Fudging Through a New Tradition

ginger fudge

Every December, various family members bake large batches of gingerbread cookies, fruitcakes, and buckeye balls to share and mail. But not once, in all of my sugary Christmas seasons, can I remember a single relative sending fudge our way. We surely didn’t make our own—the chocolate would have disappeared before Mom pulled out the recipe!—so any fudge came from the store or a neighbor.  

 

But not this year! I decided to break the fudge-less tradition and make my own. I conveniently forgot about my drier-than-a-desert first fudge attempt from 10 years ago until I poured the milk and sugar into the saucepan… So with fears of chalky chocolate swirling in my head, I tested the boiling mixture every 30 seconds with one hand while consulting the recipe with the other.

 

ginger fudge

 

And then I started shaping more popcorn balls while the fudge cooled, completely neglecting to rig a timer as a reminder to score the top before it set. I woke up sweating in the middle of the night from a crumbly fudge-cutting nightmare!

 

ginger fudge

 

The next morning, I padded into the kitchen to pull out the treat from the fridge and gingerly slice a few squares. Although I mauled the first piece while finagling it out of the pan, the rest popped out looking quite festive!

 

Happy holidays!

 

ginger fudge

 

Ginger Fudge

modified from Simply Chocolate

makes 64 pieces

This fudge is sweet, light, and rich. Feel free to substitute dark chocolate for the semi-sweet or other dried fruit for the ginger.

6 pieces candied ginger

1¼ c. milk

2 c. sugar

5 tbsp butter

¾ c. semi-sweet chocolate (i.e. chocolate chips)

  1. Coat the inside of an 8” x 8” baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Finely chop the candied ginger.
  2. In a medium pot, combine the milk, sugar, butter, and chocolate. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until the butter and chocolate have melted. Bring the mixture to a boil, stirring frequently, for 10-15 min until a small amount of the chocolate mixture, when dropped into a glass of cold water, can be molded between the fingers.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat and stir in the candied ginger. Let the mixture sit for 5 min before vigorously stirring until thick and creamy. Immediately pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
  4. Let the fudge set in the pan for 5-10 min before scoring the top into 1” cubes. Allow the fudge to set completely before slicing into squares. Chill in the fridge until ready to serve.

 

ginger fudge

 

December 23, 2012. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Delicious Desserts.

14 Comments

  1. Teresa replied:

    Hi! Congratulations! I’ve nominated your blog for the Super Sweet Blogging Award. If you wish to participate you can pick up your badge icon and rules here: http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/12/23/super-sweet-blogging-award/ I sure hope you will participate. Teresa

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I’m honored! Thank you so much; you’re too kind. This is the best early Christmas gift I received!

  2. xoxbekxox replied:

    Is this gingerbread flavoured fudge?! Yummy!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Not quite gingerbread… It has a similar spiciness of gingerbread, but a little more pronounced from the chunks of crystalized ginger. The container I gave away as a gift was empty before our Christmas dinner began!

  3. mrswebbinthekitchen replied:

    You used candied ginger!! Love love love. Bet that gave some wonderful flavor and texture contrast! Love the title too, heehee.

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I did, you inspired me! The ginger gave the fudge a wonderful spiciness. We all loved it, and we ate all of it before Christmas morning!

  4. Liz replied:

    ginger? yum!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I loved the ginger so much that I made biscotti with some of the leftovers a few days later!

  5. loudlyliz replied:

    This looks amazing! Trying it ASAP!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      I hope you enjoy it! My family certainly did; they ate all of the fudge before I could even try two pieces!

  6. daisyandthefox replied:

    these look wonderful! and i love the addition of ginger to make it christmassy 🙂
    What an awesome new Christmas tradition!

    • foods for the soul replied:

      Thank you! We definitely gobbled it up. The fudge disappeared faster than any of the Christmas cookies or peppermint bark!

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