How to Check Fudge Consistency

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How to Check Fudge Consistency
Check Fudge Consistency

As with all candy, fudge requires constant attention to consistency. Not enough mixing or beating and the fudge will be runny; too much mixing and it is likely to freeze in mid-stir while it's still in the pot. Knowing when fudge is ready is an art that candy makers have perfected through years of trial and error.

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    When to Remove From Heat

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    Bring the fudge mixture to a boil, stirring constantly. As with any candy, stir vigorously while it's on the stove or your mixture will spot-harden, freezing your spoon in mid-stir.

  2. 2

    Drizzle a little of the boiling fudge candy mixture into a cup of cold water.

  3. 3

    Watch to see if the drizzled mixture collects to form a soft ball. When it does, the fudge is the proper consistency to remove from the heat.

    When to Stop Beating

  1. 1

    Beat the fudge candy as per your recipe's instructions.

  2. 2

    Watch the luster of the fudge candy as you beat it.

  3. 3

    Stop beating once the fudge's consistency firms and it loses its gloss, taking on a dull or matte surface appearance.

    When It's Ready for Cutting

  1. 1

    Pour the fudge candy into a baking pan and refrigerate as per your recipe's instructions.

  2. 2

    Lightly press on the fudge periodically with a clean index finger. The candy needs to be firmer each time you test it.

  3. 3

    Wait until the fudge has no give at all when testing it with your finger. At this point the candy is properly set and has a consistency ready for cutting.

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