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Who Doesn't Love Fudge?

Updated on February 4, 2013

Fudge the rich, sweet tooth satisfying Treat

Fudge is for any time of the year. It doesn't necessarily have to be chocolate fudge. I love a variety of homemade fudge.

When I was a child, my mother used to make Penuche Fudge and have it ready for my brothers and I as a treat when we came home from school (see below). I used to make a microwave chocolate fudge, that was really good, as an after school snack for my children. What can I say, I to cook the quick, easy way and a fudge recipe is no different. I guess you can say it has become a tradition to have fudge as a treat for our children in our family.

Are you a diabetic? Think you can't have fudge? Never fear! I have found a recipe for you.

Are you Vegan? I have even come up with a recipe for you, too.

The image is a slice of penuche fudge with nuts.

Photo credit: Wikimedia.org, Creative Commons License

I was so excited when I received the email on February 12, 2011 informing me that this fudge lens had won a purple star. It is a privilege to receive one of these purple stars as it means you have done a great job on your. lens. Only 1000 of these beauties are given away so they are to be prized. Believe me I am so excited to have won this star for my Fudge recipe.

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making fudge on stove
making fudge on stove

Fudge Hints and Tips

You might want to look these over

1. Make sure that you have a candy thermometer handy when you make your homemade fudge. Before making your fudge recipe, make sure to check the thermometer by putting it into a pan of boiling water to make sure that it is working correctly. If it is working correctly, it should register 212 degrees F (100 degrees C).

2. To prevent your homemade fudge from being sugary, use a heavy saucepan with straight sides. Always remove the sugary crystals from the side of the pan above the boiling point by wiping it back into the pan to melt again.

3. Stir your fudge while it cooks so the fudge won't stick and burn on the pan. Nothing tastes worse than scorched fudge.

4. Make sure you pick a cool dry day to make your homemade fudge recipe. A humid day could cause your fudge not to set right.

5. Score your homemade fudge with a sharp knife before cutting it.

Photo Credit: Creative Commons Commercial Flickr, ammichaels.

Fudge Candy Rolled into Balls
Fudge Candy Rolled into Balls

Since I am a diabetic (just discovered in April 2010), I guess I should put a diabetic fudge recipe at the beginning of my lens.

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Ingredients

  • 1 - 14 1/2 oz. can evaporated milk
  • 3 T Cocoa
  • 1/4 C Margarine or Butter
  • Liquid Sweetener to equal to 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 t Salt
  • 1 t Vanilla
  • 2 1/2 C Graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/4 C Nuts

Instructions

  1. Combine milk and cocoa in saucepan and beat well. Add next 3 ingredients to the milk mixture and bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in the remaining ingredients except 1/4 cup graham crackers. Cool about 15 minutes. Divide mixture into 32 balls. Roll these in the remaining cracker crumbs and chill. You are now ready to have your piece of fudge.
Cast your vote for Diabetic Fudge Recipe

How to Make Homemade Chocolate Fudge

This video will show you how to make a batch of chocolate fudge from scratch. This batch of fudge should have a creamy texture and no graininess if done right.

Homemade Chocolate Fudge - Oh, what a way to satisfy that craving

Vegan Chocolate Fudge
Vegan Chocolate Fudge

Wouldn't you just love to have a big old plate of homemade chocolate fudge to sit down and munch on? Find yourself a wonderful homemade fudge recipe and give it a try. There are so many recipes to choose from.

Photo Credit: Creative Commons Commercial, Veganbaking.net, Flickr

July 22 is National Penuche Day in the United State

How to Make Super Quick Easy Fudge - Cool video on making the fudge

This is a quick fudge recipe with 2 ingredients that you cook in the microwave. This fudge will be rich, creamy and smooth. Play with the recipe. Add to this recipe. For instance, you can add white chips and cherry frosting or peanut butter chips and chocolate frosting. The variations are innumerable if you think about it.

Magic Brownie Pan
Magic Brownie Pan

I can just see the fudge in this pan and not having to cut the pieces.

 
Homemade Fudge Recipe ingredients
Homemade Fudge Recipe ingredients

Never Fail Fudge

Be sure to cut this fudge into small pieces as it is supposed to be rich.

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Ingredients

  • 1 (16-ounce) bag semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 (14-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • dash salt
  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

  1. 1. Prepare an 8 or 9 inch square baking pan. Grease and, if want, add a piece of parchment or line pan with tin foil.
  2. 2. Set aside.
  3. 3. Melt the chocolate chips with the milk over low heat.
  4. 4. Add salt.
  5. 5. When all is melted, remove from the heat.
  6. 6. Stir in the pecans and vanilla.
  7. 7. Pour in prepared pan and refrigerate until firm.
  8. 7. When ready cut into squares.

How to make the Ultimate Fudge - Not just for Christmas time.

Phil Vickery shows you how to create the Ultimate Fudge. This would be a great gift to give friends and family. He suggests boxing them up and giving them to them for Christmas. He also says everyone will be asking you for the recipe. I think this would be a perfect gift for anytime of the year.

Ultimate Fudge Recipe - This is the recipe from the video above.

Nutrition Information (for 2 pieces)

133 Calories

23.3g sugar

4.3g fat

2.7g saturates

0.1g salt

Ingredients

  • 14 oz can Condensed Milk
  • 1/2 C Milk
  • 1 lb Demerara Sugar
  • 4 oz Butter
  • 5 oz Glace Cherries
  • halved (optional)
  • 2 oz Stem Ginger
  • chopped (optional)
  • 5 oz Dark Chocolate
  • chopped (optional)
  • 3 oz Toasted Hazlenuts (optional)
  • 5 oz Raisins soaked in 3 T rum (until they have absorbed the rum) (optional)
  • Anything else that you can think of (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1. Prepare an 8 inch square baking pan by greasing it and placing baking parchment in the pan.
  2. 2. Heat milk, sugar and butter in pan over low heat, stirring constantly until the sugar is dissolved completely. Bring to a boil and continue to simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes or soft ball stage (drop a little of the mixture into a cup of ice-cold water), whichever comes first, continuing to stir constantly. At this point, remove from heat.
  3. 3. beat the fudge for about 10 minutes or until thick and grainy.
  4. 4. If using optional ingredients, gently stir in these ingredients.
  5. 5. Pour into the square pans.
  6. 6. Leave to cool before cutting into squares. Remember you are cutting 60 squares out of this batch.

Don't forget if you want something small to satisfy your sweet tooth, grab just one piece of homemade fudge.

Brown Sugar Fudge
Brown Sugar Fudge

Brown Sugar Fudge - Penuche Fudge

This is the penuche fudge my mother used to make minus the nuts as they were an added expense. We could not afford them at the time as mom was divorced and supporting us three kids on whatever job she could get. You have to remember this was back in the 1950s.

Brown Sugar fudge is also called:

penuche

Cajeta - Mexico

Dulce de Leche - South America

Praline - Europe, America and Belgium

Photo credit: princesspumpernickel, Creative Commons License

Ingredients

  • 2 C light brown sugar
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1 1/3 C condensed milk
  • 1 T butter
  • 1/2 t vanilla
  • 1/2 C nuts (optional)

Instructions

  1. 1. Put first 3 ingredients into a saucepan and bring to a boil or the soft ball stage (See Note).
  2. 2. Add butter and vanilla, and the nuts if you want them. Stir them into the first ingredients.
  3. 3. Pour into a prepared 9 inch square pan that has been greased.
  4. 4. Cool the fudge and then cut your pieces.
  5. NOTE: Softball stage as per candy.about.com:
  6. 1. With Candy Thermometer: 235-245 degrees
  7. 2. No Candy Thermometer: This stage can be determined by dropping a spoonful of hot syrup into a bowl of very cold water. In the water, use your fingers to gather the cooled syrup into a ball. If it has reached soft-ball stage, the syrup easily forms a ball while in the cold water, but flattens once removed from the water.
  8. Photo credit: x_roro_x (Roni), Creative Commons License

What is your favorite type of fudge?

various types of fudge
various types of fudge

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Homemade Fudge Poll

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I love getting comments from my readers either good or bad. It shows me that someone is stopping by and reading my articles. If it is bad, then I will correct the fault.

What Type Of Fudge - Do you like to make?

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      Grandma-Marilyn 5 years ago

      @rawwwwwws lm: Thank you for the blessing.

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      rawwwwwws lm 5 years ago

      Blessed

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Stopping back to add a little angel dust to your homemade fudge recipe...I think it will be delicious!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @miaponzo: Welcome back my fiend. I missed you. Thank you for the blessing.

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      miaponzo 6 years ago

      Double Blessed.. thanks for all the delish fudge recipes!!!

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      Blackspaniel1 6 years ago

      I can eat much too much when I have it.

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      WindyWintersHubs 6 years ago from Vancouver Island, BC

      Yum! Congrats on your Purple Star! Thanks for the recipes and will have to try the one with pecans for the holidays!

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      seashell2 6 years ago

      Well done... my mouth is watering... love fudge anytime! :-)

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      blanckj 6 years ago

      Mmmm...fudge! I love it.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @hamshi5433: I know what you mean. I do so love fudge. It is my downfall when I am on a diet. You might try the never fail fudge. It is easy and usually works

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      hamshi5433 6 years ago

      Oh my god am finding it quite hard to get off this page...I LOVE FUDGE! but i cant make it myself though sadly..hmmm let see i might try this recipe one day..Weldone on this..eye catching lens..xxx

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      LouisaDembul 6 years ago

      This sounds really good! Have lensrolled it to my Super EAsy Toffee lens.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you. I was so excited to see it on my list.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This is melt in your mouth good! Congratulations on that shining purple star!

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      MadeByTammy 6 years ago

      They all look so Yummy! I'd like to see - Rocky Road Fudge.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @clouda9 lm: Thank you for the blessing. Too bad you haven't been able to get that recipe. Probably one passed down the generations.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @sorana lm: Sure, I will send you some through cyberspace. LOL

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @Sylvestermouse: I know it is hard. I just love all fudge. Just too rich for my blood.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @rlivermore: I have memories of my mom making us fudge, too. Wish I could see her do it again.

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      clouda9 lm 6 years ago

      The best fudge I had was at a huge event, all the goodies were brought in by the fundraisers, and I still dream about getting ahold of that recipe. Creamy, melt-in-my-mouth! Thanks for sharing all the fudge recipes on here. *Blessed and featured on http://www.squidoo.com/my-angel-wings

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      sorana lm 6 years ago

      Yummy ... can I have some please? I love fudge and the butterscotch is my favourite.

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      Melody Lassalle 6 years ago from California

      They all look delicious!

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      mekon1971 6 years ago

      Thanks for the diabetic fudge recipe, can't wait to try it!

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      I definitely love fudge! I agree with GiftsBonanza, it is difficult to choose a favorite :)

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      rlivermore 6 years ago

      I have memories of my mom making fudge for Christmas. Delicious!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @GiftsBonanza: I know. I am like that when I am in a shop that has a great variety of fudges to choose from. Yum!

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      GiftsBonanza 6 years ago

      Oh what a lovely lens - I couldn't choose my favourite, far too difficult

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @SandyMertens: Hey, I couldn't leave out a big section of the USA, could I?

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @BarbRad: Don't I have to send in my lens for LOTD? I haven't figured out how to do that yet.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @BarbRad: Thank you for the blessing. I try to put my all into my lenses.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @BarbRad: Barb, for some reason that message did not turn up on this lens. It was in my comment section and I approved it but it is still not here. That is weird. Ok about the Penuche Fudge, I will get it and add it to the lens. It is really rather simple. I found one recipe with nuts in it. Ours didn't have the nuts...but we didn't care. She was making us a special treat.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @Vikk Simmons: There used to be a time that I could sit down and eat all the fudge I wanted. Now I am like you. I take little bites and 1 piece lasts me a long time but it does satisfy my craving for fudge. Then the rest of the family gets more now. LOL

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      Forgot to mention that even though this is out of my neighborhood, I've blessed it. How could I not?

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      You had me all ready to make fudge, but it's pouring rain today, so it doesn't look like I should. Although I mentioned this above, I'd like to see that Penuche Fudge recipe your mom used to make.

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      Barbara Radisavljevic 6 years ago from Templeton, CA

      @Grandma-Marilyn: You can hope for LOTD.

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      'Vikk Simmons 6 years ago from Houston

      I like to look at fudge and I have friends that adore it but for some reason it's a little too rich for me. A tiny piece lasts a long time. :) Nice page and terrific photos.

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @anonymous: Thank you for Blessing my lens. Now all I have to do is figure out what I do after I get a blessing and a purple star.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Awesome lens! I love peanut butter fudge! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel on 2/18/2011. Have a great day!

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      bdkz 6 years ago

      I love fudge!

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Nice that you included the diabetic recipe too. I love FUDGE!!!

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      DecoratingEvents 6 years ago

      My favorite homemade candy! Now I am craving it!!

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      Julia M S Pearce 6 years ago from Melbourne, Australia

      Oh fudge,lovely!

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @hayleylou lm: Yes, several call my name but I am resisting. I know what it would do to my diabetes.

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      hayleylou lm 6 years ago

      Fudge is normally too sweet for me but these do look delicous :)

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      Grandma-Marilyn 6 years ago

      @JanieceTobey: I know, it did the same thing to me. hehe

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      JanieceTobey 6 years ago

      Now you've gotten my hungry for some fudge!!