When it comes to chocolate fudge, there is no surprise, no mystery, or no dark magic! It is one of the most exciting activities you can do with your kids in the kitchen. But there is an order of things that actually helps you to have the velvety finish on your batch of fudge. Here are some of the things you must consider when making any kind of fudge.
Things to know when making chocolate fudge
When selecting sugar for your fudge, you have to select smaller crystals. If your sugar crystals are too large, you will not get the earth-shattering smooth texture in your fudge. It is the first thing you have to look for when making chocolate fudge, or any kind of fudge for that matter. When it comes to temperature, you have to cook it at the soft-ball stage. The idyllic soft-ball state is at 238 degrees, and you can check it with a candy thermometer.
An appropriate blend of ingredients is everything! Another misconception in making chocolate fudge is people think that when they beat the fudge after the soft-call stage, they harden it. But the truth is, cooling it down sets it.
Old fashioned chocolate fudge
Making chocolate fudge Mama’s way is the best way. Sometimes, people reinvent recipes and twist them with the new inventions. But the old fashioned fudge can beat it any day! Here is how you can easily make chocolate fudge the old fashioned way.
You need 2 cups of white sugar (make sure to get small crystals), ½ a cup of cocoa, 1 cup of milk, four tablespoons of butter, and one teaspoon of vanilla extract. Get an 8×8 inch square pan and grease it. Keep it aside and get going with making the fudge. Combine sugar, milk, and cocoa in a saucepan. Stir it and blend it before bringing it to a boil. You have to stir it constantly in low fire. Reduce the heat and let it simmer. Do not stir at this point. Place your candy thermometer in the pan and cook until it reaches the ‘softball’ stage, which is 238 degrees.
If you do not have a candy thermometer, you can do the ‘softball’ test by putting a drop of the mixture in a cup of cold water. It should make a softball, and that is when you know you have reached the right stage. Then, please remove it from the heat and add butter and vanilla. You have to use a wooden spoon and beat it until the fudge loses its sheen. Pour it to the pan and let it cool. You can cut about 60 pieces with these measurements.
You can make chocolate fudge in any form easily with this method.
Fudge comes in different flavors. For instance, dark chocolate fudge needs semi-sweet and dark chocolate. You can use sweetened condensed milk to get the creamy-smooth texture when it comes to creamy chocolate fudge. However, you can use the old fashioned way and make the best chocolate fudge for you and your family very quickly!