I have made a few candy recipes this Christmas. I already posted cookie dough truffles and English toffee. I made the truffles, toffee, and this fudge as gifts for friends. I'm usually not so on top of things.
I was well prepared for Christmas this year. I finished most of my Christmas shopping by December, and I made loads of Christmas candy. I didn't send Christmas cards, but you have to chose your battles.
I bought a candy thermometer to make the English toffee, and I was able to use it again to make this fudge. I have made a simple fudge that only required chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk. That recipe didn't require a thermometer. This is my first time making a traditional fudge.
I was pleased how the fudge turned out. In the future, I'll make more fudge and candy recipes with my thermometer. Candy always makes a welcome gift. This chocolate fudge recipe came from allrecipes.com. I added mint extract instead of vanilla. I also added crushed peppermint candy canes on top of the fudge before it cooled.
The ingredients are 2 cups white sugar, 1/2 cup cocoa, 1 cup milk, 4 tablespoons butter, 1/2 teaspoon mint extract, and 10 mashed candy canes.
I added the sugar, cocoa powder, and milk into a pot.
I stirred and brought the mixture to a boil. I eventually switched to a whisk.
I brought the temperature of the stove down to medium-high and simmered the fudge until the temperature of the fudge reached 238 degrees. I didn't stir while the fudge was simering.
Once the temperature reached 238 degrees, I added the peppermint extract and butter.
I stirred and stirred. I stirred until the butter had melted, and then I continued stirring.
I stirred until the fudge was thick and no longer glossy. This took longer than expected. The recipe says not to under-stir. One it was thick and and fully stirred, I poured it into a nine in squash dish that was lined with parchment and greesed.
I mashed the fudge down evenly and sprinkled it wish crushed candy canes. I used ten candy canes but 8 would have been enough. I had extra.
I let the fudge cool completely before cutting it into little squares.
At first, the candy canes were crunchy, but after a day or two, they were soft. I would suggest omitting the candy canes if you will not eat the fudge immediately.