VANILLA FUDGE RECIPE

 Vanilla Fudge Recipe - the perfect treat at Christmas and makes brilliant gifts. How to make vanilla fudge, easy vanilla fudge recipe

Vanilla Fudge Recipe - the perfect treat at Christmas and makes brilliant gifts. How to make vanilla fudge, easy vanilla fudge recipe

Who doesn't need a sugary pick me up when the cold weather rolls around? Vanilla fudge is the perfect seasonal treat and makes excellent stocking fillers as well

When you do make the perfect batch of fudge it is a very satisfying thing

What you're looking for is a creamy, crumbly consistency, it’s all in the beating. Here's my 4-step recipe

To make Christmas vanilla fudge you’ll need:

  • 450 g granulated sugar
  • 1 x 397g can of full cream condensed milk
  • 50g butter
  • 1/4 pint of water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • Sugar thermometer
Homemade Vanilla Fudge in a tin ready to be cut up


1) Prep

Grease a 20cm square sandwich tin with a little melted butter or line it with baking paper

2) Find yourself a big ol' pan

Next, put all the ingredients into a large saucepan. The mixture will at least triple in size when it gets hot so make sure you have a big enough pan, preferably non-stick

Stir over a low heat until the sugar has dissolved. Boil steadily, stirring only occasionally, to prevent the mixture from burning, until the fudge reaches ‘soft ball’ stage or 114 C/238 F

Vanilla Fudge ready to be cut into squares and given as gifts at Christmas

3) Beat it

As soon as it’s reached soft ball remove the pan from the heat and beat until the mixture starts to appear ‘matt’ or cloudy and its no longer shiny

This stage is key. It really is all in the beating as this creates the creamy, crumbly texture you want. If you don’t beat the mixture you’ll end up with toffee, not good. When you're arm is aching, keep beating. It’ll all be worth it when you have perfect vanilla fudge

Tip: by no means let the fudge exceed the stated temperature. If anything remove it from the heat at a fractionally lower temperature, and beat VERY hard. I have found that leaving it to reach the given temperature, and stirring only occasionally often allows it to burn, and you end up with black bits in the fudge - not pretty or appealing!

 Cubes of vanilla fudge cut out from a block of vanilla fudge

Cubes of vanilla fudge cut out from a block of vanilla fudge

4) Set and cut

Pour the vanilla fudge into your tin. When the mixture has become firm but not quite fully set, cut into cubes with a sharp knife. When it’s completely set you can wrap individual portions in baking paper and give them away as gifts.

Make sure you keep some for yourself to go with a glass of mulled wine

 Parcel of fudge wrapped in brown paper and bakers twine

Parcel of fudge wrapped in brown paper and bakers twine

 Vanilla Fudge Recipe - easy homemade fudge

Vanilla Fudge Recipe - easy homemade fudge