As I recently mentioned in my post about Vanilla Fairy Fudge, I really, really, really don’t like fudge that’s made with condensed milk.
So I’ve been experimenting with fudge recipes lately (ones withOUT condensed milk), and today I wanted to share my Chocolate Fudge.
This stuff is AH-may-zing!!!
Just supremely smooth and decadent and perfectly chocolatey!
I think I’m in love.
Just look at that pile of perfection.
This is the stuff dreams are made of.
Anyway – back to the recipe.
Basic fudge stuff, plus a cocoa powder that you like.
Mix together the sugar and cocoa….
Then mix all of it (except the vanilla) in a sauce pot.
Then whisk it to make sure it’s all mixed.
Bring it up to a boil…..
Then simmer until it hits 235 degrees Fahrenheit.
Which is important. You gotta wait until it gets to 235 (soft ball stage) before you take it off the stove. Otherwise it won’t set properly.
Stir in the vanilla and then put the whole pot on top of a bunch of ice cubes in a big bowl.
Stir, stir, stir.
After a couple of minutes, it will be much thicker. Time to transfer to your prepared pan!
I recommend lining your pan with tin foil and then greasing it with a very light layer of butter or a nonstick cooking spray. I like coconut oil spray.
BUT – I need to stress that the pan pictured here is NOT a big 9 by 13 inch baking pan! I didn’t realize that it would look like that in the photos. I usually use an 8 by 8 inch baking dish for this, but just happened to grab this little guy when I was photographing this batch.
The dish pictured here is actually 1.5 quarts or approximately 6 by 10 inches.
After a short time, you’ll be able to pick the fudge up out of the pan with the foil and turn it over to allow the bottom to set.
Then you can (carefully) flip it over again and cut it into pieces.
Let those pieces sit out for a while to fully set all around. I will usually leave them out overnight or for at least a few hours, just to make extra sure they’ve hit the texture I’m looking for before I pack them away.
The pieces of fudge you will get from this recipe are pretty small, by design.
If you want really thick giant chunks, you’ll have to either double (triple??) the recipe, or just pour it into a smaller pan to set.
But just take a look at that gorgeous pile of deliciousness…… you’ll be wanting to try this. About right now.
1/2 cup whole milk
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1 ½ cups sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Prepare an 8×8-inch baking dish with foil and a light coating of butter or cooking spray.
Whisk together the milk, cream, sugar, cocoa, and butter in a saucepan. Bring the mixture to a boil.
Reduce the heat and simmer it without stirring. This is important: do NOT stir the mixture! After 15 minutes, test the temperature with a thermometer. Once it reaches 235°F or soft ball stage, remove from heat. Do NOT stop simmering until it reaches this temperature, or it will not set. It will be noticeably thicker at this point, but still slightly runny.
Let it sit for a minute and then stir in the vanilla extract.
Fill a large bowl with ice and place the saucepan into the bowl on top of the ice. Stir the fudge for a few minutes until it is very thick. Then (making sure not to let any of the melted ice get into your fudge) pour it into the prepared baking dish, spreading it smooth.
Place baking dish on a wire rack and allow to completely set. This may take a half hour or a little longer, depending on the temperature and humidity of your home. Then carefully remove the fudge from the dish by pulling out the foil. Carefully invert it on a flat plate or platter and allow the bottom to dry. Again, this may only take a few minutes.
Cut into squares or rectangles with a sharp knife and allow the pieces to sit for a while without touching. I usually leave them out overnight to make sure each piece is fully set and has a nice solidity all the way around the smooth interior. Makes about 4 dozen very small pieces, depending on how you cut it.
[Note: the recipe can be doubled or put in a smaller pan if you like thicker pieces.]
Click below for the free printable PDF version of this recipe:
And if you like this, be sure to check out my Vanilla Fairy Fudge:
Or if you’d prefer cookies……..