12 Simple Tips on How to Make Chocolate Fudge at Home
Chocolate Fudge is exclusively an American invention which occurred when a soft chocolate was fortuitously mixed with caramel by a Native American confectioner. Made with a distinctive combination of condensed milk, semisweet chocolates, dry nuts and butter, chocolate fudge is a delectable treat that can be enjoyed on any occasion. If you are a chocoholic and love indulging in this sinful experience, this extremely tempting dessert is worth trying. Here’s how you can make a perfect chocolate fudge at home.
Make sure you have these ingredients at hand without which your chocolate fudge will be incomplete: 1 ½ cups of condensed milk, 3 ounces of semisweet chocolates, 1 cup unsalted butter, 3 cups sugar, 2 cups mixed nuts, Vanilla extract, parchment or wax paper and salt.
2. Chop the chocolates and the nuts
You need to ensure that the chocolates are chopped into small bits for melting. Cut the nuts also in fine pieces. You can use any nuts such as hazelnuts, peanuts walnuts, pistachios or almonds. This will aid you in making a fine fudge.
3. Roast the nuts
Once you chop the nuts into fine pieces, roast them slightly and remove their outer covering. This will give it a distinct taste.
4. Prepare a double boiler
You need to melt the chocolates and butter in a ‘double boiler’. Those of you, who do not have a double boiler, need not worry. A regular bowl placed upon a normal pan works just fine. Place water in a saucepan and let it simmer. You need not boil it completely. This is one trick you cannot do without.
5. Melt and mix butter, sugar and chocolates using steam
All you need to do is melt the chocolate, butter and sugar gently using steam rising out of water. Remember, you do not have to cook in water but from steam coming out of the heated water. Place your chocolates, condensed milk, butter and salt in a medium bowl and set it over a pan in simmering water. Place the bowl in such a way that the bottom of the bowl should not touch the water in a pan. Now, melt and cook the chocolates and other ingredients mixed in a bowl by giving them an occasional stir.
6. Prepare the baking pan in advance
By the time your chocolate melts, prepare an 8 inch square baking pan for setting the fudge. Line the pan’s bottom with a wax paper or a parchment paper. This will save you time while your chocolate gently simmers.