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Fixing Fudge That Didn't Set

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By 3 found this helpful
November 24, 2015

I made fudge, but it will not set. What can I do to save it?

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November 25, 20152 found this helpful
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You might try these, Nordle: http://www.thri  115322.tip.html, but I can tell you from years of experience making fudge for gifts, "find a better recipe."

Eagle Brand has an excellent one which never fails and doesn't need a candy thermometer (if you can't find it, message me and I'll send it to you. In the meantime, you have an excellent ice-cream topping which might also be fun as a fruit dip.

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December 16, 2010

My daughter has made some fudge that isn't setting. What can she add to thicken it? I thought of cornstarch, but we don't know how much or if it will change the flavor. I hope someone can help us out.

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By Linda from Bloomington, IL

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December 18, 20102 found this helpful
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I think the only thing that might work is adding powdered sugar a bit at a time until it gets to the point that it will hold its shape. I did that once when I was making pecan logs and the center part just would not hold its shape. I added powdered sugar until it did and didn't waste a drop. It takes some work to mix it all in though.

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January 15, 20151 found this helpful

For the first time I made Jack Daniels fudge yesterday. It has been in the fridge for 24 hours and not set.
When the mixture was in the pan it got to the boiling point and was hot enough, so I put marshmallows in.

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Can you give any advice on what I can do with this mixture? It had hardened on top, but is gooey underneath.

By Lucy

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January 16, 20150 found this helpful
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At Christmas I make Bourbon Balls and I'll tell you,the alcohol in it is the problem. It will practically melt the Chocolate when you're dipping them. I'm sure the problem has been solved by now but next time, whip up a dark chocolate cake mix and frost it with the fudge - similar to a Milky Way Cake.

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December 23, 20140 found this helpful

My fudge is soft, what can I do?

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December 30, 20140 found this helpful
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My fudge didn't set either I figured because I used chocolate/ peanut butter chips. & marshmallow cream. Something I have never used before. I wasn't about to give up. I went and bought chocolate bark for use of candy. Put 4 chip of them in a bowl and re-heated and put in icebox.

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December 24, 20110 found this helpful

My fudge won't set. It's soft and has set overnight. What can I do?

By ktjonas from Tucson, AZ

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December 29, 20110 found this helpful
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You can also add powdered sugar. Heat the fudge until it is very soft and almost liquid and add enough powdered sugar to stiffen it up.

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December 30, 20111 found this helpful
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You need to cook your fudge longer so the sugar will 'set.'

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December 19, 20130 found this helpful

I made candy cane fudge, and it isn't setting! I substituted condensed milk for sweetened condensed milk, but I used an online recipe and added sugar for the condensed milk. Should I reheat it? Or add powdered sugar to it?

By Lily M

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December 20, 20130 found this helpful
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I am assuming that the milk substitution was not part of the recipe you followed. It sounds like you substituted evaporated milk for the condensed milk. If that is correct, you won't be able to get the fudge to set up no matter what you do. Evaporated milk and sweetened condensed milk are in no way the same product.

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December 3, 20140 found this helpful

Can I throw soft fudge into the oven to get it all to set?

By Krissie

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December 5, 20140 found this helpful
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I would think that storing it in the refrigerator in a covered vessel would work better at getting it to set up.

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December 29, 2015

My son helped me make a batch of fudge. I told him to put the chocolate chips and stick of butter in a large mixing bowl and melt it in the microwave. I then put ten marshmallows and two cups of sugar in a heavy skillet and asked him to open a can of evaporated milk. Since I only had tall cans I told him to only put half of can in there.

I put the sugar in the skillet and turned to get the milk, he had poured it in with the chips and butter. I tolded him we had to have the milk to melt the sugar and marshmallows. It doesn't take very long to cook the sugar once it starts bubbling. It's the first time I've cooked fudge on an electric stove. We let it cook about 15 minutes. Usually it cooks in 4 minutes. I told him to go ahead and pour it over the chips and butter. It so happened, I only needed 6ozs of milk, but he poured the whole 12 ozs in the bowl of chips and butter So it runs like syrup. How do I get it to set up?

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December 30, 20150 found this helpful

A recipe is a chemistry formula; changing the formula in any way will produce a different result. Some recipe errors can be corrected to produce a similar result to the original; most cannot. Try your runny fudge over ice cream?

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February 5, 2017

I am making old fashioned fudge. A penuche recipe. I let the syrup cool to 110 degrees and stir. But as the fudge cools down it does not lose its shine and remains more like a caramel like substance. I can't tell if I am over or undercooking it? Is it possible to get caramel like candy at 234 degrees or so?
Any pointers? I do the soft ball stage and all seems to be fine, but I get glossy caramel instead. I'm pretty sure I am over cooking, but not sure? Please help.

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February 6, 20171 found this helpful

Make sure your fudge was heated up enough in the first place. Here is a good article to help you: https://www.lea  hat-is-too-soft/

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February 6, 20171 found this helpful

ONe easy thing to do seems to be, to harden too-soft fudge, you need to reheat and re-beat the fudge to get it to the right consistency.

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April 12, 20170 found this helpful

Thanks for the tip, this worked like a charm

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December 17, 20140 found this helpful

When making a white fudge I put in too much evaporated milk (didn't read carefully) and now it is too loose. Can I do anything to save it? I thought about layering it with brownie mix and baking.

By Cathy

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August 31, 20170 found this helpful

Warm your frosting in the microwave, then stir in powdered sugar and a little melted butter. When cool, this should be thicker.

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November 24, 20120 found this helpful

I used canned milk and my fudge did not set. It's gooey. How do I get it to harden?

By Sue S

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October 5, 20100 found this helpful

I realized too late that I added too much evaporated milk to my fudge (after it didn't set and I reread the recipe and saw 5 oz. not 15 oz.).

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