FUDGE **Frequently Asked Questions**
Are you wanting to make your first slow cooker fudge but have some questions?
Made one already but something went wrong?
Sick of seeing everyone else’s fudge turn out so good but not sure what to do to make sure yours is a success too?
Already a fudge expert and think you can share some advice with others to ensure they have the same success?
Then please help us to help each other!!
I will list here FAQ and answers but I can’t possibly think of them all.
So please use the comment box at the bottom of this page and add your questions or tips and I will have them all added to this page for you and everyone so we can share our fudge success around 🙂
Preparation Time: 5 mins
Cooking Time: 90 – 120 mins
- 500g of chocolate
1 tbs butter
1 tbs vanilla essence
1 x 395gm can condensed milk
Place all ingredients into slow cooker
On Low – lid off
Stir every 15mins or so for 2hrs (some slow cookers need only 90mins) – use a metal spoon to stir
Pour into lined tin to refrigerate till set
When set firm cut into squares and store in fridge
Now let’s get into the questions ….
Q: What type of chocolate can I use?
A: Any type. Change the flavour of the chocolate to change the taste of the fudge. Eg milk chocolate, white chocolate, hazelnut chocolate, cookies and cream chocolate etc etc. The options are unlimited? Members are using cooking chocolate also but some say the taste/consistency changes so personal choice which you use. Cooking chocolate does tend to melt at higher temperatures so regular chocolate is ideal for the lower temp of the slow cooker. If using white chocolate increase the amount you use up to 700g. Using chocolate that has a liquid type filling, eg caramello etc, you will need to increase the chocolate amount also to account for this 🙂
Q: Can I add different chocolate/lollies into my fudge
A: Yes. You can decorate/top your fudge with anything you like. Make the base fudge then stir through whatever you may like to add then pour into the lined tin to set. Eg you could add chopped up nuts, lollies, biscuits, mars bars, candies or lollies … whatever you like. Or pour your fudge into your try to set then decorate the surface with these types of toppings. Again the options are endless
Q: Is the butter really needed. What does it do?
One of our member’s Nicole sent us this great link which explains this topic > https://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20100213113459AA2JwdM
Q: How do I actually cook it? Do I need to stir it?
A: Break up the chocolate and place it in your slow cooker. Pour over the condensed milk and add the butter and vanilla. LEAVE THE LID OFF your slow cooker and turn it on low and walk away. Every 10-15mins just pass by it and give it a stir. It’s that easy. As you near the end of cooking time you may need to keep a closer eye on it but really it’s just the odd stir along the way and there is nothing else to do.
Q: Can I use any spoon to stir?
A: It’s ideal to use a metal spoon when stirring your fudge. A wooden spoon can absorb some of the liquid from your fudge so it’s best not to choose a wooden spoon. Not to mention the fact a metal spoon is a little nicer to lick clean 😉
Q: My fudge is seized – how can I fix it?
A: If your fudge has seized, as in gone all hard and weird like instead of glossy melted chocolate, there are a few options our members use to fix this. It can occur from water getting into the fudge – remember no lid for fudge to stop condensation drips. Also the use of a wooden spoon can do the same – remember use a metal, plastic or silicone spoon for fudge rather than wooden. Firstly stir the living daylights out of it to bring it back to glossy. Others will add a little splash of milk or condensed milk or even a bit more chocolate to melt into it then stir like the clappers to bring it all back together 🙂 All is not lost. This is fixable – stir stir stir 🙂
Q: How do I know when it’s done?
A: Everyone’s slow cooker can take a different amount of time to cook. Simply being melted is not enough. When you are stirring you will see a slight crust type form on the surface as you stir and it kind of comes away from the edges a little. This is the best sign that its done. Some larger (hotter) machines may achieve this in half an hour. My 1.5L small cooker that I use for fudge takes more like 90mins to achieve this. You will get to know yours 🙂
Q: What do I do with it once it’s cooked?
A: Stir through any extras you may want to add then pour your fudge into a slice tray/tin that is lined with baking paper. You can use silicone moulds instead if you choose. Smooth surface down to flat and decorate with any additions if you are adding any. Eg I add peanut butter M&M’s on top when I make choc peanut butter fudge 🙂 If nothing is being added then simply place your tray in the fridge until set – usually around 4hrs is plenty of time but I personally just leave mine overnight then cut the next morning. When ready to cut I use the baking paper to lift fudge from the tray. Remove paper and work quickly to cut. Dipping your knife into hot water first can help cut clean.
Q: I don’t have baking paper what else can I use?
A: You can set your fudge in silicone or paper cupcakes cases. Some members have also successfully lined their trays with cling wrap if they don’t have baking paper. Novelty chocolate moulds work fine too eg Christmas shapes etc
Q: Storing your fudge/How long with it keep?
A: Store your fudge in a sealed container in fridge (make it one that isn’t see through if you want to have any chance of making it last longer and save it from being gobbled up by the fudge fanatics in your home *wink*). The fudge will keep up to 3-4wks in a fridge. It can also be frozen for up to 3 months.
Q: My fudge didn’t set? What did I do wrong??
A: Please review the above tips. One of them is most likely the reason your fudge did not set. Double check the amount of chocolate you used. Some recipes say 2 blocks, some say 440g instead but we find that increasing the chocolate to 500g is the sure way to ensure there is enough to set firm. You also return your fudge to the slow cooker, reaheat to remelt and add more chocolate.
Q: Any suggestions for what types of fudge I can create?
A: Yes. We have an entire fudge category for you with over 130 versions to choose from. When you visit the category you will see 12 at a time. Then choose the ‘Older Posts >>‘ link below these 12 and it will take you to the next page of 12, then the next page etc etc. Keep scrolling until you’ve seen them all! Or simply type what you want into the website’s search bar (top right of any page) and try to find what you are looking for directly 🙂
What other questions or tips do you have? Please comment below and I will gladly add them to this list for you 🙂