Have you ever tried to make Homemade South African Hard Fudge?
Fudge is a type of confection that is made by mixing sugar, butter, and milk. It has its origins in the 19th century USA and was popular in the women’s colleges of the time. Fudge can come in a variety of flavorings depending on the region or country it was made; popular flavors include fruit, nut, chocolate, and caramel
Candy will always be welcome and makes for a special treat and awesome gift, for a friend or family member. They will adore and love it when they realize you specially made them these South African Fudge, despite it being a calorie-laden treat!
- 1 tin condensed milk (397 g)
- 1 kg white sugar
- 1 cup milk
- 1 tbsp butter or margarine
- Pinch salt
- 1 tsp vanilla or caramel essence
In a pot, boil milk, butter, sugar, and salt together for 5 minutes, stirring constantly, at a medium temperature.
Remove from heat and add condensed milk.
Return to heat and bring to a slow rolling boil, turn to low, and continue stirring at regular intervals, for 30 minutes.
Add the essence and mix well while on ‘turned off’ plate.
Pour into a greased pan or Pyrex dish to set and cool.
When cooled, cut into squares and enjoy.
****If it does not harden after 3/4 hour you can return it to the pot and reboil for 5 minutes, then pour back into the pan and set again****
Prepared, tried, and tested Ingrid from The Recipe Hunter: Tried and Tested Recipes from Home Chefs
- Serving Size: 2
- Calories: 72
- Sugar: 17
- Sodium: 9
- Fat: 0
- Saturated Fat: 0
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 18
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 0
- Cholesterol: 1
Keywords: South African Fudge, candy
History of Fudge
Fudge originated in the US during the late 19th century. Recipes were printed in many periodicals and advertisements during the 1880s. Its popularity was partly due to the decreasing cost of refined white sugar, and partly due to the ability to make it at home without special equipment. Its inexpensive, unrefined qualities made it popular among people looking for a candy alternative that fell in between expensive, fancy candies and the cheapest sweets.
Fudge shops in tourist places such as Mackinac Island in Michigan began opening during the 1880s. In a letter written in 1921 by Emelyn Battersby Hartridge, she recounts the purchasing of a box of fudge for 40 cents a pound in 1886 in Baltimore, Maryland.
Should fudge be refrigerated?
Freezing fudge, however, is a great option as it thaws very nicely – or you can simply eat it straight from the freezer if you prefer a harder consistency. Fudge will stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months!
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