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Here’s an easy way to whip up this classic treat.
Step 1: Mix
Mix the sugar and cocoa together in the large saucepan. Then add the corn syrup and evaporated milk.
Step 2: Cook
Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring until it reaches 234 to 240 degrees Fahrenheit on a candy thermometer. Remove from heat.
Test for doneness by dripping a small drop of the mixture into cold water. If it forms a soft ball, it’s done.
Step 3: Add butter
Stir the butter and vanilla into the fudge mixture and beat thoroughly.
You can also add chopped walnuts or pecans.
Step 4: Transfer to dish
Pour the fudge immediately into a buttered, rectangular glass dish – the mixture hardens quickly. Use a spatula to spread it evenly in the dish.
Step 5: Set, cut, and serve
Allow the fudge to set for a few hours, and then cut it into squares and serve. Fudge can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 week.
Did You Know?
Composer and fudge enthusiast Cole Porter had a standing order for 9 pounds of fudge to be shipped to him monthly.