It's time to head to the kitchen to start making Christmas memories! We have a Bennett Family Favorite to share with you:
3 cups sugar
2/3 cup cocoa
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Line an 8- or 9-inch square pan with foil. Coat the foil with butter.
In a large, heavy saucepan, stir together the sugar, cocoa, and salt. Once those ingredients are blended, stir in the milk using a wooden spoon.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture comes to a full, rolling boil. Boil, without stirring, until the mixture reaches 234°F on a candy thermometer (or until syrup forms a soft ball, which flattens when removed from water, and dropped in very cold water). Make sure you do not rest the bulb of the candy thermometer on the bottom of the pan. This stage can take 20 - 30 minutes.
Remove from heat and add butter and vanilla. Allow to cool down to 110°F. Do not stir as the mixture cools. This stage can take 2 to 2-1/2 hours.
Beat with a wooden spoon until the fudge thickens and loses some of its gloss. My husband uses my mixer for this step and it works every time!
Quickly spread the fudge into the foil-lined and buttered pan and allow to cool completely. We spread this onto a buttered marble slab–fudge perfection!
Cut into squares if you’re willing to share.
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