Homemade Fudge Making Tips
- Line your pan with greased foil, plastic wrap or, better yet, parchment paper, making sure the foil comes up over the edge of the pan. Then, you can just lift it out of the pan for easier cutting.
- I have used almost every method known to man to find an easy way to cut fudge. After 40 plus years of fudge making (I started when I was in the womb, because I’m not that old, I’m sure 😉 I had almost given up until last year when I made a discovery that changed my life. I used a square metal scraper, sometimes called a dough cutter, with a rocking motion to cut my fudge. It works so well that I can hardly wait to make my fudge this year so I can cut it.
- You don’t always have to put fudge in pans. When slightly cooled, pour onto plastic wrap that has been sprayed with Pam and roll into logs. Chill and then slice.
- To add an elegant twist to homemade candy and cookies that you give as gifts, place them in cellophane bags and tie with a pretty ribbon. The fact that no wrapping is needed is an added bonus. You can place several bags of different things into a decorated box or basket for a larger gift.
Readers’ Homemade Fudge Tips!
I think the best way to cool fudge is to pour it into a waxed paper half gallon milk carton. Once it has cooled you can peel off the carton and cut the fudge into perfect little squares. Brooke K.
I was wondering if you have thought of using a silicone baking pan to put the fudge in. If you spray it with Pam first then let the fudge set-up in it, you can simply flip it out onto a cutting board. I use a silicone Bundt pan to make meatloaf in the microwave. I also use a silicone Bundt pan for cakes and Jello molds. You can even make an ice mold, provided that you use distilled water. Everyone from Bed Bath and Beyond to Wal-mart now carries the silicone bakeware. They even make silicone “heart shaped” baking pans for Valentine’s Day! I hope my suggestion was helpful. I love “Living on a Dime.”
Have a great day!!!
I saw your tip on fudge! We make the same recipe but now substitute Hershey’s kisses. This year I was able to get the kisses with almonds for $1 a bag which is a steal for our neck of the woods (Alaska!)
I saved the foil squares from the kisses as they are in beautiful falls colors. They will be glued to small boxes with lids (baby shoe boxes given away free at the shoe store) in which to place smaller presents. By the way, the fudge was the best we’ve made so far. We will be making it again for Valentine’s Day.
We roll it into walnut sized balls, roll in crushed nuts (bought when the bulk unshelled nuts go on sale and stored in the freezer/or on the back porch in our case), and give them out as chocolate truffles. We will make the same boxes but will cover them in red foil squares if I find Kisses on sale after Christmas. We make dividers out of cardboard, place the truffles in a small paper candy cup, and place them in the box. They make great presents as you not only have the chocolate but a pretty box as well. Oh, we do line the box with parchment or wax paper. I sometimes even cheat and reuse the little paper cups that come in a box of chocolate if we are given any over the holidays. My mother would die if she knew!! Peggy
I believe I read that fudge cuts much easier with a plastic knife. Sandy
I just read your fudge recipe (which sounds wonderful, by the way) and thought I would mention that this year I made some fudge with Hershey’s kisses in the chocolate cherry cordial flavor. It tasted like chocolate covered cherries– It was to die for! Jane
For more homemade fudge and Christmas candy recipes, check out our Dining On A Dime Cookbook.