Homemade fudge has been pleasing chocolate lovers for more than a century for good reason. It’s delicious, makes a great gift and is one of the easier sweet treats to make.
While following a recipe for homemade fudge, you may run across the following cooking terms in the instructions. We published the definitions in our vintage cookbook, 1951 Sue’s Candy Kettle and Some of Her Success Secrets.
1. Slow boiling – Mix ingredients thoroughly; cover pan and slowly bring to the boiling point, stirrring as needed. Uncover, incease heat and cook more rapidly to the finish point. For fondant, wipe the crystals from edges of pan.
2. Rapid cooling – Place pan of candy in a pan of cold water or pour into cooling pans so as to cool quickly. Allow to cool undisturbed to room temperature before stirring. When bottom of pan can be held on palm of hand with comfort, stir vigorously until creamy. Fudge may be poured into buttered pan to harden or, like fondant, may be poured onto a buttered surface and kneaded. It may be kneaded immediately or covered with a damp cloth and left for twenty minutes.
3. Kneading – Candy is kneaded to make it creamier. The heat from the hands solidifies the crystals, making the mass soft and pliable, so care must be taken not to overdo this process. Press the candy into a buttered pan or casserole, cover with waxed paper or damp cloth and allow to remain until firm.
Here are 8 fudge recipes to serve at your holiday party or to give as a gift this Christmas. For more homemade candy ideas including fudge and chocolate recipes, be sure to check out our website.
Always Creamy Fudge – This smooth and creamy fudge is a melt-in-your mouth treat that everyone will rave about. The rich and chocolately flavor is irresistible.
Black Forest Fudge – Rich, dense chocolate fudge with cherry preserves and marshmallow fluff makes an incredible holiday party dessert.
Brenda’s Caramel Fudge – Sometimes you just need a buttery, classic candy. And this boiled fudge fits the bill. Switch up your holiday treat table and make some caramel fudge to go along with the typical chocolate and peanut butter.
Chef Eddy’s Peanut Butter Fudge – Chef Eddy’s Peanut Butter Fudge has a smooth and creamy texture. The rich peanuty flavor melts in your mouth.
Cookies and Cream Fudge – Be a kid again. Cookies and cream combine in this delightful fudge that will have everyone begging for more.
Cream Cheese White Chocolate Fudge – This unique, dense white chocolate fudge recipe is made with cream cheese to add a smooth and creamy texture. Juicy blueberries are sprinkled throughout for a fresh fruit punch.
Creamy Chocolate Peppermint Fudge – Smooth, rich and creamy chocolate fudge topped with crushed peppermints for the ultimate festive holiday treat.
Gingerbread Fudge – This recipe is an easy, indulgent holiday candy for cookie dough lovers…it tastes just like gingerbread cookie dough.
What is your favorite homemade fudge recipe?