It happens to all of us. You rush through a recipe and leave out a key ingredient, impatience gets the best of you and you stir the fudge before it’s reached the proper temperature, or for whatever other reason your homemade fudge is grainy.
The good news is it just takes a little more time, and you can salvage your fudge and turn it from a grainy sloppy mess into those delightful rich velvety cubes you desire.
Once you see that your fudge just isn’t going to turn out how you hoped it’s really simple to try again.
Steps to fix grainy fudge
- Set your crunchy chocolaty concoction aside and clean all your utensils to start fresh.
- Read through your recipe again and identify any errors (the fudge above I forgot to include coconut nectar in- I was following this recipe too late in the evening, beyond when my brain functions well enough to trust it with candy making).
- Add your grainy fudge to your pot, plus 1/2 cup of water and any ingredients you missed the first time around.
- Again, bring it up to the temperature called for in the recipe, and follow the rest of the instructions as written.
That’s it! We just need to add water and start over. This works if the fudge isn’t burnt- if it tastes burnt, we won’t be able to get rid of that taste, but if it’s just a texture issue you’ll find that starting over while adding a little water turns a grainy sandy mess into delicious smooth velvety fudge.
This also worked for undercooked candy- if you didn’t bring the candy up to high enough temperature and it never set as well, you can add water and start over.
This method works with most candy, and allows you to save special expensive ingredients, while saving face as well.
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