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Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/13/2011 10:23 PM EST
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And - wow - the Maple Nut Fudge is all finished setting iin the 'fridge to harden. 
Gee, I hope it does harden!!
I tasted it while soft and it's delicious - really nice.  The maple flavor is very mild.
My fudge is 'grainy' .... is that OK?   It doesn't bother me but I wonder if that's right.

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/13/2011 10:25 PM EST
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I can't get over the new recipes I get and the BRAVERY - lol.
Many, many thanks to this excellent site and the fantastic people who share.
Bless your hearts - bless your cook books too.

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/14/2011 5:15 AM EST
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pumpkin fudge, my salty sweet impatient candy, fantasy fudge and truffles.  The salty sweet impatient candy consists of semi sweet melting chocolate, pretzels and coconut.  Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Spread mini pretzels over the paper, sprinkle them with coconut and pour the melted chocolate on top.  Cool and break up into bite size pieces.  One afternoon I was dipping pretzels in chocolate and coconut.  Got impatient and dumped the chocolate and coconut on the pretzels...ta da...salty sweet impatient candy was born.  Its a favorite of my friends that can't cope with the super sweet fudges.

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/14/2011 6:11 AM EST
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Don't make any candy, just cookies and cranberry nut bread.

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/14/2011 9:01 AM EST
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When my maple nut fudge hardened I found it was very, very sugary.  Doesn't that mean I did something wrong?  I think fudge should be smooth but this is quite grainy.  Please, anyone have some suggestions for the next batch?
Like I said- it's absolutely delicious but I sure don't like the texture.

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/14/2011 12:31 PM EST
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I plan to make fudge from my Grandma's recipe....chocolate and peanut butter.
It will bring bake memories.Smile

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/14/2011 2:10 PM EST
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Just plain old Chocolate fudge.  When it is chocolate, just plain old fudge does the trick!!

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/14/2011 2:32 PM EST
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When my maple nut fudge hardened I found it was very, very sugary .  Doesn't that mean I did something wrong?  I think fudge should be smooth but this is quite grainy.  Please, anyone have some suggestions for the next batch? Like I said- it's absolutely delicious but I sure don't like the texture.
Posted by Nancy G


I don't know the answer to the grainyness but I was hoping for a recipe.  Somewhere, quite some time ago I had a recipe for maple nut fudge but cannot find it now.
Can anyone help us?

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/14/2011 2:59 PM EST
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I made chocolate pecan bark for some friends of mine.  That is probably all the candy that I will make.

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/14/2011 7:33 PM EST
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Pretty sure the graininess is due to the sugar crystallizing.  I think that can be eliminated if you use 2 different types of sugar.  By that I mean the granulated sugar and a bit of corn syrup or possibly even some maple syrup in your Maple Fudge recipe.  The "fake" maple syrup is flavored corn syrup so that should do it.  (This tid bit of information was gleaned from an episode of Good Eats on the Food Network.)
I think the other way you can eliminate the crystals forming if you place a lid on the sugar mixture while it comes to a boil, the condensation will wash the crystals down the side of the pan. 

Nancy, Great job on the Pralines by the way. I think if you have Divinity down to a science the Pralines should be easy.

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/14/2011 8:12 PM EST
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GRANA  here;
I'm not a candy maker;but, I think possibly you didn't cook it long enough enough
?????Undecided
no problem heat it up & pour it over hot pacakes or waffles or ( vanilla) ????; and serve promptly

( since the flavor is so good)Cool

are you making?:
And - wow - the Maple Nut Fudge is all finished setting iin the 'fridge to harden.  Gee, I hope it does harden!! I tasted it while soft and it's delicious - really nice.  The maple flavor is very mild. My fudge is 'grainy' .... is that OK?   It doesn't bother me but I wonder if that's right.
Posted by Nancy G

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/14/2011 10:28 PM EST
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I am just sick about that grain ..... sure ruined the fudge.  It's just as 'hard' and solid as any fudge - perfect consistency.  All the maple flavor is from pure maple syrup.  The only maple flavoring I could find was imitation so I wouldn't buy any.  I could find no maple extract anywhere in this area.
I have dim memories of making fudge  as a kid.  You could not stir it.  Any grains of sugar forming on the inside of the pan above the boiling sugar water were removed with a fork wrapped in damp rag.

I do not stir divinity - ever!!   This recipe instructed that the boiling stuff be stirred occasionaly.

The recipe was printed right here -- of course I can't remember who or where.
MAPLE NUT FUDGE
4 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup butter
3/4 cup genuine maple syrup
1 cup milk
1 1/2 cups miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups chopped nuts (walnuts, pecans or hazelnuts)
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Butter a 9-inch square baking dish.
In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine sugar,
butter, maple syrup, milk, and miniature marshmallows;
cook, stirring occasionally, until 235 degrees (soft ball)
Remove from heat. Let cool to 115 degrees; add nuts
and vanilla extract. With an electric mixer at medium
speed, beat until mixture loses its gloss and starts to
harden around edge of saucepan. Pour INTOdish. Cool
completely. Cut into squares.
Yields 36 squares or 1 1/4 pounds.

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/15/2011 12:44 AM EST
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I'm making fantasy fudge, butternut toffee, divinity, and Verlee's choc.
covered cherries.  I will also make almond bars, holiday snowball
cookies, Nestle's yuletide layer bars, and no bake cookies. I plan on
making some more new things and haven't decided for sure what
new ones I'm going to make.

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/15/2011 1:42 AM EST
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SNOWBALLS - I forgot to make them this year. Thanks for the reminder, Carol! Maybe I'll bake them for New Year's!!

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/15/2011 8:21 AM EST
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I made the peanut butter fudge and the oreo fudge,

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/15/2011 8:35 AM EST
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I tried the pecan praline recipe from this site - turned out great! Hubby loves them!

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/15/2011 9:13 AM EST
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Today I'm making more of the mint cookies - chocolate and vanilla.  I hoped for more divinity but it's too damp.  I will make more of my fudge.  I hope to do the Apple Cake.

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/22/2011 10:06 PM EST
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Frances - I forgot to answer this. sorry.
The maple nut fudge was pretty much a failure for me.  The taste is absolutely wonderful but the
texture is just too sugary.   I still don't know what I did wrong - and it tastes so good I'd like to try.

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/22/2011 10:38 PM EST
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In Response to Re: What Christmas candy are you making?:
Frances - I forgot to answer this. sorry. The maple nut fudge was pretty much a failure for me.  The taste is absolutely wonderful but the texture is just too sugary.   I still don't know what I did wrong - and it tastes so good I'd like to try.
Posted by Nancy G


Thanks for info.
I may try it after my son and daughter-in-law get here.  She uses maple syrup in several things.  Maybe candy?

Re: What Christmas candy are you making?

posted at 12/22/2011 10:42 PM EST
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I tried a new(to me) white fudge using sweetened condensed milk, white chocolate, craisins and pistatios.  Really pretty with the red and green in the white.  Yummy too.
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