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Summer Fudge

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Category: Candy

 Ingredients List

  • 1 pk Jello (3 oz.)
  • 2 1/4 c Granulated white sugar
  • Baking soda*
  • 1 c Milk OR yogurt OR sour cream
  • -OR buttermilk
  • 1 tb Butter (ice-cold) OR 1/2 to
  • -1 teaspoon flavoring


3 dr Food coloring
1 pk Kool-Aid Unsweetened Drink
-Mix (2-qt size) plus 1/2
-ts additional baking soda
1/2 c Chopped nuts
1/2 c Mini-marshmallows

* use 1/4 teaspoon for noncitrus flavors such as raspberry,
strawberry-banana, or apricot. Use 1/2 teaspoon for lemon, lime,
orange, and other citrus flavors. Add 1/2 teaspoon more when using
yogurt, sour cream, or buttermilk.

Gelatin-dairy product combinations: with citrus flavors, use milk to
keep acid down; with noncitrus flavors, use milk (sets fastest) or
yogurt (low, low fat) or sour cream (richer but treacherous). If you
combine citrus flavors and yogurt or sour cream, be sure to add
additional baking soda as specified in the basic recipe.

1. Prewarm thermometer by placing in saucepan of cold water and then
bringing to a boil. Grease, and if necessary, line a 5 x 10-inch pan.
Freeze 1 tablespoon butter. Fill a glass with ice cubes and water.
Fill sink half-inch full of HOT water (so gelatin does not set up

2. In a 3-quart (unbuttered) saucepan (use a 6-qt pan if using citrus
gelatin or yogurt, sour cream, or buttermilk), combine all ingredients
EXCEPT butter, flavoring, and optional ingredients. Dissolve sugar,
stirring constantly with wooden spoon over low heat until sugar is
dissolved. Gritty sounds will cease, spoon will glide smoothly over
bottom of pan. However, since you will see granules on the spoon,
test by drawing finger watch out, it may be very hot through
the spoon and feel to make sure it is not sugary. Increase heat to
medium and bring to a boil.

3. Boil after washing down any crystals that may have formed with
pastry brush dipped in hot water from thermometer bath, using as
little water as possible. Introduce prewarmed thermometer. Reduce
heat while retaining boil. Stir almost constantly, especially around
sides. Depending on the dairy product/gelatin combination you use,
mixture may start to cook down and change color slightly.

4. Test in ice-cold water when mixture thickens and bubbles become
noisy. Ball, formed in ice water, should hold its shape until heat
from your hand begins to flatten it and should be al dente - slightly
chewy. Temperatures are very approximate; on the average, 236-238
degrees F.

5. Shock by placing saucepan in sink of hot water.

6. Seed by adding, without stirring, frozen butter or flavoring, as
well as any food coloring and Kool-Aid. Then allow to cool.

7. Stir when lukewarm and "skin" forms on top (110 degrees F). Return
thermometer to its hot-water bath to soak clean. Stir fudge
thoroughly but not vigorously by hand (gelatin may stick to bottom of
pan so use scraping motion to free it), with electric mixer, or in
food processor. Pause frequently to allow fudge to react.

8. Watch for fudge to thicken, lose its sheen, become lighter in
color or streaked with lighter shades, give off some heat, suddenly
stiffen. If mixing by hand, fudge will "snap" with each stroke; by
mixer, mixer waves will become very distinct; by food processor,
fudge will flow sluggishly back to center when processor is stopped.

9. Add any optional ingredients before fudge totally candies.

10. Pour into pan, score, and store when cool in airtight container in
refrigerator or at room temperature.

Yield: 1 pound. Recipe can be doubled if you have a large stockpot
and if you process in your mixer. There's too much to process in one
batch in food processor, and it's too hard on your arm to do by hand.

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