Old Fashioned Fudge With Shredded Coconut
Coconut fudge is a rich, old-fashioned sugar fudge bursting with real coconut flavor. This fudge needs to be beaten to achieve the proper texture.
- Serves: 16 persons
- 3 ½cups sugar
- ¾cup cream
- ½cup milk
- ½cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
- ⅛teaspoons salt
- 2teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1teaspoon coconut extract
- ½cup shredded coconut (dried)
Step 1Gather the ingredients.
Step 2Prepare an 8 x 8-inch pan by lining it with aluminum foil and spraying the foil with nonstick cooking spray .
Step 3In a large saucepan over medium heat, combine the sugar, cream, milk, butter, and salt. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the butter melts. Brush down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent sugar crystals from forming.
Step 4Insert a candy thermometer and bring the candy to a boil. Continue to cook the fudge, stirring occasionally, until the thermometer reaches 238 F.
Step 5Once the mixture is at 238 F, remove the pan from the heat and remove the candy thermometer. Set the pan aside to cool for 20 minutes, or until the mixture reaches about 110 F. Do not stir the candy during this time or it will form sugar crystals that will cause the candy to become grainy.
Step 6Once the candy is barely warm, add the vanilla and coconut extracts and begin to stir the fudge vigorously with a wooden spoon. As you continue to stir the fudge, it will begin to thicken and lose its gloss.
Step 7When the fudge has thickened and become opaque, add the coconut and stir about one minute more, or until it is quite thick. This process will take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. Alternatively, you can use an electric mixer with a paddle attachment, but watch carefully as it is very easy to overbeat fudge in an electric mixer.
Step 8Once the fudge has thickened, scrape it into the prepared pan and smooth it into an even layer. Let the fudge set at room temperature for several hours.
Step 9Once the fudge has set, pull it out of the pan using the foil as handles. Cut it into small 1-inch squares to serve. Store remaining fudge in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week.