FUDGE – as smooth as glass!

How about some fudge? This morning I made this delicious, soft, creamy fudge. I usually only make this around Christmas time. One great lady in our ward, decided since the Mothers always get a special gift on Mothers Day, that the Fathers needed to feel special as well. Several of us are making sweet treat plates for all the Fathers, and then we will present it to them on Sunday. My assignment: FUDGE! Because this candy can sometimes be a little temperamental, I decided I’d better conduct a trial run. My favorite part of making fudge, is the cold water test. I also use a thermometer, but pulling that soft gooey fudge from the cold water, and making sure it forms the perfect ball, and then of course tasting it, is divine. If you’re not a nutty person, then just leave them out.

You will need:

3 – (6.8 oz) Symphony Bars
 4 cups Sugar
2 Cups Cream
2 sticks of real butter
1 tablespoon good vanilla
 Directions:
 Stir together Cream and sugar in large heavy pan. Place over medium heat and stir constantly just until it comes to a rolling boil. Once it starts to boil, DO NOT STIR, and put the lid on for ONE minute and then remove the lid.
Continue Cooking to a soft ball stage, and Do not Stir: Use your Candy Thermometer. I cook mine to about 230 degrees. Every thermometer is different, so test yours, or do the cold water test. Take off the heat, and add 1 cup (2 sticks) of butter that you have cut up in chunks, and the vanilla…. let sit in the hot candy mixture for ONE minute – WITHOUT STIRRING!
 Now – Without scraping the pan, pour over 3 big (the 6.8 oz) symphony bars that you have broke up into a large bowl. Beat until very smooth with beaters. Pour into a greased 9×13 pan. Put in the fridge until nice and set up…preferably over night.
*I line mine with parchment paper, that way you can lift the entire slab of fudge from the pan, and cut them easily. This fudge rarely turns to sugar, and is very creamy and smooth. Nuts are optional. Makes a large batch. Once cut, put in a container with a sealed lid, and keep refrigerated. YUM!
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