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Chocolate Fudge Two Ways — Beginner and Expert

Chocolate fudge is my mom's all-time favorite holiday sweet. She's not much of a cook, so we usually make it together. It's an excellent dessert to make with loved ones because the final result is decadently rewarding. There are a million fudge recipes out there, but I prefer one that highlights the pure chocolate flavor by omitting walnuts.

I've found two recipes, one that is simple and another that takes a little more time, equipment, and expertise. Whichever you choose, whip up a batch soon. Fudge is delicious on a holiday dessert buffet and divine wrapped in cellophane and presented as a homemade gift. For the recipes,

Beginner Chocolate Fudge
From Kraft Foods

1 package (8 squares) semisweet baking chocolate, divided
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter or margarine, divided
1/3 cup water
1 package (4-serving size) JELL-O Chocolate Flavor Instant Pudding and Pie Filling
3 cups powdered sugar

  1. Microwave 4 of the chocolate squares, 6 tbsp. of the butter, and water in large microwavable bowl on high for 2 minutes or until butter is melted; stir.
  2. Add dry pudding mix; stir until well blended.
  3. Add powdered sugar, 1 cup at a time, stirring until well blended after each addition. Press into foil-lined, 8-inch square pan.
  4. Microwave remaining 4 chocolate squares and 2 tbsp. butter in large microwavable bowl on high 1-1/2 minutes or until butter is melted.
  5. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Spread over pudding mixture.
  6. Refrigerate 2 hours or until firm. Cut into 1-inch squares.

Makes 48 squares.

Expert Chocolate Fudge
From Martha Stewart

6 tbsp. chilled, unsalted butter, cut into small pieces, plus more for pan and bowl
3 cups sugar
1 tbsp. Valrhona cocoa powder
Large pinch of fine sea salt
3 tbsp. light corn syrup
1 cup whole milk
4 oz. Callebaut unsweetened chocolate, finely chopped
2 tsp. pure vanilla extract

  1. Butter an 8-x-8-inch, straight-sided baking pan. Line with parchment paper; set aside. Butter a large, shallow, stainless-steel bowl; set aside.
  2. In a 3-quart saucepan, whisk to combine the sugar, cocoa, and salt. Place over medium-low heat, and add corn syrup and milk, stirring until smooth.
  3. Add chocolate. Cook, stirring until chocolate is melted and sugar dissolved before it reaches a boil. Brush down sides of saucepan with a pastry brush dipped in water to prevent crystallization. Increase the heat to high, and cook until it reaches 236°F (soft-ball stage).
  4. Pour into prepared bowl without scraping the sides of the saucepan. Dot top with butter. Let cool to 110–118°F on an instant-read thermometer without disturbing, about 1 hour.
  5. Add vanilla. Using a plastic dough scraper, transfer to the bowl of an electric mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat on low speed until the butter and vanilla are completely incorporated.
  6. Increase speed to medium, and beat, stopping occasionally, until fudge keeps its shape when dropped from a spoon and sheen is gone, 3 to 8 minutes.
  7. Using a clean plastic dough scraper, transfer to prepared baking pan, spreading evenly.
  8. Before fudge sets completely, score with a knife into 1-inch squares. Let stand until completely cooled. Store in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 2 weeks.

Makes 2 lbs.

Join The Conversation
caramelqtee75 caramelqtee75 9 years
Looks tasty
ShedItandGetIt ShedItandGetIt 9 years
just made the simple one...sooo easy!
Mmmmm.... I like my marshmallow fluff fudge recipe, loaded with lots of nuts.
Kel-Bel Kel-Bel 9 years
I make fudge using the recipe on the back of the Fluff jar...they call it "Never Fail Fudge" and its honestly the best I've had. My Mom used to make it & now its passed on to me. During the holidays I must make 6-8 batches easily...I bring it to parties, give it as gifts (in cute mugs or tins)...I'm not much of a cook or baker, but people love this & have come to expect it & ask for it around the holidays. I'm almost embarrassed when someone asks about the recipe...but to give myself some credit,I do think how it comes out has a lot has to do w/ the timing :)
swtsunkisses88 swtsunkisses88 9 years
i usually add nuts to mine! this makes me want to go and get out my baking stuff!
Kaciegrrl Kaciegrrl 9 years
Mawmaw and I made fudge over Thanksgiving - it turned out yummy, but I didn't stir fast enough so it was a tad soft.
Megatron Megatron 9 years
Fudge is a staple at our Christmas celebration.
SummerBaby SummerBaby 9 years
yummie yummie!! i love maple walnut!! and some good old chocolate! :)
terryt18 terryt18 9 years
Come on pook, you know i like peanut butter fudge!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
My mother makes the most amazing homemade fudge, it's to die for!
sauterhead sauterhead 9 years
For beginners, the marshmallow fluff "Fantasy Fudge" recipe is pretty awesome, too.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Mmmm the fudge in Banff is amazing :love:
Rhiannon Rhiannon 9 years
I made fudge this weekend, used Alton Brown's recipe. It turned out fabulous, I'll never make the marshmallow fluff stuff again.
barbienaki barbienaki 9 years
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 9 years
Wackdoodle, please post your recipe in Kitchen Goddess group. I'd like to try it.
lil-l lil-l 9 years
maybe it's time to try making this!
MonaMayI MonaMayI 9 years
melt (2 8 square bars)) baking chocolate and (1 14 oz can) sweetened condensed milk in micro for 2 mins. optional: add nuts. stir, spread, refridge. done. amazing.
mdstblz mdstblz 9 years
Beginner fudge is a bag of chocolate chips melted (in a double boiler or microwave... then add a jar of creamy pre-made frosting... that is beginner fudge!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
I just blogged my recipe...well Mamie's recipe. so it's available to everyone! Enjoy. Corn Syrup is a pain.
mamaseacat mamaseacat 9 years
I've never made fudge. I should give it a try. Wackdoodle's fudge sounds great! No corn syrup... already a step above Martha's.
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
mm wackdoodle I want your recipe!!
wackdoodle wackdoodle 9 years
Uggh, I think my fudge recipe is better than Martha Stewart's recipe. Corn Syrup and cocoa powder? Unnecessary. The recipe I have is tried and true. It's Mamie Eisenhowser's Fudge Recipe (The Recipe is in the American Century Cookbook) from when she was First Lady and it rocks. I was just about to make it as soon as I finish dinner. I've got people calling me asking where there Christmas fudge is. Plus this one has pecans. So I think Mamie wins.
emalove emalove 9 years
Fudge is yum, but too rich for me to have more than a piece at once.
monistar18 monistar18 9 years
mmmmm fantasy fudge is really good too. the recipe is on the jar of marshmallow fluff
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