Hershey’s Rich Cocoa Fudge

Who doesn’t love fudge?!?  This recipe is super yummy!!  Later this week I’ll share a step by step recipe (pictures included) for old fashioned peanut butter fudge-my absolute favorite fudge recipe.

A few tips for making fudge:

a candy thermometer comes in very handy
stir, stir, stir!  don’t leave sugar mixture unattended….you must stir constantly until mixture boils
remove from heat then add your flavoring and nuts
butter your pans before you start…this will make it so much easier, I promise!
What You will need:
3 cups sugar
2/3 cup HERSHEY’S Cocoa or HERSHEY’S SPECIAL DARK Cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Mix sugar, cocoa and salt in heavy 4-quart saucepan; stir in milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to full rolling boil. Boil, without stirring, until mixture reaches 234°F on candy thermometer or until small amount of mixture dropped into very cold water, forms a soft ball which flattens when removed from water. (Bulb of candy thermometer should not rest on bottom of saucepan.)
Remove from heat. Add butter and vanilla. DO NOT STIR. Cool at room temperature to 110°F (lukewarm). Beat with wooden spoon until fudge thickens and just begins to lose some of its gloss. Quickly spread into prepared pan; cool completely. Cut into squares. Store in tightly covered container at room temperature. About 36 pieces or 1-3/4 pounds.

VARIATIONS: NUTTY RICH COCOA FUDGE: Beat cooked fudge as directed. Immediately stir in 1 cup chopped almonds, pecans or walnuts and spread quickly into prepared pan.

 via http://www.hersheys.com

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