I have never made fudge. Today I decided to try. And I know it can be fickle so I vowed to follow the directions to the letter (sometimes I get lazy when I'm cooking and start to ignore the recipe). Of course, right off the bat I noticed that I accidently used semi-sweet chocolate instead of the unsweetened chocolate I bought specifically to make the fudge. Oh well. Not a big deal.
So I heated it up. Boiled. Used the candy thermometer (which I also bought just to make fudge). Stirred FOREVER til it reached 240 degrees. Removed from heat. Added butter and vanilla. Didn't stir, not matter how much I wanted to. Left about an hour until it dropped to 110 degrees. Oh wait. That never happened. Over an hour and a half later it had barely dropped to 125 degrees. I checked a couple more recipes and some said just to let it sit for an hour (and not necessarily get to a certain temperature). So I decided it was good enough.
Stir, stir, stir. Working up a sweat. Looking good. "Beat until fudge is very thick and has lost its gloss." Yep. Did that. As soon as it looked right, I immediately ran from the living room (where I was multi-tasking, i.e. watching Survivor) to the kitchen to pour it into the pyrex dish. And I do mean immediately. In the 3 seconds it took to get into the kitchen and put the pot next to the dish, the fudge hardened. Rock hard. Solid. In the pot. I'm lucky the wooden spoon was sitting on top of the fudge, otherwise I never would have gotten it out. I'm assuming I should have stopped stirring it about 1 minute sooner.
I spent hours on it. Hours.
3 years ago