Sweet Cocoa Fudge

After taking a nice vacation this past summer, my boys had a knack for making fudge.  We located this little shop and watched a seasoned woman making homemade fudge.  All sorts of flavors, and delicious concoctions for even for the “not- a- fudge- lover” like myself.  Admittedly, she made this amazingly sour fudge, that left a melting sweet & sour smooth fudge melting in your mouth.  Delicious!  We make just about everything homemade, simply because we like it that way and it’s fun to do it together!  Fudge; however, we have made a few times, but the kids wanted to learn how to make their own concoctions.  So we started with this simple recipe.  We’ll share more about our fudge experimenting later.

  This is a rich, sweet chocolate fudge treat.

Sweet Cocoa Fudge

3 Cups of Sugar

2/3 Cup Cocoa

1/8 tsp. salt

1 1/2 Cups Milk

1/4 Cup Butter

1 tsp Vanilla Extract

(Optional to add nuts- 1 Cup of chopped nuts- walnuts is our favorite)

Foil a pan, in a heavy saucepan stir sugar, cocoa, milk and salt.  Bring to a boil over medium heat.  When at a full rolling boil DO NOT until 234 degrees F or until syrup like.  (If you do not have a candy thermometer no worries.  Take a drop on a spoon and drop into cold water- a ball should form.)  Then remove from heat add butter and vanilla.  DO NOT STIR!  Cool to 110 degrees F.  Then beat with a wooden spoon to thicken evenly.  As it begins to loose its gloss, prepare pan.**  Pour into pan.  Cool.  Then cut into small squares.  makes app. 36 pieces of fudge or 1 3/4lb.

**Optional- add 1 cup of nuts into prepared pan (walnuts, pecans or almonds work great).



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