This recipe is a big hit in my family and is always requested during the holidays. Everyone wants me to make it for gifts for friends and other family members. For those of you having a hard time with the recipe: try the microwave version. I have the most success with it. Remember, cooking candy on a high humid day does not produce the best results. If it comes out too soft, check the type of butter you are using. It may have too much oil content (check your measurements as well!). I've also used maple flavoring in the fudge instead of part of the vanilla and have switched out and used milk chocolate chips~ or added approx. 1 cup peanut butter for peanut butter fudge. My family's favorite is the original recipe, though!