Delicious Vanilla Fudge

cherry vanilla fudge

Vanilla fudge is a delicious alternative to the usual chocolate, and this recipe which includes cherries is extra-special! After a batch of cherry vanilla fudge, why not mix it up a bit by substituting some cranberries or chopped walnuts instead of the cherries? Enjoy!

Cherry Vanilla Fudge Ingredients

3 cups sugar
1 cup light cream
1 cup candied cherries*, roughly chopped
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup light corn syrup
2 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cherry Vanilla Fudge Directions

Once you start making fudge, everything happens very quickly and it's important that you keep to the recipe and temperatures so that the fudge will work out perfectly.
Because of that, we suggest greasing your fudge tin first because you might not have time during the cooking process.
So, grease an 8 inch (or 20 centimetre) square tin and set aside.
Into a large, heavy-based saucepan, combine the sugar, cream, milk, corn syrup, butter and salt.
Sit saucepan over a medium heat and stir continually until the mixtures comes to the boil.
Reduce heat slightly but continue cooking and stirring until your candy thermometer indicates mixture has reached 238 degrees F (or 114.5 degrees Celsius), which is 'soft ball stage'.
Remove the saucepan from the stove but leave the thermometer in so you can see when the mixture has cooled to 100 degrees F (or 37.5 degrees Celsius).
Add the vanilla essence.
Beat quickly until the mixture thickens and starts to resemble fudge (and the mixture looks slightly less glossy).
Stir in the chopped candied cherry pieces.
Pour into pre-greased square tin.
Allow to cool at room temperature (approximately 1.5 hours).
Cut into squares.
Can be refrigerated (especially in warmer weather).

Makes: 1.5 lbs (or 650 grams)

* You could substitute candied cranberries, roughly chopped nuts, or chopped dried apricots instead of the candied cherries, if you'd prefer.