how she does it.
See, my mom makes good fudge, but she cheats. She uses Marshmallow Fluff and chocolate chips. I don’t want that fudge, or fudge that uses corn syrup or evaporated milk. I want my grandmothers’ old fashioned Hershey’s cocoa fudge. You know, the hard old fashion homemade fudge that melts in your mouth and makes your eyes roll in the back of your head; That fudge. So here it is, the recipe and the secret – leave it alone!
Old Fashion Homemade Fudge Recipe
What You Need:
- 3 TBSP. Hershey’s Cocoa
- 3/4 c. Milk
- 2 1/2 c. Sugar (not confectioners or powdered, but granulated)
- 1/4 c. (4 TBSP.) Butter – softened, but not melted(not margarine)
- Splash of vanilla
- Pinch of Salt
What You Do:
- In a large saucepan (if it’s too small it will boil over leaving a mess, try a 3-4 qt. pan) whisk together the cocoa, sugar and salt.
- Get rid of the whisk and grab a wooden spoon.
- Slowly stir in the milk (keep stirring with one hand, pour slowly with the other)
- Set the heat to medium high and bring to a boil – don’t stop stirring.
- Once it’s boiling turn the heat to medium-low and stop stirring.
- Let it boil for about 15 – 20 minutes and fill a large mouth glass with water and ice. Don’t Stir
- Lightly grease an 8×8 dish (or similar size) and go sit down so you’re not tempted to fiddle with the fudge!
- Dip a little of the mixture up with a spoon and drop it into the glass. Don’t Stir
- Try to form the dropped mixture into a ball, if it doesn’t stay let the mixture cook for 5 more minutes. DO NOT STIR
- Try again with the mix in the ice water (get new ice water if the water is cloudy). If it still isn’t forming a ball leave it and check again in 5 minutes. DO NOT STIR
- Continue checking every 5 minutes until a soft ball forms (you’ll know because it will feel like a piece of wet play dough, holding shape) DO NOT STIR
- When you have a soft ball, remove the saucepan from the burner and add the butter and vanilla. DO NOT STIR
- Let the saucepan sit at room temperature for 20 minutes – go take a bath, wash your hair, paint your toenails – just leave it alone!
- Roll up your sleeves and stir the mixture with a wooden spoon until it starts to look more matte than glossy. This takes some elbow grease, stick to it and consider it your workout for the day!
- As soon as most of the gloss is gone quickly pour the fudge into your dish.
- Let it cool and cut it into pieces.
If it doesn’t come out the way you wanted, try again. This is an acquired recipe, it may take a few tries but the key is to leave it alone! It’s tempting to stir and scrape, but resist the urge and you’ll have yummy fudge. Keep at it until you make the perfect old fashion homemade fudge, and you’ll be able to make it time and time again.
(these are not my photos – I swear I’m getting around to taking some soon!)
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