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How to Make Fudge

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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • FACT: Composer and fudge enthusiast Cole Porter had a standing order for 9 pounds of fudge to be shipped to him monthly.

You Will Need

  • 3 c. sugar
  • 4 tbsp. cocoa powder
  • 3 tbsp. light corn syrup
  • 1 c. evaporated milk
  • 6 tbsp. butter
  • 1u00bd tsp. vanilla extract
  • A large saucepan
  • A candy thermometer
  • A glass baking dish
  • A spatula
  • 1 c. chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

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