Best Fudge Gifts to Go, Instructions for Freezing Fudge, and a Gourmet Fudge Recipe, too!
First and foremost, fudge is for sharing! It's the ultimate creamy, dreamy, chocolaty feel-good treat, so of course you want to share it with your friends, your mom, your kids, just about everyone! Fudge gifts are wonderful for giving at just about any occasion, too.
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Can You Freeze Fudge?
Fudge can generally be frozen for 6 months up to a year. Cut fudge and wrap the pieces in an air tight material such as aluminum foil. (Most plastic wraps are actually not air tight barriers). Place the pieces of wrapped fudge into a plastic freezer bag (in the amount that you want to defrost at one time) and store in the freezer.
How to Thaw Your Fudge
The most important element in freezing fudge is the thawing process. When you are ready to eat or serve your fudge, remove it from the freezer. Keep the fudge in the plastic bag and let it sit, at room temperature, for several hours until it has thawed. Then, remove the foil from the cut piece of fudge. If it is removed from the plastic bag before it has warmed to room temperature, moisture in the air will condense on the fudge, making the top layer sticky and soft.
Savor more fun fudge gifts
Our fudge comes in other configurations for holiday sharing. You can purchase heart-shaped tins of fudge for Valentine's Day, a fudge bunny for Easter, and a four-way fudge wheel gift for any occasion!
Classic Christmas Fudge Recipe
Butter the sides of a heavy pan and the sides and bottom of a round 8" cake pan. Set the cake pan aside.
Combine all ingredients except vanilla and nuts in the pan. Stir until sugar is dissolved and mixture starts to boil. Attach candy thermometer to the side of the pan so that the bulb is under the liquid but not touching bottom.
Cook until mixture reaches the soft ball stage. The temperature should reach 234° F. Test if it's done cooking by dribbling a small amount into cold water. The candy should form a ball, and it should hold its shape, but when removed from the water, it should soften and flatten.
Remove your pan from the heat and allow fudge to sit and cool until it reaches about 10° F. Now begin beating the fudge with the wooden spoon until it begins to lose its gloss.
When the fudge begins to stiffen, add vanilla and nuts. Pour into the buttered round cake pan. Try not to scrape the sides of the pan. Use a spatula to push the fudge out of the pan and into the cake pan. When the fudge has cooled, turn it out unto a plate and then turn over again onto a serving plate so that the pretty, glossy side will be up. Enjoy!
Recipe is adapted from Life 123.
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