Greasy Residue After Making Fudge

by Loretta

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!

Hi Loretta,

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.


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Dec 01, 2011
Thank You!!! NEW
by: Loretta

Thank you very much Angie for your feed back. I have been contemplating changing brands on almost all ingredients to see if that helps. Also other small changes are being considered as well. One again, thank you for your time and feedback.

Nov 28, 2015
nuts oils NEW
by: Deborah Fortin

Could the oil be frome not stirring enough?

Apr 11, 2016
Greasy Fudge NEW

We have a candy business that we took over from my dad. He has been making fudge for thirty years and just now we are starting to have problems with the chocolate fudge. the other ones seem ok, but it's the chocolate one when we make a smaller batch, it separates. wondering what to do? Does the temperature have any thing to do with it? some stoves burn hotter than others, gas vs electric?

Dec 18, 2016
greasy residue after making fudge NEW

I have had exactly the same problem with a tried and true fudge recipe. The flavor is still there but I don't get the smooth top anymore and there is grease.

It may be the butter because I am having the same issue with my zucchini recipe falling and being greasy.

Any suggestions or answers found yet?

Dec 20, 2016
Greasy residue after making fudge NEW
by: Stacey

I am having the samme issue this year! I have been making fudge for over 10 years and this is the first year I have had grease floating on top of the fudge. I have a candy thermometer and thought I was cooking it too long but made a second batch to make sure and there it was again! I'm also using the same ingredients/brands I have in the past. It could be the the butter or chocolate like I read in earlier emails. My peanut butter fudge is ok so it may in fact be the chocolate I'm using.

Dec 24, 2016
Disappointed NEW

I have tried 3 batches of fudge this past week. A lot of money wasted :(. I have followed the same recipe for as long as I can remember. I think it's a See's fudge recipe from way back when. Recipe has been passed down to my mom and to Every time I have made it, it comes out smooth and creamy. All 3 batches are dry and greasy. It's gross and wouldn't want anyone to eat it. I am really bummed this year.

Dec 30, 2016
Greasy fudge NEW
by: Jkhr

My problem comes when I add the vanilla or other alcohol based flavoring. I specifically shopped for chocolate without palm oil this year, and everything is fine as I combine my ingredients, but the minute I stir in the vanilla it separates into chocolate goop & oil. I'm thinking of leaving it out to see if it will set up without vanilla.

Feb 06, 2017
Greasy Fudge/Vanilla Extract NEW
by: NTB

I also see the problem after adding vanilla extract, near the end of the mixing process. The problem is worse with recipes that include butter. has a butter-free fudge recipe from Anne Thorton that has much less fat separation.

The problem might come from a change in vanilla extract manufacturing. The label lists "vanilla bean extractives in water" plus alcohol (McCormick brand). Water can cause fat separation, so I might try a different brand.

Feb 06, 2017
Forgotten Thread! NEW
by: Loretta

Oh my goodness, I had completely forgotten about this! So, I'm thinking soon of trying this again, but using better quality ingredients. It has been a few years since I last made any using this recipe. When I do, I'll do my best to try and remember to post results here.

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