I confess, I made this homemade fudge recipe kind of backwards, added some ingredients to smooth it out, and it turned out to be the best fudge recipe I have ever made! Most recipes for chocolate fudge call for similar ingredients: milk, sugar, butter, chocolate. Home made fudge is one of those “my grandmother made it” recipes to where it seems easy, and it is…sort of. I made this recipe for fudge on the fly based on one I’ve been using for years, because I wanted to cook one batch of caramelized milk, divide it, and save some cooking time. But, this candy recipe is not only delicious, it will teach you how to make fudge, and how to correct a fudge recipe when it goes a bit wrong!
3/4 cup white chocolate chips
3/4 cup milk chocolate chips
2 cups sugar
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
Pinch of salt
4 tablespoons corn syrup
1 cup coarsely chopped pecans, shelled
Put white chocolate chips in a large bowl and milk chocolate chips in another large bowl. Butter an 8-inch square pan.
Heat sugar, evaporated milk, butter, and salt in a medium heavy bottom saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil and cook for about 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until mixture is foamy and thickens. Remove from heat and immediately pour into a 2-cup heat-proof measuring cup; you should have 2 cups of mixture.
Pour 1 cup of mixture over white chips in mixing bowl. Beat mixture on a low speed for 5 minutes and then increase speed to high for another 5 minutes. If mixture is gritty, add 1-2 tablespoons corn syrup until the mixture forms a smooth mass. (Adding corn syrup to chocolate is how modeling chocolate is made and one of my tricks for getting chocolate to cooperate). Repeat steps with remaining 1 cup mixture and milk chocolate chips. Using clean hands, gently knead pecans into each batch of chocolate and then combine chocolates together until they appear marbled. Pat fudge into buttered pan. (I also like to use a paper towel and absorb any grease from the fudge. Simply pat the top of the fudge with the towel and then if necessary, smooth the top with your fingers.) Chill until set and then cut into small squares.
Makes about 16 (2-inch) cubes