Mom didn’t really cook, so we didn’t have tools for making candy at home…and also, I was only 6. As I got older, and my interest for cooking persisted, I started acquiring my own kitchen tools and through trial and error, and a year in cooking school, I have managed to learn what I know today. But, I always remember those cookbooks at this time of year.
To make traditional fudge, you need a candy thermometer to carefully monitor the temperature and you have to beat it by hand to get the right texture. Why go to all that trouble when you can use a recipe like this one? And best of all, it’s easy enough to make with your kids! Read the whole recipe first, and make sure you let the mixture boil for the 5 minutes it requires, but always stirring it to avoid the mixture to burn at the bottom. This is the step that will get you the right consistency. Also, have your loaf pan prepared beforehand: line it with wax paper and lightly coat it with cooking spray.
You can mix in toasted walnuts, crushed peppermint candy, toasted almonds, dried cranberries, or simply use sprinkles to decorate by pressing them on the top, as we did.
- This recipe requires stove-top time. Use your discretion to let the child participate in active stove-top steps.