Jewel Hall Recipe


By Jewel Hall 0124

Recipe Rating:
 45 Ratings
Prep Time:
Cook Time:
Cooking Method:
Stove Top

Jewel's Story

As a teenager I spent many nights with my Cousin Jeanette. The house was small, heated by a little coal or wood burning fireplace in the living room. Of course, the fire was banked for the night (damper turned down so the chimney wouldn't draw). This made it possible, hopefully, that live coals would still be in the fireplace the next morning. The house would heat up much faster. Her parents in bed, we'd come slipping in around 10 P.M. Afraid to move for fear we'd wake them. However, Jeanette's craving for (from scratch) fudge was too strong. The little cook stove was a 3 burner. We got the ingredients together with a heavy pan and quietly got the Fudge cooking.As soon as it was done (and it took FOREVER !!) we'd snatch it up and head to her bed with it. Her parents always awakened and kind of scolded us for being out late but it was worth it....I guess the Fudge warmed us up before we hopped in bed between the cold sheets...This is a GOOD MEMORY RECIPE...Enjoy..Jewel

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Notes from the Test Kitchen:
This fudge recipe is well worth the added effort! Don't let the few extra steps deter you - This is some of the creamiest, most delicious fudge you'll ever taste. Oh boy!


3 c
2/3 c
cocoa powder, unsweetened
1/8 tsp
1 1/2 c
1/4 c
butter, melted
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1 tsp
vanilla extract

Directions Step-By-Step

1. Line an 8 or 9 inch square pan with foil; butter the foil.
2.In a large heavy sauce pan stir in the sugar, cocoa powder and 1/8 tsp of salt. Mix well. Gently stir in milk with a big wooden spoon (make sure to use wooden spoon).
3. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full rolling boil.
4.Boil with out stirring, to 234 degrees F. on Candy thermometer (or until a tad of Syrup, when dropped in a glass of very cold water forms a very soft ball which flattens when removed from water.) The bulb of Candy thermometer should NOT rest on bottom of pan. This process should take 20 - 30 minutes. Keep rechecking until a soft ball forms in the cold water.
5.Remove from heat, add butter and vanilla, DO NOT STIR.
6. Cool at room temperature,to 110 degrees or lukewarm, this could take 2 hours or more. (Sweet ANTICIPATION) Do Not Stir !!
7.Beat fudge with a wooden spoon or until it thickens and looses some of it's gloss. It can take 15 - 20 minutes. This is why Jeanette waited for me to visit before cooking Fudge..a tag partner to beat the fudge. It looks more like frosting instead of a thick syrup when it's ready.
8. Quickly spread onto prepared pan; cool.
9. Cut into squares. Can use a warm knife that has been dipped in hot water and dried off to cut easier.
10. Wrap loosely in foil and place in refrigerator.
Except the "one for you and one for me" pieces we headed to bed with.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Candies, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American

  • Comments

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    Jewel Hall 0124 - Nov 4, 2010
    This sure brings back some good memories....Jewel
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    Debby DeRousse cakesbydebby - Nov 4, 2010
    Love your story about the fudge and this bring back memories for me also. There were six kids in our family. My mom made the fudge on Friday nights for us, beings that Friday was payday for my dad, mom got groceries on a friday also and always saved what she could from the grocery bill to get us a treat. And it was only on a Friday! Thus the fudge came in. Mom made it for us and then the oldest sibling made it,then the oldest sibling made it. when the oldest sibling left home it was up to the next oldest sibling to make the fudge so we all learned to make it down to the six child. We still make it and won't eat anything else to this day but this recipe. Forget Fantasy fudge and all the rest, this one is the best. Thanks for sharing your sweet story!
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    Jewel Hall 0124 - Nov 4, 2010
    Hey Sweet Debby, these kind of memories are what keeps my battery charged. I think kids have it too easy today and they are actually cheated. Wish my grand children had to scratch and claw a little more than they have. It builds character ....Cheers !!
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    Debby DeRousse cakesbydebby - Nov 4, 2010
    Amen to that! Looking forward to more of your wonderful recipes!
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    Bea L. BeachChic - Nov 4, 2010
    Jewel and Debby, I certaily enjoyed each of your sweet. I am going to make this recipe of fudge and I'll let you know how it turns out for me. (and Debby, I have saved a lot of Jewel's recipes, too).