Quick Fix For Fudge That Didn't Set Properly?

by Cheri
(California)

I have never made homemade fudge before and I thought I'd read up on it enough. However, this morning when I took it out of the fridge it was a gooey mess.



It tastes fantastic! It just can't be cut...Should I just give it to my neighbors in a bowl instead of the cute Christmas plates I bought? The recipe called for a bag of choc. chips, a can of evaporated milk, 3 cups of sugar, a cup of butter, marshmallows and vanilla.


I did the whole boiling thing for 10 min. before I added the chips and the marshmallows. Can it be fixed or should I pass out spoons?






Hi Cheri,

I'm sorry to say, for a long time I didn't know of any quick fix for fudge that didn't set properly.


In many cases, the sugar, butter, and milk mixture needed to be cooked longer or to a hotter temperature. That's usually the culprit when fudge doesn't set.


You can try reheating your fudge mixture by adding a little more evaporated milk and bringing it slowly back to the boil. This time be sure to test the mixture either with a candy thermometer, or with the cold water test, to see that you've reached the correct candy syrup stage for fudge, which is the soft ball stage (235 degrees F.).


Another suggestion made by one of our fellow fudge makers is to make a small mix of water and cornflour and add it to the fudge when heating to help thicken it (much like you would do when making gravy).


Finally, the suggestion that most people seem to report working well for them is to add some powdered sugar to the fudge and stir it through.


Whatever method you choose, you definitely want to stir, stir, stir, when it comes off the heat. Your arm may well feel like it's falling off, but it could be the difference of firm or soft fudge. The pain we endure for good fudge! :)


I'm glad at least your fudge still tasted good! :) If the fudge isn't too soft, and you don't want to try to revive it with one of the above suggestions, perhaps you could scoop the fudge into balls and enrobe them in melted chocolate or roll them in crushed nuts, etc.


Otherwise, as you suggested, pass out the spoons! :)

Merry Christmas!
Angie


***Edited to add more suggestions based on trial and error in an effort to help more fudge-makers achieve success. :)

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Dec 18, 2011
fixing fudge that won't set
by: Joyce S

I also added too much evap milk. I added confectioners sugar. Presto!!

Dec 29, 2011
soupy fudge!
by: Anonymous

I have been making this recipe for years and years, It has never failed me, How about just using what you have for hot fudge sundaes? just heat up what you need in the microwave and pour over ice cream> yummy! Sorry your fudge didnt turn out for you though. try this! 1 stick of butter .5oz pet milk...3 cups sugar...heat to a rolling boil, let boil for about 3 min or so. then take off heat. add 1 jar of marshmalo cream, 1bag of choc, chips (12 0z) and a tsp of vanilla. mix till cream and choc are smooth. pour into a pan that has foil in it, let chill for a while, and then cut into pc. good luck to you! You can also use any flavor chips you want....peanut butter is great too.

Dec 29, 2011
re melt it!
by: Anonymous

Not a problem! My mom tends to have a 50/50 success with hers and I just remelt it all (marshmallows and all) with a little powdered sugar, and throw in about 4 of my frozen buckeyes...
DOn't ask, it's just something I tried one year and since it worked...
anyway, let the whole thing come to its boiling stage. THat's the idea for fudge.
roiling boil for a few minutes. Only stir enough to keep it from jumping out of your pot!
THen take it off the heat and put in a glass casserole dish ( very long) and let alone to cool... LEAVE ALONE!
when cool, then stir about to break up your crystals and put the whole thing covered in wax paper in the fridge overnight
by morning, will be perfecto!
good luck! sorry so late, just saw your post last night!

Nov 18, 2012
Fixing Fudge
by: Janet

Just try powder sugar to fix fudge that didnt want to set it worked fast. Try just a little to begin start.Thanks for ideal Saved my fudge

Dec 10, 2012
Fix soft fudge
by: oldmom

After many years of fudge making, I made a batch that simply will not set, no matter what I do. As I am not one to waste a 5 pound slab of what should be Christmas treats, I experimented with Almond Bark. After rolling the sticky fudge into little half inch balls and then in instant espresso or cocoa powder, I put them on a cookie sheet and then into the freezer for a couple of hours. Then, melted almond bark in small quantities (about half cup at a time)and used a couple of small skewers like chopsticks,and dipped each little frozen morsel in the hot chocolate, rolling it around to coat on all sides, then placed them on a sheet of wax paper to harden. Yea! Truffles!

Dec 10, 2012
Salvaging Failing Fudge
by: Angie from chocolate-candy-mall.com

Hi "Oldmom"

Great save! That's the perfect use for fudge that just won't set. Truthfully, they sound utterly fantastic and maybe even better than the original fudge. ;)

I'm sure everyone will adore them! Thanks for sharing your tips on salvaging failing fudge.

Blessings for the Christmas Season,
Angie

Dec 22, 2012
THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!!
by: Gina Gasior

I, myself have "fudged up" a batch of fudge and jumped on line to see how I might be able to salvage this costly fudge-like dough I have on my hands. This sounds like the perfect solution and I am off to buy Almond Bark! Hummmm....thinking a chai drink powder might be yummy too!!! Oh how fun it is to experiement! Thanks for the ideas!

Dec 28, 2012
Chocolate everywhere!
by: giglet

lol what a mess my kitchen is!
For 4 days now i've been trying to make some Xmas candy but i guess it's gonna be for New Years....or at the rate i'm going, Valentine's Day LOL

There's not a spoon left w/o chocolate on it, bowls of milk chocolate, semi-sweet chips, peanut butter, sticky milk, powdered sugar strewn across
the floor and counters....NEVER AGAIN! =:O

i didn't start out making fudge (i was going for a chopped almond & chopped maraschino cherry chocolate for my mom) but ended up w/ fudge that didn't harden (i guess the cherries added too much liquid, so i added other stuff). What was i thinking spending so much on candy bars to melt and make candy bars haha

Anyway, Thanks all, lots of helpful hints here!
i like oldmom's idea-i might try that one.
Janet's idea looks easier but do i have to reheat
the "fudge" to add the powdered sugar?

I LOVE Charmingly Chocolate & i ttly enjoy the newsletter. i didn't realize there was a HELP section til i searched bing!

Thanks again, have a great holiday weekend - (wish me luck?!)


Dec 28, 2012
Quick Fix For Fudge That Didn't Set
by: Angie from chocolate-candy-mall.com

Hi Giglet,

You really made me laugh as I can just picture your kitchen! :)

I'm glad you made the effort even though it was a bit messy. People may think we're crazy to melt perfectly good candy bars in order to make... candy bars! But there's just something really yummy and satisfying about our homemade creations.

You asked about re-heating the fudge before adding more powdered sugar to thicken it. I guess the answer depends on how soft your fudge really is. If you can stir it in without heating it again, that shouldn't be a problem, but you may need to heat it slightly just to loosen it up a bit so your arm doesn't fall off.

I hope you achieve a very happy result and that you won't let this exhausting experience put you off trying again in future. Fudge making (and candy making) really does get quicker and easier the more you practice.

Happy New Year!

Dec 29, 2012
PB pretzel balls- my new fave
by: giglet

Hi Angie :)

Funny huh? I shoulda snapped a pic after another 5 hours in the kitchen last night! Choking back tears, I finally finished - well, except for one last bowl of a hardened 'pile' of melted semi-sweet chips in the fridge.

I started to do the truffles (with the cherry/almond 'fudge') rolled & dipped in cocoa pwd but it was VERY soft to roll, and then I could NOT get ANY chocolate melted thin or soft enough to dip or pour. *sighs*

So I reheated the rest, added pwd sugar, a few more chips & spread it on waxed paper.

Here's the final outcome:

4 cherry/almond truffles LOL

about a dozen 'mock' peanut butter cups that are so ugly but taste great

a pound - 1/4 inch slab - of cherry/almond fudge that definitely looks homemeade, but cuts nicely and really tastes great - i hope nobody asks for the recipe coz i have absolutely no idea at this point.

and lastly, a double batch of PEANUT BUTTER PRETZEL BALLS from your most recent newsletter... AWESOME!
I shoulda just quadrupled it and quit there LOL, they're delicious!!!! (except they're only 1/2 dipped because i couldn't get the dipping choc soft enough)

When I lived on Long Island we had a great chocolatier/chocolate shop. I bought so many molds, different color choc discs, fillings, everything! For years I made lollipops and all kinds of choc for every holiday and for gifts- never made fudge though.

Thank you again, and a HAPPY SAFE HEALTHY NEW YEAR!! xo

Dec 29, 2012
Fudge Results
by: Angie from chocolate-candy-mall.com

Aww! You definitely have tenacity and I admire you for it! :) At least you have a lot of yummy treats for all your effort. So what if they don't look as good as they taste!

Fudge can be fiddly at times and the weather plays a part, too, in how it turns out, but it's so delish that it's worth the battle.

I hope you'll keep up your candy making (molded, fudge, etc.) and that you'll start taking photos and adding your creations here to the site. I always like to see and be inspired by other people's efforts, and I know everyone else does too.

Blessings for the new year,
Angie

Dec 30, 2012
hindsight is 20/20
by: giglet

I forgot about my choc covered raisins!
Had i remembered them, i would've saved myself a LOT of stress from the too-thick dipping chocolate!!

The recipe is: melt 1 Tbs coconut oil & 1 cup semi-sweet choc chips together, stir in 1 cup raisins, spread out on waxed paper, chill, then break apart if needed. Even easy enough for a midnight snack lol

I just read todays ezine for your peppermint popcorn, and decided to use that last bowl of
chocolate, add coconut oil to thin, and add candy canes (no popcorn in the house).
the only mold i have that isn't packed away is Lg. PB cups, so i'm gonna fill 1/3 to make round candy instead of bark.
YUM and THANK YOU!

here's 2 other what NOT to do's:
i boiled water in a microwavable plastic round bowl,
i melted my choc in a glass soup bowl and placed in over the water to keep it soft.
welp, somehow, they suctioned together - i thought permanently - until i finally got them separated along w/ a warm shower, and water everywhere

also, don't pack together your peppermint choc w/ other chocolates... they will ALL taste like mint.

to Cheri, thank you for your question, it helped me a lot. sorry i posted so much, i prolly should've started a new page?

Happy New Year's EVE eve! xo

Dec 31, 2012
Great Ideas For Salvaging Fudge
by: Angie from chocolate-candy-mall.com

Hi Giglet,

Good save! Glad I was able to give you a little inspiration. You'll have to try that chocolate popcorn peppermint candy recipe with the popcorn next time. :) It's a nice mix!

Thanks for the other ideas you shared, too. Don't worry about writing too much. I love the interaction.

Sure, if you've got more ideas, you can add a new page for each of them using one of the categories on our add your favorites page.

I look forward to reading them!

Sep 26, 2014
fudge fix
by: mary

I just fixed my fudge that didn't set last nite.by putting it back in the pot..added 1/8th cup of brown sugar and some nuts, boiled again to 260 beat for a short time and PUFF it worked....

Oct 20, 2014
Easy fix for fudge that won't set
by: Victoria

Assuming that you cooked the fudge to the soft-ball stage, but possibly for not quite long enough, you really just have to keep beating it with your mixer. It will go from being a shiny sauce to a matted, thicker mixture. It can take quite a long time (i.e. 30-50 min.), but it usually works. And it may be less involved than some of the other - albeit very tasty-sounding - solutions presented here.

Dec 11, 2014
Fudge won't set!!
by: Frustrated

O.K., I am making peanut butter fudge and using the same recipe that my family has used for years!!!! It will not set and my mother swears by the old wives tales! She says if you are having your period, your fudge will not set!!!!! This is crazy but I am telling you any time I have ever tried it, it will not!!!!!

Dec 18, 2014
FIXING FUDGE
by: GRANNY

I MAKE THE OLD TIME FUDGE WITH SUGAR,CAN CREA M AND HERSHEY CHOCOLATE . I DID WHAT ONE LADY SAID ,I ADDED 2 T OF CREAM PUT IT BACK ON THE STOVE TILL IT REACHED 250 AND STIRED IT TIIL THICK IT WORK THANK YOU GRANNY

Mar 12, 2015
Old wives tale
by: Mary

To frustrated, i made fudge for the first time last week, worked a treat and i was so proud of myself. I am making it for my sons cake and candy this week and it won't set. Now without going into too much information, i think your Granny might be right!!! I was so shocked by your post as whether its coincidence or not it is ringing true here.

Mar 26, 2015
Mine didn't set either. :/
by: Amy

I just searched to see why my fudge didn't set and I'm pretty sure it's because it wasn't hot enough or cook long enough. I'm so impatient. Blah.
I'm too impatient to reheat it so I'll probably throw it away and make a new one.

Nov 04, 2015
Pumpkin Raisin Fudge
by: Geoff

So my first time trying to make fudge and I ended up with a very liquidy, delicious sauce. But being the stubborn (I prefer calling myself principled) man that I am, I did some reading online and decided to reheat it and cook it longer. Then I put the entire pot into a sink of cold water and began to stir. After what seemed forever, and a very sore forearm, I poured this into a tin foil lined spring-form pan and waited for it to set. 2 hours later, the center seemed a little firm but the rest was still wiggling around when I touched it, so into the fridge it went overnight.

In the morning when I checked it there was no difference so decided to try freezing it but this didn't help, so thawed it all out and worked hard to get the tin foil off of this sticky plate of goo. Now I have a very tasty, dark like toffee, raisin filled pumpkin slime sitting on my counter on a large plate and am contemplating life in the slow lane, or in this case in a lane that is moving nowhere.

What to do next? Hmmm, should I refreeze, cut it into squares and dip each one in dark chocolate to make chocolates that I can give out to my diabetic friends at Christmas? And hope I can dip it all before it thaws.

Should I add the icing sugar and see if it will set up this time? And when adding the icing sugar, do I need to reheat it again first?

Lastly, perhaps this might work well with the almond bark... after all, pumpkin and raisins would be divine in this mix and make for a very tasty treat.

Whatever I decide, I will not waste any of this and may just have a few spoonfuls with ice cream each night.

Dec 23, 2015
peanut butter fudge
by: Peggy Reid

Will these work for peanut butter fudge?

May 13, 2016
Too small writing in the directions!
by: Debbie

YUP! I'm getting old. I thought the small print on the directions on the back of the marshmallow jar said 1 cup of sugar! So, I made my fudge and during the stirring it seemed that something was wrong. I had my friend read the directions and she started out with "3 cups of sugar." I said whoa! WHAT? She repeated the amount. So, I poured the fudge into the dish and we tasted the remnants of the pan and it's yucky! That was earlier this evening. Do you think it will work if I try the re-boil part and add the 2 cups sugar back in? Thanks for your thoughts!

Dec 12, 2016
Peanut Butter Fudge Fix
by: Lili

Okay, after reading all the comments, I decided that we hadn't beaten the mixture enough. So we, my hubby and I, re-heated the peanut butter taffy that had been sitting in the fridge for four hours and beat that mixture till it died. I reheated until the mix was pliable and then gave it to my hubby to beat. About 10 minutes later it was matte and held the swirls. 1 hour later in the fridge and it was PERFECT! Thank goodness...Hope this helps!

Dec 18, 2016
Fixed my toffee almond fudge!!!
by:

Okay so i made fudge for the firts time and this morning when i took it out of the fridge it was gooey deliciousness. I hade my fudge in a 8x11 baking dish. So i put the oven temp at 320F and poured 2 cups chocolate chips and 1/2 a cup of toffee (i was making a toffee almond fudge) when i saw the chips were melted into the fudge, about 10 min. In the oven I pulled the pan out and dusted about 2/3 a cup of cocoa powder unsweetened. And after it cooled i put the fudge back into the fridge and it turned out great!

Dec 19, 2016
too soft fudge
by:

i made the hershey fudge but it didnt harden i used a off brand cocoa and 2% milk could that b the trouble?

Dec 21, 2016
How MUCH powdered sugar?
by: Rachel

ok - going to reheat fudge - but several of you say add powdered sugar - how much? 1/2 a cup? 1/4 cup? what?

Dec 23, 2016
Salvaging soft fudge
by: Phil

I guess most of you want fudge to be just fudge. I finally gave up, went to the store and got a block of chocolate coating, (or chocolate bark). Then I got messy rolling the soft goods into balls and freezing it..At least till a little firmer. I melted the chocolate in the microwave, pulled the near frozen balls out, and coated them with chocolate. I put tinfoil on a cookie sheet, sprayed lightly with veg oil, and dropped them on it. The chocolate solidifies enough you can pick up with fingers. My wife thinks they are great so I'm satisfied.

Feb 06, 2017
Un set fudge
by: Hannah Powell

Ohmygosh! Thank you so much for posting this. I've tried fudge so many times for it to just turn to goop. I returned it to the stove and let it boil over again without stirring and removed from heat (I don't have a Canyon thermometer so I had to guess with a meat thermometer, and the cold water test. I added powdered sugar as I stirred my arm off and yaaay it saved my fudge!!!! Thanks again, this helped a lot!

Feb 20, 2017
Me too.
by: Brian

Hi there,
Also having trouble with fudge not setting and the comments are grea help. I will definitely try reheating and adding in confectioners sugar.
Just wondering what the definition of a "rolling boil" and "cold water test" are, having never heard of these alien terms before. Explanations would be gratefully received.
Also, I did not add marshmallows as I am a vegetarian - Do you think that lack of mashmallows could be a reason the fudge did not set right?

Kind Regards,
Brian.

Mar 08, 2017
Quick Fix for Fudge that Didn't Set Up
by: Kate in Iowa

Hi Brian,

A good example of a rolling boil is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pjl6Vg148n

A good example of cold water test is at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lchea5BHbgs

If your recipe called for marshmallows and you left them out, you will have very good chocolate syrup but no fudge. My favorite recipe is made with cocoa -- http://www.aroundmyfamilytable.com/how-to-make-chocolate-fudge-without-sweetened-condensed-milk/2/. I whisk the sugar and cocoa completely together and add the milk very slowly while whisking. Otherwise, the cocoa tends to stay in little lumps and they take forever to break up.

Good luck with your fudge,

Kate

Apr 01, 2017
to harden gudge
by: Pam D

Make sure you use cane sugar-not beet sugar.

Sep 27, 2017
Set vanilla fudge but sticky
by: Jeannette

Could I dust in icing sugar

Nov 15, 2017
Adding powdered sugar
by: Peirock

I'm concerned if I add powdered sugar after reheating my soft fudge that crystallization will occur.

Nov 21, 2017
Fudge Fix
by: Sharon Jones

My chocolate fudge would not harden this morning. I tried the Confectioner Sugar fix and Presto ! The fudge tasted great still and is "cutable!" Thank you so much. Happy Thanksgiving !!!!

Dec 05, 2017
forgot white chocolate chips
by: Karen

All done- ??? THought it was perfect, until I turned around and spotted the bag of white chips- I forgot to stir them in. Fudge has set great, but when cut it is very grainy. Could it be reheated and then
stir in the chips until melted?


Dec 08, 2017
Peanut Butter Fudge
by: Jean

I made a double batch and it turned out soupy. I followed the above suggestions...added 1/2 cup powdered sugar and back on the stove. I allowed the temp to go a little above soft ball and used my mixer. It is perfect now. I just cut it and the form is lovely. My Chrisrmas boxes will be happy...as will be my friends. Thank you.

Dec 11, 2017
Fudge fixed NEW
by: Pam

Without my realizing it, my candy thermometer was not working properly. Consequently, I ended up with a goopy chocolate mess. I usually make really good fudge that I give away for gifts, so this was infuriating. After swearing at the fudge, I put it back in the saucepan (not without great difficulty) and cooked the life out it. I did add a small amount of confectioner's sugar and half and half. It worked! It's not my usual, but it will do. Good luck and Merry Christmas.

Dec 14, 2017
soft fudge NEW
by: bonnie

My fudge did not set firm and it happens every year (because I do not trust the candy thermometer, and turn off the heat too soon!) It tastes wonderful and is soft but can be handled so I plan on shaping it in small balls and coating with chocolate! Voila chocolate truffles.

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