How to make chocolate fudge

Fudge

**Ingredients:**


- 3 cups (525g) semi-sweet chocolate chips
- 1 can (14oz/400g) sweetened condensed milk
- 1/4 cup (56g) unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of salt
- Optional add-ins: chopped nuts, mini marshmallows, flavored extracts, etc.

**Instructions:**

1. **Prepare the Pan:**
Line an 8x8 inch (20x20 cm) square baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some overhang on the sides for easy removal of the fudge later. Lightly grease the paper with butter or cooking spray to prevent sticking.

2. **Melt the Ingredients:**
In a medium-sized saucepan over low heat, combine the chocolate chips, sweetened condensed milk, and unsalted butter. Stir continuously until the chocolate and butter have melted completely and the mixture is smooth.

3. **Add Flavor:**
Once the mixture is smooth, remove the saucepan from the heat. Stir in the vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. At this point, you can also add any optional add-ins like chopped nuts, mini marshmallows, or flavored extracts if desired. Mix until everything is well incorporated.

4. **Transfer to the Pan:**
Pour the fudge mixture into the prepared baking pan. Use a spatula to spread it evenly and smooth the top.

5. **Set and Chill:**
Place the pan in the refrigerator and let the fudge set for at least 2-3 hours, or until it's firm to the touch. For faster results, you can also place the pan in the freezer for about 1 hour.

6. **Cut into Pieces:**
Once the fudge is completely set, remove it from the refrigerator or freezer. Lift the fudge out of the pan using the parchment paper overhangs. Place it on a cutting board. Use a sharp knife to cut the fudge into small squares or rectangles.

7. **Serve and Store:**
Your creamy chocolate fudge is now ready to enjoy! Arrange the fudge pieces on a serving platter or store them in an airtight container between layers of parchment paper to prevent sticking. Keep the fudge stored in a cool, dry place or in the refrigerator to maintain its texture.

**Tips:**

- Make sure to stir the fudge mixture constantly while melting the ingredients to prevent burning or sticking.
- You can customize this fudge recipe by adding different mix-ins such as crushed cookies, dried fruit, or caramel swirls.
- For a softer fudge, you can reduce the amount of chocolate chips slightly or increase the amount of sweetened condensed milk.
- If you want to get creative, consider drizzling melted white chocolate over the top of the fudge for an added decorative touch.
- Remember that fudge is quite rich, so small pieces are usually sufficient for a satisfying treat.

 

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The history of fudge is a bit murky, with several theories surrounding its origin, but it's generally believed to have emerged in the United States in the late 19th century. There are a few interesting stories that attempt to explain the beginnings of this delicious confection:

1. **Vassar College Theory:** One popular theory attributes the creation of fudge to a group of female students at Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York, around the 1880s. According to this story, a batch of caramel-like candy was accidentally "fudged" during the cooking process, resulting in a creamy, sweet treat. The word "fudge" supposedly comes from the slang term "fudge," which means to mess up or bungle.

2. **Baltimore, Maryland Theory:** Another theory places the origin of fudge in Baltimore, Maryland, in the 1880s. It is said that a confectioner named Emelyn Battersby Hartridge was trying to make caramels but didn't cook the mixture to the right temperature. The result was a grainy, crystallized candy that she called "fudge."

3. **Word Origin Theory:** The word "fudge" itself has been around for a long time and was used in a more general sense to describe any kind of mishap or confusion. It's possible that the candy was named "fudge" due to the idea that it was a mistake or mishap in candy-making.

4. **Colonial America and Europe Influence:** Some historians trace fudge's origins back to traditional Scottish and English tablet candies, which are made by boiling sugar, butter, and milk. Fudge might have been a variation of these recipes brought to the United States by European immigrants.

Regardless of its exact origin, fudge gained popularity quickly due to its deliciously sweet and creamy texture. It was initially made using simple ingredients like sugar, butter, and milk, cooked together and then beaten vigorously to achieve the desired consistency. As time went on, variations of fudge incorporating different flavors, add-ins, and techniques emerged.

Fudge became a popular homemade treat and eventually made its way into confectionery shops, candy stores, and even commercial production. It's often associated with holidays, celebrations, and special occasions. Today, fudge comes in a wide variety of flavors, ranging from classic chocolate to unique combinations like peanut butter and maple walnut.

Whether the origins of fudge lie in a college dormitory, a candy shop mishap, or a culmination of cultural influences, it has become a beloved and iconic treat enjoyed by people all over the world.

 

 

Fudge, a delicious treat, is not known for its nutritional benefits. It's high in sugar, saturated fats, and calories. While it provides some energy, it lacks essential vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Consumed in excess, fudge can contribute to weight gain and various health issues. It's best enjoyed in small quantities as an occasional indulgence rather than as a source of nutrition.

 

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**Fudge Trivia Quiz**

Test your knowledge about the sweet and creamy world of fudge! Choose the correct answers to the following questions:

1. What is fudge?

a) A type of cookie
b) A creamy candy made from sugar, butter, and milk
c) A savory dish made with rice

2. Which term best describes the texture of fudge?

a) Chewy
b) Crispy
c) Creamy

3. Which of the following theories explains the origin of the term "fudge" for the candy?

a) It refers to a Scottish confection
b) It is named after its creator, Mr. Fudge
c) It relates to a mishap or mistake in candy-making

4. What key ingredient gives fudge its creamy texture?

a) Honey
b) Sweetened condensed milk
c) Heavy cream

5. Which American college is often associated with the accidental creation of fudge?

a) Harvard University
b) Yale University
c) Vassar College

6. In which state is the origin of fudge often attributed to a confectioner named Emelyn Battersby Hartridge?

a) New York
b) California
c) Texas

7. What is the traditional flavor of fudge?

a) Vanilla
b) Chocolate
c) Strawberry

8. Which of the following is NOT a common add-in for fudge?

a) Nuts
b) Mini marshmallows
c) Broccoli

9. Which method is typically used to achieve the smooth consistency of fudge?

a) Baking
b) Boiling
c) Freezing

10. What type of candy-making process is fudge known for?

a) Distillation
b) Fermentation
c) Creaming

**Answers:**
1. b) A creamy candy made from sugar, butter, and milk
2. c) Creamy
3. c) It relates to a mishap or mistake in candy-making
4. b) Sweetened condensed milk
5. c) Vassar College
6. a) New York
7. b) Chocolate
8. c) Broccoli
9. b) Boiling
10. c) Creaming

 

 

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