Dive into the delightful world of classic desserts with our Hershey’s Cocoa Old-Fashioned Fudge recipe. Inspired by generations of kitchen traditions, this fudge combines the rich taste of Hershey’s cocoa with the creaminess of peanut butter and the crunch of walnuts. Step-by-step, we’ll guide you through this timeless treat – perfect for family gatherings or movie nights!
- 2/3 cup Hershey’s Cocoa
- 1 1/2 cups whole milk
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup (or 2 tablespoons) butter
- 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (optional additions: marshmallows or crunchy peanut butter)
- 1 1/2 cups walnuts or pecans, roughly chopped
- Preparation: Start by buttering a platter or dish suitable for setting your fudge. This will prevent sticking when it’s time to serve.
- In a large saucepan, combine your Hershey’s cocoa, sugar, and milk. To prevent clumping, pour the milk in gradually, mixing constantly until you have a smooth mixture.
- Turn on the heat to medium-low. As the mixture heats up, stir occasionally. Avoid over-stirring as this can cause the sugar to granulate.
- Use a candy thermometer to monitor the temperature. If you don’t have one, test the fudge’s consistency by dropping a small amount into cold water. Once it forms a soft ball in the water (or reaches 234°F or 112°C), it’s ready.
- Turn off the heat and stir in the salt, butter, vanilla extract, and creamy peanut butter. Mix until everything is fully incorporated.
- Fold in the chopped walnuts or pecans. If you prefer other nuts or add-ins like marshmallows, now’s the time to mix them in.
- Pour the fudge mixture onto your buttered platter. Use a spatula to spread it out evenly.
- Allow the fudge to cool and set. This might take a few hours. For quicker results, you can place it in the refrigerator.
- Once set, cut into squares and serve. Enjoy your delicious homemade fudge with family and friends!
Tip: For an indulgent movie night snack, pair this fudge with some freshly popped popcorn. The salty-sweet combination is sure to be a hit!
Storage and Care:
- Storing Your Fudge: To maintain its fresh taste, store your fudge in an airtight container at room temperature. It should keep for about 7-10 days. If you notice any signs of it drying out, transfer it to the refrigerator.
- For Longer Shelf Life: If you want your fudge to last longer, consider refrigerating it. Place the fudge between layers of wax paper in an airtight container. This will keep it fresh for about 2-3 weeks.
- Freezing the Delight: Yes, you can freeze fudge! Wrap individual pieces or the whole block in plastic wrap and then seal it inside a freezer bag. It should stay good for about 3 months. When you’re ready to eat, let it thaw at room temperature.
Variations and Ideas:
- Go Nut-Free: If you’re catering to those with nut allergies or just want a change, simply omit the peanut butter and walnuts. You can replace them with dried fruits like cranberries or raisins for a fruity twist.
- Double Chocolate: For an extra rich treat, add chocolate chips to the mix. They’ll melt into the warm fudge, creating a gooey, chocolaty center.
- Salted Caramel Swirl: Drizzle some caramel sauce over your fudge before it sets. Once it’s slightly set, use a knife to create swirl patterns. Sprinkle some sea salt on top for a gourmet touch.
A Word from Ineskohl Kitchen:
Recreating timeless recipes like this Hershey’s Cocoa Old-Fashioned Fudge is more than just about the food; it’s about reviving memories and making new ones. Whether you’re reminiscing about cooking with your mother or starting a new tradition with your kids, this fudge is sure to warm your heart as much as it pleases your palate.
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