Old Fashioned Hershey’s Cooked Fudge
- 3 cups sugar
- 2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa or HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1-1/2 cups milk
- 1/4 cup 1/2 stick butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Line 8-or 9-inch square pan with parchment paper, using clothespins to keep the paper IN the pan. Using your finger, butter the paper, paying attention to the sides.
- Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in heavy 4-quart saucepan; stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to full rolling boil.
- Boil, without stirring, until mixture reaches 234°F on a thermometer. I use both an old fashioned mercury thermometer that attaches to the pan and sits just off the bottom – and a digital readout. I use the pan attached one to eye when it is getting close to the temperature required, and then use the digital to double check.
- Remove from heat, and add butter and vanilla, this is going to sizzle, so be watchful of your hands. DO NOT STIR.
- Cool at room temperature to 110°F (lukewarm).
- This is the labor intensive part, beat with wooden spoon until fudge thickens and just begins to lose some of its gloss (about 7 minutes).
- If you are adding pecans or walnuts, add this just before you are ready to spread in the pan. I also use a silicone spatula which works great with this recipe, none of the fudge will stick to it.
- Allow the fudge to cool at LEAST 10 minutes before cutting into squares. Dust lightly with Fleur De Sel salt if you wish – it takes this fudge to another level!
- This fudge will keep in the refrigerator well, and you can even freeze it.
- For more variations see the original recipe, link above.
This fudge is wonderful – and is frankly the only fudge my mother EVER made – seriously. She was not adventurous food-wise.
When you read the directions on the Hershey’s website, you get a mixed reaction about the difficulty and times involved, and I have your solution to solve that problem.
USE TWO THERMOMETERS! Seriously, check and double check – I have never had any issues with this recipe even in living in two different areas of the country.