Ooh, something smells amazing – JD, 6
This weekend I built up the courage to try something new, something I’d never done before…I made fudge the ‘proper way’. That is to say, instead of boiling up the ingredients and chucking them into a tin to set, I boiled the ingredients to a precise temperature and then began the intensive process of shaping the fudge.
I did it with the help of a very nice Make Fudge at Home Kit from Fudge Kitchen (£30).
In your kit, you get a branded fudge kitchen apron, sugar thermometer, two fudge making tools (little plastic paddles), a detailed instruction booklet with lots of pics to make things clear and the ingredients to make three batches of fudge (plain, chocolate or toffee flavoured), with each making 10-12 pieces. All you need to add is cream.
I made the toffee flavour and it turns out making fudge properly is pretty hard work. The mixing and boiling part is easy as pie, but when it comes to folding and folding and folding…and folding it on the board, it’s quite tiring.
Here’s a lovely chef making a very large piece of fudge. Take a look at what’s involved. See? Hard work! (And his work is much neater than mine)
I realised after a while that our fudge just wasn’t setting in the time it was supposed to, so I got some ice lollies out of the freezer and put them around the edge of the board. After that, the fudge quickly started to thicken and the end result was just delicious and the texture a million miles ahead of that you get from simply dumping your mix in a tin.
So, all that hard work was worth it in the end and yes, I will definitely be making it again.
For real fudge-a-holics, we were also sent a Fudge Kitchen Drinking Fudge Classic Selection.
With sachets of Moreish Mint, Tangy Orange, Chocolate Caramel, Gorgeous Ginger, Classic Chocolate and Mocha Choca Madness, there’s a choice to suit most tastes and it makes a lovely, sweet change from hot chocolate. The drinks are easy to make – you just heat a mug of milk, stir in a sachet and heat it a little more. We topped ours with whipped cream and toffee-chocolate pieces for an extra treat.
This time of year, you can also order the Drinking Fudge Christmas Selection (£8) containing Classic Chocolate, Gorgeous Ginger, Moreish Mint, Tangy Orange, Indulgent Irish Cream and Winter Spice.
I think either the kit or the drinks would make a fabulous Christmas gift for anyone with a sweet tooth, as would the ready made fudge gift boxes. Let me know if you try them.
Disclosure: we were sent a Fudge Kitchen fudge making kit and drinks selection box for review. No payment was received. All posts are 100% honest.