Rating: 4.58 stars
38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1

This is a delicious candy recipe of my late father's that he just loved to make. We loved it, too!

Recipe Summary test

prep:
10 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
64
Yield:
64 pieces
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Ingredients

64
Original recipe yields 64 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Butter an 8x8 inch square dish.

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  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine brown sugar, white sugar, cream, corn syrup and salt. Stir until sugar is dissolved. Heat to between 234 and 240 degrees F (112 to 116 degrees C), or until a small amount of syrup dropped into cold water forms a soft ball that flattens when removed from the water and placed on a flat surface. Remove from heat and let cool without stirring until bottom of pan is lukewarm. Pour in vanilla and beat until creamy. Stir in nuts. Pour into prepared pan.

  • Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Facts

59 calories; protein 0.2g; carbohydrates 10.6g; fat 2g; cholesterol 5.1mg; sodium 12.8mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (33)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2008
After making six batches of this recipe in order to perfect it, I would advise the following: 1. Cook to no more than 234 degrees - if if cooks at higher temperatures, it will be very stiff and somewhat grainy. 2. It is very important to let the fudge cool in the pan to no more than 120 degrees, 110 is better. Just leave the candy thermometer in to check this. This cooling process takes at least an hour, so allow extra time. 3. For an even smoother fudge, add 2-4 Tbs of cream as you are beating the fudge. This will make the fudge easier to slice. 4. Beat for at least 3 minutes with a good quality hand mixer. It will not look like it has set up when you put it in the pan, but put the pan in the fridge and a few hours later, it will be set. I don't usually go to this amount of trouble, but the flavor of this recipe is so good, it was worth it - and even with their flaws, eating the trial batches was very tasty. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2003
I tried making this recipe twice. The flavor is great. I'm just having a hard time with consistency. I used a candy thermometer also that didn't help. It seemed to sugary for my liking. Creamy would be better. Read More
(8)
38 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 29
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2008
After making six batches of this recipe in order to perfect it, I would advise the following: 1. Cook to no more than 234 degrees - if if cooks at higher temperatures, it will be very stiff and somewhat grainy. 2. It is very important to let the fudge cool in the pan to no more than 120 degrees, 110 is better. Just leave the candy thermometer in to check this. This cooling process takes at least an hour, so allow extra time. 3. For an even smoother fudge, add 2-4 Tbs of cream as you are beating the fudge. This will make the fudge easier to slice. 4. Beat for at least 3 minutes with a good quality hand mixer. It will not look like it has set up when you put it in the pan, but put the pan in the fridge and a few hours later, it will be set. I don't usually go to this amount of trouble, but the flavor of this recipe is so good, it was worth it - and even with their flaws, eating the trial batches was very tasty. Read More
(240)
Rating: 5 stars
10/26/2009
This recipe will take considerable restraint on my part to NOT EAT THE WHOLE BATCH in one sitting it's so good! Fantastic brown sugar taste with a creamy, smooth and buttery texture. I followed the recipe exactly except skipped the nuts and it turned out perfect. A couple key things for someone new to candy/fudge making: make sure you don't stir it AT ALL after it comes to a boil and until it's cooled off - take it off the heat and don't touch it. Otherwise, if you stir while it's boiling or while it's cooling off, you'll start the crystallization too early and it'll end up horribly grainy and even separate. I use a candy thermometer and take it up to 234 exactly (as other reviewers do) then let it cool off to 110 without touching it. I then use a hand mixer and beat it on medium-high until it is creamy and really starting to thicken up (consistency pretty thick where you can see the tracks/ribbons from the mixer but still pourable - once at this point it'll firm up quick if you keep beating and you'll have to scrape it out of the pan). And I know it's a silly detail but I always move the pan around on the counter every minute or so to constantly give it a cooler surface underneath so it sets up a bit quicker although it still took me about 10 minutes today with the mixer. Thanks for the great recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/04/2006
This fudge turns out soft and creamy with an excellent brown sugar flavor. Make very sure to let the fudge cool to about 110 degrees before stirring to get it to that creamy texture. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2007
Awesome. I whipped it for 5 or so minutes on high speed after it was cooled a bit from the stove and that made all the difference. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2010
I made this last night for a dinner party and it turned out perfectly. One of my guests even drew my aside at the end of the evening and asked for a piece to take home:) For those who had trouble with this recipe please keep in mind that fudge is somewhat tempermental and if you made this recipe the same way every day for a week it might not turn out every time. It's just the nature of fudge. Don't give up; this recipe is perfect as written. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2018
I was inspired by this recipe yesterday to use as the frosting for the caramel cake I was making. I increased the cream to 1 1/3 cups and cooked the mixture to 236F. I poured the penuche into a clean mixing bowl without scraping the sides of the pan to cool. I added 3 Tbsp's of butter to the top of the hot mixture without stirring it in as it cooled to 110F. When cool I added the vanilla and beat the mixture by hand until it was thick enough to spread and frosted the cake. I used what I needed for the cake and continued to beat what was leftover and scraped it into a buttered mini loaf pan to set up as fudge. It set-up perfectly. Excellent flavor and creamy smooth texture. Will definately make this again. NOTE: regarding graininess..Any implement you put into the candy while cooking but remove and set aside has to be completely cleaned of any sugar from a previous dip into the boiling candy or it will cause the entire batch to start to crystalize and become grainy or sugary. When you remove a spoon or whisk rinse it well and dry it before using it again. There should be enough time between uses to clean and dry it.. Just sayin! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/17/2007
Awesome recipe!! My penuche came out light, fluffy and delicious. It tastes like it came from a candy store and was very easy to prepare. I allowed the mixture to cool to 115 degrees and whipped with my Kitchen aid as per a previous review. I will definitely be making this again. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This is such an awesome recipe! I had tried other Penuche recipes which failed horribly but this one was perfect! Kudos to Paula! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
12/15/2008
Love this recipe! I have made Penuche for years and when I found this recipe I was excited as it made a more creamier candy... plus it was way more user friendly than mine...not AS much stirring but still you need to be prepared for a work out but it is worth it! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/28/2003
I tried making this recipe twice. The flavor is great. I'm just having a hard time with consistency. I used a candy thermometer also that didn't help. It seemed to sugary for my liking. Creamy would be better. Read More
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