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Rocky Road Fudge

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Yields twenty-five 1-1/2-inch pieces.

  • To learn more, read:
    How to Make Chocolate Fudge
  • by from Fine Cooking
    Issue 102

What could possibly be better than creamy chocolate fudge? The answer: creamy chocolate fudge with marshmallos and almonds.

  • 3 Tbs. cold unsalted butter; more at room temperature for buttering the thermometer and pan
  • 3-3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 cups mini marshmallows
  • 1-1/3 cups toasted slivered almonds
  • 1-1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 4 oz. unsweetened chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 3 Tbs. light corn syrup
  • 1 tsp. table salt

Lightly butter the face of a candy thermometer and set aside.

Put the sugar, cream, chocolate, corn syrup, instant coffee, and salt in a large (4-quart) heavy-duty saucepan and stir with a spoon or heatproof spatula until the ingredients are moistened and combined. Stirring gently and constantly, bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, 7 to 12 minutes. Cover the saucepan and let the steam clean the sides of the pan for 2 minutes.

Clip the candy thermometer to the pot, being careful not to let the tip of the thermometer touch the bottom of the pot, or you might get a false reading. Let the mixture boil without stirring until it reaches 236°F to 238°F, 2 to 5 minutes. Take the pan off the heat and add the butter, but do not stir it into the mixture. Set the pan on a rack in a cool part of the kitchen. Don’t disturb the pan in any way until the mixture has cooled to 110°F, 1 to 1-1/2 hours.

Meanwhile, line the bottom and sides of an 8x8-inch baking pan with foil, leaving a 2-inch overhang on two opposite sides of the pan. Butter the foil. Set the pan aside.

Remove the thermometer from the fudge mixture. Using a hand mixer, beat the mixture on high speed until it is a few shades lighter in color and thickens enough that the beaters form trails that briefly expose the bottom of the pan as they pass through, 10 to 20 minutes. After beating the fudge, stir 2 cups mini marshmallows and 1-1/3 cups toasted slivered almonds. Pour the thickened fudge into the prepared pan, using a rubber spatula to help nudge it out of the pot. You can scrape the bottom of the pot but not the sides; any crystals that stick to the pot stay in the pot. Smooth the top of the fudge with the spatula. Set the pan on a rack and let the fudge cool completely, about 2 hours. The fudge will be slightly soft the day it’s made but will firm up overnight.

Turn the fudge out onto a clean cutting board and peel off the foil. Turn the slab of fudge right side up and cut it into 25 equal pieces.

The fudge will keep for a week to 10 days stored in an airtight container at room temperature.

nutrition information (per serving):
Size : per piece; Calories (kcal): 240; Fat (g): fat g 12; Fat Calories (kcal): 110; Saturated Fat (g): sat fat g 6; Protein (g): protein g 2; Monounsaturated Fat (g): 4.5; Carbohydrates (g): carbs g 34; Polyunsaturated Fat (g): 1; Sodium (mg): sodium mg 105; Cholesterol (mg): cholesterol mg 25; Fiber (g): fiber g 1;

Photo: Scott Phillips

Web extra: CooksClub members can watch a video of Nicki Sizemore demonstrating the art of making smooth chocolate fudge from scratch.

Best tasting smoothest fudge ever! Be sure to follow the directions like a scientist ;o) It took me 2 tries to get it right since they didn't have heavy cream at the local store, so I used half and half as well as chocolate that had been in the fridge and had bloomed as a result. This lead to unsalvageable fudge. When I followed directions explicitly, the result was perfection. Everyone loved the rocky road. I also made plain and added peanut butter before beating which was also amazing.

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