Hi folks. This post is part of The Secret Recipe Club. Every month we get assigned another blog to make a dish from, then on a specified day we all post those recipes. It is a nice way to show some blogger love. You know me, I'm all about showing the love for fellow bloggers.
This month I was assigned the very talented and versatile The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch. I must tell you I LOVE the name of the blog. So adorable. Grumpy's Honeybunch has tons of great recipes. I had so much trouble deciding what to make simply because I wanted to make them all. I decided on the Brown Sugar Fudge as I loved the story behind it. I tend to be drawn to sentimental posts. This was Shelby's Nanny's recipe. There's even a picture of her Nanny on her about page. So sweet!
I knew it would prove to be a challenge as I have issues with fudge. I love it but it does not love me back. I have one fudge recipe I can make without issue. The rest just about do me in. I went with it anyway figuring it would be okay. Well Kim and fudge are a mixed bag of tricks. I did have some issues but totally my fault, nothing to do with the recipe itself. I think I had the heat a bit too high as the fudge was sticking to the bottom of the pot. I have a gas stove so it's always an adjustment to get the heat just right. Next time I make it, and I will be making this one again, I'll cook it a little lower. So my fudge is about half the size it should be. Luckily it was just sticking and not burnt so it did not affect the taste. I just did not want to scrape the bottom and ruin what was left that still was going to turn into fudge and make its way into mah bellah! So excuse the size and consistency of this one. I need to prefect my fudge making skills, so I guess I'll have to make this until I get it right. Oh the sacrifices we food bloggers must make. It's a rough life.
So if you want to see pretty, perfect fudge head over to Grumpy's Honeybunch. Hers is way prettier and more perfect than mine. I encourage you to stay there awhile and click around. This lady knows her stuff. It was an honour to be assigned her and I am so glad I got the opportunity to make Nanny's fudge. Thanks so much Shelby. It was a total pleasure poking around your site and I am happy I finally get to start commenting now that reveal day is here.
- 2 ½ cups light brown sugar
- ¾ cup evaporated milk
- ⅛ teaspoon salt I used my vanilla salt
- 3 tablespoons corn syrup
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Optional- Walnuts I left them out of mine
- Combine first 4 ingredients.
- Cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves.
- Bring to a boil.
- Then reduce to a soft boil.
- Add butter. (DO NOT STIR!!!)
- Let the butter rest without stirring until candy thermometer reaches 110 degrees. Once it does remove the pot from the heat.
- Stir in vanilla and nuts.
- Beat until the fudge loses it's gloss.
- Pour into your pan.
Much thanks to Grumpy's Honeybunch for this lovely recipe. It tastes like heaven to me. Even with my questionable fudge making skills and a sticky bottom this was beyond incredible. It is melt in your mouth good. Hope Nanny would be pleased with how it turned out.
Toodles and smoochies! xx
This looks absolutely delicious!! What a great fudge to appease those that don't like chocolate. I would go for this in a heartbeat. 🙂
Thanks Ramona. I must post my peanut butter one. Have no idea why I haven't yet.
Sandra's Easy Cooking
As always you are making such a delicious treats...Great photos dear and awesome recipe! Have a wonderful day love!
Aw you are so sweet Sandra. Thanks so much. xx
Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
this sounds so inventive! love it 🙂
Thank you so much!
Ooooh, that looks like one great fudge 🙂
Super good. I ate A LOT!
Lesa @Edesia's Notebook
Kudos to you for attempting fudge! I tried two different recipes this past winter and they were both complete failures, so I have pretty much given up on fudge. Yours looks great!
Lol that was me a couple years ago. Then my sis sent me her recipe and it was like light bulbs went off. I still am not consistent but I'm getting better. Thanks so much.
I struggle with making fudge too--but love the idea of brown sugar instead of white. So much more flavor!
This is wicked good. I already need to make more.
That looks awesome, Kim! Wish I could have some.
I always feel bad when I post my sugary stuff. You are awesome for visiting when you can't eat it. Love you!
I've never tried brown sugar fudge before, it looks fantastic! And i have the same issue with my gas stove and cooking/burning fudge sometimes, I never seem to remember to keep the heat a little lower than I think I should!
Glad I am not the only one. I love my stove but it definitely takes some finesse. I have the dual fuel so the oven is electric and the top is gas. It's pretty cool. You must try this one. So yummilicious!
Colleen, The Smart Cookie Cook
This sounds so sinfully sweet! I get myself into major trouble when it comes to fudge. I just can't stop eating!
Thanks. Me either, it's been fudge city here. Never a good thing for the clothes.
Love this. I have always liked Brown Sugar fudge almost as much as I love chocolate fudge. This looks yumptious! Yes, this too is now a word... cause I said so and I'm the older twin.
It was really good stuff. Surprisingly tasty and super sweet. I now need to make chocolate to compare. I love that word. Urban dictionary twin, if you post it there it's automatically legit!
Oooh I am loving the consistency and texture of this Brown Sugar Fudge!
Thank you so much. It was so much fun to make, and more fun to eat.
Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love.
Ohhhh gurrrrllll, this looks fab! Please send a box (or two...or ten) my way!
Lol, I may or may not have eaten it all. You can't prove anything.
I've done a few, ahem, experiments with fudge and toffee-making in the past... they've always turned out like little rocks with a less than desirable burnt sugar flavour. I think I really do need a sugar thermometer to be honest... would solve a lot of my problems!
My grandmother used to make fudge a lot when she was alive and it was absolutely delicious, so I know just how amazing home-made fudge can be, and it makes a wonderful gift for people too 🙂
It looks like you did a great job with "Grumpy's Honeybunch"'s recipe (love that name, lol) - lovely colour and texture 🙂
My Mom used to attempt to make fudge all the time. It was either rock hard or it would be like rubber. Then we'd tease her and try to bounce it off the walls. I could never make it until last year. My sis sent me her recipe and ever since I've had much more luck. But the thermometer is helpful. I use it more often than not.
I loved her name too. It's so adorable.
That looks delicious even if you say it did not turn out as you thought it would. I am sure I would have had a few of them in a sitting!
It was okay but not perfect. I love fudge so even if it's so-so it's still pretty darn good.
You had me at FUDGE!! And brown sugar! Wowza! Great choice.
Lol, it is so good. I love the taste of this one.
Erin @ Making Memories
This looks wonderful! Very unique!
I'm making this now and have a few questions. Do you leave it on med the entire time if not, when do you change the temperature and to what? How long would you guess you beat in step 8 and did you just use a whisk? When do you remove it completely from the heat? Thanks!
Hello. Hopefully I got this in time. Sometimes I don't check comments for a day or so but just happened to peek in. Okay I'll try to help as best as I can.
As to the question about medium heat which is step 2, you will see step 3 says bring to a boil. That means you are raising the heat so to a medium high heat to get the fudge to boil. Not full on high or you will burn it. You want it to boil which means you want to say it bubbling.
Then step 4 tells you to bring it to a soft boil which basically means lower your heat back to a medium, maybe lower depending on your stove. Mine is gas and cooks quicker. But soft boil is you seeing tiny bubbles just around the edge closest to the pot instead of across the whole thing like a hard boil.
In step 6 it says to let the thermometer reach 100 degrees. At that point you would shut the heat off. I didn't note it but will now since you've made me realize not everyone would automatically know that. Us bloggers sometimes forget that some folks need more details. So I apologize for confusing you and thanks for giving me a heads up about that. I'll edit that into the recipe right now.
In step 8 you would stir with a wooden spoon which is my personal preference, but a good quality one, not a cheap one. You can also use any utensil that is strong. Fudge needs a good strong utensil to beat it with as it hardens. A whisk would snap like a twig I would think. Beating could take anywhere from about 5 to 10 minutes. However long it takes to lose the gloss and become sort of dull looking. It will seem like FOREVER as you beat it cuz your arm will get tired and you'll think it's never going to lose it's shine. But it will and it'll happen sort of quick and unexpected like. At that point hurry it into the pan to set up. Otherwise you'll be serving fudge out of a pot. >beentheredonethat< I hope that helps. If you need any more help just let me know. Or shoot me an email. I'd say tweet me but I'm not on twitter much. Your more likely to catch me on facebook or email. Let me know if it turns out. And thanks for the heads up about needing to clarify the one step.
Thank you for clarifying all of that. I made some really yummy caramels tonight with your recipe because I didn't do it correctly. It's been a LONG time since I made fudge. Anyway, the caramels were great but I am looking forward to making fudge next time. 🙂 Thanks for the recipe that I'm sure will make great fudge!
Absolutely pleased to help. Wish I had gotten to you sooner so it would have been fudge. Shoot me an email any time you need help. I`m not a fudge expert but I`m surely getting better at it. I think the key is patience and a good candy thermometer. I have the thermometer but patience is something I struggle with. Glad it turned into something good even if it wasn`t what you intended. I think that`s what I love the most about cooking, you start on one path and veer off on another and it all works out perfectly. Happy Sunday!
This is called Penuche Fudge to us New Englanders and it is my favorite type of fudge. If I am craving it I have to make it myself as I now live in Florida.
Penuche Fudge!! I haven't had Penuche fudge since my father died -- 14 years ago. He made the best. I need to try this recipe. He never had a written recipe, just threw everything in the pan. He measured, but, I never got it written down. I have been thinking about this off and on lately. I know this will be good! So now it will be on the Christmas dessert table. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
I did something wrong. It's been in the frig for a couple hours. It's very soft like melted caramel. Anything I can do to fix it or is it too late. Don't think I beat it long enough???
Ah, that stinks. Fudge is a tricky thing. It took me till my 40's to be able to master it. You likely did not beat it long enough, or heat it up enough. It's likely not something you can save, but at this point I suppose you have nothing to lose. You could try to heat it back up but it's unlikely to work. I'm almost wondering if you could melt it over a double boiler and turn it into a fudge sauce for ice cream though.