Monday, November 7, 2011

Grandparent Recipes - Grandma's Old-Fashioned Fudge

Today, we welcome author Linda Cox with one of her grandmother's recipes. You'll find Linda's precious story, Grandpa's Quilt of Many Colors, in Life Lessons from Grandparents releasing this month. 

Linda with her Mother and Grandmother
One of my family’s favorite Christmas goodies was my grandmother’s old-fashioned fudge. When she passed away, my mom continued the tradition of making this fudge. I can remember watching them make the fudge and how disappointed they would be when it didn’t turn out just right. I’d sneak peeks out the kitchen door to where the platter  of cooling fudge sat on top of the freezer on the unheated porch, willing the fudge to set as quickly as possible so we could cut it. It’s the best fudge I’ve ever tasted. It literally melts in your mouth with each bite. But be forewarned—one piece can practically put you in a sugar coma. Well worth it, though, I might add.

Grandma’s Old-Fashioned Fudge

2 cups sugar
2/3 cup milk
1 tbsp dark syrup
1 heaping tbsp cocoa
butter the size of a walnut

vanilla to taste
chopped pecans

Mix the first five ingredients together in a sauce pan and cook slowly, stirring once in a while.  Boil until a small amount dropped into cold water makes a soft ball.  Remove from heat.

Add vanilla and beat until it begins to granulate (not too long).  Fold in pecans.  Pour at once into buttered platter.  Cool.


Linda Cox recently retired after twenty-five years as a district office secretary for the State of Illinois. Her first loves are studying the Bible and reading, but Linda occasionally tries her hand at writing. Her work is published in All My Bad Habits I Learned from Grandpa (Thomas Nelson), The One-Year Life Verse Devotional (Tyndale), Love Is a Verb Devotional (Bethany House), and Life Lessons from Grandparents: A Trip Down Memory Lane (Write Integrity Press—to be released in November 2011). She is also a regular contributor to Linda and her husband live on a farm with their two indoor/outdoor farm mutts.


Kathy Harris said...

Umm mmm. That fudge sounds delicious. And just in time for the holidays :)

Tracy Ruckman said...

I know!! I'm going to post my Nanny's divinity recipe later this week, too. That always signals the holiday for us!