Fudge Comes Out Grainy
I have a really good fudge recipe but sometimes the fudge comes out grainy.
What am I doing wrong? Does it have something to do with how fast or how long I boil it?
Here's the fudge recipe that I am using...
- 2 sticks butter
- 3 cups sugar
- 5 oz evaporated milk
- I bring milk and butter to a small boil and add sugar gradually.
- I bring to the boil again and reduce heat, cooking and stirring constantly for 7 min.
- I then pour it over 1 bag choc chips, add a small jar marshmallow cream and mix.
I think I am messing up with the boiling. Maybe I bring it to a boil too fast or too hard or cook it too long or not long enough.
The first two batches I did turned out perfectly. The next was grainy. I want to prevent future occurrences of the fudge comes out grainy result.
I think you are right about the cause of your grainy fudge. It sounds like the temperature may have gotten too high when you were boiling your fudge.
You do want to bring the sugar mixture to the boil slowly and don't let it get too hot. Generally speaking, you don't want it to be more than about 235°F. If you have a candy thermometer, that will help you monitor the temperature.
If you don't have a thermometer, look at the candy syrup stages
and follow the instructions for soft ball stage using the cold water method.
I make a fudge very similar to the one you are making, except I use the microwave. It's so quick and easy. Check out this Fantasy Fudge Recipe
and see if you might want to give it a try.
By the way, when your fudge comes out grainy, you can fix it by putting it back in the pot and adding a little evaporated milk to it and bringing it slowly back to the soft ball stage.
Once you reach that point, remove from heat and set the pot over a bowl of cold water to reduce the heat while you are stirring until the desired consistency.
Hope that helps! Fudge is just too good to waste!