I made fudge alright – boatloads of it. This was my first foray into candy making, and it was frustrating but the results really interesting.
Even though every tutorial I read said for beginners to go with marshmallow cream recipes, I’m not really fond of the texture. I prefer crystallized to marshmallow, even. So I bought a candy thermometer and went with this recipe:
I planned on the fudge being gifted, so I did a practice run. My first batch burned. My second was perfect. While I was at it, I decided to try making toffee (in half batches), too – again, first batch burned, second perfect. I sent the first batch of fudge to work with Shawn and it was a big hit. We (embarrassingly) ate the second batch of toffee all by ourselves (I thought the color was off, because it didn’t look shiny, but then looking at the recipe later, I realized it was perfect for that recipe.)
The results were not to be repeated the following week when I began cooking for shipment. I burned 4 batches of toffee, undercooked one (didn’t set, made toffee popcorn out of it), and two came out okay. I made two batches of the chocolate fudge – neither set on first go. Both had to be re-boiled. One came out okay – I added pecans to help it a bit. The second only half-set, even after the second boiling. It tasted perfect, but did not hold its shape, really. Yay ice cream topping.
I also made a peanut butter “fudge” that did use marshmallows. I won’t make it again, I think, unless requested. I hated the texture. I found another recipe that doesn’t use them, and I’ll go with that at some other point.
I made a white chocolate “fudge” that was probably the easiest made of the whole group and everyone seemed to love (everyone but me, anyway – it thought it was too sweet).
So, yeah, moderate success. Need more practice so I can get consistent results. I hope to make about one batch a month as time allows and send it to work with Shawn. If I can get consistent results, I’ll move on to practicing with the toffee…. and maybe to other candy. No more 2-day candy making marathons without that, though!
Oh, and for all that – I forgot to take ANY pictures.
Next up: granola bars!