Homemade Fudge Won't Harden

by Emily
(Aliquippa, Pennsylvania)

I was making a batch of my grandmas chocolate fudge recipe. I followed all the instructions, but my homemade fudge won't harden.

I saw online that if I try reboiling it then adding powdered sugar it should help.

I was wondering if I should try that or try something else.

If you could get back asap that would be great! I need it for Mothers Day tomorrow and time is running out to say the least.

Thanks! :)

Hi Emily,

Yes, you can certainly try reheating the fudge and adding some extra powdered sugar. That seems to work well for most people.

I don't really have an alternative suggestion, so I do hope it works for you and saves the day for your Mother's Day treat. :)

By the way, I hope you'll share your Grandma's Fudge recipe with us. We are always on the lookout for more fudge recipes, and grandma's are usually right up there with the best!

Let us know how it works out for you!


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Nov 23, 2015
fudgey goodness NEW
by: Jessica

my family has always used canned milk (evaporated milk) for our fudge: it goes quicker without tiring your arm out so bad from stirring haha. ive never owned a candy thermometer, so we do the soft-ball test in a cold glass of water. my great grandmother would pull it off the stove, add the butter and extract, stirring it furiously--turn to the sink and run cool water along the side/bottom of the pot, still stirring. it makes it harder and almost chalky? but my familys' never cared for silken fudge. i like it grainy :P

sometimes though it just wont set. ive done powdered sugar, ive recooked, and even tried baking it. i ended up making an eclair cake (with graham crackers, whip cream and vanilla pudding) and just pouring the soft fudge over it. the cake turns out much better that way than using frosting!

if its almost firm enough, ill roll them into balls and sprinkles and put them into mini cupcake papers. youve basically made brigadeiros--a brazilian truffle thing that's epicly decadent. you sound fancy and cultured and its a good way to play off your mistake :P

Dec 18, 2011
Rescuing Homemade Fudge That's Too Soft NEW
by: Angie

Hey Emily,

You never got back to us about how your fudge turned out for Mother's Day! Were you able to salvage it with the added powdered sugar? I hope so.

We've had a few fudge makers add the suggestion that you can try rescuing homemade fudge that's too soft by adding a little evaporated milk into the mixture when you are reheating.

And be sure to beat it a lot when you take the fudge off the heat. The more you can beat it the better. (by hand or by heavy duty mixer)

I thought I'd add those further suggestions for those who come along later searching for a solution to their own homemade fudge that won't harden. ;)

Also, I'd still love to get my hands on that fudge recipe that was your grandma's. :) Do you think you could share it with us for Christmas? I'm sure I'm not the only one who'd like to give it a try.

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