This easy to make brown sugar fudge has just a few simple ingredients. It makes the perfect no bake treat for the holidays!
I’ve never really been a fudge person.
It’s really just a little too sweet for me. Kind of like icing – I just don’t really like it all that much. I’ll have a little taste….but that’s enough.
Most people seem to love the stuff though. So this year I decided to add brown sugar fudge to my list of Christmas treats to make.
This recipe for brown sugar fudge is the one my mom has made for years. She likes fudge. So does the rest of my family. My kids just had it for (I think) the first time ever (I know, so deprived). Evidently they like it too.
I’m the only crazy person, apparently.
But, even though I don’t eat it, or make it all that often, this recipe has been thoroughly tested and approved by people that do!
And my kids are definitely happy that I’ve added brown sugar fudge to the line-up of available Christmas treats this year. Because according to them, this creamy sweet, brown sugar fudge is pretty much the best thing ever.
How to make perfect Brown Sugar Fudge:
- This fudge is made with just five ingredients. You boil the cream, brown sugar, and salt until it reaches the soft ball stage (234-240 degrees F), and then stir in the butter and vanilla and beat the mixture until it thickens. The whole process takes about 15-20 minutes total.
- You don’t need to stir the fudge constantly while it’s boiling, but keep an eye on it and give it a stir every minute or so once it comes to a soft boil.
- The easiest way to know when the fudge is ready is to use a candy thermometer. I absolutely love this one, that’s built right into a silicone spatula, so it’s very easy to use. The regular kind that clip onto the side of the pot don’t work for me as my pots have a lip on the rim so the thermometer won’t clip on and sit straight down the side of the pot. If you have the same problem, this spatula candy thermometer is the way to go!
- When beating the brown sugar fudge with an electric mixer, it will continue to thicken the longer you beat it. I wanted the fudge to be on the softer side, so I beat the mixture for about 4 minutes on low speed, just until it started to thicken up. If you want your fudge to be harder, beat it a little longer before spreading it in the pan.
- Here are some more great treats for the holidays for you: Cinnamon Sugar Almonds, Easy Caramel Corn, and Salted Caramel Sauce.
- 1 cup heavy cream (35% whipping cream)
- 2 cups light brown sugar, lightly packed
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Butter an 8x8 inch baking dish and set aside.
- In a large saucepan, over medium heat, combine the cream, brown sugar, and salt.
- Bring to a boil, stirring often, and continue boiling until the candy comes to the soft ball stage.
- If you’re using a candy thermometer, this is between 234-240 degrees F (112.2-115.6 degrees C). If you don’t have a candy thermometer, you can drop a teaspoon of the candy into very cold water - it will form a soft ball which flattens on removal from the water when it has reached this stage.
- The fudge will need to boil for 10-15 minutes to reach the soft ball stage.
- Once the mixture has reached the right temperature, remove the pan from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. It will bubble up a bit so be careful.
- With an electric mixer, on low speed, beat the fudge for 4-6 minutes, or until it has thickened and is smooth and creamy. The longer you beat it, the thicker it will be, so don’t beat for too long if you want soft fudge, beat just until it has thickened (about 4 minutes).
- Pour the fudge into the prepared baking dish and smooth the top. Let it cool completely and then cut it into squares.
- Store the fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for one to two weeks, or freeze it for up to 3 months.
Source: Adapted from the Women of Unifarm Cook Book.
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Serving Size:1 piece
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 67 Total Fat: 3g Saturated Fat: 2g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 9mg Sodium: 19mg Carbohydrates: 10g Fiber: 0g Sugar: 10g Protein: 0g