The texture of fudge as it melts in the mouth has thrilled many fudge lovers over a long time. Fudge is made out of a mixture of butter, milk, and sugar. The smooth melt-in-the-mouth texture is attained when all the ingredients are mixed carefully, heated, and cooled while whipping it.
Fudge comes in many flavors which are added while it is being prepared. Some common flavors of fudge are chocolate, vanilla, caramel, and peanut butter. You will find a great variety of recipes for the different flavors of fudge. An avid domestic fudge maker can explore the world of flavors by making it with the recipe of a different location each time.
Keeping fudge fresh
The delicacy of fudge should not be wasted by allowing it to expire. Keep fudge fresh in a container that is tightly sealed to keep air out. It should stay fresh for about seven to ten days. Refrigeration keeps fudge fresh for about ten to fourteen days.
As with storing it at room temperature, refrigerated fudge should be kept in an airtight container, plastic wrap, or tin foil. It is best to prepare fudge to be consumed within two weeks. Both high and low-temperature changes affect the quality of fudge greatly. Too much heat makes it crack and lose taste, while very low temperature makes it mushy and wet.
Though not recommended, freezing fudge is a way to store it for longer. The fudge must be protected by wrapping it in plastic wrap or an airtight container. It is best not to keep fudge frozen for more than three months, as it will lose its taste and probably be spoilt. Frequently removing it from the airtight container and thawing it reduces its quality and makes it spoil sooner.
To consume fudge that has been frozen, defrost it at room temperature in the same container it was stored in. Frozen fudge should therefore be prepared up to four hours in advance to provide sufficient time to properly defrost it. If it has been stored for long, inspect the fudge for any signs of expiry after defrosting.
Fudge flavors by locality
The ingredients used to make fudge determine the amount of time it can stay fresh. While the basic ingredients remain the same in most places, the flavors are as varied as the many countries fudge is made in. Generally, fudge made with more butter and oil will last longer. Select spices and flavors that do not change much when stored, to ensure fudge keeps fresh for longer.
Fudge is said to have originated from North America, particularly the USA, where a chocolate maker mixed caramel and chocolate to make fudge. There are British, European, South African, and Indian types of fudge too. France is another country associated with the origin of fudge as that is where caramel originated from. Regardless of the origin, many enjoy its sweet taste and refreshing texture.
Chocolate fudge is by far the most popular flavor of fudge. As the name suggests, it is made with chocolate mixed with sugar, milk and butter. It has delighted many taste buds during wedding receptions, family reunions and other special occasions. The many chocolate fudge recipes available, attest to the variety of ways to prepare it.
The store made and homemade fudge
The store made fudge is likely to have a longer shelf life because candy makers take into consideration that it will not be consumed immediately. On the other hand, homemade fudge is usually made as a treat for special occasions and maybe consumed in a shorter time. If you are planning to serve fudge and need it to keep for long, it is better to select store-made fudge. The expiry date on store-made fudge can guide you as to how long it can be kept at room temperature or refrigerated. A good tip is to cut leftover fudge into bite-size pieces and store them in batches. Each batch can then be separately served without compromising the quality of the rest by exposing them to moisture.
Label homemade fudge with a date tag to help determine how long it has stayed. If it is refrigerated, use a waterproof label to ensure it is not spoilt by the moist conditions inside the fridge.
Fudge doesn’t actually expire after the recommended storage time. It may go bad by having lost its taste, flavor or dried up. Such changes make it unpleasant to the palate and offensive to sight. If for some reason it remains for longer it will expire noticeably and become gooey, dry or smelly.
Depending on the ingredients used to prepare fudge, it may also develop mildew on its surface. As a precaution avoid consuming fudge that has been stored for more than two weeks at room temperature or three weeks under refrigeration.
It is better to estimate well the amount of homemade fudge to avoid wasting. Prepare to serve only and avoid storing leftover fudge. If you prepare it as a special treat, guests will enjoy it even if it is in bite-size amounts. Invest in keeping the ingredients ready and learning quick ways of making fudge instead of storing it.
You may use ingredients that have already been treated to last longer. For example, condensed milk, dried raisins, and ground cloves last longer and can be quickly prepared to a sweet-tasting fudge.
The Bottom Line
From the high and mighty government officials to the lowly students, fudge has delighted many for a long time. Some have made a whole way of life from making fudge at the factory level. More ways to industrially preserve it means it is available for longer.
That has not stopped domestic fudge makers from churning out more recipes and homemade fudge bars. Regardless of how it is made, the fudge will continue to be a candy of choice for a long time. You can add to the enjoyment by using proper ways to store it. Bon appetite!