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Fantasy Fudge

Fantasy Fudge recipe
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This classic fudge with all its chocolatey, nutty goodness is so delicious it's almost unbelievable—almost.
10 min
25 min
40 servings, about 2 squares each
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I make this every Christmas.
I have made this fudge many times in the past and this is the first time I've had a problem. The texture was fine and it did set up; but there was grease all over the top. I blotted it up with a paper towel. I was very careful not to butter the pan too much--even went over it with a towel. It tastes good; but that grease was a real surprise. I used a different brand of chips--not cheap--maybe that was the problem.
I, too, have made this recipe for over 25 years. In the past few years, I have noticed 2 consistent problems: either it is too grainy or it won't set. I am wondering why the recipe was changed from chocolate chips to Bakers' chocolate squares. Is there something in the chips, preventing them to set? I will not waste my money on this recipe again.
Horrible, gritty, grainy, what has happened to my beloved Fantasy Fudge? I've made this many times over the past 30 years, using the recipe on the label of Jet-Puffed marshmallow cream. The ONLY difference being the semi-sweet chocolate chips now come in 11.5 oz bags instead of 12 oz. Don't see how that would change the consistency like this. Next year, I'll save the effort and buy it ready made from Whole Foods.
have made this recipe for YEARS and always perfect. Learned a new lesson today as I could not find Bakers Semi-Sweet Chocolate so after reading posts of using semi sweet chips I grabbed some....NEVER again that is why it turns out grainy. I made 3 batches, 2 with Bakers and one with Semi Sweet Chips....if you want smooth, use Bakers. the one batch is as many have described...grainy.
If your fudge is turning out "grainy" it is not being boiled long enough. If the candy themometer is reading 234 after only 2 minutes you might be cooking it on too high of heat or the bottom of the themometer is touching the metal of the pan. My mom has made this fudge for 30+ years and I have been making it for about 8 years and it always turns out perfect! I add about a cup of peanut butter to mine and it is heaven! If this recipe is not turning out for you, don't give up. Just try cooking on medium for a slow rolling boil for 4 minutes. Another tip is to have marshmellow creme, chocolate, nuts, and vanilla open and ready to go and add it as soon as you cut the heat off. The grainy texture could be due to a lag in time when adding final ingredients. Hope these tips help.
The last few times that I have made this, it has been very grainy and I have had to dump some in the trash. I found that trying to reach 234 degrees is what is causing it. I just bring it to a boil and boil for the recommended 4 minutes and it turns out perfect.
This is the best fudge. For those having problems with a grainy texture, you need to perform the soft balls test around 4 min. then again as necessary and stop as soon as balls form. If you're not sure how to do this, google "soft balls test for fudge". Once I learned this trick, the fudge came out perfect. Good luck!
I've made this for years...followed the recipe to a "T", always had good luck...But has anyone tried freezing it?? I never have; would like to know if it can be frozen, and how you did it.
I have been making this recipe for 30 yrs. I have always followed the directions on the marshmallow jar and could easily make it yr after yr with no recipe. The past few yrs it turns out grainy, sugary. It's not the smooth fudge of years past and I don't want to give it out to people that are waiting for it. Only thing I can determine is I now do it on a ceramic cook top (electric). I had always done it on the old electric burners before. I keep the burner on medium and now usea candy thermometer. It reaches 234 in about 1 1/2 minutes. What's the deal? I take it off, finish it, and it's still grainy. I am so very disappointed! Can some one please help? I have read thru the reviews, use pure can sugar, always use fresh brand name products. What's the deal? Can any one help me?
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