This old fashioned chocolate fudge is easy to make, has the smoothest texture, and the best chocolate flavour. The perfect treat for the holidays!
I've never really been a fan of fudge as a treat. Just not my favourite. Too sweet.
But, I realize I'm in the minority there, and most people love the stuff. So I've started making it for my kids because they definitely love it.
Especially this brown sugar fudge my mom used to make. My kids went crazy for that the first time I made it. And then I felt bad for depriving them and never making fudge just because I don't really like it!
This chocolate fudge might just change my mind on whether I like fudge or not though, because even I have to say that it's pretty fantastic.
Evidently I like anything if you add chocolate to it.
This chocolate fudge is the right amount of sweet for me though. I think the unsweetened chocolate takes the edge off the sweetness and makes the taste more about the creamy chocolate flavour.
Smooth, creamy, chocolate fudge that's easy to make and everybody loves (even me!) - I think that makes this the perfect Christmas treat!
Can you freeze fudge?
You can freeze fudge for up to 3 months. It's best to freeze it in larger blocks (instead of cutting it into little squares) wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.
If you're planning to freeze the whole batch of chocolate fudge, line your pan with tin foil (butter the foil so the fudge doesn't stick) before spreading your fudge into it to set.
This way you can pull out the whole block, cut it into a few pieces for freezing, and wrap each piece tightly in plastic wrap. Freeze the plastic wrapped blocks of fudge in a freezer ziplock bag.
Let the fudge thaw before cutting it into squares. Keep it wrapped while it's thawing at room temperature.
If you unwrap it before thawing, moisture in the air will condense on the top of the fudge, making it soft and sticky.
Why did my fudge turn out crumbly?
Fudge ends up with a crumbly or grainy texture because of the development of sugar crystals within the fudge. Cooked fudge is made up of tiny sugar crystals - the smaller the crystals are, the smoother your fudge will be.
When the sugar crystals start to form early, they are larger and the fudge ends up with a sugary, or grainy, texture.
You want to stir the fudge until the sugar is dissolved and the chocolate is melted, but after that try to keep the stirring to a minimum while the fudge heats to the soft ball stage.
Then you let it cool down without stirring at all, and beat it with an electric mixer until it thickens a bit, then spread it in a baking dish to set.
How to make Chocolate Fudge:
When beating the chocolate fudge with an electric mixer, it will continue to thicken the longer you beat it. This fudge only took about 2 minutes of beating on low speed to thicken. If you want your fudge to be harder, beat it a little longer before spreading it in the pan, but be careful not to beat it too long or it will be difficult to spread in the pan.
Leave the fudge alone while it cools down, don't stir it, just let it cool until it reaches 110-115 degrees F before beating it. This will give the fudge the smoothest texture.
The easiest way to know when the fudge is ready is to use a candy thermometer. I absolutely love this one, that's built right into a silicone spatula, so it's very easy to use. The regular kind that clip onto the side of the pot don't work for me as my pots have a lip on the rim so the thermometer won't clip on and sit straight down the side of the pot. If you have the same problem, this spatula candy thermometer is the way to go!
You don't need to stir the fudge constantly while it's boiling, but keep an eye on it and give it a stir every minute or so once it comes to a soft boil to prevent sticking.
This fudge is made with just seven ingredients. You boil the cream, sugar, chocolate, butter, corn syrup, and salt until it reaches the soft ball stage (234-240 degrees F), and then stir in the vanilla, let it cool for about 10 minutes, and beat the mixture until it thickens. The whole process takes about 20-30 minutes.
Here are some more great treats for the holidays for you:
- Caramel Apple Blondies
- Black Bottom Cupcakes
- Christmas Tree Cupcakes
- Lemon Sugar Cookie Cups
- Cranberry Pumpkin Seed Salted Caramel Bark
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