Greasy Residue After Making Fudge
What causes a greasy residue after making fudge?
I have been using this specific fudge recipe for over 10 years, but have noticed the last couple of times that there is a greasy residue that rises to the surface. To remove it, I use paper towels.
I still use the same ingredients as when I first started with this recipe, and still use the same methods to make it as well.
What could be causing this?
It's not necessarily a HUGE problem, but more of a nuisance and prevents the forming of a smooth surface.
Thank you for any help you have to offer!
Usually when you get a greasy fudge or greasy surface while candy making it is because the sugar and fat has separated somewhere in the process. For some fudge makers, I would suggest that was probably the problem.
In your case, maybe not. Because you've got plenty of fudge making experience and you've used this recipe and process for years, it may not be anything you are doing after all.
I remember reading an article quite some time ago about the affect that the changes in the way some products (like butter) are being made has affected the results we are getting with our old tried and trusted recipes, particularly in candy making.
Even though you are using the same ingredients you have always used, there may be some difference in the quality of the ingredients. This could be true even when using the exact same brand that you've always used.
The greasy residue can be from butter in the fudge recipe or even in the quality of the chocolate being used.
"Real" chocolate is made with cocoa butter, but a lot of chocolate on the market today has had most or all of the cocoa butter substituted with some form of vegetable oil.
I can't say for sure if that is the reason why you are suddenly having this problem with a greasy residue after making fudge, but that would be my own best guess.
Anyone else have any ideas or thoughts on this problem? Use the comment link to let Loretta and me know.