Homemade Fudge Mini-Series Blog 1 - Weather and Fudge Making (2024)

Homemade Fudge Mini-Series Blog 1 - Weather and Fudge Making (1)

Myth or Fact? The weather impacts the outcome of yourHomemade Fudge.

As strange as it sounds, it is a fact that weather affects fudge making. This is because when the weather is damper with an increased humidity level your Homemade Fudge Recipe will take longer to boil. When making Fudge on a damp, humid day it will need to boil to a higher temperature in the pan and when it's left to cool and set it will be a little softer.

That doesn’t mean you can’t make Fudge on a damp, humid day! You can make Fudge all year round. You just have to add a few simple steps to your Homemade Fudge Recipe to keep your Fudge tasting and looking as great as it normally does.

How do you make Fudge on a damp, humid day?

All you have to do is add in a few steps to your Homemade Fudge Recipe which should consist of:

1. Lining a square tin with baking paper

2. Combine all your Fudge ingredients - Fudge mainly consists of sugar - in a heavy-bottomed pan. This part’s really important, especially when making Fudge on a humid day as you will need to boil your Fudge higher than to your normal temperature.

3. Heat gently until your Fudge ingredients have melted and then you’ll want to turn up the heat!

4. Normally, you’d stir continuously and heat your pan until it reaches the temperature suggested in your Homemade Fudge Recipe. However, on a humid day you will need to ensure you boil your Fudge to 0.5 degrees higher than the normal temperature.

5. You should expect the previous step to last a little longer and before you take it off the heat to cool, use a slightly lower heat on the pan base as this will reduce the possibility of the Fudge boiling over. However, once your fudge is at the correct consistency, remove the pan from the heat and leave to cool slightly.

6. Then you’ll want to beat the fudge with a wooden spoon until set.

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Homemade Fudge Mini-Series Blog 1 - Weather and Fudge Making (2)

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Homemade Fudge Mini-Series Blog 1 - Weather and Fudge Making (2024)


Does the weather affect fudge making? ›

Just as altitude can create complications when baking, high humidity in the kitchen can lead to significant setbacks when making fudge. Humidity can cause fudge to boil over in the pan or stay soft when set, so try to avoid working on humid days if at all possible.

What is the secret to good fudge? ›

Tips for Making Fudge
  • Monitor the Temperature with a Candy Thermometer. If you end up with soft fudge that turns into a puddle in your hands or hard fudge that is a bit reminiscent of a crunchy candy, improper temperature is likely to blame. ...
  • Avoid Stirring Once the Mixture Comes to a Simmer. ...
  • Beat Thoroughly.
Mar 8, 2023

How do you make fudge creamy and not grainy? ›

Grainy Fudge

To avoid this issue, swirl the pan instead of stirring it with a spoon. You can use a wet pastry brush to wipe down any sugar that sticks to the sides of the pot.

What is the best humidity for fudge making? ›

For best results, restrict candy making to days when the relative humidity is below 35 percent.

What not to do when making fudge? ›

7 Common Mistakes to Avoid for Candy Shop-Worthy Fudge and Caramels
  1. Using the Wrong Pan. All candy and confections start by melting sugar. ...
  2. Stirring the Sugar. ...
  3. Not Using a Candy Thermometer. ...
  4. Leaving Out the Parchment Paper Lining. ...
  5. Skipping the Cooking Spray. ...
  6. Scraping the Pot. ...
  7. Using a Cold Knife to Slice.
Dec 16, 2015

Can you make fudge when it's raining outside? ›

Perhaps you heard your grandmother complain that “you can never make fudge when it's raining.” No mythical urban legend here. High humidity alters the cooking properties of sugar. Fudge can take three times as long to set up, if at all. Sugary meringue absorbs humidity.

Is evaporated milk or condensed milk better for fudge? ›

Evaporated milk doesn't have sugar added. The sweetened condended milk is needed as no extra sugar is added to the fudge. If evaporated milk were used then the fudge would not be sweet enough and also would still be too soft unless the fudge is frozen.

Do you stir fudge while it is boiling? ›

In both cases, sugar and cream must be brought to a boil by gently stirring, then—and this is very important—refrain from stirring again throughout the rest of the cooking process.

Why shouldn't you stir fudge after it reaches the correct temperature? ›

After cooking, the mixture must cool before being stirred in order to make it crystallize. This cooling period is essential: this is what determines the size of sugar crystals which, remember, should be as tiny as possible. Ideally, the syrup should cool to a temperature of around 43 to 50 °C (110 to 122 °F).

What happens if you don't stir fudge? ›

By letting the fudge cool without stirring, you avoid creating seed crystals. Stirring would help sucrose molecules "find" one another and start forming crystals. Stirring also introduces air, dust, and small dried bits from the walls of the saucepan—all potential seeds for crystal formation.

Why is my old fashioned fudge not hardening? ›

Fudge usually behaves this way when it's not cooked to a high enough temperature (due to oversight or a faulty candy thermometer).

Why did my fudge turn out like taffy? ›

If the fudge is very soft and slightly chewy then it is possible that it did not quite cook to soft ball stage and next time the mixture should be cooked to a slightly higher temperature (soft ball is 112-116c/235-240F and a sugar or candy thermometer can help).

What makes high quality fudge? ›

The trick to good homemade fudge is to cook the ingredients to the right temperature to form a sugar syrup, and cool the mixture properly so the texture of the fudge turns out smooth and firm, but soft enough to cut.

Does weather affect making fudge? ›

The weather impacts the outcome of your Homemade Fudge. As strange as it sounds, it is a fact that weather affects fudge making. This is because when the weather is damper with an increased humidity level your Homemade Fudge Recipe will take longer to boil.

What to do with failed fudge? ›

My advice to you is to just pour it in a jar, call it something else delicious, and pretend you meant for it to be that way. The nice thing about my “failed” fudge is that it tastes absolutely delicious! A spoonful of the delectable treat will make you want for more.

What is the best temperature to cook fudge? ›

Confectionery experiments have shown that the ideal cooking temperature for fudge is around 114 to 115 °C (237 to 239 °F). The cooking is intended to evaporate a part of the liquid and concentrate the sugar. The temperature of the cream/sugar mixture (called syrup) rises as water evaporates.

Why didn't my homemade fudge set? ›

The main reason is that your Fudge has not reached the optimum temperature. If your mixture only reaches 110 or 112 degrees Celsius it will always be soft. That's why we recommend investing in a sugar thermometer. Another reason your Fudge is not setting is that the ratio of liquid to sugar is too high.

What can go wrong when making fudge? ›

As water gradually evaporates, sugar is concentrated and the temperature of the mixture rises above 100°C (212°F). If there is too much evaporation, when the cooking time is too long, there will not be enough water left in the fudge and it will be too hard.

Does rainy weather affect candy making? ›

Oddly enough, it can. Cooking candy syrup to the desired temperature means achieving a certain ratio of sugar to moisture in the candy.

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