My most favorite memories of my Dad is that he made chocolate fudge every Christmas. He only made it at Christmas time, which made it seem even more special. I can remember being very small and watching him at the stove as he made the best fudge I had ever eaten. I looked forward to it every year. While I was very excited for Santa to come, I was even more excited knowing that my Dad was going to make his Christmas fudge. I hope you enjoy my Dad’s Christmas fudge recipe.
Sharing my Dad’s fudge recipe with you means a lot to me this year because my Dad passed away in October of this year, a week after his seventy-second birthday. So my family and I are in for all of the dreaded firsts without him. The first of all of the holidays without him. His birthday rolling around next year with us remembering that he passed away so soon after his last one. So in honor of the best father a girl could ever have, I am sharing his recipe with you.
Dad’s Christmas Fudge
1/3 cup cocoa
3/4 cup milk, scalded
2 cups of sugar
1 tsp light corn syrup
2 tbsp butter or margarine
1 tsp vanilla
Grease bottom and sides of the 8-inch square pan. In a 3-quart saucepan, add cocoa to scalded milk. Add sugar and corn syrup; cook slowly, stirring until sugar dissolves. Cook gently to soft-ball stage (234 degrees), stirring frequently.
Remove from heat; add butter and cool at room temperature to lukewarm (110 degrees) without stirring.
Add vanilla; beat vigorously until fudge becomes very thick and loses its gloss. Quickly spread in greased pan.
When firm, cut into squares. One cup of broken nuts may be added. The fudge may be kneaded when hard, formed into balls and sliced. For festive looking fudge melt white chocolate or white morsels and pour over fudge after it has been sliced into pieces.
Makes 2 dozen pieces
I hope my Dad’s recipe becomes a family tradition at your house as it has mine.