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My Old Friend

Fudge.

hot chocolate and fudge

Ah, is there any better activity after a decent workout on a rainy Sunday afternoon - than making my old friend, fudge? I call it my old friend because historically whenever I used to eat it I would get the most exquisite heartburn, right from the very first bite. I'd feel the burn coming on and I'd exclaim, "Oh! here comes my old friend!" and then I'd run for the Maalox. I don't get the heartburn anymore, but I still remember it fondly.

Now as you may or may not know, there is a trick to fudge (patience and hard work,) so I have been on the look out since day one for a recipe that produces good quality fudge without having to resort to that damned trick. I've made some pretty excellent fudge over the years. As recently as my last batch before this one, I made it little with more than a bag of chocolate chips and and a bag of marshmallows, and it was pretty darn good. It even approached the overall rating of sublime. But it wasn't the mind-blowing fudge my mother used to make using that damned trick lo those many years ago. But this batch is the ticket I tells ya, it's just the ticket.

My many cookbooks are gathering dust on the shelves because I find that I use allrecipes.com exclusively these days. And of course, I found this recipe there. It's already pretty clear all on it's own but I am going to paraphrase it here on my site anyway so that when I want to make fudge again one day, I can just come back here:

Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge

Ingredients
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions
  1. Grease an 8x8 inch square baking pan. Set aside.
  2. Combine sugar, cocoa and milk in a medium saucepan. Stir to blend, then bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer. Do not stir again.
  3. Place candy thermometer in pan and cook until temperature reaches 238 degrees F(114 degrees C). If you are not using a thermometer, then don't bother. Pour what you've got into the garbage and then go find a county fair somewhere and buy some fudge there.
  4. Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla extract. Beat with a wooden spoon until the fudge loses its glossy sheen. Do not under beat.
  5. Pour into prepared pan and let cool. Cut into about 60 squares.

One of the many great things about allrecipes.com are the user reviews. More than one user lamented the fact that their pots had horrible burnt on buildup after making the fudge. I didn't think it was so bad, but one guy had the idea of pouring milk into the pot afterwards and then scraping the leftover fudge into hot milk, making a decadent hot chocolate, so I tried that and it turned out pretty amazing, plus as a bonus it cleaned up the pot!

My Old Friend

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