This chocolate walnut fudge is perfect to make for Christmas. It has become a kids' favorite and a must-have treat every year. Today, we make it from scratch with milk, sugar, and cocoa powder.
My kids usually don't like walnuts but they do love them in cakes and this chocolate walnut fudge. This one is a very simple and easy recipe. In fact, if you know how to make milk cream then you will have no hesitation to make fudge. All the ingredients used are simple and easy pantry staples so grab a saucepan and add this to your Christmas koswad this year.
Ingredients and substitutes
- Milk - its got to be whole milk. If you use skimmed milk, it will take forever to reduce and the quanitity of the fudge will be very less plus very sweet. Do not add cream to your milk because cream is high is milk fat and we want milk solids too. The disadvantage of cream is that it causes the milk solids to separate due to long cooking.
- Sugar - use fine grain sugar such as caster sugar so it dissolves easily in the condensed milk without burning the milk.
- Butter - unsalted white butter is highly recommended. Apart from a rich flavor butter adds that chewiness and helps separate the sugar from the pan which gives a good indication of doneness too. You can use vegetable shortening or ghee but be careful because when overcooked ghee can cause the milk fat to separate.
- Nuts - I am using walnuts, but feel free to use almonds or cashews as well.
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- 2 cups Sugar granulated
- 1 cup Milk whole
- ½ cup Cocoa powder unsweetened
- 4 tbsp Butter
- 2 tsp Vanilla extract
- 1 cup Walnuts chopped
- Grease or spray a 9 x 9 -inch square baking dish or baking pan.
- In a heavy-bottom saucepan over medium-high heat combine the sugar, cocoa powder, and milk. Once all the sugar has dissolved reduce the heat to medium-low heat and simmer without stirring.
- Simmer until the mixture reaches a soft ball stage which is about 238F (114C). If you do not have a thermometer, you can drop a small teaspoon of mixture into a bowl with cold water. If the mixture shapes into a small ball without melting it is done.
- Remove from heat and cool for just 5 minutes. Then add the butter, vanilla extract, and chopped walnuts. Combine well and pour the mixture into the prepared baking pan. Pro tip - I poured my fudge in a 9 x 13 baking pan to make thinner slices.
- Let it cool completely. Once cooled cut into squares and store in an airtight container.
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