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Rich Cocoa Fudge Baking Recipe

Chocolate fudge is a top crowd-pleaser, especially with this creamy, deliciously rich recipe.

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SKILL LEVEL : expert

Ingredients

  Amount Per Serving % DV *
Calories35
Calories from Fat10
Total Fat1 g2% DV
Saturated Fat0 g3% DV
Trans Fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg0% DV
Sodium15 mg1% DV
Total Carbohydrates8 g3% DV
Dietary Fiber0.0 g0% DV
Sugars7 g
Protein0 g
Vitamin A0% DV
Vitamin C0% DV
Calcium0 mg0% DV
Iron2% DV
  Amount Per Serving % DV *
Calories35
Calories from Fat10
Total Fat1 g2% DV
Saturated Fat0 g3% DV
Trans Fat0 g
Cholesterol0 mg0% DV
Sodium15 mg1% DV
Total Carbohydrates8 g3% DV
Dietary Fiber0.0 g0% DV
Sugars7 g
Protein0 g
Vitamin A0% DV
Vitamin C0% DV
Calcium0 mg0% DV
Iron2% DV
  • 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 butter (1/2 stick)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  • 1. Line 8-or 9-inch square pan with foil, extending foil over edges of pan. Butter foil.
  • 2. 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 candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water, forms a soft ball which flattens when removed from water. (Bulb of candy thermometer should not rest on bottom of saucepan.)
  • 3. Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla. DO NOT STIR. Cool at room temperature to 110°F (lukewarm). Beat with wooden spoon until fudge thickens and just begins to lose some of its gloss (about 7 minutes). Quickly spread in prepared pan; cool completely. Cut into squares. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature. About 64 pieces or 1-3/4 pounds.
  • NOTE: For best results, do not double this recipe. This is one of our most requested recipes, but also one of our most difficult. The directions must be followed exactly. Beat too little and the fudge is too soft. Beat too long and it becomes hard and sugary.
  • VARIATIONS:
  • NUTTY RICH COCOA FUDGE: Beat cooked fudge as directed. Immediately stir in 1 cup chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts and spread quickly in prepared pan.
  • MARSHMALLOW-NUT COCOA FUDGE: Increase cocoa to 3/4 cup. Cook fudge as directed. Add 1 cup marshmallow creme with butter and vanilla. DO NOT STIR. Cool to 110°F (lukewarm). Beat 8 minutes; stir in
  • 1 cup chopped nuts. Pour into prepared pan. (Fudge does not set until poured into pan.)
  • HIGH ALTITUDE DIRECTIONS:
  • -- Increase milk to 1-2/3 cups
  • -- Use soft ball cold water test for doneness OR Test and read thermometer in boiling water, subtract
  • difference from 212°F. Then subtract that number from 234°F. This is the soft ball temperature for
  • your altitude and thermometer.

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